Do you ever receive eye rolls, blank stares, or snarly comments about how you cook, eat, or approach your overall health? I do. Not only is it mean and childish, but ignorant and self-absorbed, to judge and scrutinize what is simply unknown. Instead of detesting the idea of a raw meal or egg-less breakfast, you might surprise yourself by keeping an open mind and dabbling into what I shall call unknown territory.
Last week - mid-bite from a delicious dinosaur kale wrap, stuffed with veggies and hummus - my meal and I was shot down with a rather alarming "that's stupid". I felt as though I was on the playground, with velcro sneakers instead of lace-up. It was a slap in the face and a eww-gross-vegan-food moment, which shook my internal organs and jolted my senses upright. I could feel devoted vegans, raw foodies, and passionate vegetarians across the globe shaking their heads in dismay.
stupid stupid stupid! To all the stupiders out there, why the harsh throw down?
Last time I checked, I'm not forcing you to chomp on carrot sticks with hummus and I'm certainly not shoving a green monster smoothie down your throat. I don't bash your double cheese burger so why do you nit-pick my meal choice? It's mine, not yours, so what gives? Is kale really that scary? Aren't you curious to learn how I bake, without eggs and butter? Because if you're neither scared nor the least bit curious, then share your wrath of judgement elsewhere. Better yet, don't share it at all.
If you've tried something once and don't like it, that's okay. It's not a crime if you don't latch on to tofu or swap pepperoni for veggie pizza, but it does cross a fine line to belittle someone else's personal choices, just because they appear abnormal to you.
I happen to enjoy my dark leafy greens...
You don't have to be a vegan or vegetarian to make healthy choices, but that doesn't mean one is less "stupid" than the other.
We should learn to embrace the unknown, instead of judging what we have yet to experience or try for ourselves. We all have unique taste buds, dietary needs, and cravings; because if we ate the exact same, that would just be...uh, stupid.