Are you irked by the sound of nails on a chalkboard? Scared at the thought of a snake slithering across your arm as you lay in the grass? That is the closest I can get to explaining how I feel when I don't want to follow the crowd. There are many times during the day when I do exactly what everyone else is doing: I face forward when going up the stairs, eat salads with a fork, and check my Instagram constantly. Then there are times when I just can't follow the crowd and I do what (feels like) 2% of the population is doing: taking the road less traveled. I can breathe on that road. It's a space where it is easy to challenge myself, let loose, and explore all at once.
What the flip does this have to do with plant based eating? Well, right now if you eat plant based you are an "early adopter". That's marketing jargon for "the person who takes the road less traveled before hoards of people follow behind them in a few months/years/etc.". And trust me. They will follow. There are venture capitalists throwing lots of money at the "next food trend". It won't be long before your local supermarket has four brands of fake chicken nuggets in the freezer section. It is unfortunate actually because the majority will "get it wrong" before they "get it right." People will be shoving fake processed cheese and fake processed meat down their throats with the same frequency that they ate regular meat and dairy and then declare with indignation "This diet made me gain weight!" and "Being vegan didn't help me sleep better!". At this point I will be so frustrated with mankind that I will throw up my hands, leave all of my worldly possessions behind, and start a new life in the woods as a hermit.
How did we get here? We listened to advertising over intuition. We followed the crowd instead of asking what was best for us. We didn't question any of the "information" that was fed to us on a daily basis. For example, the American Heart Association website recommends that people eat beef and pork as part of a healthy diet. That doesn't make sense to me. What are their motives? If you are really curious you can follow this link.
Next time you are standing in a crowd (literally or figuratively) and everyone is going left ask yourself if you should be going right. What is the best decision for your well being? Which choice will make your life more balanced, healthy, and happy?