I wrote a letter today and mailed it into the past. I hope I read it and consider the writer's experience.
You are not alone. What happens when you see and taste something new before many people in your tribe?
1. It's a rush. I can't convey the excitement you will feel when you start to eat healthier and experience a burst of energy along with some clarity.
2. It's intimidating. There are so many new food combinations to try. And so many new books you could read to expand your knowledge of plant based eating. Don't worry about absorbing everything right now. You can taste and learn new things over a long period of time.
3. Your tribe might be confused. They could assume they know what you are eating/thinking/feeling and then imagine what their life would look like if they completely threw out their way of eating and took yours on tomorrow. That's intense. Do not confront friends and family who make assumptions about your choices unless you are ready to have a productive conversation. Just focus on yourself for now.
4. Many people will look at you like you are crazy. Here are some reasons they might feel this way:
- They hate vegetables. This can often be fixed, but that's a topic for another time.
- They are afraid of lifestyles that are different or seem like a lot of effort.
- They are concerned about your ability to consume enough protein.
5. You will find ways to share your love of healthy eating with your tribe. It might take time. Maybe you will bring a plant based dish to a family reunion or share your lunch with co-workers.
6. You will realize that a few people have followed you down the path and you will rejoice! Together you can improve the collective health of your tribe. Today, you can impact one person. Tomorrow, it could change the world.
The path to collective health is a long one. There are no quick fixes. You need to learn how to take care of yourself and then you can help take care of others. It will be worth it. I promise.