If you’re an organic-eating person like me, most people won’t follow all of your eating habits. And that’s fine — most of the time. We can easily work around those people without any problems.
But when we’re around family and close friends, or even business associates, it pays to loosen up our organic defense systems a bit.
I don’t eat pesticide-laden vegetables and fruit. I don’t eat white flour and sugar. And I don’t eat lard.
Well, 99.5% of the time.
You see, my mom was just here, and she brought a homemade apple pie. I know it has white flour, sugar, and lard. There’s a chance the apples might not be organic, either. But boy-oh-boy was that fat slice of apple pie good. And it’s easy to see how good it makes my mom feel watching everyone wolf it down.
Would I prefer the crust to be organic spelt flour? Yes. Would I prefer a bit less sugar blended with some stevia? Yes. Would I love for her to use a healthier fat than Crisco? Yes.
But I won't stop eating mom’s apple pie. I’ve influenced her some over the years, and she’s a healthy eater. She’s just not me. While I’m openly organic, I think I’ve gotten better about not being an organic snob.
How about you?
Answer these three simple questions to find out if you’re an organic snob:
- Do you either look for ways to avoid birthday parties, or always say, “That’s OK. No cake for me.”
- Do you agonize over the menu when out with friends?
- If you go over someone's house and they offer you food, do you always say, “Oh, thank you, but I'm not hungry. I ate before I came.”
Now, in no way am I saying everywhere you go you should always eat what's offered and completely violate your eating and drinking beliefs. I don't do that, and I wouldn’t suggest you do either. That would be dumb. And some things can always be off limits.
Like soda. It’s not homemade, and you’re not going to offend anyone by not drinking it. And if you never eat meat, then stick to your guns with that.
What I'm suggesting is you choose more events where you let your organic guard down when you're around family and friends who really matter to you.
Drink that nonorganic grape red wine with your friends celebrating someone’s birthday. If you do eat meat, then eat the non-grass fed beef burger on the crappy white flour bun your neighbor made at his annual cookout party. Enjoy that second non-craft beer with the boys you haven't seen for six months. Enjoy eating a piece of white flour and sugar cake for your son’s birthday party.
And enjoy that big hunk of apple pie that mom made. Or, in my case, enjoy a second slice. Feel good about it. Don’t beat yourself up.
When you go home after these events, you can take a hot shower with your filtered water. You can fast for the rest of the day and guzzle organic green drinks. You can realize that everything will be OK. Your health won't be compromised.
In fact, your life will be richer for allowing yourself to enjoy those life events, and not ruining it for others.
The apple pie won’t kill you faster. But the strained relationships and missed life events from being an organic snob will.
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