Please note: I am NOT saying my readers are food elitists, far from it, just wanted to strike up a dialogue on a topic that means a lot to me and hopefully to you too!
One thing I have never understood is people’s desire to judge people according to the foods that they eat. I have pretty much done the gambit when it comes to food. I have been a vegetarian, I have cut out dairy for a time period, I have gone without carbs, I have juiced vegetables, I have bought organic and you know what? None of it worked for me. None of it made me feel that much better. In fact, all it did was help me lose my desire to eat. Food became about rules, not desire. It cut off my passion for food.
Above you will see my last attempt at trying to bond with chickpeas. Out of the peas/legumes family, chickpeas are the least offensive to me. I roasted these with garlic powder, onion powder…and you know what? They still tasted like chickpeas and I don’t like them.
When I was a vegetarian I still cooked meat for my husband. Why? Because I know all of our food journeys are different. We all have different blood types, we all have different dispositions. My husband is a hunter-gatherer blood type and overall human being. He is just being true to his nature. I am more like a bird, I like seeds and fruit and sometimes claim my inner eagle and allow myself to dive down and connect with the hunter inside. Then there are pacifists with gentle spirits who do not want to hurt anyone or anything.
Why can we not honour all the different paths? And accept that sometimes the path changes. I knew that for three years I had to give up meat. I got a lot of flack about it too, a lot of judgement. I hated that. So why would I judge someone for eating meat?
Sometimes it also comes down to money and situation. I would love to go to the market and buy right from the farmers but you know what? All I have is a Superstore here and I am not allowed to drive. Just finding a place to live where I can get any food was a huge challenge for where I live. As much as I would love to buy organic, I can barely afford fresh produce at the prices they are right now. Do I judge people for having more money than me and being able to pay a lot more money for healthier food? No way.
It’s your money. It’s your life. It’s your choice.
Don’t we have enough trouble with judging people for what they look like? Who they love? Who they worship? Why is this kind of judging OK?
Well it isn’t. We all have different desires and needs and dispositions.
I hope that we all just get to enjoy our food, whatever that ends up being. You know, my mom loves foods that for years I judged as a kid as being weird. Most of those foods my grandmother fed to her in Latvia, sometimes for fun, sometimes for survival. Her visit her reminded me to stay open, to not judge and to give everything a taste.