We may have the best intentions, but is it possible that we can become a bit self-righteous, idealistic, elitist about our own diets and other people’s eating habits?
Our relationship with food is deeply personal. Food can bring us joy – those feelings of pure bliss with the first taste of our favorite dishes. Food can strengthen our sense of community and culture. Food can also be our downfall, our weakness, our emotional crutch.
As a result, we often develop a belief system around food, identifying those foods that we believe provide us emotional and physical nourishment, and what foods – or components of foods – we feel are detrimental to our personal wellbeing or the environment.
We feel incredibly passionate about these beliefs, and it’s easy for this belief system to turn into a platform for judgement.
And whether we like it or not, we’ve all done it on some level.
Most of us don’t want to think that we’re judgy. In fact, we can quickly point out many people in our lives who are in fact judgy (which, of course, happens to be judgy in and of itself).
But no matter how enlightened or tuned in that we may feel, it can be a constant challenge to accept that not everyone shares our beliefs.