Do you follow a sugar free, gluten free, low carb, Paleo or organic diet by choice? Does one of your friends? I thought so.
You might be thinking, cutting out sugar is good for my health so what is all of the fuss about? Well this post is not about demonising any one style of eating. It’s about getting rid of the label. It’s about taking away the unnecessary pressure it puts on you.
Lets say you are following a sugar free diet. You might have a set of rules about which foods you can and can’t have. A list of ‘good’ foods, like a sugar free slice and ‘bad’ foods, like a piece of cake. You are catching up with friends and they order cake to share. This is when the food rules kick in. You can’t have the piece of cake, because it doesn’t fit within your sugar free diet rules. Your friends might judge you; because you told them you were on a sugar free diet. You might feel guilty, because you failed your diet.
But what if you didn’t fail your diet. What if the diet failed you?
I see it all the time on health blog pages, where someone was once vegan and they have now decided to include animal products. Their followers are often angry that they have gone against the ‘label’ they put on themselves and promoted. We are all individual and our beliefs systems may change over time. If you choose to be a vegetarian, that is okay. And if one day you choose to eat meat, that is okay too. Before judging, first seek to understand.
Remember that you don’t have to put a strict label of your eating. You might find that if you ditch the labelling, you will place less guilt and judgement on yourself.
Of course there are exceptions to this, such as those who need to follow strict diets due to food allergies, intolerances, medical conditions or religious or cultural beliefs. If we have a choice to take away our diet label, it helps to make sure that those who must follow a certain diet are taken seriously and respected.
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