Jan made me realize how true it is that some newcomers may see the Whole Approach forum "crew" as a bunch of extreme “healthnuts”. This when so many of our members have spent much of their lives living unhealthy lives. Truly many people here started on board with habits of sugary soda pop, fast foods, packaged junk food and deserts and mega doses of sugar and food additives in their diets. Some of these same people have found great empowerment and self actualization through in their new ways and are, as a result, are now very passionate about them.
I think that Jan displayed profound perspective in her comments. She was also kindly empathetic in her concern for those just newly considering the ideas expressed here. Jan's point was that it may be reassuring newcomers that most of our forum members can relate to how different their health passions may seem from where ever people may be coming from.
Once they've stuck around for a bit, our loyal members realize that this program is not about a form of nuttiness. Rather, it’s about learning a healthier way of living in order to achieve a full recovery and it's about reclaiming our quality of life and our control over our health.
Change is possible for anyone
So many people on our forum now and in the past weren't always excitable when it came to new ways of making a healthy food tasty or a a gluten free muffin stick together. And, they were far from health fanatics when they came on board.
Relating to others
Those who might count themselves among the already 'converted' (to health enthusiasts) endured some growing pains as they changed their lifestyles and diet. Many experience a temporary alienation of friends and family in the process. It's strange but even though we're transitioning to a whole foods and natural products healing program, it seems UNnatural to many.
Here we can make the distinction between natural and normal and between normal and conditioned. It's natural for us to eat foods that are naturally produced and minimally processed. As the 'Green' Revolution that took us towards agrochemical farming norms, and as corporate food processors began supplying convenience food to our busy families, we have become conditioned to think that chemical mega-farms and packaged, processed foods are normal.
An explanation of your struggle with yeast, candida, CRC, Candidiasis etc to people in your life a requires care and thoughtfulness and, in many situations, may be best avoided. If you have to say something, a simple explanation that you have some digestive and allergy problems and need to choose your foods very carefully will likely be enough for most people.
Sharing in small bites
If you know someone very well and if you feel they will listen with authentic concern and a non judgemental mind, you might want to tell them what you've been exploring. Still it's usually best to try to give short, summarized 'sound bytes' and allow them to ask questions rather than overwhelm them with information.This is easier said than done.
Even your dearest loved ones may have some trouble adjusting to your new interests, passions and preferences. It will no doubt challenge them to some degree practically (as they try to figure out if they should worry about you and how they can feed you with your new choices), and perhaps philosophically as well.
As we experience our own personal health revelations, it can be very tempting to want to change those around us, especially those we care about deeply. All we can really do to influence others is to quietly, confidently change in front of them and hopefully our success will provide a positive model. We can only come to realizations about our health care and diet when the time is right for us. As most of you have already realized, making changes in diet is one of the most intimidating lifestyle improvements we can take on.
If you need like-minded comrades to talk through your discoveries and mysteries with, you can come to the Whole Approach forum.
To those who are ready for the true, deep commitment that it takes to pursue lasting health, your forum friends are here share your experiences and inspirations with. Jan, thanks for reminding us to that everyone is at a different place of awareness as they visit or join us here on the forum.
Walking with you on your path to health,