I used to work with a guy who refused to go to the doctor. When I asked him why he told me that he had high blood pressure and he didn’t want any doctor telling him that he had to eat oatmeal.
I couldn’t believe my coworker’s attitude, and he’s not alone. I’ve known many people who, despite serious health conditions, were not willing to modify their diet. Of course, I’ve also known others who have changed.
Why are some people willing to change while others are not? I don’t know the answer to this, but I wanted to share a thoughtful comment one of my readers left on My Hubby’s Tale that addresses this issue.
Here’s what cowgirl has to say:
This post was such a pleasant and unexpected surprise! What a lucky lady you are, Celeste. 🙂
I think it’s so fantastic that you both saw the writing on the wall and took steps to alter your path. I wish more people (including my immediate family) would do the same. It pains me to see them eating the SAD diet with their health issues, but I know from experience that we all have to come to a plant-based diet and/or veganism in our own way and time or it will never “stick”.
It’s just shocking and heartbreaking to me that a literal near death experience (we’re talking flatlined with multiple shocks of the paddles, a 2 week medically induced coma, followed by nearly 3 months in the hospital and much fear and anguish) were not enough to spark lasting change in two of the smartest people I know (3 if I were to throw my brother into the mix). Habits, taste, socialization and culture run deep.
My brother saw me looking at the half-eaten remains of a lamb after dinner when I visited with my family. (My idea of cooking vegan for them was clearly out the window when I opened the fridge to a bunch of newly purchased animals products. Hint taken. — My brother did go out of his way during his very busy life to get me vegan burgers, though, which was so sweet and kind of him.) Looking at me looking at the lamb, he asked me if it made me mad. I contemplated for a second and said, “I think it makes me feel sad more than anything.” He probably thought I was talking about the life of the lamb, but I was thinking just as much about the lives of my family and the thought that I may lose everyone too early and be left alone; how I came into the world an orphan and would likely leave as one, too. It’s like watching a sinking ship and nobody wants a lifeboat.
Anyway, my point is that I have great admiration not only for the fact that you both made the change, but that you are sharing the benefits in such a public way that you have and will continue to inspire others on their own journeys. The fact that you have transitioned from plant-based to veganism is just icing on the vegan cupcake!
Photo courtesy of T Nation.