Today my grandma is having a birthday. This reminds me of the time I became interested in the food I eat. Before that I was “the good kid” that used to eat everything. Of course I was the favorite guest, because I wasn’t pretentious and it wasn’t hard to please me. When I started eating healthy and I began rejecting desserts and other treats, I had a serious conflict with most of my friends and family. All of them indignantly asked how I could be so disrespectful by refusing to eat a chocolate for a birthday party or a piece of cake or pizza.( In my country we treat people with chocolates for our birthday and we say “Eat some for health”…go figure… J)
Back then, I used to have really tough moments, when I tried explaining them, that I have no intention to be disrespectful and I am sure that what they cooked was delicious, but I know that it is not good for mine or their health. Later on I understood that the only way to make others accept you is by being yourself and never making a compromise with who you are or with what you want to achieve. Thus, at the beginning they will make you feel guilty, but when others see that you stand behind each one of your words, they will leave you alone or at least they won’t demonstrate their indignation in your presence… probably just behind your back!
And with my grandma’s birthday, who thank God doesn’t mind treating me with a pork steak instead of cake, I thought… aren’t health and life the best occasions to “celebrate”?
What a paradox, don’t you think? To treat somebody “for health” with a food, that actually harms your health… I can’t understand people who get mad, when you refuse to eat chocolate, a piece of cake or drink a cup of coke. Let’s not forget that health is what we should take care of! Let’s not forget that health is “the spice” which allows us to try everything in life! Let’s not forget that holidays are not a reason to eat, but a reason to be together and enjoy the time spend with people we love! Take care of your health and care about yourself more, in order to be longer with people you love! And do not get mad at somebody that is refusing to eat a treat for your birthday. He is not trying to be disrespectful. He is just willing to be healthy, so he could be longer beside you, helping you in good and bad times!