Interesting email that made its way into my inbox this week.
This is from a leader in our community and was shared as a kind of sarcastic joke. She underwent a health screening at work and this is what came back. A “I can’t believe the world is like this…” tone accompanied the remainder of the email.
When you think about it, it is really sad.
It’s sad that there are many people who really care about their health who will take this advice seriously. They will worry that their ‘grain intake’ is actually low. They will worry that they are not eating ‘enough fiber’. They will be concerned that they are eating too many animal products and saturated fat.
The reason I know is that because when I started Eating By Design I was concerned with many of these things as well, and I know that many people in our community have had similar concerns as they transitioned into Eat By Design.
It just goes to show you the power of authority, marketing and how truly deep all these beliefs have been ingrained in our heads.
We can sit around, sneer and laugh at these ‘tests’ and how ‘stupid’ they are, but the fact still remains that people take this advice very seriously. These are good people who actually want to be healthy. They begin to make changes, eat less fat, more grains, etc… and are then frustrated as to why they are not ‘getting the results’ that they wanted.
It’s these kinds of emails, programs, and horribly incorrect information that motivates me (and all of us) to work even harder and get the right information into people’s hands.
The take-away this week is simple… enter the fight.
I don’t mean a revolution and I don’t mean picking up guns and going into battle. I mean the intellectual fight. These simply untrue ideas -- grains are a requirement, fat is bad, animal products are bad, fortified soy…etc. -- need to be defeated.
Become a role model, inspire someone else and begin to have uncomfortable conversations with people… especially the ones you care about.
You could be the only one they have who is brave enough to tell them the truth.