Imagine this. Your best friend. You see them every week, you do frequent dinners and breakfasts but now they decide to change their diet and be vegetarians/ paleo/vegan. I want you to really picture it because you’d be outraged. And you’ll probably criticise them for a pretty long time.
I didn’t know any of that. I didn’t think anyone would be so attached and offended by food until I decided to change my diet, then all of a sudden I experienced a whole world of attachment that people had to food. It’s very personal, very touchy and a very serious matter.
I’ve now been plant based close to 7 years, give or take. In the process I’ve seen how food is a kind of religion and it’s not to be messed with or else wrath will be unleashed and all the nutritionists of the world ( basically everyone after you change your diet ) will be forced to give you a lesson on 101 ” but that’s how we’ve always eaten ” and thus it’s the right thing to continue doing and to continue having the same diseases that we “biologically” should have.
After being around some insane scenarios and witnessing first hand how people would rather die ( literally ) than change their diets, I’ve come to the conclusion that food is a religion and most people are slaves to it.
Try telling an Indian parent that their kid will no longer be eating any chutney or curry. Tell an Egyptian parent that their kid is going vegetarian. Tell a Bahraini parent that you’re kid no longer engages in rice, chicken and meat. And slowly watch as wrath comes upon them. Same goes for social circles, you become an outcast.
Think about it. What does food mean to you?
Does it define you? Does it offend you if someone doesn’t indulge in your kind of food especially when they’re close to you. Do you feel the need to share with someone or else you don’t eat?
Or is Food your God?