First, let me apologize to my readers for not having written anything in a while. This has been a very busy month for me. Reasons for that are varied, but one big reason is that I have been one of the organizers in bringing Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study and of Whole, as well as his son, Nelson Campbell, director of PlantPure Nation, and their wives, to our community next week for two separate showings of PlantPure Nation. And I am very excited to have the Campbell's staying at my home for part of next week while visiting the area. There's been a lot to do in preparing for that event in addition to the many other things that I am doing to promote a whole foods, plant-based diet or should I say, way of eating?
And that brings me to the point of today's blog. Someone in my local community Facebook group asked me if I didn't ever get tired of talking about the WFPB way of eating. That's a fair question. After all, food is probably what I talk predominantly about. Does that make me boring? I personally don't think it does. I live in a golf community, and I'm an anomaly in that respect because I don't play golf. But I've gone to parties where all the men talk about is golf. I've gone to parties in other places where all the men talk about is football. So, my question is, why would my talking mostly about food be boring but them talking mostly about golf or football not be boring?
But another reason that I don't think it's boring is because I always find that people are in fact interested to hear what I have to say. People do care about their health. But people are confused. One day they hear the experts say to not eat eggs and then the next day they hear the experts say that eggs are good for us (which, by the way, I don't agree with). The truth of the matter is, you can't trust the experts anymore. People watch Dr. Oz and come away confused because one day they hear one thing and then a little while later they hear something else. People become serial dieters going from one program to the next as they lose weight and regain it and then lose it again and regain it again. And each time they regain, they end up a little heavier than they were before. People go to the doctors and they don't get better. Instead, they get pills to manage the disease they have, and then they're told that they'll have that disease for the rest of their lives and thus they'll be taking the prescription medicines for the rest of their lives. Nutrition is not taught in medical schools, so doctors don't know nutrition. So, most don't say anything more than platitudes of eat less fat or more fruits and vegetables to their patients.
So, when I talk about compelling scientific evidence that says that a diet consisting mostly of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and seeds and nuts is optimal for health, some people do take an interest. They inherently believe it, knowing that everything else they've tried hasn't worked. And that's what becomes gratifying for me. While many people may say that I talk too much about it, and think that I should talk about golf or football instead, there are also people who have listened to what I've said and who because of that, they have actually started doing it. And they're seeing results. To me, that is extremely gratifying and it reinforces exactly why I do continue to talk about it.
I have people tell me that they believe I've helped to save their lives. I've had many people thank me for helping them to learn the whole foods, plant-based way of eating. I've seen people join our "healthy eating" club as a result of my talking. And my blog continues to reach a wider and wider audience. I have worldwide contacts as a result of all that. Why would I ever stop talking about it? After almost 69 years, I've found my passion.