Alternative Medicine, Diet, Essential Oils, Lifestyle

Help me, friends!

These past few months have been hard ones, and it’s been a challenge to get myself to write about it, hence the very long hiatus from the blog. I’ve noticed something about myself that I am nervous to acknowledge publicly, but know that I need to share this so that friends can hold me accountable.

My number one goal when writing this blog was to connect with others who might be struggling with some of the same things I do, and help those people, ideally working through the struggles together.  It has also become a place where I vent some of my problems, share goals and successes, share some recipes, and educate others on one of my passions, essential oils. I do these things in the real world too (versus the online world) and I’ve noticed lately, that I’m having a hard time sharing and educating.

One specific, very recent experience comes to mind, when talking with a close friend about sugar.  I am very passionate about food, as if you didn’t know already ;). I hope to teach others to be mindful of the foods they’re eating, and I always encourage people to eat real foods. When it comes to sugar specifically, I always say, “If you’re going to have sugar, just eat the real thing. It tastes better, and your body can process it.” So in this instance, the conversation turned to artificial sugars, and suddenly, my friend called me out for judging others for their food choices, versus helping them make better choices.  Cue me being completely mortified.  This is probably my greatest fear when it comes to educating and sharing with others.  The last thing I want is for someone to feel that they are being judged.  My goal is to help people, not judge them.

I think the hardest thing for me to realize is that not everyone is as conscious of eating healthy or are as invested in natural wellness as I am. I know that I need to adjust my attitude when I speak to others who aren’t completely open to what I have to say.  This blog post is mostly a call (or plea!) to my friends, please help me to teach from a compassionate place, not judgmental.  Because I am publicly asking, I hope that you will not feel scared to call me out either! Teach me how to be a better teacher and listener!

 

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