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25 Days to a Healthier Holiday Blog Series

Day 16 of 25: Good Ambassadorship

Today’s post is a gentle reminder to those of us who have been living an alternative nutritional lifestyle for an extended period of time to represent our “collective” in the best light possible. Being a good ambassador and “walking the walk” can go a long way towards positively influencing those around us, or at the very least (and equally important), improving their understanding of our choices.

Because the preparing and sharing of food with friends, colleagues and family members is such a huge part of this time of year, there is a good chance that your chosen lifestyle (e.g., Clean Eating, Paleo, Raw Foodism) may be commented upon, called into question, and/or generate more than a few genuine questions.

Christmas tree

Here are some key points to keep in mind throughout the holiday season and beyond:

  • Be patient and respectful – we all have a right to our own opinions and ideas
  • Reassure others that you are eating mindfully
  • Practice adequate and safe nutrition
  • Be willing to consistently lead by example
  • Be prepared to answer all questions honestly
  • Speak only from the context of person experience
  • Avoid passing judgment about the quantity or quality of the food and drink others are consuming – it is unkind, impolite, and unnecessary
  • Be supportive of others’ interest in healthier eating – even if they are in the “just thinking about it” stage
  • Preface any deep discussions you may have with the caveat that major lifestyle changes should be directly supervised by a doctor, nutritionist and/or naturopath
  • Enthusiasm and excitement are great – just don’t stray into “pushy” or “preachy”
  • Deflect any negative comments (directed at you or others) with positive ones
  • Reassure anyone with concerns that you aren’t “doing without” by passing on the dessert table — explain that, for you, spending time with friends and loved ones is what makes the holiday season special

 

 

Creative Commons Photo Credits:
“Christmas” courtesy of Joe Buckingham

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