Bite-Size Blog #15

Proselytizing Not Recommended

That is the title of one of the chapters toward the end of our 4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health. I wrote it t o help people, who've just discovered the power of our food choices, decide how they wish to go about sharing their newfound knowledge with others. 

My guidelines on proselytizing are similar to my thoughts about selling. No one likes to be "sold" anything. I prefer the word "marketing," which can be a subtle process of cultivating a desire in someone to purchase something. Here's my list of behavioral guidelines on this delicate subject:
  1. Never offer unsolicited advice to anyone.
  2. Don't make negative comments about an unhealthy looking meal someone else is eating.
  3. Never talk about health or diet with anyone unless they ask for your opinion.
  4. When people do ask for information, try to keep your initial response to a minimum. If they want to know more, they will ask.
  5. Try to keep delicate discussions one-on-one. 

Regarding #5, if someone asks about your eating philosophy in front of a lot of people, try to offer a concise, courteous response--then offer to continue the conversation later, perhaps over a healthy meal. 


If you really want to make a difference by helping others choose a health-promoting and planet-friendly diet, you might want to read the entire chapter. If so, click here for a 5-minute read.

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