I have kind of a rambling question. I am fairly new to TF. I ate low carb for years, then adapted to kind of a primal style of eating and have recently (in the last 5-6 months) embraced more of a TF way of eating. It's an evolution - first the grains and sugar went with low carb, then any low carb processed products when I went primal, and now I've added fermented foods, sprouted grains, raw milk, etc. So I don't see it as all over the place, more as a gradual change.
Anyway, as I learn and read I become more and more passionate about how our food system is so off track, how marketing encourages toxic foods, how politics shapes what we eat, etc.
I read an article this morning about extremism in eating. How extremism can hurt a cause because "regular" people can't relate and they find it so far from their normal eating that they just dismiss it as crazy. And I get that, because 5 years ago I was eating a low-fat, vegetarian type diet that I thought was balanced and healthy. I would have looked at TF eaters as really "out there." But now I'm "out there" and I can't decide if I should be shouting from the rooftops or just doing my thing, comfortable in my newly gained knowledge (and much improved health).
I live in a state where raw milk is illegal (Wisconsin) but I was able to find a legal source (membership club) but it is a 1.5 hour drive each way to get the milk. My friends don't yet know we are drinking raw milk and when they find out I will certainly get some pretty intense questions. They are all very open-minded people and won't actually give me trouble for drinking it (or giving it to my kids) but they won't understand and I will certainly confuse them with some of my choices. I'm not worried about losing friends (because they are good people and I know it won't come to that), I just don't know if I'm bordering on "extreme" by driving so far, going to such efforts. In some ways, it seems like I'm making a point or trying to separate myself from others. Does that make sense?
It's hard to see people you love struggle with health issues that could possibly be improved with a different diet and not bulldoze them with information and books, etc. My sister struggles with extreme fatigue, heart palpitations, horrible dental decay (multiple root canals, 2 teeth pulled in the last few months) and she eats a very processed, vegetarian diet. She is going to doctors and asking for help. I've told her how we eat and how I feel like its really improved my health and she is happy for me, but she certainly isn't convinced and is more apt to ask an MD for advice than try a diet change.
And honestly, I was a "passionate" vegan for a couple of years in college, so I also know that nutrition is an evolving process for me. I don't see myself ever doing a 180 on TF, but of course it does give me pause when I start to think I have found "the answer."
I'm excited and passionate about the incredible changes in my and my family's health since changing our eating and I just don't know what the line is between helping others and being totally annoying or pushy. As troubling as this is, TF is an "extreme" way of eating in our culture...so how do you feel about what that means to others?
How do you feel about this issue in your own life?