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A.S.S. Wholetarian
There is right and a wrong way to influence others

Don’t be an A.S.S. Wholetarian

(Always Shaming Someone)

Being a Wholetarian is as individual as you are, especially during your transition period. Here are some possibilities beyond the six basic Wholetarian classifications as well as what to clearly avoid being.

Differing Types of Wholetarians

Many of us start out by being a Wannabe-Wholetarian: Someone who wakes up every day wanting to eat whole foods, but is stuck in the same old habits and addictions.

Because we humans have a natural aversion to change we generally prefer to find ways to ease our way into change. This is a wise choice since drastically changing our diets can cause distress on our digestive tract as well as mental stress. However some personalities find it best to go all in regardless and make drastic and immediate changes overnight.

The following are some ideas to kick around.

Maybe you want to start out as a Part-Wholetarian: Someone who is slowly adding in more and more whole foods a little at a time.

Or a Halftarian: Someone who adheres to eating strictly whole foods half of the time.

You might decide to be a Workday-Wholetarian: Someone who adheres to eating strictly whole foods during the work week and has a free-for-all weekend.

How about a Party-Wholetarian: Someone who adheres to eating strictly whole foods except when attending a social gathering.

Most notorious of all however, and the least desirable, is the A.S.S. Wholetarian (Always Shaming Someone): Someone who adheres strictly to eating whole foods, but acts like the arrogant food police – putting people to shame for their food choices and making everyone around them miserable.

Or just as bad, you might be considered an A. Wholetarian (Angry Wholetarian): Someone who acts angry and disgusted at others if they don’t agree with other’s opposing beliefs for healthy eating.

Trust me, you don’t want to go there. The results of whole foods are miraculous and rewarding and you’re likely going to want to help everyone around you experience the same benefits as you. But unfortunately people are very likely going to resist and the harder you push them the stronger they tend to resist. The ideal is to wholeheartedly love and accept all others for their food choices. I’ve learned that this is truly the best way to effectively influence others and to live happily regardless.

Myself? I was an Junktarian growing up and became a Wannbe-Wholetarian throughout my young adult life. I finally became a dedicated Part-Wholetarian, then a Halftarian, had a 6 month stint as a Raw-Wholetarian, turned into an A.S.S.-Wholetarian and then desperately became a repented A.S.S.-Wholetarian.

I am at a really good place now as I’m very well accustomed to and at peace with eating whole foods. I’ve learned the hard way, to let others make their own choices and be perfectly fine with that. I’m still not perfect however. I can easily misread someones politeness for interest just to discover that they are in no way interested about health and nutrition. I have to keep reminding myself to be sensitive to others and to look for invitations before saying too much.

Through trial and error I have learned which types of whole foods work best for my body and I vary my eating style according to my body’s needs at any given time. I’m drawn to Raw-Vegan foods for cleansing and especially during the hot summer months when fresh fruits and vegetables are at their peak and offer a cooling effect. I’m drawn more towards Paleo during the fall and winter when I want to build and stay warm. But my eating style doesn’t just change with the seasons of the year but also with different times of the month or even day, depending on my body’s needs at any given time, all the while simply being a Wholetarian.

We all started out on a liquid diet (hopefully mothers milk) and while that was the best diet for us at the time, we were never meant to stay on that diet for the rest of our lives. Dietary needs vary such as for times of pregnancy, growing children, athletes, old age etc. There are different times and seasons for everything including eating variations. Since all Health Experts agree that eating whole foods is paramount, we would be better off uniting in what we all agree on rather than disagreeing and standing divided on the specifics. From the basis of eating whole foods, it’s really up to you to discover what details work best for you for each season of your life.  Getting regular check-ups and blood work from your doctor is important to document and to keep you on top of your health needs.

The basic concept of being a Wholetarian (a person who eats whole foods) is what unites all health seekers together and creates commonality. I’ve also found that staying positive and sharing yummy whole food recipes is the best way to influence others to a whole foods diet. So next time you are about to berate someone for their food choices (yes, this includes young children), stop and remember that A.S.S. Wholetarians and A. Wholetarians do not win friends and influence others. Staying positive and setting a good example is what works best. Trust me! Reading ” How to get your kids to love whole foods” explains this further.