plant based diet vs omnivorous diet

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Wondering what you all think about this. Putting aside the obvious reasons of not doing the diet correctly, I have a theory that one of the biggest reasons people eventually fail and actually feel worse after following a plant-based diet is that they have someone important in their life who expects them to fail and get sick from the diet. I have seen this happen several times, where the person really wanted it and tried to eat well and change their lifestyle, but in the end they reached a critical point with their health; once they started eating meat or dairy again, they felt improvement. They still struggle with most of their health issues, but on an omnivorous diet they feel safe and stable comparatively. I’m thinking that the projection of failure can be so strong that people actually get physically ill in order to fulfill the expectation.

What are your experiences?

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I believe you are correct. The only food hardwired by the human brain to desire is human breast milk and even that desire lasts only until weaning. All other foods are liked or disliked based on experience. Social norms and pressure weigh heavily, so anyone deviating from the norm becomes an outcast to varying degrees. So the relief someone feels by returning to the fold of eating the norm (SAD for Americans) is very real. They’re reminded of all the positive social experiences they had and want to repeat those. So, education is the key. Only with a clear understanding of what that food does to their well being can they resist the pressure to return to the norm. Learn everything you can about WFPB and be mindful that others may have a very different level of understanding. Your teaching skills will be critical in changing lives, if that’s your objective.

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