A Big Dilemma

I'm a standout in a crowd“I WANT to eat healthy vegan food . . . but I’m surrounded by people eating meat and junk food. It’s so hard feeling like I don’t fit in.”

Peer Pressure is alive and well.

No, it’s not just teenagers who want to fit in. Peer pressure is alive and well at ALL ages!

It’s also not just teens who are influenced to make choices that are actually dangerous because “everyone else is doing it.”

Eating animal products and processed food truly IS dangerous! We have abundant research showing that the Standard American Diet is at the root of heart disease, diabetes, many cancers, Alzheimer’s Disease, obesity, and more. So going along with the crowd often means following them to an early grave — and much poorer quality of life along the way.

The Dilemma

So here we have the dilemma — we know we’d be far better off to adopt a healthy diet of unprocessed plant foods. AND we have a need to fit in with our friends, family, co-workers, and culture, rather than being the “odd one out” when it comes to everything related to food.

If only we were surrounded by people eating this way . . . Then it would be so much easier to lose weight and get healthy!

Well . . . . there must be something we can do about this. And there is.

Let’s create our own healthy environment!

I figured, if we need a healthy, supportive environment, why not create one? One where we’re not alone – – where we fit in when we DO make healthy choices!

So I designed a program for those seriously wanting to eat healthfully, lose weight, and get healthy. I call it ACT Boldly. (It does require you to be bold when you make a choice that will transform your life as radically as adopting a healthy diet does.)

So I’ve just begun an exciting, 6 month journey with 9 intrepid travelers in ACT Boldly. We’re all traveling together, and since I know the territory, I’m leading the way and everyone is heading toward the same destination. As you know, there’s strength in numbers, and everyone is eDilemma…choose healthy food or unhealthy foodencouraging and supporting everyone else. When obstacles show up along the path, having an experienced guide prevents a lot of mishaps, and helps keep confidence levels high.

This is the kind of environment that helps you succeed in living the healthy life you want to live. This is the support that makes it feel safer and more comfortable to explore new territory and develop your inner strength.

What are the elements that support you in progressing toward the you that you want to become?

  1. A mentor to lead the way — someone who’s at least a step or 2 ahead of you in the direction you want to go. (That’s important! Be sure you’re on the right road!)
  2. Comrades to share the journey.
  3. People coming along behind you whom you can help (now you’re the mentor!)

When you have all 3 of these components in your environment, there’s no stopping you!

I consider it a great honor and privilege to support others on their path, so please feel free to contact me.

Now it’s your turn. Please share your experiences with us.

Have you had a mentor who has helped you reach a goal? Have you struggled, feeling all alone, and wished for a supportive environment? Have you been a mentor to others?

5 Responses to A Big Dilemma

  1. Jean February 8, 2014 at 2:41 PM #

    Hi, Delisa,
    Thanks for your wonderful insights about community! We all need each other and I like the idea of everyone mentoring someone else.

    I started a group here of 12 – 15 women who meet monthly at each other’s homes for potlucks as well as Tea on Tuesday at Barnes & Noble for support and inspiration. We originally began with a book group at the library studying Dr. Fuhrman’s books, and have become a support system for each other. We also send e-mails to the group when we read something helpful for plant-based eating.

    Recently I read a new book Never Too Late to Go Vegan by Carol Adams, Patti Breitman, and Virginia Messina that talked about the phenomena of older adults who go plant-based finding themselves no longer invited to events that include food :( They suggested becoming very proactive in offering to bring food and putting people at ease with your shift in eating. Besides helping folks over 50 switch to plant-based eating, this book has wonderful sections on care-giving for others whether they eat plant-based or not. I highly recommend it :)

    • Delisa Renideo February 8, 2014 at 2:46 PM #

      Thanks, Jean. I love that you have a group meeting regularly. And everyone can start a group like that. Just find a couple of people and start. You can add more people later.

      And thanks for the recommendation of It’s Never Too Late to Go Vegan. I’ll definitely read that!

      I think there are things we can do to make it easier for others to still include us — as you say, offering to bring some food.

    • Diane February 9, 2014 at 5:14 PM #

      Thanks for the recommendation of the book Never Too Late to Go Vegan. The recommendation was so well timed for me that I went immediately to my Kindle and ordered it. I’ve only gotten through the intro, and feel confident that I’ll get some badly needed encouragement. I’ve done very well for the second time to independently eat vegan, and am floundering again. I know that I am more healthy eating vegan, but find it difficult living in a carnivore culture.

  2. Dorie February 8, 2014 at 3:58 PM #

    Hi Jean, I would be interested in joining your group, if it is open. I live in Anchorage and have been through Delisa’s courses and follow Dr. Fuhrman. I have been vegan for a while and would like to meet others on the path.

  3. jane February 15, 2014 at 12:09 AM #

    if there is a vegan meetup group, i’d like to join. I finally gave up meat in May 2012 and feel much better and lighter. i’d like to meet like-minded herbavoirs.

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