For the most part, my drive to work is a rural one. Along the way is a little house, older but well-kept. If it were anywhere else it might not stand out so much. I’ve seen houses with pink accents, teal, red-almost all colors, including blue. This house has a blue door and for some reason stands out to me. Perhaps after this post I may never notice it again.
You may be wondering, “What does a house with a blue door have to do with Paleo?” Good question. We’ll get to that in a minute.
This week as I passed the house with the blue door, it reminded me of people. We are all different by design. Even though we’re born unique, many of us try even harder to stand out from the crowd through hair color, the way we dress, tattoos, piercings, sexual orientation, religion, etc. And for whatever reason, a lot of people are uncomfortable with diversity.
Just the same as whether you choose to be as healthy as you can possibly be, eat organic, improve your health through diet or simply lose weight, there will be people who look at you, like the house with the blue door.
Years ago, due to my husband’s Crohn’s/Ulcerative Colitis and the ineffectiveness of conventional medicine, we were prompted to research the disease along with conventional and alternative methods. We found that the meds would only abate his symptoms. What we wanted (like anyone with an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)), was remission-to be free of the symptoms and medicine.
We discovered some eye-openers about non-organic commercial food processing and quickly decided to switch to organic. This was our first “blue door”. Since most people’s idea of eating healthy is Lean Cuisine, whenever we explained our switch to organic, we got looks. Looks as in-smirks, deer-in-the-headlights, oh-well-I’m-not-interested-anymore, or you’re-a-tree-hugger. Rarely, would anyone want to know more. I have to admit, several of those who initially gave those looks, over the course of a few years, are now on board with what healthy food really is.
Other blue doors for us have been establishing healthy diets to compliment efforts to heal gut issues: Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), The Maker’s Diet, FODMAPS, Paleo, and AIP.
Do we eat organic 100% of the time? Absolutely not. Do we eat healthy 100% of the time? Heck no. I only wish I could be as strong as the small army out there that do. I personally have a weakness for icing-not really cake, just icing. But I have found some autoimmune Paleo (AIP) recipes that satisfy those cravings.
The short of it, if you see a “blue door”, embrace the creator. Whether it’s a lifestyle that you disapprove of (disapprove the lifestyle, not the person), someone with tattoos/piercings, a person with a religion other than your own, or a way of eating that doesn’t conform to everyone else. Accepting others blue door may get yours accepted too!