I've touched on this many times, but it's part of a whole area of thought that bugs me, and while I'm talking specifically about food here, believe me, this extends to every other aspect of life.
I enjoy my food. I enjoy talking about it. I enjoy cooking. I declare myself a foodie. However, there are those who say I don't qualify, because a) I don't eat everything (some of the things I don't like are widely popular, making me appear picky), and b) I don't over-indulge. I don't think it's funny or clever to eat until I groan or feel ill. YMMV.
There are several ways in which people take it upon themselves to criticize what other people eat. I think this is complete bollocks. Sure, there are things I wouldn't eat, so I don't eat them. End of problem. If somebody else wants to eat it, not my problem.
It's fun to joke about these things sometimes. There are the same basic rules in these discussions as in all discussions. Teasing should be kept under a certain level so that nobody is hurt. Know who you are joking with. Preaching is not acceptable, ever.
I am so done with food preachers. They are no different to any other preacher. I have no time for preachers.
If I like cheap supermarket yellow mustard, I shall eat it. I don't give a shit if it's not gourmet. I also occasionally buy expensive fancy mustards, and I like those too. But for my ham sandwich at lunch, I'm perfectly content with the yellow stuff.
But I am a person with a certain attitude. I'm not affected by the opinions of others. Most importantly, I never have been. I was born with that attitude, and encouraged by a mother who believed in the right of people to have opinions of their own. Yes, she was a radical for her day.
However, I still come across those who try to sway my opinion. After 5 decades, I think I know what I like.
I'm not worried about me. I can look after myself. I do get annoyed when I see others being picked on.
In a world where we already have enough of this nonsense going on, do this, don't do that, be this, don't wear that....we don't need food bullies. That's what they are.
"You shouldn't eat that"
"It's not good for you."
Maybe not. And? Mind your own damn business.
"That doesn't go with that."
Nope, but I like them together, so bugger off.
"That's not authentic."
So? I like it. Get over yourself.
"You should try this."
Why? You should try shutting up.
"You're not going to eat that, are you?"
Yep. And it's mine, and you can't have any.
"I didn't want any."
So what's the problem?
And let's not forget:
"You shouldn't eay animals."
Oh really? I have canine teeth and a digestive system that can process it. There are clues there.
And so on.
You've all seen it, maybe you've been a victim of it. Maybe you've been guilty of it. Well, it's bollocks.
Eat what you like. So long as you are not forcing your tastes on others, it's all good.
I have made a conscious decision to call processed food just that. Not junk food. If I refer to what somebody eats as junk food, simply because it's not something I eat, I am being judgemental, and it's wrong. So long as they don't make ME eat it, where is the problem?
"Oh, but I'm concerned about their health."
I doubt it. You are just saying "What I eat is better than what you eat, ner ner ner ner ner."
Bullying. It's bullying.
No, I don't want to eat it. And I will say so. And that's fine. That's me. But I will not tell another person what they SHOULD or SHOULDN'T do. Should is a very ugly word.