Nutrition Dilemma by Jumana Al Awadhi

One day a friend of mine put a picture of tabbouleh on her Instagram and wrote a caption about eating it for breakfast. Strangely negative comments poured under the picture from people who felt her decision was wrong and her breakfast was unhealthy. It is noteworthy that her previous photos were of foods such as donuts and waffles, and the comments were encouraging!

It is very difficult to change dietary habits which we are accustomed to for years and update practices that our body and mind are programmed to do. We are used to this type of eating: chemically, physically, and psychologically. Any change may disrupt the balance and make us unstable.

For the past few years I’ve been part of the change in many people’s lifestyles. I went through many experiences and I’ve trained people and enabled them to create a change. Based on my experience, I can determine who would finish reaching this goal and who wouldn’t have the focus needed for this journey.

Real will, desire, and psychological motivation are as much necessary as science and food culture, because without nutritional science and proper advice from an expert the journey will be very arduous. But the most important element in this equation is support from your community, family, and friends. One wrong word may destroy a person’s will and determination.

No matter how strong your personality or how uncaring of others’ opinions you are; a word from someone close might make you take a quick decision that can destroy your accomplishments. Science is the answer. The more we are educated, the more we can defend our choices when questioned.

We are not discussing here what constitutes a healthy breakfast, since there is a variation between nutrition schools in the world and people’s different needs. I do not think any educated person would object in this violent way for choosing tabbouleh for breakfast. Each of us has friends who want to bring us down, but in fact they strongly want to have the same determination. Since they can’t do it, they try to frustrate someone who can do something about it. But we must remember that they are probably going through difficult times and need our support and encouragement.

If we know what this person is going through, like a medical condition or psychological conditions; if we saw the world through their eyes, we would be nicer to them and motivate them rather than criticize. The tabbouleh story is a simple example. Humans can create a dilemma from something as simple as tabbouleh, but the most important message is public ethics and politeness. One should not to make fun of or undermine the opinions of others.

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