I want to share this interaction I had with a customer the other day.
Started out talking about the differences between homogenization and pasteurization in milk. Now keep in mind, I may be vegan, but I've educated myself on the dairy industry for well over 17 years. I am not going to get into the details here about those differences, but I answered the customer and flooded her with non biased information. I'm not one to preach or express my views to those who aren't interested. She asked me which was better and I sort of laughed saying "well, I'm vegan and I'll tell you it isn't, but anyone who's focused on clean eating will agree that the less processed, the better."
I wanted to delve further into her training behind her question and started asking questions. "Excuse me if I'm overstepping my boundaries, but I have to ask what your reasoning is behind your choice with milk and such?" Her answer was quite interesting, "I'm always tired." The conversation opened up from her and together we started exploring different avenues on how she could gain energy in her every day life.
Prying, I learned that she's not the best consumer of quality whole foods. There's step one right there. I've said it before and I'll say this over and over, you fill your body with crappy, processed food, you're not going to fuel properly in every day life. You'll trend to feel sluggish and lack energy, even motivation to do much. I was quick to point out that I'm not a dietician and that my information is based from what works for me and from research I've done so that I can perform at my peak levels.
Continuing the conversation, I sensed fear, I could see it in her eyes. There appeared to be tears swelling in her eyes and I said, "it's scary to make a life alerting change, I've been there. Start small, one step at a time. Educate yourself on WHY whole foods are necessary."
Anyone who has made the decision to will change will understand how scary it is. Not only do you change the way you eat, but you're also changing the way you think, the way you see, act and feel. Then you have to deal with all the ridicule and people giving their opinions to you, cracking jokes. Hell, I've lost friends and loved ones over deciding my health both mentally and physically was important. Trust me, I know how scary it is to make that change.
She was seriously almost in tears from both fear and relief. Being able to relate to someone or even talk to someone about her desire to change was a huge milestone in her self discovery and I believe helped propel her onward, motivating and inspiring her to change. It's a journey that will have many ups and downs, but knowing you're not alone makes it so much easier and doable.
I gave her some names and books that I thought would help her and told her she can always come talk to me if she needed to.
I share this story because I'm still amazed by how many lives are able to be changed by a simple conversation. A simple question answered, but a gut feeling that there was something deeper in that conversation. All of this over a gallon of milk. Still in awe.
I love what I do and I love that I'm and to talk to people on a daily basis about just everything. I get to learn, inspire, motivate, educate, encourage not only these people, but myself as well. I thank god every day for this gift of life.
Let's get out and inspire.