I have made my diet a more or less private aspect of my life. I don't talk about it very much and try to let the annoying, false diet information people spout every day just blow past me like bad weather. I definitely feel the tug, sometimes, to evangelize. I do believe this diet is the healthiest and most ecologically sustainable and cheapest! Good for people, animals, and the earth!
BUT.... I know most people are not ready to hear it. I live in a very crunchy-granola area but even here very-low-fat veganism is considered a radical way of eating and borderline eating disorder. Since I don't have any real health problems, I don't have any "excuse" other than sheer orneriness.
And of course, yeah, I have no more credibility than anyone, so why should they listen to me?
Recently I have had a few bouts of, Why can't I eat all those things (cakes, creamy desserts) and everyone else can? Then I tell myself: I CAN eat them. I can eat whatever I want. But it will harm my health just as it is harming everyone else's. So I choose not to.
"Letting go" is a good way to put it. One of the hardest and most important things I've done since adopting the McDougall diet almost a year ago is learn to LET GO of all my competitive, judgmental, jealous feelings about other people and what they do. I feel like I've changed hugely since eating this way: calmer, more pleasant, and no longer carrying bitterness and resentment.
Lately one thing that's been getting my goat in a big way is the demonizing of sugar. I know a ton of sugar is not good for you, and sodas and whatall are terrible, but sugar is a basic building block of food energy and not a poison. So when people go on and on about banning sugar and replacing it with bacon, or whatever, I just go to my inner quiet place and say, It's just another fad! It too will pass, just like everything else!!