Re: When people disregard what you tell them
I can relate to this.
I have recieved much of the same attitudes from people, rolling eyes to downright hostility about diet. The social pressure to be unhealthy can be immense. Try avoiding pizza, beer, and fast food in high school and college! A major reason that a past relationship of mine ended was because I wouldn't eat fast food junk and I was told that my diet was just "weird". I never pushed my diet on anyone, and ironically my ex was suffering the effects of a horrible diet and years of pharmaceuticals. She did consume a lot of diet sodas. I do think back now that I should have pushed her into a healthy lifestyle but that was years ago and I was still naive myself regarding many health matters, and to be honest I don't think I could have convinced her to change anyway.
I think it takes a lot of work in today's world to develop and maintain independent thought on health issues. For me it took years of reading and studying health issues just to deprogram myself to stop believing the FDA, my dentist, my doctor, pharmaceutical companies... This health stuff isn't complicated, most of it is simple 2+2=4 logic. When you grow up with the world telling you that 2+2=3 even simple logic can be hard to see. It just takes deprogramming from years of seeing commercials, government mantra, food pyramids, social pressures to conform... Before the government stepped in to protect us we didn't have nearly the number of health issues that we have today. Whatever happened to the importance of crock pots and enema bags and cod liver oil and liver flushing? I guess most people surrendered independent thought decades ago, right about the time the government and corporations started selling us out for our dollars and the Medical Industry Matrix (doctors, insurance, business, government) became so "in bed" with each other and so tied to profit.
Diet is largely a social event and I guess it touches primitive instincts in humans to conform or be shunned. You are trying to change your friends diet and they are trying to change yours to conform (social pressure, rolling eyes, references to experts and authority). I think the most imortant thing is to maintain your position - your independence and accountability over your own health and to not surrender to that great big money machine that controls your friends and their health. Lead by example and be confident. As you get healthier and your friends get worse they might look to you to change their ways.