Perceptions and objections can feel like rejection, even from strangers. Sometimes we don’t care but, other times, we do feel offended and hurt.
People oftentimes think dietary restrictions are a choice you’re making, like you’re a food snob, or a gourmet, and even, as if you’re implying that their food isn’t good enough. You’re a big inconvenience. You may be a foodie (I know I am), but I don’t appreciate being made to feel small that “I can’t eat that.”
This is when it’s important to understand that they don’t have any idea what it’s like to walk in your shoes. And that whatever is going on in their world that makes a person feel as though they’re in a position to judge another, well that’s a thing that’s making their world smaller – not yours.