View Full Version : I don't believe this!
06-28-2006, 07:41 PM
I recently threw away every scrap of junk food in our house. It's definitely helping me stay raw, since I really have no choice, and I was hoping that my mom and sister would start drifting over to fruits and veggies; that's pretty much all we have now. I say "pretty much" because I left a box of rice, figuring we could give it to someone. Guess what? They had nothing but rice for dinner for two days. When the rice ran out, they walked--in the pouring rain--for pizza. Tonight I came in to find that Mom had walked all the way to the store to get lasagna, doughnut holes and ice cream (!!!!) for ONE NIGHT'S meal!
It's simply astonishing to think that someone would go to such lengths just to avoid and ENTIRE FRIDGE full of fruits and vegetables. Sorry about the rant--I know that most of the people here are trying to get their family members to go raw for their own sakes.
Ironically, their complete lack of interest in what I'm trying to do is only motivating me more. I know cooked food is addictive, but...wow. I'll think five times before taking that next "first bite." :rolleyes:
06-28-2006, 07:56 PM
That is so funny! My husband does the same thing... my fridge is ALWAYS stocked with fresh goods... but he'll look in there and say "there isn't anything to eat!" It is rediculous. Try pre-making things and put them in tupperwares in the fridge. I make dipping sauces and cut up veggies. Wash and chop lettuce. Have salad dressings made. Make raw desserts. Make soups and freeze them in ice cube trays and pop out into plastic bags and freeze. Freeze bananas so you are always prepared to whip up some ice cream. ..... I don't do this enough... but it really helps my husband eat the stuff I make.
06-28-2006, 07:59 PM
yo that was funny! I really don't push raw on anybody if it is delicious I share it and if they want my help I will extend it. If people don't see a real serious reason to go and stay raw they just won't periond. You can't really knock anyone for their dierity habits no matter how bad it may seem to you. free will has been given to us by God and we all choose our own path so I would say keep up your :D :) rawlifestyle and be a walking example of great health!!!!!!!!!!!!1
06-28-2006, 08:00 PM
lol.....they let you throw out all the food....that is what amazed me.
06-28-2006, 10:23 PM
Well...I wouldn't say "let." :D They more or less..."discovered." Mom, anyway. My sister helped me, because she wants to go raw. She just can't do it when there's a carton of ice cream sitting in front of her courtesy of Mother Dearest. She wasn't as angry as I thought she'd be, though.
Cassidy, that's so true! "Nothing to eat" is one I hear aaallll the time. I'll say, "Eat an orange or something!" and I get, "But I'm not HUNGRY for oranges!" Thanks for the ideas--I really need to learn some recipes by heart. I'm something of a mono eater myself, but I guess going from lasagna and doughnut holes to apples and strawberries is quite a leap.
Livingatthetop, my sister came more or less willingly. ;) She actually likes fruit when it's all she's had that day, and she thinks raw is a good idea. (Score one!) I'm trying hard to be a good example for Mom, because she's the one who's really digging her heels in. I know she really wants to lose weight, but she won't DO anything! She's started walking recently, which is a good step (pun not intended), but she's also balanced out extra exercise with extra iced tea. I wouldn't mind it if she just switched over to organic foods or something, since it's at least a little better than conventional junkfood. God love her, if I wait around for her to have a revelation, soon I won't have somebody to wait on.
I guess you're right, though. I'm probably better off setting a good example than dragging her kicking and screaming into the light.
Walking through hell and high water to get pizza has to get old SOME time. >:]
06-28-2006, 10:27 PM
That is so funny! My husband does the same thing... my fridge is ALWAYS stocked with fresh goods... but he'll look in there and say "there isn't anything to eat!"
That sounds like . . . ME! (before I went raw!) :D
06-29-2006, 12:06 AM
yeah my hubby does that too, but now I make him meals and keep them in the freezer so he never saids that anymore.
06-29-2006, 01:38 AM
Wow, sounds like my family! Well, not really! I wish I could do that! It's so tempting in my house with junk here! I've hidden all un-raw food behind my fresh veggies though. lol, so they can't find their food without going to get to mine first. I can't believe your mom got so much junk food! wow.
06-29-2006, 02:08 AM
What do you think you would do if someone did this to you?
I mean what if your mom or sister, or brother, or husband tossed out all of your raw vegan food, and ONLY left cooked dead flesh and canned processed foods for you?
Would this truly make you wish to eat their food? to try their way of life? to be more in raport with them, would it make you wish to be more like them? to eat like them?
I highly doubt it.
The best and ONLY way to help people is through education, not force, not coersion, not covert operations, but simply to educate them, allow them to make their own decisions, just as you wish to make your own decisions.
when you push, in any situation, people will automatically push back.
All I can say is, if someone did this to me, I sure as heck wouldn't be living with them any longer, and I sure wouldn't want to try anything they offered me.
Because I wouldn't have them even as a friend for one more second.
I absolutely HATE it when people attempt to control me.
And I would NEVER try to do this to anyone.
Offering fresh food and veggies to them, having succulent yummy raw desserts and munchies around is excellent.
Trying new recipes and making sure they are beautifully served, these are the ways to help people to try new foods.
And having literature about the raw way of life available, is great.
RAW RAWKS!!!, and I KNOW that it is the ONLY way for me to live, but I also value other people's wishes and desires and their own personal choices.
I wouldn't respect anyone who didn't.
06-29-2006, 10:42 AM
I guess I earned that. :o I'm learning all of this the hard way.
06-29-2006, 11:59 AM
We are all on a learning journey. I am sure you didn't mean it to harm them, but rather you are excited about the raw experience and wanted to share it with them. RP is right though, you can't force people.
I don't force my hubby. But when I decided to go all raw I aske if I could store his food in different places and put his cooking utensils on one side of the kitchen and mine on the other and he was happy to help me in this way and it works great. I keep alot of raw around and he enjoys it along with is meals and he now doesn't eat fast food, but rather the "healthy" cooked meals I fix him and smoothies and fruit and raw desserts. He has lost 14 pounds and his allergies have seemed to cleared up alot since he is no longer buying milk because I make raw milk shakes and nut milk.
He recently said he wants our children raised 100% raw when we have them and he said someday he will be raw too, but he will have to work up to it, which he is doing at his own speed.
I am very excited that is has cut out sodas and now drinks a gallon of my raw lemonade a day and he sooooooo loves it. I also keep tea for him in the fridge that is not raw, but I hope to convert him to a raw tea when I run out of what he has already.
This approach works tons better then saying "I'm raw so everyone else in my household is going to have to deal with. All this cooked food is out of here"
I have to say your mom must be pretty special. She let you get rid of the food, ate rice for 2 days, and then walked in the rain for cooked reserves. Now that is what I call a great mom!
06-29-2006, 01:10 PM
The marjority of my house is stocked with vegetables, fruit, nuts, spices. One fridge, 1-1/2 freezers and two pantries. I have very, very little processed food and since my husband eats fish (ick, he's pescatarian), there is some on one of the freezer shelves.
When my oldest son comes into the house he exclaims how "there is nothing to eat!" :rolleyes: It is amazing how I can have so much food and "nothing to eat".
06-29-2006, 02:32 PM
I completely understand your frustration lol but I also agree with RP...I've been a vegetarian all my life and would hate it when people would tell me that it was wrong and I needed protein "blablabla etc.." and so now the only person who even knows I'm a raw vegan is my mom. (She's interested but won't give up meat yet)
Now that I'm home from college the fridge is stocked with fruits and veggies, it's funny to watch my dad stare into the fridge as if it were empty.
All I can say is try to teach them by setting an example..I try to be enthusiastic but not too pushy with my mom..which is hard to do since I care about her so much and want her to feel as good as I do!
I know I'm not alone when I say I CAN'T WAIT until Raw is an accepted "normal" way of life, and I can come out of hiding and eat what I want wherever I want!
Seriously, why do people think we're slightly off our rocker for wanting to eat fruits and vegetables? It's not like a completely foreign thing..not counting when my friends discovered my Durian in the fridge... lol
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