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What do you all do for work and does it support your raw food lifestyle?
I'm a nurse and if definitely does not support my raw food lifestyle. Many of the people I work with are very unconscious when it comes to what eating right means.
There's always someone bringing in donuts and candy and all kinds of not just cooked but crappy cooked food.
Some of the people I work with have started to ask about my diet but they dont really show that much interest.
Im so lucky that I have a boyfriend that's raw so at least when I go home I have the support there.
Its been long enough that it doesnt bother me that the people I work with dont support what I do, but it also amazes me because they see and deal with sickness everyday
I have a framing business. I create plaques and things for sports and entertainment figures.
Most of the time I'm in my office in my warehouse where I have a large refrigerator full of good food.
08-05-2004, 08:45 AM
Im a florist part time. I also make bead jewelry and have begun to sell some of my creations. I work in a small shop and its only part time so there really is no problem with staying raw while working there. There rest of the time Im at home making my jewelry and my boyfriend that I live with is raw also.
We've both been doing raw for about 6 months off and on. But when I found Alissa's book we decided to stay raw and take the 30-day challenge and see how we feel after that. We werent as committed as we wanted to be so this was a good motivation for us.
So far we are on day 56 100% raw so I guess I worked. And we both feel great!
08-05-2004, 09:01 AM
Im a stay at home mom which makes it easy obviously to make my own food but my husband is very against what Im doing so that makes it difficult.
He is just not open at all to raw. He's very meat and potatoes and thinks the kids should be brought up that way as well. It is really causing a lot of tension between us. I never tell him what to eat but he is always getting on my case about 'this new fad diet' that im on.
I think he's really worried about the kids also, that I will turn them into raw fooders (gasp) and they wont like meat any more (horrors).
I have changed their diet and taken out all the processed junk foods like soda, candy, baked goods.... but I think it would be a battle to take them off the chicken and fish and cooked veggies. So for now im trying to feed them as healthily as possible and hopefully once I am raw for a long time they will all start to come around. I have about 100 pounds to lose so if I can do this and they start to see the changes in me and how healthy Ive become, then I think that is the best impression I can give to them that this is a healthy way to eat.
08-09-2004, 05:49 PM
Im an interior decorator. I live alone so you would think it would be easy to stay on raw but ive been going off and on for about a year now.
I'm pretty determined to stay on it though so I'm hoping connecting with others will help!
08-10-2004, 03:31 AM
What do you all do for work and does it support your raw food lifestyle?
I own my own business which is not really health in nature, but I think that being my own boss really helps me stay raw. I can bring my own lunch and pretty much make my own hours so this helps. I couldn't imagine going into an office and eating in a lunch room.. I think the smell would make me sick!!!
08-10-2004, 05:00 AM
I work with kids so its difficult because there is always junk food around my work. Ive only been raw for about a month so it gets tempting. Im hoping it will get easier the longer I'm raw. I've started to bring in some deserts that Ive made though and some of the people and even some of the kids like it.
I hoping it will inspire some of these people to eat raw as I work with Down syndrome children and I really think they would benefit from this diet.
08-10-2004, 07:26 AM
I work in the corporate world doing medical sales (machines and gadgets not drugs!)
So there are times that it is very difficult like when I need to take clients out to lunch or have meetings with my boss.
I dont really tell people about the way I eat but they know im a vegan so when I order salads they just think thats why. I don't think they would get it! :confused:
08-10-2004, 10:21 AM
I have an easy time at work! When I fast, I bring frozen homemade juice to work and drink it as it melts. I work in high-tech (which means breakfast and lunch is usually at my desk). I just find raw so easy...fresh fruit salad for breakfast, veggies, nuts, dried fruit for lunch. Lunch out is always just "salad, no cheese, no croutons, nothing but veggies"
08-12-2004, 11:04 PM
I teach taekwondo. I think it supports the raw lifestyle because I feel I have to maintain my health to be a good teacher. What kind of image do you have of a fat martial artist? Not one I'd like to be taught by or look like. It helps me stay focused on my health overall. When I'm not teach or taking classes for myself, I'm home with kids. No, it isn't easy but it is do-able. You just have to get into the rhythm. My husband isn't against me doing this because he's seen the positive effects and I don't mean just how I look. My moods are so much better. If I would fall of the veggie wagon he'll notice it in my moods first. Often before I do. Exercise is critical for me, too. If I miss a day or two, the whole of me is effected. Yes, My husband isn't against it but he sure doesn't want to eat that way. He does eat a lot of raw fruits and veggies, plus a lot of cooked veggies but he wants a piece of steak or a casserole or something. Breakfast and lunch isn't an issue when he isn't around. I make them stuff for dinner with as many raw options as possible, make them a main course and perhaps a cooked veggie and myself a big salad, fruit or something. A lot of times I work at 4pm. I make them dinner and eat my stuff while I'm cooking. I leave before they sit down to eat so he can't comment on my stuff. He's really been pretty supportive as long as I make him something he wants. I don't mind. The way I feel is worth it!
11-25-2005, 11:23 PM
I am in construction and it is hard to eat right but I make a point of it It is a matter of choice.
11-25-2005, 11:49 PM
I own a résumé preparation and professional support services business and work exclusively from home (interviewing clients) - so I have no problem sticking to raw - or I should say, NO EXCUSES! :rolleyes:
11-26-2005, 12:24 AM
I am a professional psychic artist, which means I draw people's soulmates, guardian angels and spirit guides,
I am a psychic reader
I am a illustrator
I am a magazine artist
I am a portrait artist
I own several rentals
I remodel houses
I design and create dance and stage costumes
I have written 16 raw un-cook books
I write how to books for real estate investing
I write Wiccan books
I write a raw food column for two magazines
I'm a certified hypnotherapist
I sell on ebay
I have a very large website
I do ghost busting
I cast magick spells
I do ceremonies and rituals
I designed my own fortune telling card deck that is sold all over the world,
I have produced a DVD and CD set on how to develop your psychic ability and starred in it,
I do seminars and lectures
I speak at pagan and metaphysical events
I am a Raw catering chef
I do business consulting
I am a hiring consultant
I help people with no money down purchasing of houses and either flip them or rent them
I also produce psychic fairs in the Pacific Northwest
I do daily counseling for individuals
I do couples' therapy
I do non gratis counseling for troubled teens
I have a Ph.D in the Philosophy of Religion and do religious interventions
I am a choreographer of Belly Dance, although I only do this for larger dance troupes not single dancers or small troupes.
I design stage sets and stage props
I am an Ordained Minister
I am a Time Line Therapist
I am a Neurolinguistic Practitioner
I am a High Priestess of Witchcraft
I have starred in two MTV videos
I do TV and radio appearances
I do marriage ceremonies, for same sex marriages, prisoners and over the phone long distance marriages
Oh, yes, I am also a Reiki Master III Healer and Teacher
I have written a Reiki manual
I have also written a book on "How to sell on ebay"
I have written a "Credit Repair" book
I have written a book on "The Secrets to Successful Seminars"
Basically I do anything artistic especially in the metaphysical realm, and I do have a thing for house, I own a few.
So, I work in my home and can do anything I want.
11-26-2005, 12:48 AM
Hi, I am a Wizard, I cast magick spells, and perform ceremonies and rituals for people all over the world, I design and creat magick wands, and wizard staves, and I make sacred unique one-of-a-kind jewelry,
I write an organic gardening column for two magazines,
I do corporate consulting, I have co-created a DVD/CD set,
I am am a hypnotherapist, and Neuro Linquistic Practitioner, and Time Line Therapist,
I am an Earth Steward and Ordained Minister, spiritual counselor,
Nude model for live drawing classes.
I teach organic gardening and basic wizardry, I am a High Priest of Wicca, and Raw food Chef, I also design and create sacred sites, such as stone hendges and waterfalls, High Priest/ess temples and vortexes.
Also a Reiki Master teacher healer.
Other than that, I just lay around, kick my feet up and talk to my plants and the little critters that come visit us on the lake.
It is easy to eat raw this way, as I am out in the yard in our garden whenever I wish. (during the summer anyway)
11-26-2005, 05:44 AM
I'm a natural health practitioner and educator w/ 19 years experience using hands-on Sahaj bodywork, voice dialogue, conscious movement and of course, a raw food program to assist clients in healing mentally, emotionally and physically.
We also have a raw retreat and I do seminars, some catering for larger events and am writing books ~ soon to be published.
We also have a biz where we sell hand-made and poured soy candles and home-made body care products.
My husband recently started a promotional products business so in my "spare" time I go to networking organizations to publicize his business. I bring my own food as even the oder of dead chickens makes me nauseous.
11-26-2005, 06:37 AM
11-26-2005, 03:55 PM
I currently work in a guitar factory. I work in the electronics dept, where we assemble the sound amplification systems for our acoustic guitars. I wouldn't say that the environment/people really support my raw lifestyle, but I make it work for me.
Even at my previous job (office/desk/computer), I always brought all my own food to work, and I do the same at this one. People notice how I eat, because all they ever see me eating is fruit and veggies. I have always gotten positive comments, like "I wish I could eat as healthy as you do". I ask them, why can't you? The usual responses: not enough time, not enough money, cravings for junk food, etc. If they are open to it, and seem interested, I discuss nutrition with them. But most times it is just a comment to pass the time of day, not a true interest. But that's OK, I don't need everyone to be like me, for me to be successful in my lifestyle. I simply do what works for me.
We had a company picnic several months ago, and my co-workers were surprised that I didn't partake of the veggie burgers, since they know I am vegetarian. I just explained that I really preferred my own food, and I could tell they thought I was nuts! I mean, free barbequed food, who could ask for more?
I tend to eat my lunch out in my car, where I can listen to the radio and have a little peace and quiet. I take my morning and afternoon breaks outside, and people always comment how delicious my fruit looks. I just say, yes, it is delicious!
One thing I don't like about this job is that I work around lots of chemicals. This isn't healthy, and I am looking for another job. Not only because of this, but mostly because I'm not getting the pay I need to be financially comfortable. I would like to have a job somehow connected to health and/or nutrition, and healthy lifestyles. I'm exploring some different options now, and hope I'll come up with something soon. I feel like I'm not really where I'm supposed to be right now, as far as my working life goes.
Lady Green Jeans
11-26-2005, 04:08 PM
I work as an Executive Assistant for a non-profit. Co-workers are curious and have asked several questions. They see positive changes in my appearance and have commented--which is always nice.
I take along easy things to put together--collard burritos have been a favorite and I have recently discovered the nori wraps, which I will make OFTEN.
It has been two weeks on raw and I look forward to only better.
Fellow raw traveller
11-26-2005, 08:25 PM
I work for the fire department as a firefighter paramedic. This does NOT support my raw lifestyle. I work at an extremely busy station and usually have to eat my food on the go...we call it "dash board dining." So in those circumstances I usually grab fruit. The hardest part is just living in a fire station for 24 hours with carnivores. They are very supportive though, they think what I'm doing is great, they rarely offer me non-raw food. They don't give me crap for eating differently then everyone else.
I'm in the process of opening up a coffee shop/juice bar. My partner is interested in the coffee shop part, and I want to offer healthy alternatives and juices. We don't have any juice bars around here...I'm really looking forward to that!
11-26-2005, 08:34 PM
I work full-time as a painter (see signature with website) and part-time as a bookseller at a wonderful independent bookstore. My coworkers are a bright bunch and are very accepting of my raw living.
The bookshop is such a small place that we take our breaks individually and sit out in the garden or perhaps inside with the store cat :)
Of course when I'm at home painting there's no one there to think it's odd!
In fact, a good friend of mine just returned Alissa's book and is interested in going raw! I'm thriled. Made my month.
I can't believe how much I missed Alissa's book. You don't realize how much you use something until it's gone!
11-26-2005, 09:02 PM
I just went to your website and thoroughly enjoyed looking at everything !! You are an AMAZING artist....they were so vivid ! Great work...what a gift...
11-26-2005, 11:41 PM
I work in a law firm. We eat out often. Working there can support a RAW lifestyle, if I let it. It is easy to let it get the best of me. When eating out, I will get salads, when not, I bring my own foods. I can and will make it work :)
11-27-2005, 12:09 AM
Humm.....I work part time as a graphic designer, upload simple HTML on the web and packaging clerk at a raw foods company, part time at the coop doing supplements and health/beauty care supplies and as a cashier, almost full time college getting a second degree in graphic design, part time as an illustrator for a Taoist magazine, sometimes as a painter (fine artist) specializing in portraits, figure and landscape, and full time as a "mommy" for my furry adopted 4 legged furballs! Yes, I have one bunny and 5 guinea pigs......not sure where they all came from but I'm weak. Now I'm hopefully going to be catering as a raw chef for the lady transitioning to raw!! That sounds fun...... Yes, I have ADHD!! :eek:
The hard part is at the coop. The bagels and power sandwiches sometimes "talk" to me.
i am a nursery nurse and i am nannying. since eating raw the mother has hidden the chocolate from the kids. they have one bar a day (i know) but i am showing the little girl i look after about smoothies and raw veg. she is interested but refrains from trying them.
I get her to give the veg or fruit a kiss so she gets the taste so hopefully she will eat more fruit and veg i only eat breakfast and lunch at work. and i take my own food.
so it doesnt interfere with my eating raw.
great post by the way Pink xx
11-27-2005, 03:35 AM
What a fun thread! So many different types of folks on this board, it is great!
I do freelance web application development, the programming side of the web. I also nanny, support other small business owners, offer intuitive life coaching, and am a Reiki Master/Teacher who is currently creating a free healing clinic.
Since I work from home, I have the ability to "hide" and eat raw or adjust my schedule to prepare yummy dishes as needed.. My partner is also very supportive of the raw diet too, which helps big-time!!
11-27-2005, 06:48 AM
Since i'm only 18 i just work in retail at Kohl's. The thing that bugs me is "goody day on wednesdays during december: cakes, cookeis, chips, donoughts..." i'm thinking "WHY!?" I usually don't eat anything during work, but if I do it's a fiew piecs of fruit.
11-27-2005, 08:08 PM
I am an environmental officer - assess new developments for their potential impacts on the environment (rivers are my specialty)
I am a fitness instructor - Body Balance, RPM and Body Pump
I am a mother - best 'job' in the world
I think my work supports a raw lifestyle - only I sabotage myself
Amazing what some people do for love and life - good thread
I am a 5th grade teacher by day and exotic dancer by night J/K ;) I am a teacher.....
I bring my food with me wherever I go.. I LOVE IT!! Breakfast is a bunch of fruit--easy to carry..lunch is a bunch of veggies in a bowl with flax oil and lemon... No matter what i do for a job my food plan is my choice. My environment does very little to support a raw food diet or any diet for that matter that is not loaded with sugar flour and fats. I want to be as clear headed as I can in and out of work so The way i eat is in direct porportion with my clear-headedness and energy.
11-28-2005, 12:31 PM
I work in technology in Corporate America (by day). It neither supports nor hinders raw. I am fortunate that I have access to a small kitchen and can store some food and lightly prepare somethings (I keep a blender in my desk LOL). I don't work with a particular group of people, as most of the people I support are elsewhere, so I don't get caught up in the office Potlucks - which is nice. I keep a huge bowl of fruit on my desk at work and sometimes get weird looks, but often get asked by people if they can have an apple ; ) I always say yes. . . .
By night I work with DBF and another friend on our video business. They are less supportive, actually. . .not mean or anything, but they both like to dine out a lot. . but I'm getting pretty good at getting a raw salad or a fruit bowl at most of the restaurants we frequent.
11-28-2005, 01:31 PM
I am a cake decorator in a bakery. This job in no way supports the raw vegan lifestyle. The bakery is on a dairy farm, and after they process the fresh milk, all the leftover heavy cream (gallons and gallons of it!) is used to make whipped cream pastries and cakes. I am usually too busy to sit down and eat. I hope to leave this place soon.
11-28-2005, 02:19 PM
Hey, Carrotlady....I'm in the same boat as you!
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