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07-19-2006, 11:27 AM
I have some very interesting and exciting news to share. I am still on my journey toward raw living for life. I still cannot say that I am 100% and I have had my moments with backsliding. Yet, I feel kinda motivated to strive and push myself to the distance. I've been casually mentioning to my mom, dad, sister and twin that the whole family should take a challenge. My mom announced the other day that she was going to try to eat fruits and vegetables for 1 week next month. This whole thing started when I suggested that the whole family engage in a 30 day healthy eating challenge in August. The idea was for each of us to discuss and customize our own healthy eating and living challenge-then support each other through exercising together and communicating. This is absolutely HUGE! This has encouraged me to punch even harder when fighting off those temptations and urges to be complacent in my learned SAD behaviors. I never expected that. My sister is going to try to do the 30 days raw with me next month also. I am happy for them. My sister has made leaps and bounds in her lifestyle. She went through a depression phase after her divorce. She was eating everything, and started smoking for the first time in her life after the divorce. She quit smoking cold turkey and hasn't looked back (about 6 months) and she went from fried and salty, to eating lots of salads, fish, baked chicken, nuts and fresh fruits. She is excited because she has lost weight and can actually "feel" the difference health-wise. Now she wants to attempt to try rawness. I never expected this (my mom eats a lot of animal protein). Even if she doesn't do this past 1 week, success can already be claimed. I say this because the very fact that she made a conscious effort to rethink how she its has made an impact. I am now more driven to hold myself accountable for being a positive role model and to end the cycle of backsliding. When I first started bugging everyone in the family about the family challenge, I was going to be satified with them simply making modifications in how they are currently eating. I did not expect my sister or my MOM to express a interest in raw eating. Wow! I am excited and nervous, I still have my daily struggles and I know that it simply life; I don't want to be a stumbling block.
07-19-2006, 11:33 AM
WOW, how fantastic and wonderful this is.
Now, you can all eat raw together, and support each other, and make recipes, and all that, it is so nice to have raw friends to work with.
congratulations on introducing your family to raw, and allowing them to question, and read and understand at their own pace.
and so does your family!!
07-19-2006, 11:33 AM
That is awesome! That is what actually got me started too, was wanting to be an example for my little sisters, that we CAN get better! :)
07-19-2006, 11:54 AM
Thank you rawpriestess and melissamouse!
I just edited my earlier post because I meant to say that our family challenge is starting in August. We (my sister and I) are even going to include the children in on healthy living.
My sister is eating very healthy these days, lots of salads and hardly any meats now. We have begun working on helping the kids to unlearn the unhealthy SAD diet and at least be aware of the healthier alternatives. Anyway, she thinks that the kids may freak out about this. Also, the kids (13/10/8) have been embedded with all this "food pyramid" stuff from school. So, I clicked on excel and I made a colorful weekly food chart for them and we are already using it and have been gradually removing certain food choices and restricting others. I think the chart will help them because they will be responsible for keeping track of the healthy food groups. We also made a list of choices from each of the food groups but with a raw/vegan perspective. They are going to help with the grocery list planning. I went shopping with my sister the other day and we loaded up on lots of fruits, and healthier food choices instead of those crappy frozen dinners and quick fix, hydrogenated and processed meals in a box.
07-19-2006, 11:59 AM
You know seeing your loved one's follow and head down the right path is so exciting!!!
Good job being the leader and showing them all the good stuff you already know!!
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07-19-2006, 12:02 PM
This is fasntastic Lavendarj!!!!!!!!!!!!
I daydream of the day my mother will conside raw.........keep us looped!
07-19-2006, 01:00 PM
THAT IS AWESOME! My mother has considered it. Maybe someday. My husband said he is thinking about doing the 30 day challenge soon. He was doing 70 + -% and then he fell down to about 30-40%, well he is back up to nearly 70%. He feels so much better at that level. I never thought he would consider going all the way, but he is thinking about it. Yeah!
07-19-2006, 01:32 PM
That is sooooooooo fantastic! =)
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