View Full Version : Tips on eating out while raw?
08-05-2006, 05:20 PM
I am a single girl, and go out on dates several times a week. Since most dates include dinner, I need tips on how to eat out while staying as raw as possible.
(I have been veg for the past 15 years, eat about 30% raw, but am trying to increase my percentage of raw.)
One tip that has worked for me in Japanese restaurants is to order veg sushi without the rice, along with a side salad.
However, I've also been ordering miso soup at Japanese restaurants, and I hear that there is controversy over whether this is considered acceptable on a raw diet or not. I would love to hear further tips or info on that point.
All tips appreciated.
Also, another problem I am having is that when my dates offer desserts and I decline, they pressure me, because they assume that I'm not eating dessert because I am watching my weight or something. I don't want to give men the impression that I am dieting or concerned about my figure, but neither do I want to go into a long discussion about my preference for raw foods with someone I don't know well.
If anyone else has been through this, I would appreciate hearing your stories. Thanks.
08-05-2006, 05:39 PM
I tell them that I am trying to incorporate more fruits and veggies into my diet.
Also, for dessert, I order fruit. Most restaurants have fruit salad or something with fruit in it- like a fruit sorbet but minus the sorbet.
It has worked out well for me...
08-05-2006, 07:40 PM
Also, another problem I am having is that when my dates offer desserts and I decline, they pressure me, because they assume that I'm not eating dessert because I am watching my weight or something. I don't want to give men the impression that I am dieting or concerned about my figure, but neither do I want to go into a long discussion about my preference for raw foods with someone I don't know well. That's strange. I've never really been into eating desserts right after a meal, especially at a restaurant even before becoming raw. No one has ever questioned it or tried to talk me into it. Maybe you need to be more firm in your response? As for explaining being raw, I would think that is a big part of who you are and should be something you mention to dates. You don't have to get into a heavy discussion, but just explain that you love eating very healthy and maybe even mention some of the benefits. Many will be intrigued. If they're turned off, then they aren't for you. It can be a great way to weed out the men. :D Or if you really don't want to discuss it, say you have allergies to a lot of foods.
Sorry Gilmore Girl,
I disagree with letting the date know on the first date, or even the second date. During that time your still getting a feel for the person, and deciding whether the person is someone you could potentially consider dating.
Maybe by the second, definitely by the third date let them know about your dietary choices. don't make up anything about allergies, just be honest and let him know about your dietary choices, and hopefully he'll be interested enough to do his own research and try it out or improve his own diet.
As for tips or suggestions: Just and FYI: assuming miso is considered raw or not by anybody, in order to make the soup out of it, they usually add it to boiling water to make the soup. Thereby killing/denaturing all of the enzymes and anything living in it. I personally would probably still stick with it though, as well as eating the vegetable rolls, jus b/c I like them :)
Do many places make them without the rice? Does it hold together well?
There are many threads about this type of topic. If you do a search, I'm sure you could find some :)
08-05-2006, 11:35 PM
As for myself, being of another generation, I don't date a smoker or drinker. Now that I am RAW and its MY choice. I want a RAW MAN....Again this is MY CHOICE........
08-06-2006, 12:18 AM
Sorry Gilmore Girl, I disagree with letting the date know on the first date, or even the second date. During that time your still getting a feel for the person, and deciding whether the person is someone you could potentially consider dating. Mentioning allergies is actually the truth as we're all allergic to a SAD diet. I can't understand waiting and wasting your time with someone that may not accept something so important about you. Why bother hiding it? I have no problem telling anyone I encounter I eat this way. It's a lifestyle and a big part of who I am. I could care less about anything negative anyone else thinks in regards to this. But then anyone I'd date would have some interest in health anyhow and would think it's great, regardless of whether he'd do it himself.
I didn't mean to offend you in any way. So please do not take my comments as me wanting to start an argument.
First off, I don't think it is honest to say that we are all allergic to a SAD diet. Yeah we know it does nothing good for our bodies, but for the sake of being fair to people with true allergies, its not fair to label it a name that it isn't.
Secondly, I know with guys I've dated or even friends/peers would consider the raw lifestyle as being very extreme and over-controlling. Please be aware that I am only 23 years old, so I am speaking for a small population of people in their early 20's. I was giving my advice based on this. I think it would come off as very extreme to a guy if I told him right off the bat that I eat only fruit. So I'd wait until probably the second date until I got to know him a bit better, and until I was more comfortable to be able to fully explain myself and not feel like I have to hold anything back. At that point, if he isn't accepting of my lifestyle, then we have no chance for dating or anything of that sort, besides a friendship.
This is all just my opinion though.
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