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03-18-2007, 10:32 PM
I'm new here and considering starting the raw and living food diet, along with my husband. I am a mother of 2 kids, one of which is breastfed. Anyway, just wondering, what do you do when you are going over to grandma's house for Thanksgiving meal, or Christmas, and you don't want to miss out on the turkey and gravy and stuff. I'm hoping by next thanksgiving that stuff will just make me feel sick thinking about it and then it will be easy to pass. Anyway, what do you all think?
03-18-2007, 10:47 PM
Penny, hopefully you will not be tempted this Thanksgiving to indulge in the traditional turkey.
I made it clear beforehand that myself and my family will not be eating any of the "carcasses". I was a little bit more polite, but they got the message.
However, how does your husband feel? How does the child who is not breastfeeding feel? What do they usually eat? It could be a totally different scenario with husband and child.
If you and family are totally raw by Thanksgiving, then make it clear what you will and won't eat. I know that some families will wonder what drugs you are on, while others get upset, and yet others just quietly roll their eyes and will not ask you if you want something cooked.
My family was pretty good. I guess I was pretty lucky.
Whatever stage you are at, then just explain to your family. There could be alot of questions, arguments or just plain and simple dialogue (which is good).
Make sure you bring a couple of dishes that you and everyone can enjoy.
Best of luck.
03-18-2007, 10:47 PM
I was at a family dinner tonight and my mom made a huge pot roast and mashed potatoes and gravy and everything yummy. I brought along Alissa's pad thai and had a nice big salad. During the meal everyone asked me about my diet and I was able to tell them all how great I felt and how much energy I had. I wasn't tempted at all to eat the dinner as i was full from my own food. Plus I got the extol the virtues of being RAW! Everyone in my family is overweight and they were all commenting on how skinny i was. i sat and ate my apple for dessert while they stuffed themselves with cherry cheesecake and strudel...wonder why eh? It solidified my decision to be raw.
03-18-2007, 11:04 PM
Hi and welcome Pennypower!
Here are a few holiday threads from our recipe section here:
Now, some of those threads may have links to other threads that may not work since the upgrade of our forum kinda disrupted some link locations. But you can use our search feature to find more holiday ideas by typing in "holidays" or "thanksgiving".
If you have or get Alissa's book, there are two mock turkey/stuffing-type recipes, cranberry sauce and many other recipes that can be made for the holidays so you don't feel deprived.
03-18-2007, 11:26 PM
its thanksgiving already?
03-18-2007, 11:27 PM
Thanks everybody, I know it probably seems like a question with a very obvious answer. I have been doing tons of reading and I am REALLY excited to start, so I won't let one or two days a year of temptation stand in my way.
Also, my hubby is very supportive, but not sure if HE wants to go 100% raw. That's ok with me. I'll making the food anyway, so at home he'll be getting raw. He's cool with that.
My 5 year old is a little concerned, but I am confident I can get her on a 90% raw diet. She is homeschooled and not much affected my outside influences regarding food. She is VERY health consious too. Whenever she eats sweets she admits that she regrets it. She says "mommy, I should not have had too much sugar, I have a tummy ache now."
03-18-2007, 11:41 PM
Oh yeah, she'll be fine (your little one) - it's wonderful that you're getting her started now rather than later. It's easier.
Be sure to check out our "Raising Raw Kids" forum here as well for ideas for transitioning her as well as our homeschool discussions as there are many of us who are homeschooling/unschooling families!
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