View Full Version : I learned my lesson about the media!!!
03-26-2007, 05:59 PM
The newspaper found out I was a rawfoodist and wanted to do a story. I thought it would be a great way to get the word out as well as get the word out that I am teaching people how to fix some basic raw dishes. The lady from the paper was at my house for THREE hours interviewing and sampling my food. Even the photog was impressed w/my spread of food. She has had this story on her desk for FOUR weeks. I get a call while I am in the movies w/my mom and daughter. The reporter starts off by saying that she interviewed someone from some "national society of nutrition" and that they said this way of eating is lacking in xyz. I responded and then she started digging me for facts. I told her I was at the movies and could I get home to respond and she was like nope, they want me to turn this story in now. URGGGGG!!! The last THREE ladies that they did a story on had different diets , and the story ran about their diets and then some of the recipes they ate, but nothing disputing their diets. That is why I thought this would be a "safe" interview. I read the paper every day and not one time did I read ANYTHING disputing their diet. Had I known that was her angle I would have never agreed to it. I am now mad at myself for even agreeing to this stupid interview!!!
03-26-2007, 06:06 PM
Gosh, sorry you had to go throught that.
It's crazy, the so called experts say eat more veggies and fruits and when you happen to eat more than most people they have to find something wrong with it. Well least you got some experience, I'm sure there is a rainbow in it somewhere.
03-26-2007, 06:06 PM
Has it come out yet? Why get in all a huff about something you've not even seen yet?
03-26-2007, 08:11 PM
Yes, but you were courageous and that always entails the risk of being misunderstood.
So Delightedly Raw
03-26-2007, 09:42 PM
The last THREE ladies that they did a story on had different diets, and the story ran about their diets and then some of the recipes they ate, but nothing disputing their diets. That is why I thought this would be a "safe" interview. I read the paper every day and not one time did I read ANYTHING disputing their diet. Had I known that was her angle I would have never agreed to it. I am now mad at myself for even agreeing to this stupid interview!!!
If the stories were about diets, this one has to be the most unusual, by the S.A.D. standard. People are threatened by too much change. (I stopped telling people about my decision to be raw; I got such negative reactions! So now Iím quietly raw and very energized, while the rest of the non-raw world is dragging.)
Congratulations for taking the risk to spread the word! You are wiser now.:p
03-26-2007, 11:13 PM
Lessons come in All ways............Grow from it.
The way the normal media goes about things drives me nuts...their pretended impartiality. :rolleyes:
On the other hand, I run a small newspaper. If anyone would like to send me an article explaining raw food, I'd print it, as long as it isn't too lengthy.
03-27-2007, 06:16 AM
your first mistake was talking to the media . its obvious theyre insane manipulative predators with their own parasitic agenda . and are just another branch of the government ran by the power mad elite society . just give them the cold shoulder and watch them shrivel up into nothing like the wicked witch in the wizzard of oz . i have ZERO respect for them .
03-27-2007, 09:00 AM
Michigan: Do you not think that she feels bad enough? Maybe I am getting your post wrong, but it sounded as though you are blaming HER for what someone else did to her. She was trying to do a good thing. She stated her feelings in the post. Don't beat a person down after they have fallen down.
MissDiva: You never know what seed you may have planted. I have had people say negative things about my diet when it was only vegetarian only to come down with some illness later in life and come back to me wanting to learn more because they remembered the positives from way back when. Keep spreading the word. It will not come back to you void. Trust me on that. I talked to a GF last night who told me that within the year she has been diagnosed with Lupus (just like me years ago) and she told me that she has now gone to a raw diet and that I was the one who suggested that she did that years ago. I do not even remember ever discussing the raw lifestyle with her, but she remembered it years later and actually started doing it when she ran into a crisis. She shared with me that she went out got a Vitamix, dehydrator and completely revamped her diet and that of her entire family!!!
Be encouraged my sister.
03-27-2007, 09:31 AM
Thanks Goyethere4raw! I feel alot better with your post!!! Your right, if the article changes just one life then it was worth it.
Sharon in Colorado
03-27-2007, 10:09 AM
Is there somewhere we can read the article? Or somehow you can e-mail her info about how nutrients are the most available through raw food, not the other way around? Did the article go to print already?
I personally think it is awesome you did this interview. Just so you know, practically every mainstream article I've read on raw & living foods always have a "nutritionist" state some absurdity about how we aren't getting enough nutrients.
It is good for all of us to keep this in mind, it can be one of the very first things out of our mouths, how every nutrient is intact in raw food.
03-27-2007, 10:21 AM
For four weeks the story has been sitting on her desk and she did not come back and ask any questions. An hour before her deadline she calls me when I am in the movies that she wants more info. Even if I would have left the movies and went home I would not have had the info she wanted in enough time. I asked her if she could wait and it was like a "now or never" deal. So, I will let you know the outcome in tommorows paper. I guess it was just such a shock that she took my story to a totally different dirrection then the others. One lady even did " aryuvedic cooking" and they didn't dispute that or even look into it. They just accepted what she did and printed what she ate. I just knew my story was going to be along the same lines of her and the vegetarian.
03-27-2007, 10:30 AM
I just knew my story was going to be along the same lines of her and the vegetarian.
And it still may. Why create all this drama within before even reading the story? (I think I asked this already. You know how meno-memory can be ~ ummm, well, maybe not) :p
03-27-2007, 10:31 AM
Continue to celebrate your journey with raw and continue to stand on your convictions and use your voice.
Sharon in Colorado
03-27-2007, 10:32 AM
I'd send her an e-mail saying something like:
"I just want to let you know that you can't get any more or any better quality nutrients any other way than through fresh, undenatured food, in its true state, and I hope that if you quote some kind of "expert" refuting that, they will provide approriate evidence to back it up".
It couldn't hurt! And maybe she'll revise it before sending it to press.
03-27-2007, 10:32 AM
I also think it's awesome that you did it!!!
first of all, you yourself know how eating raw makes you feel and you've seen whatever results you have gotten, so you don't need to PROVE anything to anyone.
secondly, it seems like there is SO MUCH misinformation about any type of health/nutrition out there, so don't think it's just you. What I mean is, one day Doctors are telling us coffee is good, then the next week coffee is bad. Then it's low carbs are good, then they are bad. ANY DIET or health info can be disputed -- at least you got the word out there about raw foods and those people who read it and feel interested can go on and do their own research themselves and decide on their own.
I personally plan on teaching raw food classes and making a business through raw foods and spreading the word about it for myself and I've actually been thinking about this issue a lot lately. How am I going to deal with it when people oppose me and say I'm doing something "wrong"? I have a tendancy to not like confrontation either so I know it's going to be a huge issue for me that I'm going to have to deal with... all we can do is educate ourselves to the best of our ability and be an example of what we believe in.
03-27-2007, 11:41 AM
It will get people talking. It will spark SOMEONE's interest. Either good or bad. Preferrably good. So I feel that no matter how they will slander your quotes, it WILL get folks talking.
We had that at work. There was a controversial book that was included in a curriculum guide with the superintendent's blessing. There was an opt-out program the students could choose to take. The kids had to get parental permission to read this book as the language is nothing they haven't heard or used themselves. Well my boss spoke to the local (joker) newspaper and what he said was taken out of context and mis-interpreted and an uproar began. BUT it got folks reading the book, which btw was written back in '74 and more folks approved then didn't.
When people hear of something they don't know - hopefully a handful will investigate and decide for themselves if it's a sane idea or not.
Raw food is real food. Let's face it. Folks haven't had real food in a good number of years, so sure they will question the validity of this. Let them. When one questions - one learns.
03-27-2007, 12:33 PM
I agree that you shouldn't beat yourself up... stand proud.
And I also want to note that as the wife of a member of the media, Michigan, they're not -all- as you described.
03-27-2007, 12:46 PM
You know what they say in Hollywood. Thereís no such thing as bad publicity. If they are talking about it, it's good!
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