View Full Version : Does anyone else deal with this?
04-02-2007, 08:23 PM
I have been in the process of transitioning to this lifesyle for about three months now. I want to do this and understand for health reasons why it is important. I have the desire and most of the tools. (Including Alssia's book and dvd) I just recieved my dehyrator today, which I am excited about. However; I have break downs of SAD food at times and it drives me crazy.
Today is a perfect example. I work at a doctor's office and drug reps bring us lunch each day so they can talk to the doctors. I usually bring my own lunch and do fine, but today I was going to eat my fruit and they brought pizza and I had two peices of cheese pizza v's my fruit. Work is my main temptation and I am for sure the only one there who eats this way.
I am just wondering does anyone else deal with this? Will it get easier? I know the best way is to go cold turkey (Alissa states in her Dvd and I think her book as well) So I would like you feedback. Thanks!!
04-02-2007, 09:26 PM
I live with it every day all day. My son, dil and two grandchildren eat Sad. I even cook for them and make sad food. It is not easy but I am committed to getting healthy and losing weight. My son mentioned just yesterday that my month was up for the challenge and I told him that I could not eat cooked food as my psoriasis is not cleared up and besides that I feel so much better eating this way. I have all the stuff in the house so why would i go back to the old way of eating.
I served at church for a funeral a week ago. It all smelled so good and I had to work for 6 hours with all that good smelling food. I finally ate some dill pickles but left the ham, cheese, all kinds of desserts and salads made with ingredients I should not have for everyone else.
Maybe u should take a smoothie to work with u. An apple is not enough to keep u on the Raw path. Something so good that everyone will want yours and then u can sit and enjoy it while the rest r eating food u know is not healthy. Take a few nuts, a smoothie (they stay good for a long time) maybe some kind of Raw cookie. Some r so easy to make and taste so good. The bigger selection u have with u the better u will be able to pass up the unhealthy foods.
But in the long run it is very hard. It is up to u to make the choice. Any change is hard and u have to decide how bad u want to make the change.
04-02-2007, 11:29 PM
I read your post and thought I had written it. I too have been trying for the last 2 to 3 months to go 100% raw. Not quite there yet. However, I just started participating on Raw Food Talk and in just two or three days of hanging out online, going through the site and looking at all the info and messages, I feel a renewed commitment to make it to 100%.
I don't have children and so was able to spend quite a bit of time online this weekend. I think participating in this process is helpful to getting to the goal. There is so much support here that I really think that is what will make the difference for me.
I started out great today with a green smoothie, few almonds, big green salad for dinner. Then for some reason I headed for the crackers and cheese. I don't really even care about crackers and cheese. I usually go for sweets. Even so, this is a good day for me.
Your work challenge is just that. Have your own stuff with you, be prepared. I've been on a number of diets and if I'm not prepared with food, treats, I'm a gonner when there is some chow around.
Just thought I'd respond, you are not alone. :)
04-03-2007, 12:51 AM
Its a Journey, sometimes we fall down, then we GET UP. Its about the Choices we make. We Keep doing it until we get it Right.....
I wish you everything you need to Stay RAW.........
04-03-2007, 02:52 AM
Yes I deal with it. And I am not as successful as others. I am only high raw. I have however, the last 3 days, with the weather heating up - gotten dh to eat salad for dinner. He may choose to add crackers but this is HUGE for him. Our son has eaten fresh salsa for 2 days. Normally he eats no fruits and no vegetables other than french fries. They are both very very very stubborn. It is painful to spend time and money on raw creation that they refuse to even taste. I also have to deal with it at work when I am there. It is extremely difficult. Especially when weather makes it difficult to leave the premises on lunch break. (Too hot to escape outside)
So you are not alone.
I remember being told that raw food lifestyle is hard. I think this is the hard part.
04-03-2007, 06:18 AM
thank you so much for your responses. I love this fourm. It is so helpful. I know what I need to keep at it. It just helps to vent to you all who are also doing this same lifestyle change. It also helps knowing I am not alone. I do believe in this world we are swimming upstream informed and everyone else is going downstream not informed.
04-03-2007, 09:40 AM
It is one of the hardest things we could ever do-change our diet.
I deal with the workplace struggles too-sometimes I make good choices, sometimes I don't. It is a challenge, but we can do this. Everyday is a new day!!
good luck to me and you.
04-03-2007, 10:55 AM
Hang in there! It does get easier! :-) I've been raw almost three years and cooked food doesn't even really seem like real food anymore.
Be sure to bring LOTS of yummy raw food (whatever your favorites are) every day to work and eat often to stay satisfied. That way you won't feel deprived when others are eating things you used to enjoy. It is crucial to change your mindset from one of deprivation to one of abundance and freedom.
Make a commitment to stay raw one day at a time, every day. Tell yourself that you just have to stay raw today!! It seems so much more managable that way.
Wishing you all the best,
04-03-2007, 11:35 AM
-The REAL process you are undergoing is one of being able to identify and be truly motivated for what you REALLY want. It's one of consciousness. If you don't WANT poor food choices - don't eat them. If you DO want poor food choices - then eat them. What you are doing is learning to identify more with your highest levels of desire.....and not be schizophrenic with what you REALLY want.
-If you find yourself compulsoraly eating poor food choices - then make it more conscious by choosing only specific times / places / events where you are going to eat those things. Don't just wait for temptation and then give in. You set the temptation on the table - at a time and battlefield of YOUR choosing. NEVER engage the enemy on a battlefield of HIS choosing! LOL. If you do it with food - a person will often lose!
-David Z. Mason
04-03-2007, 04:17 PM
We have the same problem in my office. Those darn drug reps bring in everyone's favorite SAD food! Yesterday it was a grocery bag of candy bars! Thank goodness that doesn't tempt me any longer.
Fortunately, we have a sign posted in the office that says when we are expecting a rep and what they are bringing. This helps a lot to know in advance. For instance, if they would have come today for lunch unannounced I may have been feeling stressed around lunch and caved in. But, when I am prepared I bring my favorite raw foods -- my own version of a pizza or burger and I don't feel like I am missing anything at all!!! Most days I just have juice or fruit but for some reason I need "more" on the days the reps are there so preparing ahead really helps.
Could you prepare something you would really enjoy and leave it at the office for a couple days in case they show?
04-03-2007, 08:10 PM
You can look for the recipe for the raw choclate cheesecake on here. I make that and it is sooo good. You need to start taking things to work that is soo good that even the sad eaters will want it!! Make them want YOUR food. (people can't believe the raw chocolate cheesecake is not cooked!) and I love eating it around my friends for breakfast. Why? Cause I can because its HEALTHY!!! rp's brownies is another good treat you can take to work. Sad eaters love that one too!!
04-04-2007, 06:30 AM
I cook for my family, and eat raw. It takes a while for your BODY to adjust but once it does, you can be surrounded by cooked food and not be the slightest bit tempted.
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