View Full Version : SAD family reunion was sad
09-17-2007, 09:50 AM
I went to a big family reunion this weekend, and there were four tables covered in SAD food. I brought a big beautiful bowl of fruits (grapes, blueberries, kiwi, mango, strawberries, & raspberries). Anyway, I haven't seen a couple of my brothers in a year. They were way over weight now! It made me so sad to see. Also, everyone there was overweight except 3 or 4 of my cousins. They don't think twice about eating all that crappy food, like ham, barbecue chicken, cakes, etc,. But all my cousins kept telling me how great I looked, and they watched to see what I ate, only big plate of fruits. I tried to talk to one of my brothers about him eating greens, which I don't think he ever eats, or fruit. Don't think he will though. It's just sad when you see so many in your family overweight and with high blood pressure, etc. :(
09-17-2007, 10:08 AM
I'm sorry that your reunion seemed a bit of downer as far as the food and 'health' of your fam, but I hope you at least had some fun :D
My father is at his wits end and fairly unhealthy and let me tell you, the WORST eater I have ever known.....lets see he eats ice cream for meals, is under the impression that a starbucks breakfast sandwich is more nutritious then a home made one.....ugh :(
my mom could use a diet change.....I know she won't go raw for the moment, but she could use more organic whole foods.....::cries:: anyways lol
I know what you mean, it is almost hard to sit there and watch your family go through what you did, and you have an answer or at least some of one....but my hope is someday I will reach them!
Good luck to you and best wishes!
09-17-2007, 10:19 AM
yes, it was fun to visit and catch up on everyone's lives, we all had a good time. I just wish I could convert them all to drink green smoothies instead of what they eat. But, I know that will never happen. :D
09-17-2007, 10:22 AM
it might not happen, but wouldn't it be AWSOME!! lol
a salad would be nice too!!
:D have a good one! I'm heading back to bed atm lol, have a really bizare head cold.....my bestfriends atm are my pillow, blanket and tissues!!
09-17-2007, 11:11 AM
YUP. I know exactly what you mean. It's really sad, pardon the pun.
People DO watch what each other eats, especially if they are not overweight and everyone else is... I have experianced this..somettimes the SAD's will ask me, "why aren't you eating anything?" and there I am with a huge plate full of salad and fruit. Guess that doesn't count as food??:confused:
I hear you... I was at a party this weekend and I couldn't believe the food... people were stuffiing themselves; pizza, pies, chips, all junk... I couldn't believe it. I haven't told alot of people about my raw journey just because they look at you as if you are wierd so when the pie was going around everyone was like, have a piece of pie, and all I said was I don't eat dairy or wheat...nobody asked why. It is really SAD!!!! But I thought that used to be me 2 years ago... I would have loved all that stuff... And while it does still look and smell yummy, I wasn't tempted at all... I brought my own green smoothies to the party and people thought that was pretty wierd too. Most people have never heard of a green smoothie!
09-17-2007, 12:34 PM
Give it time. It has taken my family a couple of years but the more stuff I send them the more they gravitate towards eating healthier. I even have my mom making my grandmother green smoothies for healing after surgery and my Step Dad is adding greens now to his smoothies. We're talking meat eating, ben and jerry's every night, bag of lays potato chips in one sitting, kind of people. My sister told me the other day she hasn't eaten meat in over a month. They're making strides. You never know who you will influence and how, but it's impossible not to plant a seed.
09-17-2007, 01:04 PM
You never know who you will influence and howA few words of caution. I have found that pushing people to change even when its for their own good can become a sore spot in a relationship. For me, I have found that just lying back and saying nothing until asked works best. I know that can be hard when its family and friends health at issue. Has anyone got any ideas on how to help them without the issue becoming a wedge ?
09-17-2007, 02:09 PM
Garden Granny, Please never say never. I didn't think my family would be open to this raw way of eating either. But my mom is now eating raw and my dad has asked me to come up and show him how to do it. And my bff just ordered her dehydrator and joined RFT! So...it is possible! And me...I was a fast food junkie big time! Just keep showing them a great example...and give them time...you never know. ( :
09-17-2007, 02:22 PM
sorry you went thru that... great to see family - but so sad to see the condition many of them are in....
I also just went thru somehting similar. I went to a 1 year baby luau... big events out here in Hawaii... I was running late - (had to work late)... and didn't take any food with me...
the menu consisted of Japanese style rice, stir fryed rice, pork AND PEAS, beef and BROCCOLI, kaulua pig, laulau (pork and butter fish wrapped in taro leaves and steamed in ti leaves...) a beautiful dish of every kind of vegetable imaginable -- beautifully cut and julianned... then killed evey enzyme by cooking it to death in shou and beef stock... sigh... oh and poi.... then there were TWO tables of desserts.... not one BUT TWO loooong tables of cookies, cakes, brownies, haupia coconut sweet treat, birthday cake was on it's own table - so technically I guess there were three tables of desserts!!)
I was soo saddened - there were children there that I haven't seen in at least a year... many of them had gotten OBESE.... kids... obese... they were loading their plates down with death... gawd it was soo sad...
needless to say - there was nothing there I could eat OR DRINK.... sweet fruit punch or beer... blechhh...
I was painting faces until 9:30pm... so I just stayed busy and left after I was done... went home and devoured a HUGE salad with yummi'licious avocado!!
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