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12-15-2007, 09:19 PM
This is so exciting. Out of all my family, the one who needs it the most, is going to do the 30 day challenge. My dad has been overweight for as far back as I can remember. I remember seeing some photos of him in his 20's and he was very good looking! Well, now he is 320 pounds at 6'3. Very big German guy! Along with his obesity, he is suffering from high blood pressure/cholesterol, psoriasis, gout, borderline diabetes.. the list goes on.
So this is very exciting. My dad doesn't know a lot about raw food so he wants me to coach him through it. I already put Alissa's book in his bathroom for some toilet readings.. haha. So hopefully he reads through that.
Any ideas on how I can make it easier for him? I don't want to make it too planned out because the point of it is to eat whatever he wants as long as its raw. So i think I'm basically going to emphasize tons of green smoothies and salads and fruits, and always make sure that he has some kind of dehydrated meal and dessert on hand. This is going to be a lot of work for me, but he is well worth it. I want him to walk me down the aisle one day :)
12-15-2007, 10:13 PM
I am so excited for you and your dad! This will definitely be well worth the effort. I think that setting a good example for your friends and family is one of the best benefits of being raw. I am excited that my family and friends are showing interest now that I am doing it and am so enthuiastic about it.
Good luck, have fun, and keep us updated!
12-16-2007, 12:14 AM
how exciting! make sure he has LOTS of good raw foods on hand at least in the beginning. If he's a big man, he'll have a BIG appetite. I hope he gets very healthy soon and good luck!
12-16-2007, 06:14 AM
How wonderful for you to be sharing this lifestyle with your Dad, very special! I agree, have lots for him to choose from as he'll probably need that in the beginning. Turn him on to the Boutenko family and Victoria's husband ( big Russian man ).
Have fun with him !
12-16-2007, 12:00 PM
That's so awesome! Be sure to take good "before" comparison pictures for him. :)
12-16-2007, 12:18 PM
oh wow thats fantastic! your dad was awesome :)
let us know how it goes.
my dads the one that needs it the most,
hes overweight &unhappy about it, and constantly in pain,
i know hes not enjoying life fully.
but hes seen how ive lost weight and become healthier and he still doesnt want to.
he says he wants to eat the food he does (soo much fast food and microwave and takeout) and that hell just die young and thats okay.
im at a loss for how to help him.
they have to make the decision themselves.
he wont even try my raw desserts!
he thinks theyre "weird raw food" and wont touch them.
so if anything works well for your dad, let me know :)
12-16-2007, 01:07 PM
That is so exciting for both of you! The best thing you can do for him is to make sure he has 2 to 3 days worth of food always on hand. Check out some of the heartier recipes in Alissa's book. He is lucky to have you. :)
12-16-2007, 09:33 PM
All I have to say is wow. Completely awesome!:D
12-17-2007, 07:25 AM
hey - same here!
My dad - German, also suffering from many illnesses told me yesterday
"After Christmas I think I'm going to eat your raw food"
he ate raw food over the Lent period at Easter with my mother.
I think the best thing to do is to ask him how he wants to do it.
I made my parents' meals for this time and they were surprised how filling raw food it.
I would make some more transitional foods for him next time and not worry if things are 100% raw. I think my dad, and maybe yours too need to see that it can be a pleasant journey.
My dad said they fell off the wagon when they went to Germany and ate lots of cooked foods, but this time I will tell him that there is no wagon to fall off.
Eating raw food isn't a diet, it's a way of life and just eating more raw foods is good and even if some cooked food is eaten then raw food can still be eaten the next day.
My dad saw it as an all or nothing thing - but I want him to see that he needs to eat raw food all the time regardless of whether he chooses to add some cooked to it as well.
congrats by the way, and well done for leading the way by being a good example!
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