View Full Version : need help with people who question?
02-02-2008, 02:32 AM
i need your guy's help.
i am trying to go raw but i am doing better going slowly then 100%. one day i would love to be 100%. i have talked a few times about raw with my mom and she of course has some concerns. am i getting enough grains, proteins? she says a body needs more than fruits, veggies and nuts/seeds. she is also concerned about me getting pregant someday and not having adequate nutrition and the baby might get a deformalty, or like a syndrome. she is really concerned about how i would like to raise my baby raw. she says an adult body is different than an infant;s and that an infant can;t live on fruit and veggies. she then went on to tell me about how on the news there was this couple who were veggies not raw trying to bring there baby up veggie and the baby ended up dying of malnutrition and now the parents are in jail. my mom is just concerned not critising. here is where i need help. i know it is the best but i can;t seem to find the right words to explain. could you help me?
02-02-2008, 04:21 AM
I'm not sure if I'm the best person to answer but I'm sure lots of other people will be able to help you!
Firstly, have you read Alissa's book? If you own it you could even just show your Mum. It discusses protein etc in there. One thing I did learn from Sergei Boutenko is that we get proteins from greens. Protein is just amino acids, those amino acids are actually found in greens. So we get protein the same place that gorilla's do!
When people ask me why I do what I do in regards to food I just explain that when we cook food we kill the enzymes in it which are needed for digestion, assimilation of nutrients etc
If calcium comes up you could bring up the study about casein which is the protein in cows milk that has been linked to cancer. Animal protein in general has been linked to cancer (The China Study).
I'm not sure if this helps sorry... hopefullly someone else will be along soon! :p
02-02-2008, 10:09 AM
Don't be discouraged and DO study and read until YOU fully understand why you do what you do. And as you learn you will be better able to explain to others in a non threatening way how our wonderfully designed bodies work. I agree, if you don't have Alissa's book you should get it, it has a lot of great information as well as recipes. I love the illustration I read (I don't remember where) about how do cows (who we supposedly get calcium from??!!) get their calcium? FROM THE GRASS THEY EAT! Same with the protein they get. I also read that the time our bodies are growing the fastest (the first couple years of life), the optimum nutrition is breast milk which if I remember correctly is 5-7% protein - very similar to the protein content in fruits and veggies! READ, READ, READ. And you will be able to answer the questions when they come your way. Good luck. And I'm sure you will be getting more great advice.
02-02-2008, 10:58 AM
Alissa's book will take care of ANY question or concern sent your way.....buy it and more importantly READ it.....then let your Mom read it. Then you and your Mom can discuss the topic and who knows she will probably want to start adding more raw to her diet also. At least both she and you will know more where your coming from....I have seen people who do this way of eating and they really don't look all that great,(of course this happens on any diet, SAD or vegan or vegetarian etc.) then there's people who look sooo healthy....it comes down to education. Help put your mothers mind at peace, she loves you. Judith:)
02-02-2008, 11:26 AM
Quick note: I still have people mention to me that poor family that had the infant die. They were troubled people. They were not raw vegans. They simply underfed that baby. He didn't have enough calories to simply survive. The baby died of neglect and also had severe diaper rash indicating he wasn't being cared for. It was absolutely no reflection on the raw vegan diet. The media grossly distorted it and tied it into the health food movement, just another corporate move to undermine the healthy food cause.
You sound young and bright and wonderful. The best thing you can do is keep reading lots and lots of books on the topic of raw vegan eating. That way you'll continue to educate yourself on this important topic and keep yourself motivated and be able to articulate matters to others.
Alissa's book, obviously
anything by Victoria Boutenko
Dr. Gabriel Cousens - he's a medical doctor, that helps to impress "normal" people. Been raw vegan for decades, is in his sixties and looks like he's in his forties and is incredibly strong and vibrant.
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