byon 11-11-2011 at 02:09 PM (478 Views)
Are we really banned from talking about cooked food? How it affects us directly or indirectly? It seems a key level of support to talk about it...
As of right now, I'm doing ok with it. I'm having a rather large container of orange, pineapple, wheat grass and carrot juice and it's absolutely divine. But this is now. I'm sure around quitting time I'll be craving something else.
I'm so worried about Thanksgiving! My daughters and boyfriend are perfectly happy with the way I eat and aren't about to try and change my mind. It's the rest of my family that causes me grief. All of my endeavors (vegetarian, vegan, raw) to be healthy have been greeted with smirks and disdain. People that look me in the eye and tell me I don't know what I'm doing while they are 30 lbs overweight!
It doesn't matter if I tell them that the reason I don't want to eat their Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner is because, first and foremost, it makes me feel AWFUL! Isn't that reason enough? Doesn't it make you feel awful?
I was raised on a you-know-what and potatoes diet. Not to mention the requisite loaf and shmear that was on the table at every dinner. Being raised this way, it was difficult for me to find my own way because this was what mom and dad gave you. How could it possibly be wrong? It's difficult to see my father, with his diabetes, heart disease and just general malaise. I know he put himself there. But he doesn't. He's had 63 years of eating the way he eats. He places blame on the nameless elsewhere. It makes my heart sick that I can't save him. I can't save my brother and sister, either. But I've been teaching my daughters for as long as I can remember. I can teach by what I do. By what I put on the table each and every night.
Hopefully, it's enough.
Here's to being strong in the upcoming holiday season. I'll bring my healthy entrees for my family to munch on should they choose, but I'm aware that I can only change what I do. The rest is up to you. .