raw and freedom
Reason for Raw:
I feel like I am constantly trying to better myself. I am well known for starting things and half-assing it. Tried to be vegitarian, then vegan, then MC and only did 4 out of the ten days. Now, I know I'm not perfect, however I feel judged. The fact that I don't accoplish these things does not bother me because I know that they were not right for me at the time. However I think people see me as a flake. I am going 100% raw for many reasons starting Monday. I have been fiddling around with it the past few weeks and adore the food, recipes and how I feel at the end of the day. I am worried about this next weekend trip with my husbands family. I plan on bringing a lot of my own food. I'm not sure how to take the critisism. I know that they are going to see me as young, silly, and doing one more thing that I won't end up sticking to. I just want to be taken seriously. I AM trying to find myself and it is a long process. This I know.
The reasons I feel raw will be best for me are: the obvious health benefits, freedom from binging (as most raw food is not what I would call binge food), freedom from counting calories and worrying about what unhealthy food I had eaten, will not be able to use food as a crutch in dealing with my emotions, and I see it as a step forward in simplifying my life. Peeling off a layer in order to get closer to my core. I have a lot of work to do but I feel that this is an area I am ready to move forward in.
Sorry for the long rant - if you have actually read this far... Thank You!
Good luck on your trip. It can be done w/ preperation. I will be put to the test as well when we go on vacation very soon.
TRY and not worry about what others are telling you about your choice of living!
It's hard to not worry if they are going to say anything. But, I read someone else say this. If you don't make a big deal of it, noone else will either.
If you are confident in your reasons for going raw, then just do it with no apologies to ANYONE.
You'll do great and I'm looking forward to reading how well you did on your trip!
ONE DAY AT A TIME :D
"Just because you aren't where you want to be...
Doesn't mean you aren't where you should be!" :cool:
Maybe instead of calling it raw and explaining all the dry facts behind, you should just tell them that you have changed since last time, that you much better like this (salad and apples and all) and how you feel so much better this way. You could even tell them that you do not feel well on the stew or the steak anymore, I know this is true for me.. Good luck!
Fly forever free..
"It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look." ~Henry D. Thoreau
Photography is my way of painting the atmosphere around me, opening my eyes to the splendour of the world.. Glimpses of my effort can be seen here:
AHHH why do I do this? I was sapposed to make a couple goodies to take on our family vacation this w/end. So I made some SAD goodies that everyone would like... I ate them and ate and ate... and continued eating crap food all day. Practically binging! What happened. 4 straight days of feeling fabulous... and now I do this to myself. Crap. Oh well... I can't expect to go ALL raw all at once. Whatever not a big deal right? But it is interesting the way my brain, once it got a little taste of sweet treats, it was like GIVE ME MORE NOW!!! ... and don't stop until you are utterly SICK. And I was like OK. I plan on continuing my raw journey as of right now. I accept my binge as a trasitory (is this a word?) thing.
By the way, I appreciate your responses. I think I will do just that. Not make a big deal out of it. Nobody really needs to hear all the details... I WILL DO GREAT! Thanks for the support!
I'm going on a trip too. I'll try using those tips as well. Will be hard staying at someones house and not eat what they serve. Maybe we'll be on our own for meals so I wont have to feel bad for not accepting their food.
"Fish are friends, not food."
I have found that the best way to avoid long discussions/explainations about how you eat is to just eat! There are really no explainations necessary. When I first decided to adopt a vegetarian diet I simply took veggie versions of the things I liked to eat when I went to family gatherings and I was lucky in that every family gathering had vegetables and other things that I could eat. If I was at a cookout - I would just drop a few veggies burgers or "hot dogs" on the grill and none would be the wiser. No one really made too big a deal out of what I was eating because I didn't. My extended family are all huge meat eaters and they do not understand why I eat the way I do. But since I don't really talk about it - they don't talk about it - they just accept that that is the way I eat. I have a few family members that are interested in how I eat and they will ask questions - but the others just leave me alone.
Since I have started working on adopting a raw lifestyle, I have two family members that I have told and they are very supportive. Otherwise I just don't talk about it.
When I do get the questions about why I don't eat meat - I just say that I don't feel good when I eat it or that it stays in my stomach for too longand I don't like the way it feels. End of discussion.
I have just been saying I don't eat cooked food and when ever I make a really pretty dish I take it over to my families while they are having dinner and they all look at it and then look at their SAD food and say man, I think I might start eating that kind of stuff and I smile and then tell them how to make it.
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