You've got a great heart. Remember: the best thing you can do for those around is be joyful and successful. People don't need theoretical knowledge...they need a working example.
Ah, our 'Davamazin' speaks. That's wonderfully said.
Originally Posted by DavidZaneMason
Some people truly are not in the know about matters of nutrition but I believe that deep down, we all know that this is the right way to eat but people simply don't want to make sacrifices for health, even if that sacrifice is something as small as taste and they experience so many better things because of it. The bottom line is that people generally don't like it when someone challenges their beliefs (especially if they think you might be right) because that makes them feel threatened and they start to wonder if they might be wrong. When we come along and tear down the foundation of lies that 'healthcare' and 'nutrition' were built on, people get scared, so they lash out at the bringer of knowlege. Just continue shining on with your perfect raw health and they will all see. This movement is growing and soon everyone will see.
I try to take conversations like these really easy, otherwise you might end up in a verbal fight...
I have my beliefs, which others might find wrong.
Others have their beliefs, which I might find wrong.
Every day is a new day - embrace it!
I've been noticing that civilized conversation and exchange of information is not common these days. People do feel the need to go into attack mode - I need to learn to shut down when they do that and not exhaust myself trying to engage on that level. I need to quickly realize what is happening and not get caught up into their negative emotion. You have shown me that you have a wealth of information on the topic of raw to share with those that are interested. I suppose it goes back to why people choose to become raw. If you are feeling fine why change anything?
Yeah, that is sad. But I can remember doing the same thing because I was so freaked out after hearing of a family who all died of botulism poisoning from eating tainted canned beans. The word is that if you boil canned vegetables for at least 20 minutes, the botulism will be killed. Maybe that is what she is doing.
Originally Posted by luvnraw
What is really sad about that is that people actually get these canned veggies when they could so easily get fresh, even if they are going to cook them. At least that way there might be a little more of the nutrients left in them and you wouldn't have the risk of poisoning.
Have a great day!
I know how it feels to feel like you are being attacked. I felt this way for many years. I was into "healthfood" way before it became the thing to do.
My family thought I was crazy, schoolmates said I ate bird food.
My brothers kids are sickly so he got into "healthfood" and now homeschools ... like I did
My other brother is growing an organic apple orchard. Because he can make more money with organic ... still it's a start
My own children grew up thinking healthfood was scary as my mom and dad would give them SAD and all the junk they wanted. Things have changed and they eat much better and often tell me I was right.
Now 20 years later my family comes to me with their health issues. Some are thinking of fasting and cleansing .. woohoo It's been a long road to haul but I stuck to my guns.
FYI, eating fruits and veggies doesn't cut down on any steps in protein digestion. The amino acids in those are still bound up in protein (chains of amino acids and peptides) and have to broken down just like animal protein does.
People get concerned about using non-meat foods as a source of protein because most plants have incomplete proteins (low in or lacking one or more essential amino acids) and believe that the protein is therefore inferior or unusable by the human body. Really, no matter what we eat with protein, it gets broken down into its consituent amino acids for the body to then recombine as needed.
I've not outed myself as a raw foodist to many people in my non-net associations. If people are at some place ordering their stuff and I either order a salad or nothing at all then I'll just do it. If I am asked why, I'll say I am not too hungry and/or, this looks like something I'd really enjoy eating.
I have posted here before about how I cringe at my food and my eating being the focal point of attention and discussion in any given situation. Next time just say, "I eat this way because it feels good to me", if you are asked.
I have discussed my way of life with people but they have to have shown themselves to be "interested" parties, not people simply looking for ammunition for empty debate.
I agree with rawandnatural. I don't usually talk about being raw unless I see someone is open to it.
I learned a life lesson about eleven years ago. I would carry my baby is a sling all the time(it was very uncommon back then). Some people would come up to me very angerly and tell me how it can break the babies back, how his neck hurts in that position(people said this while he was sleeping!!), or other stupid things. At first I answered back, politly than sarcasticly, than I just learned to be quiet. I didn't understand why they would say these things. But I eventually realized that these comments stem from two sources. One, this is different than they are used to, and truelly want to help. Two, they see me holding my baby and deep,deep, deep down they feel they should be doing that. But they aren't. So when they yell at me they are trying to quiet their own inner voice. They feel guilty that they don't/didn't hold their baby. So they yell, inorder to quiet that inner voice. It has nothing to do with me or my baby. It's their issue.
Same with food. People see us eating healthy, and feel guilty that they aren't. Deep, deep down they know eating fruit and veg is the best way. But they aren't there yet. They don't want to hear those inner voices, so they yell, and attack. But it's not really against you(even though it feels like it is), it's against their own inner voices.
Be strong. Don't try to convince anyone that isn't open to the idea. Its not worth all the effort.
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