I was sitting on the couch pondering over some reactions I’ve had to being on a raw vegan diet. Some of my family and friends have been truly supportive of my decision to eat this way and others, not so much. I was really surprised at some of the skepticism I received over the raw vegan lifestyle. Things like:
“Ya know, when you juice you loose all the fiber. What are you going to do about fiber?”
“How are you going to get your protein from nuts and seeds?”
“I hope you’re not starving yourself on this diet just to loose weight”
Although these are very valid statements… I wonder, I just wonder why no one cared to ask these questions when I was eating hamburgers and French fries… I mean it’s protein, but no fiber and not to mention it’s going to clog my arteries and send me to an early grave
So to answer the questions:
In addition to drinking wonderfully delicious green juice I eat green leafy vegetables that give me enough fiber for my body. I also eat more sprouted nuts and seeds than I can possibly imagine. I am not now nor will I ever starve myself.
So ladies and gents if your family and friends are giving you a hard time about the lack of nutrients you’re receiving eating a raw or vegan diet instead of the standard American diet… Ask them, “why now?” Why all of a sudden is my nutrition soooo important?
I really love this! Such a true statement– why were you not as concerned about my health when I was halfway through a piece of german chocolate cake? It really is so funny to think about…
adrian …I hear too much attitude.
that aint neccessary….alot of people are ignorant and you just have educate them. I support you and I am proud of you.
Hi Michelle,Great site, and great idea: it’s one of those things that you think damn, I sholud have patented it 1st I’m in the UK, so don’t unfortunately have a Trader Joes, but I’ve tried the bagels and hummus route a few times, and it’s pretty good. I love black pepper and sea salt hummus: see if you can track it down if you’ve never had it. Gorgeous.I’d be very interested to see if you could say anything in future on how you’ve found communicating and talking about your veganism to friends/family/spouses. I’ve been vegan for years now, and still find this one of the most challenging, but also sometimes inspiring parts of my life.Respect,Barry
Had my first cup of coffee with honey today and I’m glad to say it was still good! I am cleglanhed to empty my cabinets of the sugar (white n brown) and then like you shared in another post, when I have a splurge day and have something with sugar in it and experience that gross feeling, I’ll hopefully learn my lesson, lol! Thanks for sharing the wealth of knowledge!!
hmm, although I do agree somewhat I don’t think it completely fair. Yes most are more concerned about your diet now because you are on a more extreme diet than most, but some were also concerned about your health prior to the raw diet, hence going through the apartment and throwing all the sweets in the trash (it was hard to watch I know!), cooking well balanced breakfast in the AM, trying to get you to exercise, and of course you can’t forget the diabetes song! :] I did however instigate a lot of baking! Glad to see that you were concerned enough about yourself to make a lifestyle change! You go glen co co!
I don’t think your diet is “more extreme” than the other extreme of the Standard American Diet, which overloads/overemphasizes protein far more than is healthy for us and is so high in saturated fat and cholesterol. If anything, you are just going back to nature for your nourishment, and that is fantastic. Keep up the great work, and I hope that others will follow suit and be supportive of the healthful adjustments in your diet!
P.S. I experienced the same types of reactions when I made the switch to a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle.
FYI, chopping on grtniae will dull your knife quickly because the surface is too hard for your blade to hold its edge. You might wanted to use a soft wood or plastic cutting board.
That’s a really good point… I’m guilty of that kind of thing. (Although I’m often surrounded by people with bad body image who really might just be trying to starve themselves. So that’s my excuse.)
I loved this post.
Keep at it girl! Proud of you guys!
Good question. They’re so concerned because they know they’re being left behind in the world of lethargy and slow digestion and a body that doesn’t love you back. Don’t let them hold you back, girl. I know you won’t 😉
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