If you’re thinking of transitioning to a raw food lifestyle, you may well be asking yourself: “What will people say?”
One of the most common issues people have with eating raw is worrying about the social ramifications. Will you suddenly become a social outcast, or will people think you’re a “weirdo”?
Isn’t it ironic that when we try to look after ourselves better, especially through food, that the people around us so often try to talk us out of it, stand in our way, tempt us, tease us, make life a little bit difficult or just make negative comments that, sooner or later, often end up derailing us? It’s so easy to succumb, if only for an easier life.
If aliens visited our planet and observed what we ate, what we considered food and how we treated our most valuable possession, I suspect that they would run off laughing or shaking their heads in disbelief! And yet our immediate families typically think that the more processed and junk food they feed us, the more “loving” and “caring” they are being! We do know that they mean well, but really...?
Time for a little reframing maybe?
This is the reality most of us find ourselves in. Things are definitely improving though – I don’t doubt for one moment that raw food nutrition is the way things are heading – but as yet, the movement towards live nutrition isn’t quite fast enough to allow most of us to eat healthily without taking some stick for it!
Now, accepting that as a reality, we have two choices:
- We make our food choices to please ourselves
- We make our food choices to please others
(Remember who has to live with the consequences though.)
There can be a third option – a 50/50 approach – and that is the one I suggest you take at the start of your journey. That way you get to feel some of the benefits, and you also get to eat with your family, friends, partner and colleagues without having to listen to all the reasons why “you’ll fade away eating all that rabbit food” (you’re not) or why “you need a good hearty meal inside you” (you do – just not comprising of meat and potatoes!).
That said, if you’re braver than I was and think you can take anything that life or the people in your life can throw at you, then by all means do set your own pace.
You will come under the spotlight for your “strange eating habits” right from the start if you make a public announcement, so bear this in mind while making the transition!
You know why you’re eating raw and you know the benefits you can expect to gain. You can look forward to limitless energy, vibrancy and optimal health – so, as challenging as it may be sometimes, it’s definitely worth putting up with a few less-than-positive comments in the beginning.
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