Hi all -
I'm new around here - so thought I'd start with a litte intro before jumping right in ....
I went raw for about 6 months a year ago -- it was the best time of my life. Then I "fell off the wagon", and have been running to try to catch up with it ever since.
It (the wagon) finally stopped, (whew!), and I'm ready to climb back on board.
Who was it that said something about, "an unexamined life"? Well, I have been doing a lot of reflection on what makes it difficult for me to sustain this way of life, and trying to gain some strategies, so they don't derail me this time, as I attempt once more to turn eating raw from a really, really good idea into an actual long-term, doable and sustainable lifestyle.
I am so excited to find this forum, and am reaching out, to tap into all of your wonderful experience, energy and wisdom, to help me "overcome"
Hopefully, in some small way, I can return the favor some day when I am further down the road.
So, that brings me to my first obstacle/barrier/thing I need to find a solution for....
as you know, we live in a highly social world, and most of that socialization is around FOOD, and sadly (wink), out in the SAD food world of restaurants, dinner at friend's houses. trying to grab a bit to eat during a long workday, etc etc etc.
I forgot to metntion, I am single, I live by myself, and I work full time (a lot of hours). So it takes, oh...about...maybe about 2 seconds for this subject to come up for me when I decide to get serious about going raw. Either a friend will invite me over for dinner, or out to dinner, or whatever. Or I will simply go to work, get hungry, and.... OUCH! man, sorry, it just really hurts to keep falling off the wagon. I really need to start wearing a helmet.
ok, so let's keep this simple: Here's my right now situation.... I just started a 3-day green juice fast, to get me "back on the wagon", which will be followed by eating all the yummy fruits and veggies I just stocked my fridge with. I'm going to be feeling really good..... but next Saturday night, I have been invited over to a friend's house for dinner with the family.... (nonraw, nonvegetarian, lovely lovely people).
How do I stay raw, eat well, not upset my now clean and detoxing system, while not hurting thier feelings, insulting the cook, and generally feeling like the "weirdo" in the room?
Please, this is an ongoing issue.... please share any advice/strategies/etc that you can.... they are much appreciated!!
(and thanks for reading to the end of what turned out to be a fairly long post!)