So you’ve made the decision to start incorporating more raw food into your daily life – congratulations! Now how on Earth do you tell people without them thinking you’re a nutcase? 🙂
Sadly a lot of people get a negative response if they show that they are in any way different from the “norm”. Please try not to judge them, often people have a tendency to react badly to subjects that they know nothing about. I was like that once, making fun of vegetarians, and now look where I am…all it took for me was to know one vegetarian, before then, I’ve never been exposed to it.
If you have a wonderful self esteem (good for you!!!) then you can follow Dr. Seuss in thinking:
“Be who you are and say what you feel,
because those who mind don’t matter,
and those who matter don’t mind.”
However, the majority of us will probably care to a certain extent what other people think of us. I like to divide them into groups:
1. Close family and friends
2. Understanding acquaintances
3. The critical clueless
Telling your family you have started eating raw food
For some of you, telling your family will be the easiest thing in the world, if they are similar to you in the way they perceive life. Telling my mum and grandma was the best, they went raw with me that same week after I told them how amazing with it – and my grandma is over 70 years old and ate meat up until this year…this is for those of you who think its impossible to change elderly people or those with very strong habits.
Not all family is like that though, for some of you it may be terrifying, but they are your family and there’s no point in hiding it (unless you speak once in 5 years). If you still live with your parents, try including more salads and raw vegetables into your meals. If they start asking why, tell them that you’ve read that raw food is good for you and you want to give it a try. Gradually they may not even notice if you stop eating other stuff at the table, and each time drop a line about how raw food is making you feel, like “oh wow I love the feeling that I’m full but not awfully stuffed like I used to be”. Another great way of getting approval, is by making (or buying) raw desserts and getting your family to try, most likely they will be shocked and will love the flavour! If your mums the main cook, try making it with her, she might get curious at how easy it is to make raw stuff.