By The Rawtarian

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In this episode of The Raw Food Podcast The Rawtarian shares a powerful story about "riding a bus" as a metaphor for healthy eating. She then summarizes a number of comments made about the story from Rawtarian website participators.

Long episode. Lots of inspiration here for helping you deal with other people in your life who are not supportive of your way of eating.

Read the full bus story here. Scroll down on this page for the comments that are referenced in today's show :)

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There's no need to cut out meat. Grass-fed beef and humanely (no factory farming) fed animals are actually much safer to eat raw than those spewed out by the factories. I eat everything raw meat and milk included. A lot of meat has the necessary fats to give you that energy boost since you said your energy level drops. When you cook meat (or anything in general) you lose a lot of the nutrients and enzymes beneficial to the food. I have been eating raw animal products for a year now and not only have I not got sick but I have a ton of energy, never feel hungry (keeps me full for hours at a time on very little) and it completes all the necessary nutrients you should get from eating a completely raw diet. Hope this helps.

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I can see beef being acceptable to eat raw or venison, but what about fowl like organic chicken or turkey, I imagine you could not eat that raw. If you could tell me specifically what meat you eat raw and in what amounts that would be great. Thanks.

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What a great story about the bus - I have seen the signs and I am desperately trying to get off the bus, but unfortunately my husband has grabbed hold of the back of my dress and is hanging on for all his worth preventing me from getting off = his fear is as he keeps telling me is "you are eating rubbish"! He does not like nor will he eat vegetables, salads or even fruit. He is very hard to cook for and because of my deteriorating health I really NEED to get off this bus. I am trying though and I know that I will succeed, I just have to learn how to eat healthily and then I will become healthy and then that will be the proof I need to help him get off the bus too. That is why I m going to do the '30 day raw challenge' and with your help I will succeed. Sincerely Helen

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I am having a real hard time with this and my family. I currently live alone and doing well because it is just me and I have the best boyfriend who is my number one cheerleader. But I am already panicking about my annual family cottage trip this summer. My family can be super unsupported in regards to anything they don't like. They are already giving me a hard time about eating vegan. Which I have been handling their criticism since I only see them about once per week. But spending a whole week with them trying to eat better is going to be insane. There is going to be 10 of them all with their lovely opinions and arguments. My boyfriend isn't allow to come because God forbid I have a boyfriend, so I know it is going to be rough. I am hoping since it is still far off I can harden my will and get into a healthy mindset and stay off the bus.

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Hi Natalie,

Firstly, you are doing awesome so far!! And I'm really happy for you that your boyfriend is your number one cheerleader. Pat yourself on the back for both things - doing well with your food choices and also for choosing a boyfriend who supports you.

Re: your family challenges, you are not alone in this! One key to remember is that most criticism is based on fear and control. If you change your eating habits for the better, in many ways this makes your family and friends fear losing you -- and also they don't want to feel badly about their food choices in comparison to yours. (A lot of this happens at an unconscious level on their part.)

So when they are criticizing and if you start to feel bad, try to remember that (unconsciously) they are scared of losing the you that they know, so they are kinda trying to beat you back into going back to status quo. But if you can see their criticisms for what they are (kindof a weird misguided love thing) then try not to take it personally and just smile and nod...

Also, there is generally no use in arguing or defending, just focus on YOU and YOUR NEEDS (what you want to eat etc) and try not to make commentary on their food choices either. Try not to ENGAGE in the food discussion, just keep it simple and say, "This is what I am eating. How is Cousin Timmy doing at University?" It will pass. :)

Lastly, you will also be surprised that some of your biggest critics will (later) come to you and ask for help with their food choices! But this takes a while so don't push it :)

Hope this helps!!

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What a great story about the bus - I have seen the signs and I am desperately trying to get off the bus, but unfortunately my husband has grabbed hold of the back of my dress and is hanging on for all his worth preventing me from getting off = his fear is as he keeps telling me is "you are eating rubbish"! He does not like nor will he eat vegetables, salads or even fruit. He is very hard to cook for and because of my deteriorating health I really NEED to get off this bus. I am trying though and I know that I will succeed, I just have to learn how to eat healthily and then I will become healthy and then that will be the proof I need to help him get off the bus too. That is why I m going to do the '30 day raw challenge' and with your help I will succeed. Sincerely Helen

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Hi Helen, I'm glad this resonated with you, and I'm glad you're joining the challenge! :)

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I recently found your podcast while shopping around the iTunes store for some stuff I could listen to while doing housework, etc. I have listened to all your pod casts! I am so loving them and your sight is way cool. Love your signature cameo. This podcast in particular is outside the box which is a good thing! Its great for promoting discussion as well as support.

I too, feel the shun and observe strange twisted up faces regarding my notions about food. I honestly don't talk to my co-workers or family about it because "getting off the bus" is too important to be intimidated or jeered into getting back on. I was hoping that I would have noticeable healthy results like you AND THEN I would open up about the changes in my diet. However, I'm not doing it right because I have gone anemic twice in the last 12 months and have a hard time getting enough to eat. I'm not vegan. And I'm not raw or even the required 70% minimum required to call one's self raw. Every time I increase the raw to about 50% and cut out meat entirely...my energy level drops. But I am still working on increasing my raw intake while eliminating SAD stuff like highly processed foods with all their trans-fats, "void of vitamin sugars" or worse corn syrup. I'll probably never be fully raw but I'll probably not go back to so much processed foods either. But I digress.
You are doing great. I'm so proud for you for your health changes and the vision you have for your web sight. You're very creative. You have a great speaking voice and are at easy behind the microphone so pod casting is a natural fit for you. Thanks so much for your contributions to the raw community world wide.
Peace,
Lisa G. of http://rawfoodwannabe.blogspot.com

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There's no need to cut out meat. Grass-fed beef and humanely (no factory farming) fed animals are actually much safer to eat raw than those spewed out by the factories. I eat everything raw meat and milk included. A lot of meat has the necessary fats to give you that energy boost since you said your energy level drops. When you cook meat (or anything in general) you lose a lot of the nutrients and enzymes beneficial to the food. I have been eating raw animal products for a year now and not only have I not got sick but I have a ton of energy, never feel hungry (keeps me full for hours at a time on very little) and it completes all the necessary nutrients you should get from eating a completely raw diet. Hope this helps.

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I can see beef being acceptable to eat raw or venison, but what about fowl like organic chicken or turkey, I imagine you could not eat that raw. If you could tell me specifically what meat you eat raw and in what amounts that would be great. Thanks.

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I mostly eat beef raw. Eggs and milk. Depending on the conditions of the animal raised you can eat them raw. The issue really becomes the texture of the food. That and the mental aversion of being told that raw meat is disgusting, unhealthy, all the bias against it. I get my eggs and milk from a farm out east by me. I get my meat from another farm as well. I can ask the farmer what they feed them, see how they are kept, and interact with the animals. I would not recommend going to your local grocery store chain and grabbing what's off the shelf to eat raw. The key with raw meat is that the animals are fed what they would normally eat, allowed to have fresh air and generally have a life, for a lack of words. Their immune system is not depressed from the effects of the wrong diet and have extremely small chances of carrying the dangerous diseases carried by factory farming companies.

That being said (sorry for the long paragraph) most of my diet I stick to beef, pork, eggs and milk. Beef has a number of different cuts you can get, easier to introduce to people that never ate raw meat (so I have a chance to show people), and a lot more recipes. Same with the pork. Eggs I usually have one or two blended up in the morning with fruit. They are also used in some recipes as a source of healthy fat with leaner cuts of meat. Milk is kind of self explanatory. I'll drink it by itself sometimes, mix it in the morning shake or whatever I need it for.

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