So I have been vegetarian about 10 years, vegan about 5 or 6 years and raw less than a year. My SAD eating family is used to me “being a finicky eater”. Ever since I first discovered raw less than a year ago, I have been trying to educate my family a little bit at a time about the damage that meat and dairy and processed foods and diet sodas, etc. are doing to their bodies. My mom is really sick with multiple ailments including fibromyalgia and she is on a ton of medication so I am trying to help her get healthier. Even just suggesting adding more raw fruits and veggies to their diet. I introduced them to green smoothies. Have an apple instead of a cookie when craving something sweet, etc. I even emailed them the “mystery meat” link that was posted on a forum here, and have given them the “Eating” DVD and the Skinny Bitch book. I suggested they watch the movie Fast Food Nation.
I don’t expect them to change overnight. They have been receptive to what I have presented them with and raw food (and even vegan cooked food) that I have served them. They have made some changes like no more diet soda for mom (dad still drinks it). Regardless of what they put in their own bodies, they know how I feel about what I put in mine, and they know I am pretty passionate about wanting to help others get healthy.
So (here’s the part I need to vent about…) I get an email from my mom about planning our upcoming family reunion. Each family group has a day of the week that they host (cook, clean, etc.) for everyone else. So my mom suggests having a Ballpark theme, where everyone wears their fave team gear, we have a softball game, and (drum roll please…..) serve HOT DOGS, HAMBURGERS, and walk around saying “Come get your ice cream and cotton candy here!” Are you kidding me?!
I get that not all 75 people at the reunion are on board with healthy eating, but does my mom really expect me to participate in that!? Sure, why not slowly kill my family by serving them processed colored/flavored sugar, high sugar and fat cow’s milk (with pus and blood, no less), patties with cow shit, and hotdogs with God only knows what animal parts are in them!!
Whew. Thanks for listening!