I’m so frustrated because I would love to eat raw, but i just don’t have the means to make my own diet. first it was the dorm- granted, i never touched the extensive array of desserts or the pizza, but living off the salad bar, gross apples and oranges, and the occasional green banana, every meal got rough which led to my weakness for pbJ and cereal. when i did try to buy my own food it would be kept in the minifridge 2 feet away from where i studied, so obviously that didn’t work out.
then i worked at a summer camp that served the usual array of pancakes/sausages for breakfast plus cereal, oatmeal, and high sugar granola, and salad bar or weird veggie burger ish thing for dinner. i would just stock up on oatmeal/granola in the morning and be depressed the rest of the day, and of course i put on weight eating like that.
and now i’m home. i have figured out that my parents don’t cook. they get a lot of take out and snack on pretzels, crackers, cereals. they don’t really understand veganism or god forbid raw food and all they know is buying bulk pineapple at costco for me. it is really hard to stay raw when the only stuff my mom has are brownies, granola, and pretzels. obviously it’s tempting and i can’t stay on this lifestyle when thats all around me.
now i’m moving into my sorority, which features a 24/7 cereal bar and quesadilla maker, a bowl of spotted fruit, and a closed kitchen. meaning i can’t cook or prepare anything really and anything i buy will be kept in the overstuffed communal fridge and will either be raided by drunk hungry girls or simply not fit. the meals i pay for are things like enchiladas or fried potatoes and a sparse romaine salad bar.
so how do i transition into raw food when it means my options will basically be: not so fresh apples/bananas/oranges, romaine salads, and whatever else i buy at whole foods and try to find storage for? i’m so frustrated, it’s so difficult to eat this way when my family insists i eat with them (i get to watch them eat steak) or everyone else digs into their pasta, or the hundreth person asks how i get my protein and says “i could never do that.”
most college students drink beer, eat pizza, and live off cereal and pb and j, and then there’s me, trying to eat primarily fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds.
i’m so frustrated that i can’t just live the life i want to live, and i’m seen as some kind of weirdo (or anorexic) for actually caring about the health of my body. while i’m under scrutiny, nobody says anything about the girls that get most of their calories from alcohol, take drugs that help them concentrate and curb their appetities, or vomit up their meals. and for that as much as i care, i’ve still managed to put on ten pounds since high school ended.
why can’t i just have my own kitchen stocked with fresh organic produce, a room of my own, maybe a car to get to hiking trails??
support, anyone? tips for trying to explain yourself to those who don’t understand? how do you be raw and low key about it, and not get frustrated by those who don’t understand your lifestyle? how do you be raw with minimal cooking utensils?
PS. i understand that exercise is essential but i just hate working out crowded in a gym next to a bunch of skinny girls in short shorts and douchebags in tank tops!! exercise should be fun!