Before I begin this, I just want to clarify one thing: I DO NOT usually talk about my diet at work. I don’t tell anyone I am a raw foodist unless they pry; I do not go around brandishing my raw food lifestyle at my job, despite the fact it is very important to me. I have learned that I am most happy just eating my raw food and not telling anyone about my decision to be purely RAW.
I work at Whole Foods – a grocery store – in the flower department.
Everyday, at breaktime and at lunch, I go to the produce department, swipe up about 10-12 ripe bananas from either the display, or the backroom where the super-ripe unsellable ones are kept, or I get about six apples, or six oranges, and carry them with me to the breakroom where I devour them.
So today was just an ordinary day. I was savoring my bananas, enjoying them, and I was eating about nine at once, which is a typical mono-meal of bananas for me.
Next thing I know, this woman comes into the breakroom, disturbs my lunch and starts questioning me about my diet. Asking me “Why are you eating so many bananas?” “do you eat anything else?” “Do you take supplements?” etc, I answer her questions honestly, as I feel better then I ever have in my life and feel pretty comfortable where I’m at with RAW. This lady has in the past tried to fear-monger me about my diet before, but today her interference and annoyance went OVER THE TOP. Telling me that if I don’t get enough calcium I am going to get osteoporosis, pretty much ignoring all the info I try to give her about where I AM getting calcium from, tells me that greens and fruit are not nearly enough, I try to give her some information. But guess what? She won’t listen, she just TALKS OVER ME, starts telling me that I’m in trouble, that she can’t stand seeing me hurt myself that way, that I’m going to get BONE DISEASE AND DIE. I am unable to get a word in edgewise by this point. Then, to make matters worse, she turns to another woman in the room, a lady who works in Whole Body selling supplements and lives on Lean Cuisine and other microwavable boxed and processed crap and thinks she knows all about nutrition because she has a job selling supplements and eats Lean Cuisine.
So the first lady goes on and on about what HORRIBLE diseases and death will come to me if I don’t get enough calcium and start taking supplements, she is practically pleading with me to start taking supplements of some type, and so she turns to the second lady and says, “ISN’T THAT RIGHT?” And the second lady nods her head solemnly, and starts repeating the exact same fear-mongering, uneducated, brainwashed bullcrap that the first lady did, looking all concerned and disturbed by the fact that I wasn’t having any of it.
All I could do is sit there silently looking pissed, because I couldn’t get a word in while those two women pummeled me with all of their SAD fears and tried endlessly to get me to believe that they know what’s best for my body, that there is NO WAY I could possibly survive and be healthy on pure raw fruits and vegetables! It was HORRIBLE. I have never felt so attacked for my lifestyle in ALL MY LIFE. The first lady finally leaves in a huff after she warms up her boxed-food in the microwave and then the second lady who works in Whole Body, continues to have an interest in badgering me about RAW, telling me that she’s “just so concerned about me,” and is practically pushing supplements on me like a drug pusher there in the break room at work, a place that I am supposed to be able to go to eat peacefully.
I finally got really angered. I mean, I was LIVID. I got an attitude with the second lady, told her, “I am healthier then I have ever been in my life. How come nobody had a bone to pick with me about my diet when I was out eating Whataburger every night?! If I have to take supplements to get what I need from food, then that is not the right diet from me. I feel great.” I was obviously pretty upset,just OUTRAGED at the sheer rude intrusiveness of the encounter, and so she started to back off, telling me that she was just concerned for me and didn’t want to see me get sick! I couldn’t believe it.
I left the break room and proceeded to eat the rest of my lunch in the bathroom stall, seething. I couldn’t even really defend myself or my lifestyle to those stupid women because of the fact that they wouldn’t hear it! They were absolutely blinded, and didn’t even care about the fact that raw is healing me and I feel better then EVER – have tons of energy, always want to move around and be active, feel more confident about myself and am healing my mood and mental disorders and eyesight,
After that incident, I have never felt so powerful and so furiously CALM.and so perfectly ABSOLUTELY SURE that the raw diet is THE PATH for me.
I am still outraged in disbelief…where do PEOPLE GET OFF?!
And is there anyway I can combat this if I encounter that shit again? I wish I had been more assertive. Next time someone starts asking me about my diet I’m afraid I will become automatically defensive now. I will just have to be even more FIRM in my stance in the future.