Sorry about the longer break, I'm back!!!
Originally posted by sunshinemelissa
I've found that being vegan tends to open up a lot of debate in conversations. It seems like an ok door for people to try to tell you what you're doing is absolutely ridiculous. Do you find that since you've gone raw, it's even worse? If so, how do you handle these situations? I know that you probably handle it pretty well, because you are a pool of knowledge and a great debator, just curious what you tell them and if you pursue the debate or try to dwindle it.
Aww, actually I don't debate THAT much in real life, hehehe.
As for the question, I find raw foodism can even be easier
First, I don't feel that I need to discuss it much. Raw foodism is a question of healthy eating, perhaps a philosophy, but on a daily basis it expresses itself as a preference. I prefer to eat uncooked, unprocessed foods. To me preference is a personal thing and not subject to debate. So if anything, I tell people that I love fruit and salad, which is true. I'm not in this for the label, but for the fruit and salad
I have yet to meet someone saying to me that what I'm doing is "ridiculous". Everyone seems to know that fruit and salad is healthy. Others may think you're a nut for eating that much of it (while in fact it's perfectly clear that THEY are nuts
) but they don't feel they have to defend their way of eating nearly as much as when faced with vegetarianism. When meeting a veg*n, omnis often feel they must morally justify their meat eating (which is impossible IMO).
I too feel very different about things when it comes to veg*nism. I won't eat meat, period. No exceptions there. And I'm more willing to debate there. I won't attack anybody, but when THEY bring it up and say something untrue or apologetic, I usually will state my opinion.
Now when someone says they like cooked food, I certainly won't debate this any further. Hey, I like cooked food too. I just like raw more, hehe. Should I not find raw food, I won't make a scene. Personally, I even want to try every (vegan) cooked recipe there is. Why not? Raw is not about restriction. Nobody should be worried about inviting Oat
I will eat anything (veg*n) in moderation. (And if there's salad and fruit, I'm a happy guy anyway). I will also make sure I have bananas with me as a last resort.
Both veganism and raw foodism are definitely long term things for me. Eating something cooked every once in a while won't "spoil me". Similarly, if something non-vegan slips in, I won't get upset and ask on VB
if I'm "still vegan", LOL. I try to see the big picture.
But I will also say that I don't eat out that often. If you're eating out because of your job, etc., then you can certainly make arrangements. Finding raw vegan foods should actually be a lot easier than finding vegan convenience food. You can buy fruit, salad or juices in every grocery. You can take calorie dense raw dishes with you (fruit salads, smoothies, trail mixes etc).
If you eat out a lot because you socialize a lot (say more than 3x a week), AND you try to be a raw foodist (or any other type of very health conscious person) then I think you may end up sitting between two chairs. I think it's either you control your diet most of the time, OR you eat out a lot socially (and necessarily compromise a lot). Nothing wrong with either one, I'm just not sure they are 100% compatible, unless you socialize with other raw foodists
These are just my opinions and observations. Your mileage may vary. Thanks to everyone else who replied and I would like to read more about people's experiences in the non-raw world.
It's true what jwnyc said, many restaurants even have a "crudite plate" on the menu (it seems they have to use the French word for it. "Raw" would be too "earthy" I guess, hehe).
BTW I can't seem to make a post without a reference to Dr. Graham, but he has a CD called "Succeeding Socially with a Raw Food Diet". Unfortunately it's quite pricey ($25 is a lot for a CD), but I'm very curious to hear what he has to say about it.