Hey everyone! I am back, trying to transition into 811, and having an easier time than ever.
I am visiting my (rather new) boyfriend in the Midwest for a week and a half in August. I would really like to stick to eating mostly fruit and salads, and am willing to succumb to cooked potatoes or similar cooked vegetables when I am there, so as to not be too much of a pain in the butt. My boyfriend doesn't know about 811 at all, and here is the catch: he and his family raise cattle and are very hardcore meat and dairy eaters (and obviously it is close to their hearts)! They are also very conservative, and don't like "funny business" (I think in my bf's mind, not eating meat or dairy, or even bread, would qualify).
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to stick to my guns while still being a good houseguest? I will not have too much access to a car to get groceries, hopefully once or twice I might. I am planning to pack some transition foods in my suitcase (larabars, which I know are not raw, but it is better than scarfing down trans fats or the like). How do I pass on the animal products while keeping it polite and as subtle as possible?
Well if you aren't able to get groceries, you're screwed and you might as well not visit at all. You'll be eating a diet of a few bananas and potatoes and rice and will be severely undercarbed, irritable, and sick the whole time.
See if a grocery store in the area has a delivery service. A few of the chains in my area do. They could deliver you a few cases of bananas and mangos or whatever. You could order a case of dates from Shields in time for the trip. Plan ahead! Also if you're only there for a week and a half, you could bring a couple boxes of fruit with you that would last most of your stay. Maybe the only thing you'd need to do after 5 days is stop at the farmer's market and get some melons and peaches.
I wouldn't go with the potatoes, etc, just because that will make it more confusing for the family, and they will try to get you to eat more things. If you only eat fruit and greens, that is easy to understand and stick to. But if you only eat fruit and greens... and potatoes... and rice... etc, they will give you potatoes with butter and salt on them (even when you ask for plain) and act offended when you refuse to eat it as if it is just an innocent little ingredient (I know how these people are)
You could also try eating a lot of the fruits that are more familiar to people of the south and midwest... melons, peaches, plums, grapes, etc. If you show up with a case of mamey sapote and a jackfruit they are going to treat you like an alien.
Thank you for your response! A friend and I are doing a few outings together so maybe I can convince her to swing by the grocery store. I will stick to my guns :) Thanks.