So my dad came to visit for some days and we've been going out to eat because it has always been that way, but now with my diet things became a little complicated lol and we've been having mini debates on eating meat , and dairy and protein ( basic stuff). He eats A LOT of meat , and I'm not talking about lean meat he eats brains, guts,ribs, lets say he has a SAD diet but with meat as his staple lol. The problem is that now he's talking to my mom and telling her how I can get an anemia or even die from leukemia lol idk what the f.. is going on through his head but I'd say he's over reacting (maybe cause his mexican and mexicans are really close minded) but I don't know how to let them know that I feel better than I did before and that this diet is really working for me. I'm eating about 90% percent of my calories from fruit and 10% from greens.
Ps. My dad is a person who thinks that God created cows and chikens for us to eat them o.0, he says that if we wouldn't eat them they'd eat the earth's grass and we would die. facepalm
(WOW I didn't know there was such an unbalance in nature that cows were gonna end up fu.. up our world.)lol anyways this is more of a rant but i wanted to share this with people that will get me (:
If you don't mind me asking how old are you? If you're of legal age I really don't think it matters what your dad thinks, and I would tell my parents that. I'm a little mean sometims though. Just explain to them what you told us in your post and if still refuses to accept it, then tell him you're going to do what you want, you're a grown man and he needs to back off.
Your health is more important than the opinion of those around you. :) Some people cannot be changed in their thoughts, It took me a long time and MANY arguments to learn this.
I'm 17 , I keep explaining how this diet works for them , how there's people thriving in their 50's but he says that I'm to young to start this diet, that I need more proteins and fat lol . I think that the SAD diet really makes people ignorant
Totally agree on making them ignorant! I had heat stroke the other day b/c i accidentally fell asleep in my room which was well over 90 degrees as well as un-air conditioned. well i woke up and pretty much felt like i was about to die, I ended up driving myself to my parents house (like 3 miles away.) Luckly I didnt faint behind the wheel, I got to their house and used thier outside hose and drenched myself than drank lots and lots of water, I just kept throwing up all the water and felt like i was on the verge of fainting but my body wouldn't . I was supposed to pick my bf up from work but i couldn't becasue of how bad of shape I was in so I asked my dad to. well my dad told my bf (who is also a 8 10 10er) that I am sick because all I eat are bananas. Mean while I talk to them about ALL the fruit I eat. People are just thick headed there is no passing it. My mom is the same way. She has precancerous cells in her stomach and I keep telling her to do green smoothies and change her diet but all she can tell me is that she cant her Doctor wont let her.(she just doesn't want to or care shed rather eat her meat and pasta that's causing her problems) The same day I had my heat stroke my mom came home from work and told me that she "stopped eating high carb because it causes osteoporosis." Like I said before you can try to talk to them and educate them but a lot of the time people are going to be brainwashed, its sad when its the ones you care about too.
Yeh, but culture can serve as an excuse for close-mindedness -even when all the logical arguments are against you-. "In Mexico/Germany/Turkey, we do things like this, and this is how it has to be done".
haha yeah im not being racist here I'm mexican as well and am open to any idea but I think that they take their culture so seriously that they feel they have to act a certain way just because mexicans are that way, but as Mckenna said ''Culture is not your friend'' ;)
"people have made jokes about my brain falling out."
That made me laugh. ;D)
I'm Latin too, & I think my brain fell out from being so open-minded. :)
I FEEL YOU.
Thanks for sharing haha. This caught my eye because I know how hard social stuff can be when on a HCRV diet. People are always going to judge you. And it seems that the younger you are, the more scrutiny you are faced with since adults don't always tend to take adolescents seriously. My dad is aware of my new diet change (and is okay with it) but my mom isn't (like your dad, I think she needs time to warm up to the idea). Good thing I'll be turning 18 in a few days and like FaylinaMeir said: it won't matter what relatives or others think. :)
For all those haters - screw 'em, and just think - they're likely to die first by choosing to eat unhealthily haha then look who'll be lecturing lol jkjk
Anyway, good luck! I really admire you for staying strong and sticking to your beliefs. And remember, you're not alone. 30BaD is a great community filled with like-minded, intelligent, encouraging, supportive, and unique people who are willing to help.
Do your thing!
Thank you (: I didn't think this lifestyle would create such a problem in my family lol I'm already thinking of leaving to Costa Rica because this isn't the place where I wanna be
Me and my mom try so hard to succeed on this lifestyle and it's a little discouraging when we go to family dinners (we have a lot of relatives who are beef farmers-we're obviously from Kansas haha) and they just don't understand why any one would live as they do. Food is such an ingrained part of many cultures and family traditions. In their mind, it's almost as if you're telling them that you no longer want to be a part of that tradition and that can be hurtful or upsetting to them. I found that what is best is that you just explain why you are eating this way and all the positive health benefits you have seen as a result of eating this way. Anyone who truly loves you will want the best for you and will want to see you happy and healthy. Your dad might be upset to see you growing up and to see that you are starting to make your own decisions and become your own person. Remind him that it's not as if you are trying to be an adult by getting married too early or going out and partying all the time, you are becoming a responsible, grown-up individual who is capable of making his own choices about his health. It also might help if you flatter him by thanking him for raising you to be a person who can recognize and make good health choices.
right? they feel that because I eat fruits and veggies I no longer want to be part of their traditions, but its not that way. I mean why can't people just respect that I feel BETTER than before and that I'm old enough to decide what to eat, now I feel so in tune with my body that I can feel the change of energy in my body when I eat steamed veggies but he doesn't get it. He thinks that now my body is rejecting what's good because it's so used to fruit and he even claims that fruit might be destroying my intestines and bla bla bla. But whatever lets just let it be.
You hit the nail on the head when you said "traditions". When you refuse to eat what your family eats, it makes them feel bad in many ways, and they may even feel that you believe you are somewhat superior to them. You need to let them know that you love and respect them, but your life is your journey, and they need to respect your lifestyle choices as well.