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 (:
Honestly, when you go on this diet, suddenly every joe schmoe is a nutritionist or health expert. Honestly, they know what they were taught in the 4th grade from the food pyramid. Its a joke really.
Do what you KNOW is right. No matter if you go back to the SAD or switch to another lifestyle, you will always remember how awesome you felt on a fruit based diet.
I get hate ALL day for this diet, and you know what? The hate is usually from fat a$$ people who think you need meat for breakfast lunch and dinner and think low carb is awesome. While they sit there and eat their calorie portioned lunch and work out 2 hours a day to stay "fit" LOL
Its a joke really, just remember, unless you are talking to another 80/10/10'er, you are going to hear nothing but negativity about this lifestyle, honestly, you are going to have to get used to letting that crap roll off your back. I do.
Biggest thing i do? Don't tell people about your diet. Heres the biggest things that i say
Store Clerk: "Oh wow! Do you have a monkey! you making banana bread!? thats a LOT of bananas!"
Me: Yep! I LOVE bananas!
Store Clerk: Honestly.. you eat all those?
Me: Oh yeah! Bananas taste soo good. :)
Store Clerk: Aren't you going to get a potassium overdose?"
Me: Nope! You pee out everything your body doesn't need"
Store clerk: ok........
Or people at work: Why are you eating so many bananas?
Avoiding the fruitarian topic.. Me: Because i love bananas.
People at work: oh, ok! You are crazy!
Topic averted. Just don't say "because i am fruitarian and i ONLY eat fruit and vegetables raw because meat and dairy are bad for you!!
Thats the stuff we want to say because we feel passionate about our lifestyle choices, but trust me, it gets you nowhere. When someone is eating a burger in front of you while you sit there and munch on 1/2 a watermelon, just smile. When they bring it up, have quick non threatening answers and never chastise them for eating it
Just remember, theres not much you are missing on a raw vegan high fruit diet as long as you are eating enough RIPE fruit, and are getting enough calories. Eat your greens, take a b12 supplement, get plenty of sunshine and rest and water, and you are golden.
Don't worry. Peopl act like meat and cheese diets are perfect for humans, but if they were, we wouldnt be dying of heart disease and cancer at a rate that doctors can't keep up with.
<3 good luck! just be a perfect example of health and people will follow.
OH MAN I HATE THAT! EVERYONE thinks they're a nutrition expert all of a sudden. If they were such an "expert", wouldn't they know that this eating plan is the best for you?? So frusturating haha
LOL Thank you Kristi (: It's not that I'm always talking about fruits and veggies or that I'm a raw vegan, I can perfectly avoid that conversation with other people just by saying ''I love bananas'' or ''I love mangos'' like you said. But with my dad it's different, we go out to eat everyday at lunchtime and its just quite obvious that I don't eat cooked food because I reject it everytime I get offered some. The first two days we went to a chinese restaurant and I took like 2lbs of mango so I managed not to eat there, but now he's worried that I might be over eating fruit he says that I need to find ''the balance'' lol but anyways thank for your support , I wont give in that easy because this is my passion and I wanna keep thriving, I can't imagine eating any other way (:
ps. I'm not taking a b12 supplement because I haven't had the chance to go see where I can get them, I don't even know If I'm low on b12, I used to drink silk soymilk so I could get my daily b12 but I don't even like it anymore plus I don't want to be drinking evaporated cane juice, so I stopped drinking it about a week ago. I haven't felt any symptoms of b12 deficiency but I'll try to find a place where I can get b12 shots or pills just to make sure ( Even though I wouldn't feel right shooting up something into my body , or taking pills)
I wouldn't take B12 unless I was sure I was deficient in it. Not everyone needs it. It is produced in our bodies from what I know. Just like cholesterol.
Very rarely is it produced in our bodies anymore, due to a variety of factors, so do some research in that regard. According to my nutritionist, you can deplete your B12 stores in less than 3 years. I would suggest supplementing, or at least having blood work done on a regular basis to check the B12 levels, among others.
Per the article link below:
"vitamin B12 deficiency is extremely common in strict vegetarians and vegans, but many are unaware there's a problem until it's too late. Even though vitamin B12 is water-soluble, it doesn't exit your body quickly in your urine like other water-soluble vitamins. Instead, B12 is stored in your liver, kidneys and other body tissues, and as a result, a deficiency may not show itself for a number of years.
This is a serious concern, because after about seven years of B12 deficiency, irreversible brain damage and other problems can result."
I am not suggesting that you add animal products to your diet, but I am suggesting that supplementation may be a wise choice.
This response was so helpful. I am a new HCRV and recieve 20 questions daily or the classic eye roll!!!!
Amen! Well said.
Wow I think they over react a little lol, we should be the ones getting worried for them. I have tried to show them scientific research that I've found on forums and stuff like that but even then they ignore me, to me its more of common sense. What makes more sense, eating a fresh, juicy, living fruit full of water, vitamins and minerals OR killing an innocent animal to eat its bloody, undercarbed flesh full of nerves, arteries and BLOOD ? I'd take the fruit (:
I know they could live without meat but the thing is that they're addicted to it, and thats really sad, seeing human beings eating food that we ate a long time ago to survive and eating it as if it was the best. Its just like cans the government made them for war and now they're used all over the world and people buy food packaged in cans LOL thats pathetic having all the land you want to plant fresh fruit and veggies but instead choosing to kill billions of innocent animals, its makes no sense.
Anyways, have a look at this article that I just read http://www.nealhendrickson.com/mcdougall/031200puprotein.htm I wish i had the links to the articles I've read in the past but I can't remember where I read most of them, I'll make sure to save them from now on haha.
lol. i feel ya. im indian and i swear in india, the fatter you are, the "healthier" people think you are so when i lost alot of weight i heard alot of crap from my grandparents, aunts, uncles, you name it. They all think I'm starving myself. haha
lol I didn't know our cultures were so alike haha, my dad must think that I have an eating disorder when in reality I get more calories than him and he's way heavier than me haha