I am seeking your guidance once again. I have a work dinner tomorrow, that is a benefit for cancer. It costs $75 dollars, all of which is a donation to cancer research. For the $75 donation, folks that own the restaurant are hosting a dinner there, which will be a sit-down SAD dinner. Lots of meat. Lots of narsty cooked food that I honestly don't think I can stomach being around. Maybe I can eat the salad, but it will be a $75 dollar salad, at least the money will go to good cause. Anyway, I have grown a bit of a reputation around work as the girl who brings a cooler of fruit to work, everyone pretty much thinks that I am "vegetarian" or so that is all they can understand, I don't bother getting in a discussion about being super hard core LFRV because they just don't understand (like if you make a funny noise to a dog and they tip their head to the side, like, "huh?") kindof like that. SO I try to avoid explaining to people unless they show genuine interest. Anyway, I digress...
So I have been invited to this dinner. I have managed to avoid all similar engagements in the past. But I really don't know if I should go. I will be horribly uncomfortable for me, as all I can eat there is salad (and it will be a tiny SAD salad) not my typical huge, lovely, as big as your lap bowl salad I usually have every night.
What should I do?! Thanks everyone for your help and guidance. Hugs and blessings,
Not only that, but much cancer research is mostly a business in conventional, dangerous treatments. Where has all the research money gotten us so far? Cancer and mortality rates at an all time high!
It pains me when I see a cancer fundraiser offering meat and other garbage food that only contributes to the very problem.Exactly! I went to a breast cancer walk about a month ago and they were serving up sodas, cookies, and chips to everybody. It's just beyond insane...
that is quite the conundrum.
Personally, I wouldn't go. I don't give money to charities who claim to 'research cancer', because I think it is fairly easy to see what really 'causes' cancer. Read any Natural Hygiene book and you'll find the answer.
The cancer industry is a big one and seems more bent on 'fundraising' than actually doing anything to really help people. At most, they are researching ways to create synthetic pills that will 'cure' cancer so that the patients may go about their unhealthy lives a little longer, rather than researching and promoting truly healthy lifestyles.
Also, If you go, your colleagues will REALLY notice the difference in your diet to theirs, so if you go, expect many questions.
If you don't go, they will likely forget that you weren't there in a few days, and you have saved yourself the ordeal of being interrogated.
Plus, $75 is a little steep for a tiny salad.
Ironic that a dinner where the money goes to cancer research is serving the food that promotes cancer! I wanted to point out that as Jay said in her reply, the money would NOT be going to a good cause most likely. Cancer research is usually aimed at finding a drug cure that will financially benefit pharmaceutical firms, and it ignores nutritional steps that can be taken right now that would significantly benefit many people. The first couple of chapters of the China Study make this very clear. Research has already been done that provides enough information to make a big difference now, yet what we know is ignored and swept under the rug in favour of drug miracle cures.
So while I would be reluctant to give them my $75, going provides an opportunity to set an example to others and open their eyes to the possibilities. Dealing with a few questions is a small price to pay for that, and you won't suffer about being different if you just remember to be proud of what you are and what you do. You really should be, it's a great thing. I know it's tiresome sometimes to deal with questions but just think, you may benefit and inspire someone, who knows. If I did go to the dinner, I would make sure I went satiated first. Good luck!
I wouldn't go for sure.
I'd donate half of that money to an animal rights group, the other half to 30BAD!
I'd be more concerned about donating $75 dollars to cancer research. In my opinion it is not a good cause. Cancer is a mega bucks industry and all of those supposed "good cause donations" are horribly misused. But that's another story.
In general it seems like a bad idea to let diet get in the way of socializing but the event you describe sounds particularly like a drag. I don't see the harm in skipping it.
Thanks everyone for all your suggestions! I love this community. I decided not to go. I'm gonna spend my 75 on my next fruit haul from the farmer's market this weekend. Thanks again!