The path to optimum health sometimes leads me to isolation. I do not know anybody in my everyday life who is as disciplined to eating 100% raw foods as me. Although I have inspired many of my friends to boost their fruit and veggie intake, they still like to party and get wasted frequently - perfectly fine by me, because its their life not mine, I just can't help but get slightly irritated when I make somebody a veggie juice only to be followed by a beer, seems like they are pissing the nutrients away. On the flip side its nice to seem like a party pooper by not going out to the bars or house parties, when the next morning everybody is pooped while I'm up early eating my bananas getting ready for a run or bike ride.
One of the hardest things to deal with while maintaining a raw lifestyle is the people around me. I often times catch a lot of shit from friends and family for my decision to eat 811 while I watch them destroy their health on the standard American diet. My mom tells me, "you know Kyle, it gets expensive eating fresh fruit and vegetables all the time why don't you just eat whole-grain pasta?" I agree to a huge extent that fresh organic fruits and veggies are expensive and its frustrating that we live in a world where its cheaper and often easier to obtain a highly processed and packaged product than it is for a fresh organic melon for example. My answer to my moms question is simple, "I've tried the cheap food thing, and I am no longer going to cheap myself out of great health, its totally worth the extra spending." I can say the same thing for alcohol a friend will ask me, "come out and have a beer, ya know one drink wont kill you?" My answer, "I've been boozed up many times and I'm sick of wasting precious energy recovering from the hangover while I could use that time to be pushing my fitness to the next level."
Maybe I am just obsessed with health, but the more I fixate towards it the happier I feel, and it defiantly seems that instead of always chasing that high from substances, it is already there all the time and never going down. Although I am often the raw black sheep of the bunch, I know I am doing myself a huge service by eating clean and thinking clean.