I love this response of being selfish! I am stealing your line for sure. You sound like you have done well with it...I am in. Yes...I would like in on the raw groups, too. Thanks for the inspiration. :)
1,732 Days since: fast food
Fitness Minutes: (15) Posts: 13 7/26/12 9:42 P
Welcome. Like DS9KIE, I eat 1/2 raw and 1/2 cooked. I transitioned to vegetarian last year and I'm vegan as of 6/15/12. I have learned to make my own "meat" to take to family get-togethers. I was surprised to see how many of my family members who are against being vegetarian/vegan tasting and liking my un-ribs. My family's picnics are heavy on the hamburgers and hot dogs so I have always taken green salads, even when I was an omnivore.
"Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy."
Welcome to the team, CAMPBEC. When I transitioned, I simply made quiet choices away from animal products at work & with family. If anybody noticed, I would just explain that I had made the selfish decision to eat better & that I choose to omit animal products. If they made a big deal about it, I just minimized it - but stuck to my guns.
At restaurant work meals, I would order last & get the best options offered or ask the wait staff for special accommodation if necessary. Believe me, I ate plenty of baked potato & green salad dinners @ steak houses. When my choices were questioned, I would explain that I was being selfish......
At family gatherings, it was more difficult because some hosts/hostesses abhorred the idea of having a BBQ without the ribs, or whatever. I became the queen of veggie platters & it took them about 8 years to find out that they were using a healthy dip when eating from my masterpieces rather than fat-laden mainstream dips. I began calling ahead of events, and offered to take 1 or 2 dishes to these gatherings to assure I would have plenty to eat. When family visitors from elsewhere joined our gatherings, I would again have to explain that I was being selfish.......
I am FAR healthier and more active than MOST of those people, and I still choose to be selfish.
You are so worth it...be selfish!
Eva - Portland, Oregon USA
Pounds lost: 19.6
Fitness Minutes: (291,989) Posts: 24,176 7/26/12 9:59 A
Welcome! Coworkers can be tough nuts to crack, especially if you worked with them before a food transition. They can feel uncomfortable about your change, which can make you uncomfortable. Good luck and stay strong. Remember that it is your health (not theirs) that your food choices impact.
Fitness Minutes: (15) Posts: 13 7/26/12 9:21 A
Hi! I am brand new to this site and very excited to be here. Have been an on-again-off-again raw food vegan for 3 years now. I keep struggling to stay that way. My weight has ballooned and I am ready to get it off. My husband/family are not vegan, but are supportive. My co-workers are not vegan. I am constantly struggling with my own convictions to stay healthy vegan. Need to make better, healthier choices. Looking forward to getting help and support here! Glad to be here. THRILLED to be here.
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