More often than not, the presence of a raw vegan is no secret. For most of us, eating in public raises curiosity in others, and once asked, we love sharing the freeing lifestyle we’ve discovered! However oftentimes, when i’ve used this tell-all approach, many people end up more shocked with me than interested in throwing away their stove for life. My new-bee problems, I suppose. But who knows? Maybe later on in their health journey my words will come back to them.
Provided in this video is a very enlightening perspective on how to face social situations. The Fruitarian, Michael Arnstein, provides many interesting tips on how to maintain your social life while being raw vegan, with ways to avoid the critics and still leave room for those interested.
How To Maintain Your Social Life As A Raw Vegan
“I still love to be social, after all I am human!
Most social situations and gatherings are around eating in a group.
My best advice and experience is to talk about anything but diet.
If someone is truly interested in obtaining your glow, your health and vitality – you’ll see it as a real sincerity and then you can make the choice to give them your time.
Your health and peace of mind is very important to maintain.
Don’t let your conversations at every social gathering be about your diet, it will eventually eat away at you and you’ll begin to avoid social situations which is not healthy either. ”
For the most part on my personal health journey, people have been very interested in my diet without me having to say a thing. Constantly I get questions such as “How many are you planning to eat?” from a wide-eyed friend as my pile of empty banana peels grows. If someone seems interested, I respond similarly to Michael’s recommended response, in my case, expressing my joys to be eating an abundance of fruit, nutrition as God intended.
However, differing from him, I am far more open to share the raw vegan(high carb, low fat) diet, possibly because I haven’t had much experience with negative critics, nor do I have to worry about others being affected by the criticism. In times when I have been faced with criticism (usually disguised as others worried for my health “But WHERE do you get your protein??”) I’ve found the best way to respond is by sharing happiness with them, my excitement about food, life, and all things wonderful. Leave no room for negativity. For me, this lifestyle is about inspiring others to living happier and healthier. So be you, unguarded. Let your light shine so that other’s lights may be lit. Of course, always remember that food is simply one aspect of your wonderful life. 🙂
“When the teacher is ready, the student will appear.”
|Andrea Birkhofer is currently working towards both an associates degree and becoming a certified holistic nutritionist, while living in Northern Michigan. She aspires to help others become more aware of the beautiful life we’ve been given, so they might see the importance of fueling it with real, vibrant nutrients. Living a life of appreciation, Andrea is passionate about movement, exploring, all things natural, and most of all, people..
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