It’s the conditioned traditions of food and the responces that makes it nearly impossible if not extremely difficult to be raw vegan.
What are the incentives of eating food today?
Food has become so largely integrated into our lives that we end up being the ones eaten alive.
I have observed.
Every holiday is greatly associated with food, or a food tradition. It is difficult to celebrate these holidays without these foods. From Memorial Day weekend BBQ’s and Beer to the Holiday honey baked ham.
Potluck’s at school meetings
Hot dogs and (a favorite concession stand food) at a (insert your favorite team here) game.
Morning meetings with coffee and donuts.
Friday night with the girls (drinks and appetizers after work).
A movie date (popcorn, coke and candy)
Shopping with friends (stop at Chipotle or The Habit)
Rainy night stay in and watch a movie (order a pizza or Chinese take-out)
Half our lunch (forgot something healthy at home?) Taco Bell here we come!
Beautiful sunny day in Santa Barbara? Let’s grab sandwhiches and head to the park or the beach.
Late night stroll in the summer heat. Boy an ice cream sounds wonderful. Cold Stones anyone?
An invite to dinner somewhere? Don’t want to be rude.
Many times the excuse is something along the lines of “today is an exception, i’ll eat better tomorrow”.
This is the normalcy of today’s world with food. Because it’s normal, it’s okay.
It is so brutal to live any other way sometimes. Sometimes you might wonder how anybody can enjoy life without these things, even when someone might point out that the food your about to consume is very harmful to you in the short term and in the long term.
This is something that has been so ingrained in me for 26 years. That I find it hard how to survive any other way, even though I have proven to myself that I have lost 25 pounds, and that I feel great. I must be doing something right. Then I have this benign voice asking me “Why can’t I just go out with Tyler and enjoy some Indian food tonight.”
Am I really upset about not eating Indian food?
Indian food is probably the one thing I miss more than anything. It is still my favorite. I have come so far and yet, I wonder if I can make this journey.
I have gone out into this madness with nothing but over confidence and strange abundance of positivity and now that I have really looked this monster in the eye, I wonder how I will slay it.Will I run out of guts? What am I made of anyway?
Really? All of this fear, uncertainty and nostalgia over food. I never really “saw” how powerful food really is. I am fighting Goliath. I really am facing this beast up close and personal now.
There is no running away now, that would be foolish. I have been brave and I will continue to be brave. How will I know what I am made of if I can’t do this.
Addiction is something I always have associated with drugs. Now I know better.
Withdraw is a real beast.