Hey fruit bug, how is it going? I’m still in São Paulo under the hot hot sun and, as I write to you from my desk, a big glass of green juice lingers beside a big pile of things to get done. Whoosh! As busy as it seems I can assure you only one thing: there are great news coming our way. I am so excited it’s hard to keep my mouth shot. I can’t share much today, but keep your eyes open for the next two to three months: the Natureba party is about to get wild! Yey!
Anyway, the topic for today is: how to go on a raw vegan diet and still have friends? Is a raw vegan diet a ticket to antisocial land? Many times I hear people saying that they are afraid to change their diet because they wouldn’t be able to go out with their friends and enjoy parties and dinners. I’ve even heard before that being a raw vegan or just a vegetarian can make others around you uncomfortable and put you in a situation where you force people to accommodate to your dietary needs.
These are very unhealthy thoughts. And the bottom line is: it’s not about belonging to the vegan group, or the raw vegan club or the vegetarian political party. Diet and food is about self-love, nourishment, self-care and choosing life first – for ourselves and others. Changing your diet is about shining a brighter light of solution – from you to the entire world – to show that we don’t need to live sick and tired of being sick and tired. It is possible to stay healthy on a raw vegan diet and still have a happy and fulfilling social life, and if you still find it hard, here are my five tips to stay social and raw.
Five Tips to Stay Social on a Raw Vegan Diet
1. Be loving and understand the journey. Remember that you were not always on a raw vegan diet before, you probably had meat, other animal products and unhealthy highly processed foods. So be loving and respect other people’s choices, respect the place where they are on their journey today. I remember my personal experience traveling in Italy, where no one around me was a raw vegan. Everyday I ate my melons and vegetables on the same table with everyone else, causing my Italian friends to get curious asking me questions about my food. I happily and honestly answered their questions, never judging their food preferences. They accepted me immediately and we became really good pals. So remember: you can be authentic without hurting others, and we can live together even if we are different.
2. Join online forums and surround yourself with positive and healthy people. In life we should always be friendly with everyone, but real friends should stick for a good reason. Nowadays, there are hundreds of vegan clubs, groups and organizations where you can socialize and make friends that have most things in common with you. You can start a meet up group in your area or even a youtube channel: do your best to feel engaged and attract like minded people into your life.
3. When invited, always bring a raw vegan dish. It is a great idea to use social gathering opportunities to share delicious homemade foods with others. I love it! This is a great to invite others into your world without pushing too far. When people see the different foods you bring and how delicious they taste, they realize raw foods can be fun and delicious. So, when visiting someone you don’t have to impose any dietary rules, just bring a gift to share, it’s up to them to try it or not. But keep in mind: they will try it and they will love it 🙂
4. Before you leave the house eat a salad and fruits until you feel satisfied. If you know you are going somewhere it may be hard to find a raw or vegan food alternative, do the job at home! And before you leave your house put some some nuts or dried foods in the pocket to avoid any temptations or escabe unexpected hunger.
5. Prioritize your diet before your social life. It is a matter of loving yourself first and choosing what’s best for you. The right friends will come along when you decide your priorities are clear. If the raw vegan diet is working for you, if it is helping you to improve your health and your mental clarity – Why would you exchange it for junk food and bad beer with friends? Remember: if you don’t protect your health, you are the only one responsible for the health consequences of it, not your friends. Be serious about your health. Care and love yourself as an act of responsibility for your own life the life of others around you. If you stick to what’s working, you will become a beautiful example of what others are also capable of achieving.