Raw Food Journal Entry #16: The Parent Trap

May 18, 2011

However uneasy my teammates are about this raw food thing, and perhaps even Woj is a little skeptical, for the most part I have my mom on my side.
My mom was unsure about the raw food diet when I first decided to start it. “But what about going out to eat at restaurants?” she had asked. Our family always goes out to eat—food is our “thing.” Every time we go on vacation we spend most of the time focused on when and where the next meal will be. We think about it all day, comment here and there about how excited we are to eat as we go sightseeing, and then after the meal we judge the entire restaurant experience. Usually we are satisfied, as we are not picky eaters, but we know a good restaurant when we visit one.
Am I about to become a “picky eater” with raw food? Will our family restaurant experience change for the worse?
Clearly I haven’t thought about the whole restaurant thing. A piece of me died inside—my mom was right, going out to eat would never be the same. But raw food seems to be the answer; it could make me happier than any cooked food could make me happy. After all, I want to live life feeling as healthy as possible. I want to feel full and happy with the food I put into my body; it’s nice knowing that I can eat just fruits and vegetables and be nutritionally fine, if not better!
Over the past few weeks I’ve spewed enough great information to convince my mom that this raw diet isn’t so bad. She seems positive about it now—I think the green smoothies have her hooked!
My dad, meanwhile, is all about moderation. He doesn’t like the idea of the raw food diet but he’s letting me test the waters. I talked with him about it the other night after I told him how excited I was about it all.
“What I’m worried about with this raw food diet is that you’ll lose weight,” he had said.
I try to convince people that I’m doing this as a lifestyle, not as a “diet.” I actually hate adding on “diet” to “raw food,” but sometimes I forget. I don’t want people to think I’m using this as a weight-loss tool, or that it’s a fad diet. I see it as a way to keep my weight down while feeling full, as well as a way to get great health benefits and improve my running performances. However, I tried to reassure my dad that if I did lose weight, I would know how to gain it back by eating more concentrated/dried fruit and nuts and seeds.
“You’re already very skinny—I don’t want to see you wasting away,” he said.
That comment made me laugh inside, but I kept my cool. And then I realized I was angry. “Wasting away”? Did he think I couldn’t handle this nutrition stuff? I was the expert in the family! Who had been giving him the loads of health information for the past year?
“It won’t happen, Dad. Even if I do start to lose weight I can gain weight with more nuts and seeds and dried fruit like dates. Those are high in calories.”
Like I would actually do that. It would be a dream to “have” to try to gain weight and be able to eat anything. Part of me wishes I were underweight so that I could eat whatever I wanted and not worry about it. In that situation I would eat as many dates and nuts as I desired!
My dad didn’t seem to understand the whole high-calorie concept; in fact, it seemed as if he hadn’t even heard what I just said. He kept repeating himself, as perhaps any dad might….
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My dad must think I’m nuts…

I do not advocate nor do I completely dismiss the raw food diet but I do encourage you to stay with me through these past journal entries (please note the date in bold verses the posted date) until the end to decide for yourself what you think would be best for you as pertaining to diet. Please understand that I went into the raw food diet with some wrong intentions. Learn from my mistakes before making your own.

About Rachael

Rachael Steil is a graduate from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts. Steil an author, speaker, and a recipient of the Spirit and Outstanding Runner award for the Aquinas College cross country team and has received 6th place All-American accolades in cross country as well as 7th place in the NAIA track nationals.
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4 Responses to Raw Food Journal Entry #16: The Parent Trap

  1. Carly P. says:

    Very well written, once again, particularly the part where you talk about the high calorie raw foods, and then you say “like I’d actually do that.” It really captures your mindset at the time. I love reading these!

  2. Jilan says:

    I agree, very well written! I wish i would have written a diary when i went raw. I need the reassurance occasionally in this cooked food society. I am not, what most would call, 100% raw food purist, but i experienced a wellbeing i had never experienced before while 100% raw my first 4 months, 4 years ago. After that i could never look at cook food or dead animals the same again. I envy you Rach for starting on this path in your twenties. You are wise beyond your years…….

    • rachael says:

      Thank you Jilan! I know, I’m so glad I wrote this all down…it’s fun to look back at it all!
      At this point I do not eat all raw food, but I’m glad I experimented with it–especially because I learned a lot about food in general but mostly more about myself.
      Thanks for reading!

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