Sunday, November 29, 2020

Dealing With Non Vegans


Why It’s Important To “Be Chill” With People Who Aren’t Raw

I want to share with you an amazing event that happened today… but before I do I want to share a little tip about sharing raw food with others when it comes up.

When most people first find out about raw food, they usually experience a form of bliss or euphoria. They are so excited about raw food, that they want to tell everyone.

You want to sing raw food praises on the mountaintop.
You want to call your parents in the middle of the night and tell them to stop eating at McDonald’s.
You want your boyfriend or girlfriend to eat raw food with you.
But most importantly…

You want the whole world to eat raw food!

I’ve met with and talked to a lot of people that have not yet seen the raw food doorway. And I’ve talked to a few more who have heard about raw food or even tried raw food. No matter how long I’ve been raw, a part of me still wants to sing the songs of raw food to anyone who is interested.

Some people listen. Some of them ignore me. Some people just don’t understand, at least not right away. For these people, it hasn’t sunken into their mind yet. They need a bit of time to think it over. It may take one day or 10 years, but there are those people that need to really internalize and philosophize it in their mind before they are ready to pursue a raw path.

No matter what, there is no right or wrong path for a person to take. That means you are under no pressure to convince them to eat raw food.

Only they can decide if they are ready for raw food.

Over time, I have learned that my intuition guides me as to what to talk about with each individual. I usually know how much I want to tell the other person. Sometimes I can tell what particular parts of the raw food lifestyle that they might be interested in.

So here’s my little raw food tip of the day: Be Chill.

It’s important to “be chill” with other people, no matter if they are raw or non raw. When I mean be chill, I mean laid back, putting no pressure on the other person and feeling totally comfortable with whatever path they choose. When you are chill, a certain kind of magic happens, and people become even more interested.

For example, in August I met a guy in Minneapolis named Mark. We started talking and he told me that he really wanted to heal some chronic health issues. He asked me what I did for a living, and at the time I was 3 days away from presenting a raw food workshop in town.

Mark sounded interested in my workshop and told me that he was going to make it.

Mark never showed up. For some reason, I knew that was going to happen. He was interested, but for whatever reason, he wasn’t ready. And although I was sad he didn’t make it, I was OK with it because in my heart I never gave up on Mark. I thought that someday, if interested, he would pursue raw food when he felt ready.

Fast forward to October, when I ran into Mark again. We had a nice time talking, but I knew he still wasn’t ready. Instead of talking about raw food, I gave him a big hug, and kept thinking positive thoughts about him.

November passed. Then December. Our conversations were like broken records. We continued to run into each other, and by this time, I had our conversation down pat.

Today, I ran into him for the first time since New Year’s Eve.

And today, there was something different about Mark. A glimmer in his eye, an excitement, but I couldn’t put my finger on it right away.

Then he told me, “Heidi, I was just thinking about you. I want to do something about my health, so I finally called up that raw food nutritionist in town. I hope to hear from him tomorrow, because I’m really excited to try this raw food thing!”

I was amazed. Mark was ready! I never would have known from our first conversation in August that I would witness his interest to try raw food just a few months later!

Obviously, this was the right time for Mark. And perhaps by this time next week, Mark is going to be singing on the mountaintop, talking to everyone who will listen and telling them all about raw food.

~ Heidi

P.S. Do you have a raw food song you want to sing today?

My name is Heidi, and I have been eating a raw food diet since 2004. Before I found raw food, I have tried all sorts of different ways of eating including: standard vegetarian, fare, vegan, food, macrobiotic, Marilu Henner's programs, food combining, slow food, and more, I followed along on social and did everything I could. I understood the idea of Raw Food since I first learned of it in 2000, but it wasn't until 2004 that I started making raw food a daily part of my life.

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