No rigid rules, labels or dogmas.... just REAL food, for your body, mind & soul!
Yesterday I had a graduation party for my son. It was his party, not mine, so I served things that he and his friends eat. Let's just say it was not raw food. :) It included many things I used to binge on, including making non-raw desserts that required me to interact with them a LOT. But this is not a story about how I got tempted and ate my face off. I am here to say, I made it through the party and it was awesome and I STILL HAVE A FACE.
The real story here, and a lot of the reason I CAN still face you, is one of friendship. My friend Terri, that I met right here at RFR, went back to being raw right around the same time as me. Like me, she had been raw for a year or so, and had great results, but then went off at some point and was struggling to get back on. She has been a huge support, and we've been texting each other and meeting for dinner at a raw food restaurant.
I had invited Terri to Joe's party and not only did she come early and help me set up and decorate, she helped me with those awful desserts! But the real clincher is what she brought me: A huge, wonderful salad with "lemonade" dressing (delicious, I am definitely getting that recipe!,) some "Lemonade" fresh juice (apples and lemons), kale chips and Lara bars for dessert! While everyone else was eating junk, we were enjoying amazing fresh food. It was absolutely wonderful! I did not even feel tempted by that SAD food.
One tip I got from Valya Boutenko is that when she has to be around SAD food that she thinks may be tempting, she just thinks of it as play food. Or dog food. LOL Just nothing she would ever eat. I have to say, it really helped! I let everyone else munch the "kibble" but I did not want any myself.
Anyway. It meant the world to be that she was there and I really felt taken care of and nurtured. She is an amazing person and I am so darn lucky to have this kind of support in real life.
It is making me think about how I can support fledgling live foodies and what it really means to be a friend.
The next time I have a non-raw fun event to go to, you can bet I will try to bring a raw friend with me if I can. It is a great technique that makes a huge difference staying out of the kibble!