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Raw Food, redefining celebration...

Breakfast- 1 1/2 lbs. red seedless grapes

Lunch- 1/2 watermelon

Dinner- fruit platter w/cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries & mango; vegetable plate w/cucumber, carrot, red pepper, tomato, & radish; small green salad w/a couple to raspberries and walnuts; 4 Didi's Mac-n-Cheese crackers, 1 Glaser Farms coconut raisin walnut Rawies.

This morning a friend of mine was talking about striving to eat healthy.  He'd had a really good week and was aware of wanting to celebrate-- with food!  My tough street smart friend felt frustrated that so many of us seem to be hardwired to celebrate with food.  "Why can't we celebrate with phone calls, or the gym, or hugs?  "Why does it have to be food?"

I find myself asking similar questions.  Why do we celebrate with cook outs, cake and ice cream?  Why can't we celebrate with blueberries or mangos or durian?  Let's redefine celebration.  How about a run in the park with a group of friends and then afterwards share some watermelon? 

We do not have to anesthetize ourselves with cooked food in order to celebrate feeling happy about something.

Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 09:53AM by Registered CommenterStephen Parker | Comments3 Comments

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This reminded me of one of the first gatherings with my wife's sisters. It was someone's birthday and as a vegan, I was not going to eat the cake. "Not even for special occasions?" one of the sisters asked.

Now, vegans get asked some odd questions sometimes, but this was a new one for me. It just didn't make sense. What kind of occasion would be so "special" to warrant me compromising my values? Or what event is worth celebrating so much as to compromise our health?
June 10, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Purcell
I agree we shouldn't but many do. Eating can be emotional for some. I know many people that reward themselves by eating when they are happy, bored, depressed...
June 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterVegan Momma
I agree Robert, that's exactly it. It seems convoluted to do something harmful to ourselves as a means of celebrating.
June 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterStephen Parker

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