The holidays are upon us, and for a lot of people it is a time of joy, and others great strife-the planning, the shopping, the traveling, the preparing, and the food. I have very warm-fuzzy feelings about the holidays, but my diet choices always seem to cause a great deal of activity and conversation that leaves my family and friends a little squirmy.
Thanksgiving is one of those nostalgic meals of mine, that I have never really been able to fully duplicate in the raw. I guess it’s because when I make a tasty raw version of stuffing, potatoes and cranberries, it doesn’t leave me in a painful food coma-which is how I remember every thanksgiving dinner ending up-me, holding my belly on the couch watching “Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang”. So, each year, as I try and do something a little different, a little closer to that home- made taste, more conversation arises around my diet choices. I don’t really mind all the hoopla and attention toward eating raw, it is in fact the very way to get the word out. I suppose it’s the defensiveness of others that I am compassionate about, and in turn, I find myself being defensive back. As I prepare different choices for the holiday feast, most people at the dinner table will try the dishes, compliment them, and then dig into the heap of turkey on their plate. Some people will actually prefer the raw version of the traditional meal, and others won’t even bother trying my food, as they have already picked their spot on the couch for the after dinner movie.
This year, I’m coming in with a new attitude. I love my lifestyle, but I am going to show up with an open mind and remember that I don’t always eat raw. Preparing a raw meal and a scene is not necessary, I will be asking for a sweet potato without butter as my main course. I will be adding to the menu a Kale and Pear salad with fresh cranberry vinaigrette, and for dessert, a persimmon flan. I make enough for the table, and integrate them into the meal without introducing them as a raw food. These recipes are so delicious, I guarantee that nobody will realize what’s going on, and my diet will not be the focal point of the evening. This year the focus will be on love, family and thankfulness, not on what I do and don’t eat.