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    I just need to vent about people not getting it

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    So I've struggled with Candida for the past three years. I've finally gotten my diet and supplements in a good groove, don't eat any sugar or grains, etc. I'm an ex-vegetarian and Indian. I'm visiting my family over the holidays. My mother has accepted that I don't eat grains, dairy, fruit, etc. She stocked the house with food I eat before I came, which I appreciated.

    She wants me to be able to eat a less restrictive diet (I do too eventually). But she keeps trying to tell me that if I eat dairy and wheat with spices like cumin, fennel, coriander, ginger (all known for aiding digesting), then I can "trick" my body into not being allergic. Attempts to explain the errors in this would be futile. I also know telling her I'm not a vegetarian would break her heart, so I'm avoiding the issue for the time being.

    I seriously don't understand most vegetarians. I rarely see them eat vegetables. I feel like I've started to eat a lot more vegetables during my transition into non-vegetarianism. It seems like they just eat sugar or stuff from boxes. I no longer understand how this passes for nutrition just because the oatmeal they love is low-fat and high fiber.

    I know I will need to incorporate more broth in my diet to heal my gut. I want to be able to enjoy fruit, chocolate, and the very occasional drink. I do miss that freedom. But at the same time, it's great to not have food cravings and to have everything I eat serve a nutritional purpose. I never, ever want to go back to grains or junk food.

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    As a foreign Indian with meat-eating Indian parents, I can sympathize, sort of. My folks are lovely and cook awesome food, but they are having a horrible time trying to understand the whole concept of primal WOE. My mum is pre-diabetic and my dad is a diabetes-councilor, yet they write it off when I tell them to cut grains. In fact, mum told me shed rather be dead than to eat the way I do. at the end of the day you can only do what's best for you and hope your example might inspire others.

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    I had a Vegetarian friend who was quite large (Morbidly obese) and short. She said she got in to vegetarianism for the health benefits when she was in high school, and now 6 years later she's freakin' huge and all she eats is tons of bread and cheese. I worked at a bakery/cafe with her and she would get either tomato soup in a bowl she would layer to the top alternating croutons and Parmesan cheese, AND a cheese sandwich with no veggies on it. OR she would get a small salad, COVERED in croutons, like a whole layer of them, and then the nastiest, sweetest dressing she could find and of course more cheese... and then a cheese sandwich on the side. Oh, did I mention she would get a side of baguette with either order, yeahhh.... I don't get it. Oh, then she was going to start walking because she wanted to get healthy, bought a pair of hundred dollar running shoes she couldn't afford, and I'm pretty sure she just never used them. Did I mention she had Fibromyalgia?

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    I've never understood vegetarianism. I'm mostly a carnivore, and usually end up making an ass of myself around vegetarians.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Knight View Post
    I had a Vegetarian friend who was quite large (Morbidly obese) and short. She said she got in to vegetarianism for the health benefits when she was in high school, and now 6 years later she's freakin' huge and all she eats is tons of bread and cheese. I worked at a bakery/cafe with her and she would get either tomato soup in a bowl she would layer to the top alternating croutons and Parmesan cheese, AND a cheese sandwich with no veggies on it. OR she would get a small salad, COVERED in croutons, like a whole layer of them, and then the nastiest, sweetest dressing she could find and of course more cheese... and then a cheese sandwich on the side. Oh, did I mention she would get a side of baguette with either order, yeahhh.... I don't get it. Oh, then she was going to start walking because she wanted to get healthy, bought a pair of hundred dollar running shoes she couldn't afford, and I'm pretty sure she just never used them. Did I mention she had Fibromyalgia?

    /rant

    I've never understood vegetarianism. I'm mostly a carnivore, and usually end up making an ass of myself around vegetarians.
    Stories like this makes me so so sad and incredibly frustrated.

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    Well done sticking to you plan...I am not sure "mom" will ever get it...part of being a mother I think....lol.

    Re your comment on vegetarians not eating vegetables....it is so true with all the vegetarians I have met recently. One even commented that I was setting a bad example for here as I ate my carrots for a snack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glamorama View Post
    Stories like this makes me so so sad and incredibly frustrated.
    By the way, I forgot the punchline to that story. After losing about 30 pounds on a primal diet, she told me she was worried about me because I was eating so much red meat. I managed to ignore her and not go off on her own eating habits. I even had bloodwork done to show I was perfectly fine, as if the weightloss wasn't enough. /eyeroll
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    lmao! i was a total veggie-hatin' vegetarian xD
    i still hate the majority of veggies, but at least I eat them more now than I did as a vegetarian!

    and yep, mothers generally don't get it :C

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