I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the answer. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I got an good answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could assist you..
Oh my gosh, MV, I feel so sorry that you have to take all these negativities when you have done so much to help others. I would be completely discouraged and frustrated if I were you. You must be very strong to take all these 'attacks' and still hanging in there. It's a very difficult thing that you are doing, so it's good that you let yourself vent here. I hope it'll help you feel better. Hope you'll keep on hang in there...
Hang in there MissVanilla....
You are doing a great job..
People always attack things they percieve to be different or threatening to their way of life....
We love you!.
BTW, your website and book look gorgeous!.
Now if I could only read Italian....
I agree with RawVeganforHealth! Discard the negative people and comments and keep the positive...
What did you expect, that the world would change simply because you had a good idea?.
I think you should be grateful for the resistance. If people react that intensely then you've hit a nerve but they're not ready yet to accept your ideas. And they may never be..
In the mean time, consider these opportunities for improving yourself. After all, if they hit a nerve with you, then you're not ready either...
People FEAR the idea of not being able to have their Meat & Cheese. They will defend it and put you down. They will question everything. These people are the ones who do nothing about their health. They just like to break your balls..
Then there are the super health concious ones who think they are doing everything right and if you aren't doing what they are doing...they are going to tell you about it. Because people who give advise and write books are supposed to be perfect (being sarcastic here).
Just do what you are doing. And believe in it. There are a bunch of people here who believe in YOU and what you are doing. We know the TRUTH. Let that be your inspiration. And when that time comes where someone comes up to you and says you have changed their life.
That's what it's all about. And believe me there will be many more moments like that to come. And it will be worth going through all those negative people to get to that one person...
You are just a pioneer, and you should feel like that...
-People are people all over the world (with minor habitual / cultural differences). The Medifast food is still SAD....and under lock and key! Ha! ha!.
-You can't expect people doing the wrong thing to understand or accomodate YOU. LOL. You have to be the shining light....the happiness....the success and confidence. Then people will want what 'your're having' by default! Don't you think?.
-David Z. Mason..
MissV.... hey you're in good company - they discounted Jesus too!! lol! So many new or different concepts threaten peoples little worlds... and that's okay- they can have their fear! You ARE a pioneer, and it is a wonderful gift to be able to share it. if just a few hear you and receive the gift of this lifestyle - then okay - if som push it away - that's okay too... don't forget that this is supposed to be fun... don't take it personal - you're just the messenger!..
I think everyone will have something to complain about or point fingers at and I think every possible "thing/issue/whatever" will always have at least ONE person that criticizes it. Things that people don't understand or know is right andthey're wrong, they'll try to find fault, point fingers, and accuse. Just try to look at all the positives that you receive!.
Oh, I dont know about Europe, but IMO other countries would be MORE willing to accept raw than the US. Just my view though as I haven't lived overseas. Then again, there seems to be MORE history in the other countries...
All truth passes through three stages..
First it is ridiculed..
Second it is violently opposed..
And third it is accepted as self-evident..
Thank you everybody..
I know you are all right, about everything. And when I started this journey I knew what to expect..
So, I am back today with a positive attitude as always..
You gave me support and good energy, grazie..
It is just tiring sometimes, but I am so happy to be able to enjoy this board and "go back" to my world with more energy.
Baci e abbracci..
Maybe you need a break..
Ryanair will fly you over here to me at very little cost and you will be welcome to stay for a while and get your energy recharged...
Sara, you cannot say that any criticism is all the same...I was surprised to read in your blog that you were so fed up of criticisms, because, if I can understand you if you complain about criticism in your discussion group (just because it was not a polite criticism), I do not understand why you should complain about very little criticism in your blog, as people can think in different ways...you cannot welcome just the good opinions on what you say! You have to learn to accept that people may think differently from you.... For example when I wrote about the disco question,.
I felt perhaps more attacked than you, and it was as hard for me as it was for you.
...anyway then I suspected, from what you have written later, that it was so offending for you, which surprised me very much (also because I had apologized for the way I had expressed my ideas, but...cannot apologize for telling it)!!! :-)..
Hey Miss Vanilla- glad you're here processing with us and being part of our community..
Are you meditating?.
Have you thought about ways to distance yourself from the interactions to quit being bled dry? pass it off as time management........
I'm sending you a big prayer bubble of love and light from the Oregon coast!..
This is so true. And when you're at the stage that you see it as self evident,.
You can't understand.
Why others don't see it too..
Hang in there Miss Vanilla..
You will be hailed as hero and amazing innovator before long (you probably already are actually)...
Teo, it's okay to criticize, I am not asking for the world to agree with me, I am just venting a little, because I really dedicate a lot of time on spreading the raw word, I do the best I can, and my only intention is to help people to get the same amazing benefits I had... this cost me a lot of time, and money too to keep up the site, and sometimes if I am too tired I can have an hard time on welcoming the criticism.
I am just human and imperfect, that's all.
Comunque no, non mi sono offesa per la critica della discoteca, tranquilla... un bacione..
Stina, I LOVE this community, it is such a source of energy, positiveness and fantastic informations!.
Meditating is a great idea... thank you for your sweetness..
Yeah, look at me, don't I look like a raw superhero?.
Thank you so much for your words juicyraw..
As soon as I will get some money you will have me knocking at your door.
Thank you sooooo much!..
Sara, I had imagined that your discouragement feeling was due to all the energy you spend in your hard work for people and raw food, however what you have written makes me very sorry for you.
, as I see you work and do even more than I could imagine!!!! I do not know how to encourage you......
I hope I will find a way!..
Ever hear the phrase "The one who dies with the most toys wins?" Well, for raw it should be "The one who dies with the least colonoscopies wins!" Kind of rude, but they'll never admit your lifestyle is better suited for humans until they're laying in a hospital bed suffering from yet another heart attack. And they probably won't admit it then!!.
No disrespect to anyone, just trying to put a smile on MV's face for a sec..
I checked out your site, and while I couldn't read a damn thing (stupid American) I think it's one of the better sites visually that I've seen. And you've traveled to some beautiful places! I say screw everyone else and just keep preaching to anyone who will listen. They're just jealous because you obviously have a much better life than they do, georgous!..
Koren, here's a translation. You can get a bit more info....
Ps Sara... you are gorgeous! I would def listen to you!..
Just want you know that just reading your posts just now has been very inspiring to me; Continue your path; you'll be blessed. I just got done ranting on my blog because it seems that I've got a lot of backlash lately. I'm only near the year mark. I can't imagine 4 years yet. Keep on rawkin'; we'll be your cheerleaders..
Well, I am not going to make you sad...but I am Italian and it is...a bit ridiculously translated, you know...these kind of translators are very funny!..
It is kind of funny but you can pick up bits and pieces..
At least you know it's a raw site!..
LOL... well I have planned to have an english page... I really should work on it... but you might enjoy this funny translation..
One year mark is awesome anyhow! it's a big lifestyle change and the more you are in the raw, the better it gets..
Sara...I understand a little of your frustration. I have been 100% raw since the end of May and my parents...especially my father, who was born and raised in Italy, think I'm crazy. He's very upset because I am encouraging my 15 year old (also named Sara.
) to live this way and she is beginning to like it also. He believes that it is unhealthy and extreme. It's so strange to me because I am the most healthy, vibrant, happy (the list goes on) than I ever have in my life. He sees it, but just won't accept it for some odd reason..
I commend you for what you have done there and I know that we will hear so many more great things from you. I had viewed your site when I first became raw and was very happy to see this movement in Italy. Keep the faith, my sweet Italian sister...we are here to support you!!!.
Tanti aguri e buona fortuna!!!..
Grazie Marie, sei dolcissima... you are a brave and great mum, your Sara is lucky to start being raw at this young age thanks to you, it is such a great investment in her future. I am lucky because my parents are completely supportive of me, even if they think I am strange and they don't eat like I do, but they trust me when I talk about nutrition. It is nice to have the support of the family when outside the world is so discouraging sometimes...so I am sorry for your frustration... italians are so stubborn and traditionalist.
Baci e abbracci, cara Marie!!..
I'm not Italian, and I find the Italian easier to understand than the translation. Next thing, you'll be eating sesame seeds for soccer and kicking calcium balls. (I was going to say "singing in the polecat", but that's Russian.)..
Don't feel bad you are not alone. In canada people are obese, sick, depressed with too many deseases but they will not let go of their junk food. People here take care of their SUV's and cars better than themselves. So don't strees yourself too much, it will come one day. Concentrate on helping people that need help, the skeptical ones will come to you when things get bad, when chimotherapy and radiation doest work. Think of Dr.
Good luck and keep the good work..
Oh Big HUGS MV, look at all the amazing things you've achieved so far. Those people are detractors and though it's hard to have it constantly in your face you know in your heart what you are capable of doing. You are proof. You know. Focus on the amazing things you've done and are going to do and yeah, come hang on this board where everyone is so incredibly supportive. love, hugs and green smoothies.. xoxoxo..