I know, I know, employment law, not the most exciting topic in the world is it? Perhaps I’ll write another time about why raw food is like sex…
I have a Post Grad in Employment Law don’t you know? True. As such, I know about these sexy boring things.
The thing is, there’s legislation (that means law) that protects people from discrimination (that means getting hassle) because of their sexual orientation (you know what that means, if not, go ask your mum).
The same legislation protects people from discrimination on the grounds of their religious beliefs.
Now. This is where it gets a bit messy.
Because you see sometimes these things clash with each other.
Sometimes people discriminate against gay people because their own religious beliefs conflict with their beliefs about it being ok to be gay or not. You follow?
What in the name of the wee man has this got to do with the raw food movement I hear you ask?
What I’ve discovered is that people that get in to raw food tend to come from two camps. That’s camp as in camp not camp as in you know, camp, seeing as we’re all on the sexual orientation theme and all…
Where was I?
The first camp are people that get in to raw foods as a means to pursue MAXIMUM AMAZEBALLS HEALTH.
The second camp get in to raw food because it’s been a natural progression from their vegan diet.
So there’s a health perspective and a moral/ethical perspective and like with the employment law example I gave above, sometimes these things clash.
Honey has a lot of nutritional benefits. But it’s also not vegan-friendly. Ha ha ‘vegan-friendly’, don’t you think that sounds funny? No? Just me then…
Some people who eat a lot of raw food also choose to include animal products in their diet – cooked and/or raw.
Some people who eat a lot of raw food also choose to include cooked vegan products in their diet. Some of these vegan products might not be viewed as strictly ‘healthy’.
Now, that’s not to say that people that happen to be strict vegan aren’t also pursuing maximum health, there are of course plenty of overlaps. But if both camps come from different approaches we have to accept some conflict to take place within the raw food movement.
I truly believe that accepting this as an inevitable side effect and ACCEPTANCE in general is the answer..
I accept you for the choices you make and respect that you have the gods given right to ultimately decide what you choose to eat and what you choose to believe. I’ve found that this approach works really well for me and what’s more, it boosts my own health in the process!
The alternative is for us all to stop learning, growing and being a shiny example of eating raw foods.
Nobody wants that right? Right? 🙂
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/