Today my mom came to visit for 3 weeks. Since we decided to do our whole food family challenge last minute, I didn’t tell my mom about it until after she was packed to head our way. I felt a little bit bad about basically forcing her to do a clean eating challenge with us then I remembered The Raw Thanksgiving…
In college, both my brother and I traveled home from different states to have thanksgiving with our parents. It was the first time our family was together in about a year. Ben lived within driving distance, so he was home before me. When I arrived at my parents house from the airport, I knew something was amiss from the look on Ben’s face.
“Mom didn’t tell you yet did she?”
“Tell me what?” I asked.
“They [our parents] don’t eat meat anymore. And they don’t cook their food.” Ben stated bluntly then walked away.
I looked at my mom for an explanation. My parents were in the middle of a raw food cleansing diet, with a heavy emphasis on juicing. For both breakfast and lunch they would have juice and then a light dinner made only with plant based foods that are not heated. I thought I was going to starve!
My mom did cook a turkey for the Thanksgiving day guests, including my brother and me. The raw side dishes were very good, and I know there are a lot of health benefits to such a diet. It was just a big surprise I wasn’t expecting. So I guess this is poetic justice that my mom is sorta forced to do a sugar detox with us.
My parents have done the Maker’s Diet before, so my mom knows exactly what to expect. It’s her choice of how strict she wants to be, but I only cook one meal and expect everyone to eat it!