#Raw4Joie is back!
After several months of sea-sawing between raw and cooked foods I have decided it is time to make another change.
“The Plan” had been to eat all Raw & Living Foods and then that morphed into 80/20 (raw/cooked). I started tracking it and I realized how easy it was to have a whole day go by and not eat ANY Raw foods.
Granted, I was still eating clean, healthy, no meat, no added sugar and no processed white/wheat flours but it was Cooked. And not needing to eat the same quantity of food anymore, I could make one cooked meal for me and my honey and nibble on it all day. Raw Ruh Roh! Feelings of vim and vigor, the spark of LIFE, real Zest and Passion, all start to diminish, incrementally.
I hadn’t gained any weight so the scale was of no help to catch the slide.
I found that an easy way to use the greens in my weekly CSA veggie bag from the local Farm (Quail Hollow Farm) is to saute them up with onions, garlic, seasonings and whatever other veggies I have on hand. It’s more familiar, right? Yet it feels like sacrilege! Such FRESH, better than organic, life sustaining nutrients, that I wiped out by applying heat. Makes me sad.
What to do?
I go to a BBQ with friends and knowing there will be lots of items I don’t want to eat, even the Vegan Garden Burger is not Raw. I take a raw salad, yummy desert AND my most amazing flax crackers so I can eat them with the fresh guacamole that is sure to be there. I’m prepared! Somehow I CHOOSE to eat slice after slice of processed CHEESE. At one point I’m hearing my body tell me to stop, I still eat a couple more slices before I listen. No joke, right then and there I felt myself starting to get sick, the cheese curdling in my stomach. On the drive home I sneeze and feel my nose start to get congested. Hah! Serves me right! How amazing is my body that it so quickly starts cleansing my system and pushing the mucus forming, inflammatory dairy products out of my system. I’m grateful! It sucks though too. ?
I think, what if?
What if everyone’s body spoke to them so clearly and quickly? What if people weren’t already overwhelmed with the load of toxins and environmental pollutants that their liver is unable to handle so their bodies are only able to store them until they build up and disease breaks out?
I answered myself: NO ONE would eat cheese. If you felt immediate effects from eating toxic food, you would stop. (she types as she again sneezes.) Whatever food it was.
Yup, I am stopping. I know I chose to jump off the wagon and eat the cheese due to feeling frustrated with where I was at in not being on target with my “plan” mentioned above. I got the answer I was looking for, time to implement a new plan. LOL
I’ve been learning an incredible amount of applied knowledge on this healing journey and am retraining my brain to think differently, to choose me. I’ve learned a lot more about preparing raw foods, tested recipes to find my favorite go-to’s and “un-cooking” is becoming more normal, full of all the flavors I love and EASY to be doable on an everyday basis. I am ready to be on the path of Raw and Living foods. I know I can do it, I want to do it and I’ve proven that regardless of what any experts, nutritionists, the infamous “they” or trendy diet plans say, I feel most VIBRANT and so full of LIFE when I consistently eat Raw and Living foods; It’s not debatable.
I’ve also proven that trying to be less than 100% while making it a true lifestyle change doesn’t work for me. It’s like a friend shared today regards her own health journey, you need to be all in, no “Cheat Days”. Still eating 20% cooked is cheating and defeating the purpose. If I believe eating RAW food is the best way to live and isn’t a diet but my lifestyle, what am I telling myself when I default to cooking something?
Don’t get me wrong, anything you do to take a step towards health IS a good thing. One raw meal, one grapefruit instead of a bowl of ice cream are wonderful choices and your body will thank you for them. Keep doing them!
My story has been what feels like a lifetime in the making. Many failures over years and years, with some wins mixed it here and there, until finally 2017/2018 was The Year. Doing it My Way and making the choices to change that worked for me, in a way that worked for me. Now there is no going backwards! There is no standing still, you’re either moving ahead or falling back.
Today marks Day 1 and the new beginning of eating All Raw & Living Foods!
Will I do it for life? Most likely. Why give up what makes me feel so good???That being said, I am going to document it for the first 32 days and that’s all I’m committing to at this point. ?
So here is to the journey and the next 32 days of the rest of my life! Ecstatic only scratches the surface of how I’m feeling! Joyful, confident, proud, creative, filled with anticipation, jumping up and down and giddy with glee are a few more applicable descriptives.
Stay tuned for my reflections as I go and of course all the recipes. 🙂 Please feel free to ask questions! I’d love for my story and experiences to help YOU on your journey to greater health and vitality.
You are welcome to join my Facebook group for more on this topic and to be around other healthy-minded people: Joie To Your Health! Eat. Move. Love
Until next time, Choose Joie! 🙂