I’m back! Still going raw, and I’ll be a bit more regular in the future… life just caught up a bit, but I’m still raw, and that’s what’s important for this 30 day challenge. I’ve mostly filled up my meals with cashews, apples. oranges, dates. bananas, and celery sticks. I did make some raw cookies, but I’ll give you all the recipe later. In the meantime, I’m going to talk about commitment and the reason why if you go raw for the first time, you should try it at least for 30 days.
Why 30 days?
Well, it’s about establishing a relationship with yourself and your food choices and being committed to something that you wouldn’t normally do. And I say relationship because there’s always the potential to go back to your other boyfriend or girlfriend while you’re going raw. You know them… those relationships you have that make you feel good when no else could, but you know they’re no good for you… ben and jerry… mcdonalds… krispy creme… you may even have a relationship with 5 guys… however you do it, I won’t judge. I, personally, I’ve been in a great relationship with raw food for the past few weeks, and it feels great. It makes me feel healthy, strong and alert. And raw food treats me well… I wake up in the morning thinking about what to eat for the day, and I cap my day with a raw food snack at night.
But it’s only been a few weeks, and all relationships are great in the beginning. So, I need to give it a month. After a month, I can make a decision about whether or not this is something I want to continue with… to commit to… like any relationship. And even if I don’t stick with it, I will take away valuable information from this experience. So far, I’ve learned that the relationship I had with “normal” food has not been a good one, and it’s been self-destructive. My definition of eating healthy has changed, as well as my definition what really is food has changed (it’s like having someone in your life for a long time, losing them, and ending up in the arms of someone better who’s been there for you all along… but you never thought of them that way… raw food won’t treat you bad… raw food is love…). I’ve also learned I can lose weight with a healthier diet, and very little exercise. And I feel like my body has become re-energized.
And a 30 day challenge doesn’t have restricted to a raw food diet. If there’s ever anything you’ve wanted to try… like working out, or stopping a bad habit, or pursuing some other passion…. give it 30 days. Everything changes in 30 days… after doing something for 1 month straight, it becomes part of a routine. I did p90x, and the first 2 weeks were horrible. After a month, I felt obligated to see where it was going to go, and I had to see it through to the end. It became a routine and I didn’t miss a workout until the end of the 10 week program. Same thing with yoga…. been going for 3 years straight. If you do a raw food diet for 30 days, I guarantee you that based on how you feel and how you see your body transforming, you will think twice about going back to “normal” food again. And you’ll learn to love yourself better.
And my hope is to drop the whole “diet” part from raw food and turn it into “lifestyle”.