View Full Version : Having problems staying focused!!!?!
11-08-2007, 11:37 AM
Ok, so i am going raw for health and because i know its the healthiest lifestyle to chose right? Well lately i have not been able to keep my focus. Somedays i start out strong and have a slip-up towards the end of the day and others i just start out bad and end bad. I dont really know what to do. I dont really crave or want the things that i know that are best for me. Instead i crave burgers, sweets, etc. I really want to get over my hump so i can lead a healthy lifestyle. I would fast, but the last time i tried a water fast i got sick when i went outside (It was really hot) and felt as if i was going to throw up. I thought about doing Jingee and storm's orange juice diet for a couple of days, but im not really sure what to do. Any suggestions or advice for getting on the right path? As far as fasting, any tips? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks. peace
11-08-2007, 11:53 AM
I would definitely start small. I wouldnt jump into a fast right away. Get Alissa's book, borrow some from the library, or search online for raw recipes. In the beginning it is best to make tons of tasty raw snacks because that will help you get over the hurdle of eating cooked SAD food. After you master that then you wont need as many premade snacks and then you can move toward a simpler diet or juice fast. Im not too far along either. I am gradually weening off needing so many recipes and find it easier to just grab a lil something but I loose my groove at night. I always want to munch at night so I make sure to have some raw cookies or cereal available so that I dont go for the SAD food. That helps with cravings.
11-08-2007, 11:57 AM
Here are some great websites I love to search
Great Raw food links!
food combining chart
Food in season by state
How to win an arguement
rawfood meetup everywhere
printout of raw food combining chart
Videos on why we eat SAD
11-08-2007, 12:01 PM
11-08-2007, 12:06 PM
Thanks for the references and advice all.
11-08-2007, 12:25 PM
do you consume enough fat? do you have a vata constitution? that is the aryuvedic way of saying that your body type needs a balance of heavy foods (like liquid fats, nuts, seeds, avocadoes) along with the light foods (raw veg, fruit). i find that if i drink green smoothies all day i cann't think! i need to eat some fat! when i do eat enough fat (but not overdoing it), i feel perfectly clear, awake and focused.
try including some fat in most of your meals and see if this helps balance you.
oh and maybe try fat sources other than nuts to start, as some people find those actually contribute to tiredness (does for me).
i wish you all the best,
ps, if you are a vata type than doing juice fasts might make you too light headed. i bet there are fasting strategies for vatas though...you could check it out through an aryuvedic practioner if you think this is the right path for you. keep in mind though that aryuvedic practioners usually don't support the raw diet...so you could just keep that hush, hush.
11-08-2007, 12:27 PM
-Analyze where you are VERY comfortable with right NOW (give it a rough percentage....say 10%). Then set your raw goal (say..100% raw)......and a generous time frame (at least 6-12 months).
-Then just BRAINSTORM. Write down the top 10 things YOU think you can do to get close to your goal. Write down at least 1 DO-ABLE thing under each item.
-Make sure the things that you write down...are how you truly feel....and the items that you are realistically motivated and PREPARED to do every day. If you are not motivated and prepared to do those small things....DON'T write them down! LOL.
-If you fail....you need to set smaller goals....until you achieve psychic traction! :)
-Power & success to you.
-David Z. Mason
11-08-2007, 12:50 PM
Psychic Traction I am seriously going to have to check that one out. Here is what may work for you as it has worked for me. You are going to need to choose 'transition' foods and 'transition' methods. Big Key: must start raw in the morning to keep you on track and focused. Start with a raw anything, apple, green smoothie, pear, whatever, just make sure it's raw, then eat your 'transition' food, if it has to be SAD, then let it be that, until you just don't want it anymore, but just make sure you eat something raw in the morning, this will help to keep you aware and on track. It took me two months before I was able to completely stop SAD sugar, could cut everything else out, but that one was not easy. Agave has helped me greatly and still have a long way to go figuring out delicious recipes. Have figured out a couple that are saving my %$%%$.
The most important thing is that you are aware of making the change. Change is never easy and it is a process, but you are taking action.
11-08-2007, 12:51 PM
Thanks so much for the input jenjen and david. I would say that i do get enough fats. I am a horrible junk food eater and i love breads and sweets. I want to be that person that loves fruits and veggies (moreso veggies). I dont really like raw veggies as they taste weird and make me gag. I love fruits cause they are sweet, but are allergic to some. I do not consume nuts because i am allergic also, but can eat some seeds. I am going to find a way to fast cause i truly feel my body needs one. Like i said thanks for the advice all and am still open to comments.
11-08-2007, 12:55 PM
I actually am part of a rawfood meetup in mobile, alabama, but as of now im the only member. The girl that was hosting the meetups is pregnant and the other girl doesn't have time i assume. Im trying to find people in this area that want to better their health like me and are interested in raw foods, but it has not been so easy.
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