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03-17-2008, 09:04 PM
Two weeks ago today I read Victoria Boutenko's book and the same day went 100% raw. My sister already is, so I was able to ask lots of questions and get ideas.
I love eating this way, it feels so good in my body and my mind is relieved now that I am not ignoring my conscience about meat, eggs, dairy etc. I don't know if I've lost much weight, but my ribs feel skinny and my thighs fudgy!
I am committed to the 30 day raw process and I know I can do it! My question is, when the initial excitement wears off and life creeps up, am I going to go back to cooked? I don't want to! Can anyone tell me how long they've stayed raw and what they've done to make it a permanent thing? How do you keep your motivation? What about when people get angry/jealous/dismissive of this way of eating and say things like, "You're not balanced!" Not that it matters what other people think, but you know how it is.
03-18-2008, 12:10 AM
read read read. get informed! that way, when people ask you questions, you'll have the answers.
lots of people have been doing this for many many years... it's all about what you want. do you want health? do you want to never worry about getting cancer? do you want to be slim? do you want to gift your body healthy, nutrients at every meal?
i do... that's why i'm 100% for life!
03-18-2008, 06:36 AM
It's a big long journey! When the newness wears off, you will be feeling SO GOOD that you won't want to stop. Slipping usually puts things even more in perspective, you don't feel good when you go back to cooked. Eventually eating raw just becomes your way of life and you don't think about it so often! I agree, keep reading, listen to your body and enjoy! Everything will fall into place from there. :)
03-18-2008, 07:45 AM
I don't have to pay any attention to motivation because I love the taste of fresh raw foods so much that I have no desire to eat anything else. That makes it really easy to eat raw.
Do you have Alissa's book or another one with good recipes? If not, it's a good idea to be able to make some good recipes, at least in the beginning.
As for what people say, there is no real necessity for being prepared to have a debate IFF you know for yourself how it makes you feel. You can absolutely say that you feel better, and that it's the right choice for you (if anyone wants to argue about it or be silly).
I've done this for awhile, but I've had my moments (none too recently), and I have realized that the only times I have stopped eating raw was for emotional reasons (unhealthy ones!). TAKE CARE of yourself emotionally and physically (relaxing, not beating yourself up, following your dreams and desires, raw food, water, exercise, etc.) and there will be NO reason to stop or get fed up. You will just feel better and better and better. :)
03-18-2008, 08:46 AM
People here are so kind and really help each other out - ask lot os questions - also realize ther is really no alternative when you think about the cooked diet PS - I don't think the excitement wears off!!
03-18-2008, 08:52 AM
This is actually a great thread! Goood questions because I have fallen for ALL those traps!
So no advice here, lol...but I will tell you since you asked, I have managed to stay raw for two weeks. But I have also taken many subsequent attempts all around a week or so on length, probably been raw combined for a month and a half.
This is the way I deal with all changes though, even world imposed ones. Many, many runs through, beating the path down and then all of a sudden it's just effortless...and I'm totally in my element.
How do you make changes in your life? I find, for me atleast, the pattern is set, no matter the content.
03-19-2008, 02:04 PM
I love everybody's support! Thank you!
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