View Full Version : Do I have to go 100%?
08-03-2005, 02:24 PM
I've tried going "all the way" a few times before..but it would end up in a binge. So my current plan is to go slowly..starting with 75% and letting my body move towards 100%. But I keep reading about how important being all raw is..and how absolutely different than being high raw. I'd love some opinions from experienced people who have already been through this:) Thanks!!
08-03-2005, 02:51 PM
Callie, I transitioned over a 3 month period. Increasing percentages weekly. By month 4, I was ready. This worked well for me.
08-03-2005, 02:59 PM
You don't ever "have" to do anything. I'm not sure what you mean by going on a binge. A binge of raw foods? If so, excellent! I'd suggest, allowing it. What that means to me is, your body is starving for nutrients. Start giving it some and it will take all it needs for a bit. After it's gotten it's fill and knows it's not going to be starving for more anytime soon, it'll balance out. Just my own experience.
08-03-2005, 04:02 PM
i am 100% raw food eater and 95% raw food vegan. I will be working for a while on this 5% ,-)))).
08-04-2005, 09:40 AM
Hey, sweetie, don't fret. If you gradually increase the percentages of raw you eat, your body will alkalinize and you just will stop craving the unhealthy stuff. I've done it, and am doing it again.
A few tips that have helped me are:
1. no food after 6-7pm
2. fruit or green smoothies only before lunch
3. make sure to get to sleep BY 10 pm every night (unless you're out playing!)
4. exercise at least 5X a week with the focus on DEEP, even nasal breathing to get your body oxygenated, which speeds up detoxification and alkalinizes
Then start adding more and more just raw meals for lunch and dinner. But I'm tellin' ya, if people just did these four things and nothing else they'd see incredible increases in energy and improvement in their health. Plus, doing this gives you relief from the cravings and makes it easier to go all raw. But hey, if you're not 100% does that mean you won't be healthy? that's a real slippery slope and starts to get into dogmatism to say so because everyone is individual. Just follow your heart and ask your higher self for guidance. Just some ideas :)
08-04-2005, 01:13 PM
I have bingeing problems when going 100% raw, too. What works for me is giving up one thing per week - week 1, give up chocolate; week 2, continue not eating chocolate and add on no cookies adn cereal; etc. It's a lot easier to give up one thing at a time - the binges will start to get smaller, and the raw food will begin to takeover naturally
08-04-2005, 06:08 PM
I have been raw for 2 years now and consider myself still in transition, that is, I am still evolving. From my past experience, I consider worrying about being 100% raw is an unnecessary burden. Yes, being 100% raw is way better than being 50% or 70% raw, but it is possible to get there in a natural way. For one person it might be totally easy to just go 100% overnight, but for many the process is gradual. For example, I started with all-raw all day and a cooked vegan meal (rice, benas and vegies) in the evening. After several weeks, I spontaneously wanted to eat more raw foods and I switched to having salads for dinner. So, I think that initially, it is best to just focus on developing healthy habbits (shopping included) in a way that suits you. When the readiness for further progress comes, do not ignore it, and go further. Eventually, one will crave raw foods! It really does happen. When I am thirsty or hungry, I now crave juicy fruit, or sweet fruit, or salads, depending on what my body needs.
So, if you can do 100%, do it. But if you really struggle with it, give yourself some time, understand that this process might take some time, and simply remember to be open to it, that is be open to change. And, don't be hursh on yourself, you are perfect the way you are!
08-04-2005, 06:44 PM
Thank you all for that helpful advice. I really do appreciate it. Theresa ann, i was wondering why you recommend no fruit in the afternoon? Again, thanks for being so kind
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