uggh. I've done it again. I've become passionate about something (rawfoods, this time ) and I can't think of anything else! I find it so fascinating, amazing, mindboggling, and intriguing. The problem, you ask? I'm on info-overload. I can't sleep. I've been up since 2 am. All I can think about are raw food related questions. I'm making a list of all the crud-food that's going back to the store today. I'm researching recipes I think the children will be open to. I'm stressing about what the psychiatrist will say when I tell her I'm not medicating them any more. I just can't stop my brain from spinning about rawfoods.
Did this happen to any of you in the begining, before it just became part of your life? Hmmm...maybe I should be taking the boys meds, huh?
You are doing fine, you are new to this and your reactions are normal. You will mellow out after a while, however, if you get hooked, you will never go back to SAD. I mean think about it, would you ever accept that the world is flat after knowing it is round?
In the last 10 years I have only read 5 or 6 books that were not food or health related and I only read them as a distraction while travelling (I recomend Freakenomics and A Short History of just about Everything) so do not worry about it. Right now I am in the middle of about 14 books and they are all raw food.
There is sufficient in the world for man's need, but not for his greed.
I understand what you are going through as I went through similar obsession my first 3 months Raw, devoring info at a furious rate. I was even dreaming about it ! My husband mentioned that I am obsessive with this new diet, so he even noticed. But now I feel I am back in balance. I am spending a reasonable amount of time here, reading, listening to audio at thebestdayever.
You are doing fine !!
" If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it." W.A. Ward
Hi! I just read in a book and it gave me new perspective with my obsession to food - I'm an emotional overeater..... maybe this will help you too:
"Obsession comes from the fear of being out of control".
What do you think? Hang in there - this is a wonderful community of folks committed to change. I personally have not shared my new discovery of raw food with anyone - I don't feel confident in sharing it until I truly unlearn SAD and understand RAW! You are doing the research - that's the biggest part of this journey. Best of success to you in your journey
Not wierd at all! Of course, that said, you need to know that yesterday I was on a website that listed authors of raw or nutritional books. I wrote down all the authors I was interested in, and will take it to the library with me and see if any of their books are available. How about if we say you are in good company! I used to obsess about where I was going to go for lunch or dinner each day, and then spend another hour feeling guilty because I had already stopped at Burger King on the way to work for two boxes of cini-minis! So I'm ok with this new obsession.
I like Samuel's note about not believing the world is flat after knowing it's round. I can't go back now that I know from within my heart (literally) what raw food does for me. Perfect? 100%? Not yet, but I'm enjoying the journey. I like knowing that I'm now doing this not because of what I read on a box or see on a TV show, but because I have put my own body to the test and the outcome is vibrant health and energy. We are our own best experiments.
I try to imagine that my body has a glass wall and that I can see the reaction of my cells after I put anything in my mouth. Are the nutrients being absorbed into my cells and repairing my body and immune system? Or is my body producing mucus to protect my vital organs from the toxicity in the food I chose to eat?
This morning, DH said the glass of green smoothie I made for him was awfully big. I looked at his breakfast and said that bowl of sugar, flour, salt and preservatives (cereal), was awfully big, too! He took the glass and just said thank you ;)
Reading testimonials about how fantastic the RAW lifestyle is keeps me motivated. It is my challenge to read something everyday that uplifts me!
Currently lurking behind wheatgrass...........
Anything 'new' that you intend to master will take you into the bowels (excuse the expression) of exploration. If you wanted to master a new language, you would do best to use the 'immersion' process...which is what I did with raw foods at first. I devoured every site, every book, every idea, that I could until I 'made it mine'. Of course I still read, and check out websites almost daily, but I'm less anxious or compulsive about it because I've developed a repetoire of recipes and now the raw food lifestyle feels very comfortable. I'm adding to my knowledge constantly, but do not feel as obsessed.
Many years ago, I took a painting class, and found that I was looking at my surroundings in a new way...conscious of all color, and how colors and designs played off of each other, and how the light changed the color and mood of my surroundings....things I'd never looked at in quite the same way before. You are familiar with most of the foods used in raw, but you are beginning to look at them in a totally different way.....raw zucchini spun into delicious threads for a pasta dish, instead of pan fried.
I'm currently interested in learning how to fuse glass, and also in designing some Ichiban pottery. I search the web often, read and catalog what I need to remember. Whatever knowledge or talent I have interest in at the moment, becomes a little 'obsessive' until I have gathered enough information to feel content.
For every parent out there, it was probably all you could think about before the birth of your first child.....you read everything, exhausted everyone's opinion, and wanted to be the best parent possible. Just think of this focus on raw as a 'birth' process. It takes time for the 'little one' to develop....then the fun begins ! It will all just fall into place.....and become a natural process which doesn't take as much thought and effort as it did at first.
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