Several years ago, when I was introduced to the Raw Food Diet and lifestyle I felt this was the greatest feeling ever and said I would never eat meat again (never say never!). For those of you who know me, it is usually all or nothing for me. So I set out on this journey to be a 100% raw foodist. Well even though a person tries to be 100% raw that is extremely hard to do, but nonetheless I was definitely eating mostly all “raw” foods.
Before going “raw” I ate what I considered to be a healthy diet but we can always do better, right? Before this journey, I didn’t shop for organic meats or fruits and was eating meats such as chicken, beef, fish – other words I wasn’t a vegetarian. So now, I start this raw food way of life and feel fantastic. I started my new journey in early February and living in Arizona it was a little cool weather. Once eliminating meats, fish, dairy (mostly eggs – didn’t eat much dairy), starchy carbohydrates, I started feeling much lighter and just felt good.
What was happening, I was detoxing, but much slower than a water fast or juice fast, but it was happening and I was feeling great. So along this journey, I’m attending raw food seminars, events, etc and meet many people successfully living on a raw food diet – so I’m convinced it can be done. When switching to raw foods I wanted to tell everyone about how great it is, but most people weren’t really interested so I had to learn to quieten down about my journey.
So, I’m continually researching and reading about raw foods and healing and very interested and motivated to accomplish this. Months go by, summer is great, eating very light “raw” foods shedding some weight along the way and my skin is looking great and receiving some nice compliments from people.
Now fall is coming and the weather is cooling off again and I’m still eating “raw”. In November, I remember very clearly, I joined a friend in a one week green smoothie diet – nothing but green smoothies all week. Being a big fan of green smoothies, this would be fun!
Third day into the week of green smoothies, I just wasn’t feeling full. I was drinking plenty and getting lots of greens in my diet and still all “raw” but just didn’t feel full nor did I feel good. So instead of stopping the green smoothie diet, I wanted to fulfill my agreement with my friend and I carried on until the end of the week. But as the week went on, I was also adding more fruit to my smoothies searching for something to make me feel better but staying with green smoothies.
After the week was up, I was bloated and did not feel good. But guess what I did? I kept going on my “raw” diet journey.
The next month, which was December, it seemed as though I had gained 8 lbs overnight. How could this happen? I’m eating all “raw” and gaining weight. I didn’t understand what was going on. What I did know was something wasn’t right with my body and I had to do something about it. I don’t blame the green smoothie diet at all – it just wasn’t what my body was needing at the time. I had put out my “internal fire”. I was suffering from “yang deficiency”. This could have been easily avoided if I listened to my body at the right time. Also, being more educated at the time about “cooling” foods and “warming” foods whether raw, whole foods, or cooked just knowing the benefits of each.
So as you can see, my biggest mistake was “Not Listening to My Body” early on. Our bodies have a way of letting us know when something isn’t working for us, but we have to listen.
There is more to this story and I do plan to share with you in an “E-Book” to be published soon.
For those of you wondering “why” I still incorporate raw foods, I don’t promote 100% raw, but instead a high-raw diet. Incorporating raw foods and whole foods into your diet you are eliminating most of the processed foods that are making people sick. Raw foods and Superfoods have their benefits as I will blog about on many posts and in my E-Zines.
Foods are healing to our bodies if we bring the most nutritious foods ever into our systems. That’s another point I will reveal in my eBook, the types of raw foods I was eating. Just because a person is 100% raw or 100% vegan, etc doesn’t mean they are healthy. If you are not eating foods that offer nutrition that you need you will become deficient.
You will find many very successful raw foodist and vegans that have found what works for them and most are including Superfoods.
I just wanted to briefly tell you about my biggest mistake when moving to a 100% raw food diet to eliminate someone else from making the same mistakes.
Today, at age 50, I am eating a high raw diet and many superfoods, but as winter comes on I will be adding more warming foods and cooked foods. If my body is craving meat, I will add the best meat ever I can afford such as grass fed beef without the added hormones and antibiotics, etc.
I’ve learned to listen to my body and its many messages – life is a journey!