Saturday, May 26, 2012

Eating Raw Doesn't Mean 100%

A couple of weeks ago I spoke at the Green Living Show. The subject of my presentation was Raw Food and Weight Loss. One of the sub-categories I addressed was the ratio of how much raw makes you 'raw' and whether it's necessary to be 100% raw to be genuine.

My presentation at the Green Living Show

Apparently we need to see or read something about seven times before remembering it. So for the benefit of all you folk out there who keep on 'shoulding' yourselves, here we go again.

Christine's Guidelines 
#1 You do not have to eat raw food 100% to be raw or to improve your health.
#2 Leave the ratios/dogma/rules behind and just start.
#3 The details will sort themselves as you go.
#4 If you fall off the wagon, dust yourself off and climb up again. And again.
#5 - #infinity (ok, I'll write a book soon).

Actually, I believe that it could encourage others to go more raw and make some positive changes without the pressure of a complete change. Better some good changes than none at all. Besides, what you or I are practicing today in eating may not be where we are in the future – hopefully you and I will improve but we need to leave it to each other to make these decisions for ourselves. Encouragement without judgement.

It doesn’t have to be ‘all or nothing’ and it puzzles me as to why some people think this way. It could be a personality thing but it can make food and life choices too hard. Just because I nibble on a biscuit at morning tea doesn’t mean there’s no point in being mostly raw for the rest of the day.  In the same way that speaking sharply to my husband or children means that I do it all day because “I’ve ruined it now anyway”.

My raw food goal is to be around 70 – 80% raw. Just to be clear, please don’t think that the remaining 20 -30% is made up of hot chips, cakes, caffeine and chocolate. If I am choosing something cooked then I am trying to make that portion ‘count’. For example I might choose gluten free bread instead of wheat, wedges rather than hot chips, brown rice and not white, sushi instead of a pie.

Food should be a pleasure and not just a necessary activity. Take the pressure off and stop ‘should-ing’ yourself. Make good changes a little bit at a time and be happy that you’re doing the best you can for now.



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