Day 3 of Stage One on your Journey to Rawdom and I’m assuming (correctly, I hope ; ) that you’ve completed the two exercises from Days 1 and 2? If not, then the same rules apply, go back and don’t revisit this page until you have! (Yes, I’m a hard taskmaster, but I only have your best interests at heart, you know that : )
By this point you should be feeling good about yourself and quietly excited as you see some semblance of something useful coming together, even though you don’t yet have all the pieces. So today you get the third piece of the puzzle, or, more appropriately, the third ‘tool’ to go in your backpack before your journey truly begins, and that is clarity on where you want to go.
On Monday you unearthed the passion, yesterday you got clear on the time available to spend on your journey, by the end of today you’ll have the location on the map!
Assuming you’re ready for this third crucial step, click through now to Step 3.
Step 3: How much cooked, how much raw?
Today’s step is actually the shortest of all, but significant nonetheless.
On a clean sheet of paper or a new page, ask yourself the following question:
"How much raw food do I want to eat per day?"
By this I don’t mean in weight or a specific number of nuts or tomatoes or whatever! I mean, loosely speaking, do you want just one meal a day to be raw, all of your meals to be raw, your breakfast to be raw and the other two meals to be mainly raw with a cooked side dish – or any other permutation you can think of?
Unless you are on a specific programme that you must adhere to, the decision is completely yours.
Answer the question according to your current situation/needs and bear in mind with this and other questions - nothing is set in stone, you can adapt as you go along. As life changes so do our needs, but we do need to start from somewhere!
If you are prone to setting your standards too high and then “failing” (really this is just learning), then err on the side of caution and aim slightly lower than you would have done – you can always work up and it’s a much better approach than aiming too high, not making it and then giving up.
Now, write your decision down as a statement at the top of your page. It should read something like this:
“I want _____ of my meals to be raw” (Fill in the gap according to your decision and add on any adjunct such as “and to include one cooked item per day” or whatever you have decided with regard to cooked food.)
Now you know how many times per day you want to eat (from yesterday’s exercise) and how much of that you want to be fresh and raw, your destination is now in sight! You are almost ready to for Stage 2!
And today’s reward is…? I suggest that today you start looking into the future a little more and dreaming about that moment when you reach your goal. While there really is no such thing as a final destination (the journey just gets better and better and is constantly changing and evolving), we do certainly reach places in our journey where we feel “I’ve made it!”.
Today, for your reward, I’d like you to make a promise to yourself that you will give yourself everything you need to reach this first place where you feel you’ve reached your goal. This means that you make a pact that you will be your own best friend, will do what needs to be done, will ask for help when necessary, will read, learn and search for whatever it is you need to find, will give yourself all the appropriate mental, physical, emotional and spiritual tools you need along the way and finally, that today you will dream up your really big reward for reaching that place and write it down.
Tomorrow we’ll be getting in to the “real stuff” – the food! Great stuff ahead!