Last week we looked at the practical issues around going raw - the whys and the whats predominantly. You achieved so much, perhaps saw where you may have gone wrong in the past, or, as I've heard through various emails and phone conversations, perhaps you embarked on this for the very first time using the 5-day plan as your guide.
Here, now at Stage Two of the journey, we're going to spend the rest of the week and all of next looking at all of the perceived or real obstacles that are most likely get in your way when trying to go (or stay) raw.
We all have weak spots when it comes to going or staying raw, and they can be practical, emotional, physical, spiritual, financial, or relationship-related issues, depending on our own unique character, circumstances and tendencies. So over the next several 'lessons' I'm going to run by you some of the most common things to look out for/ think about so that you can be prepared and/or make changes your side of the fence so that your journey is all the smoother for it.
The good news is, once you know your weak spots, you’re in a position to do something about them.
So over the next two weeks I will discuss some of the most common potential obstacles a raw foodist, budding, accomplished or otherwise, faces today in the modern world. I encourage you to read each obstacle in turn and work through all of the action points, even if those obstacles are not as pertinent to you as others. All have their value, as you will see as you work your way through.
As before, the ideal place to record your answers is in a notebook, as you will definitely want to add to it in the future as you learn from your experiences – don’t be tempted to skip this or you may well end up back at square one!
So, onto today's obstacle...
Obstacle 1: “Not enough time to eat”
If you often “don’t have time” to eat and yet are genuinely hungry then your first serious action is to make time. This isn’t as flippant as it sounds. Seriously. Something is wrong if you don’t have time to fuel yourself properly, and whatever is standing in your way, it can be changed and it must be changed!
“I don’t have time to eat properly because I am a very busy person and have too much to do. Eating is an inconvenience and just slows me down.”
Are you performing at your optimum mentally and physically or even emotionally running on a diet of adrenalin and convenience foods? Chances are you’re not, and without sound eating and drinking habits to support your mind and body, your moods will swing and your production levels will continue to dip in quality and quantity - unless you make time to look after yourself properly. Plus, if you eat well and regularly you’ll feel less of a martyr and happier generally. Putting yourself first when it counts makes you much more lovable and successful in every way!
Take time now to list all the reasons you think you don’t have time to eat. List them all, whether they are real or imagined, big or small. Once they are down on paper expect about half of them to look fairly unconvincing as valid reasons. Write next to each of these a cheeky comeback such as, “Yeah, right!” or “Hmmm…” and for each of those obstacles remaining, be painfully honest with yourself and come up with a way of getting around it, no matter what, because there really is a way. If you don't take your lunch hour, then do it. Whatever is stopping you, be creative, make things happen. Ultimately this is all about work/life balance and if you're aiming to eat as best as you can, then it's no good working or busy-ing yourself to death!