How much raw food you choose to eat is completely up to you. Eating more raw food will change your life, your body and your health profile for the better. There’s no doubt about that, as you will find out for yourself as you progress along your raw food path.
But there’s no rush, and there’s no right and wrong about how far along the path you go: there’s no penance to pay for “not going far enough”! I’ve been up and down the scale many times throughout the years. It took me five years to transition to all raw, I stayed there for 5½ more years (including while pregnant with three weeks of eating some cooked foods again), then came off for two years when my son turned one (though I still ate a significant amount of raw food), and then went back to all raw after that, two years later.
My criteria for what I want out of life and the way I want to eat are evolving all the time, and this is naturally the way things will go for you too. I love having the energy and sense of freedom that raw food gives me, and the foods I eat and my vision for my life and what is possible changes frequently. For this reason, I’m not a big fan of rules and boxes and so I don’t like being labelled or classified in any way – and I have to tell you – I highly recommend this lighter, more flexible approach!
What matters most – at all times – is that YOU feel happy with where you’re at, that you feel that you are moving forwards rather than backwards on your path to radiant health, and that when you don’t have that feeling, you commit to finding out why – all the while being compassionate towards yourself and taking care of yourself at all levels, not just in terms of food. You should absolutely (unless medically advised otherwise) do what feels right based on your own experience and feelings. When you have a sense of what to do next then take the appropriate action – all in the spirit of fun, pleasure and discovery, of course!
No matter how much good quality, fresh, ripe raw and organic food you add into your diet, you can only begin to feel better. Really, how could you not? It’s pure logic after all! And when the time is right, and when you feel confident that you can take things a little further now that you know what you’re doing, you will increase that amount and allow yourself to feel even better, more energetic, happier and more alive.
A note of caution here though: It’s not uncommon for people (myself included) to become so in awe of the “raw transformation” that can start to occur that, beyond a certain point, we continue to look to food for every joy, reward or positive contribution to our life. Beyond this point, focussing on food in this way actually becomes unhealthy.
Our aim is to cleanse, release, heal, rebuild, rebalance, nourish and set the scene for positive food choices to flourish ongoingly in our life in order to FUEL our journey, not be the actual focus of it!
So, you’ve cleaned out your tank, you’re running on clean, fast-burning, first-rate fuel – now what exotic lands and exciting adventures are you going to explore in this shiny new vehicle of yours?
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