You've been raw for some time and then the cooked food crept in - intentionally or otherwise, it doesn't really matter - and now it's got its grip on you and you just can't seem to shake it! (And it's not getting any better...)
What's a girl/boy to do?
Well, the first thing is to RELAX. Panic, fear and judgement achieve absolutely nothing - except, perhaps, bigger binges and guilt trips than before - and we all know where that leads to, right? But knowing that you can take control and turn it around quickly, easily and joyfully will give you all the confidence and inspiration you need to get back into the raw groove and put the cooked food chaos behind you - yes, even from this moment forward, today!
Step 2: Clean up. By this I mean cupboards, fridge and your kitchen. You will need to get rid of all the things that aren't in alignment with where you're trying to go. Don't fool yourself into thinking that keeping those biscuits at the back of the cupboard is going to stop you from eating them - it won't! You know that! Or holding on to "just those last few slices" of bread. No, no, no! It's hardcore time! Support your decision externally by taking this important action. If you're really serious about this then it all has to go, go, go. (And you'll feel super-empowered afterwards I promise you!)
Step 3: Empty out. We're talking about your tummy, your heart and your mind here. Bingeing, stuffing, and basically eating in any way that doesn't feel good to you creates a backlog in every part of you - energetically and physiologically. There is no room to think, breathe, digest properly - all of you just groans under the stress and weight of the situation. You need SPACE and you need it now! Before you can move on to fresh raw pastures, it's VITAL that you dejunk your heart and mind and tummy too. And the quickest way to do this is...
1) Write out onto paper or your computer exactly how you are feeling. Talk about how you feel in your body as a result of eating cooked foods, how you are feeling in your heart about that, how you are feeling about your life (it's here that the reason usually lays as to why you ate cooked foods in the first place), and why you are feeling that NOW is the time to take action and why you want it so much. Write and write and write until you genuinely feel that there is nothing left to say. Pour your heart and mind out onto paper, make peace with what is now in the past (i.e. all that you've put on paper - that is now history) and in doing so you will have created a very nice, calm and expansive space ready for the future. You'll feel awesome.
2) The second and just as important step is to empty your stomach. This works for me EVERY time. You probably know how easy it is to eat cooked foods when you're not hungry, but it's not quite so easy to eat raw this way is it?... Well, what you need to do here is STOP EATING right now and allow yourself to become super-super hungry so that you are "burning clean" again. You will know when you are at this place because you will feel genuinely hungry, with a feeling of clean, powerful space inside you and eating raw again will feel like exactly what you want to do - anything other will feel "wrong" - and this is where your new chapter begins.
Step 4: Commit 100% to eating raw for the day right from the moment you wake up. (It's best to start this process on a brand new day). Follow the "clean burn" philosophy (eat only when hungry and when you feel there's a good clean space) and eat whatever raw foods you want (I've always treated myself to the very best raw foods no matter what the cost when I want to get back on the wagon and celebrate in style!), but just give the raw foods a chance to get a strong foothold in your body again. For this first day I usually eat only juicy fresh fruit until evening and then have a relatively small but very nutritious green-based salad for supper. You and I both know that as soon as the cooked foods go in you're in trouble! Sad but true, however crazy that may sound to the outside world. The great news is that after only a day back on raw foods, all the good stuff comes flooding back and you will find yourself saying "Oh, NOW I remember why I went raw!" Yes, only one day to feel this way - not a huge price to pay is it?
Step 5: Once you have had a day back on raw, the only way is up - so long as you make sure that you LOVE what you are eating, be sure to keep yourself well hydrated and really enjoy the en-lightening experience (so buy in the good stuff!). Very rare is it for someone to get to this stage (assuming the previous steps have been followed to the letter) and then fall off the wagon on day two. Getting it right on day one is the single most important physical step you can take. If you DO find that day two is "back to square one" then it's time to take a serious look at what's going on underneath. Chances are you haven't fully been honest about what's going on for you right now in your life, so you'll need to revisit step 3. When you do this, when you are REALLY, REALLY, REALLY honest about what's on your mind (or is giving you pain in your heart) so long as you commit to yourself to resolve it - with or without external help - then you will feel empowered, expansive and liberated and wonderfully back in the flow. Life will feel super sweet, because you committed to YOU. This is a great place to be. Congratulations!
Step 6: Finally, reward time! Yes, you might think that getting back into the raw groove again is reward enough but I don't think so! Know that you have the opportunity to make this fresh start the biggest, best and most exciting fresh start you EVER made. So buy yourself something special, symbolic even - something that really means something to you - and then ask yourself "What else can I do differently/ better in my life this time? What other upgrades would I LOVE to make to have my inner and outer world looking and feeling fantastic?" (Very important: Don't play small here, the raw journey is about continually upping your game - the more raw you go, the quicker you outgrow your own personal bests, so stay alert!). When you know what you want - go after it, claim it for yourself and give yourself FULL PERMISSION to have it. Anything is possible when you are 100% on your own side. Truly.
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