So you’ve taken the initial plunge and begun to incorporate more fresh, ripe, organic living foods into your diet. You’ve dipped your toe in the water, had a taste of what’s possible and are seeing the benefits – and you’re ready to move on to the next level. Here are some suggestions to find a way of eating that really works for you, your body and your lifestyle:
Create a menu plan that takes into account your lifestyle, your food preferences and your budget. Start simply and aim to have 75% of your diet as fresh, ripe, raw and organic fruits and vegetables, with as much green food as possible.
Consider having a blood test done to identify any areas that you could or should improve on nutritionally. When you have this information you can consciously work with this by adding certain foods or supplements into your diet so that you can meet your needs appropriately.
When you have some spare time, or when the need arises, set yourself the challenge of designing a menu plan for a week or two away from home! Naturally this will depend on where you’re going and when, but if you can start thinking creatively about how you’ll play it food-wise, it will take away a huge amount of stress as you’ll be fully prepared.
Learn from other raw food educators. There are lots of different opinions out there about what constitutes the ideal raw diet (much to the dismay of many people!), and you may find that you lean more heavily towards one teacher or school of thought than another. This is all a part of the journey, and even if one way of eating doesn’t work for you, you will find a way that does as long as you remain open to the messages that your body gives you. After all, there is no better authority on what’s right for you than your own body. For the record, the way that I teach raw food is based firstly on unearthing, and then using, your intuition to find out what works best for you; secondly by outlining and recommending a few key principles (all of which, by the way, have been universally agreed on by raw food leaders throughout the world); and thirdly, allowing yourself to be “human” for the rest. I firmly believe that, as well as being convinced intellectually that eating raw food is the best thing for you; you should absolutely love what you’re eating.
It is practically a given that there will be times when you deviate from your ideal menu and feel worse for it, but there will also be times when you play around a little with the food, the combinations, the quantities and/or your schedule and the number of times you eat per day, and you’ll find a way of eating that suits your body even better.
So... Accept that deviation is not a bad thing: it can be a very good thing. There is no better way of learning than through your own first-hand experience and the more you get in tune with your body, the sooner you’ll discover the ways of eating that will reward you with energy, vitality, clarity and vibrant health.
Taking some time to explore these avenues will help you stay on track and get the most out of your menu. The further along your raw food path you go, the more you’ll learn about the foods that suit you and your lifestyle best and the more your menu will support your health long–term.
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