So you’ve “gone raw”.
You’ve transformed your kitchen, your menu and your life.
You’re feeling lighter, stronger and more energetic than ever and you’re enjoying exploring and experimenting with a range of exciting options for your diet and your lifestyle.
You’re learning from experience that this journey is about more than food, it’s about transformation on every level, and you’re excited about the next step on the path.
What next? Well, you can…
Find new outlets for your raw energy! I have seen it time and time again – people get more energy eating raw food and then they don’t know what to do with it. Start right now to make a list of all the things you want to do, the places you want to go, the projects you want to start (or finish) and the activities you want to take up. Your energy literally needs somewhere to go, so you need to do this - trust me!
Get support! Going raw, especially if you do it alone, can feel quite lonely at times. Of course, it all depends on what level you take it to, but for those who choose to really go for it, it can be a bit alienating socially, even if you have a way of managing social gatherings successfully, and that’s never a lot of fun. Yes, there are ways to handle the social side of things without feeling like an outcast, but knowing that you have someone on your side to support you and cheer you on is critical. There are a few options as to who you might choose to support you. Needless to say, the more the better as there is always power in numbers. And do make use of the raw events, classes, groups and other networking opportunities that are ever on the increase. This is by far the best way to meet new people, make new friends and learn about other resources that will, no doubt, be of great interest to you as a raw fooder. And of course, the best support of all is to get yourself a raw food coach!
Reward yourself. When I achieve something special, I treat myself. It could be something as small as having a hot candlelit bath and wrapping up in a big fluffy dressing gown afterwards, or a bit more indulgent like treating myself to a facial and pedicure from my favourite beautician. Why do I do this? Because historically, like many people, I have used food to comfort or reward myself, and rarely anything else. When I went raw I eventually learned that there were far more enjoyable and constructive ways to acknowledge myself than to stuff another plate of chips down my throat, or eat a tub of full-fat ice cream (and feel sick afterwards). This has made a massive difference to the relationship I have with myself and my body. A large part of this journey is recognising that you are doing good things for yourself and learning how to be good to yourself across the board rather than just through food. So... get started on that rewards list today and give yourself the gift of self-love in EVERY moment.
Start thinking more about your life. Where are you going? Is it where you want to go? What matters most to you? Does your current life reflect that? What needs to change in your life RIGHT NOW for you to feel more “you”, more peaceful, more content, more “on track” and more fulfilled? Now go and make it happen!
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