Am I 100% raw?
I am 100% raw about 90-95% of the time 🙂
Do I like percentages?
I understand what they’re trying to achieve but I think they are pretty pointless and people can get so hung up about it. It really doesn’t make a difference to me whether someone is 2 or 2000% raw. The goal isn’t a percentage it’s about furnishing your body with good nutrition and edging away from things that cause your body major stress. That goal never ends either. You don’t ever ‘get there’ in my experience. Nobody ever is ‘raw’ – they just choose to eat raw food…
Should people be 100% raw?
I think people should do what makes them feel best. When I was 100% I felt super amazing but I’ve been able to maintain that level of amazingness plus my sanity by having cooked food when I need/choose to. I reckon you’ll feel amazing benefits from 50-75% depending on what the other 50-25% is made up of 🙂
What cooked food do I eat?
It varies depending on where I am. I started eating cooked food because it has proved easier for me at times when I’m travelling with work or if I’m socialising. I eat cooked vegan food although I’m sure a veggie burger has probably slipped by that might have some egg in it. I will eat chips (mostly Rod’s much to his delight) and I do drink alcohol but tend to get pished after one glass or even half 🙂 Again, it depends on what I’m in the mood for. If I want X I’ll damn well have it. It’s funny when people say to me “Oh you can’t have that” or “Oh you’re not allowed that” I can eat whatever I want I just make choices depending on how I feel at the time. This diet (hate that word) is not about denying myself – it’s about abundance 🙂 I have eaten cooked food that has made me feel ill and cooked food that has been fine – it’s all individual and it’s all learning. Every day I get to eat the best food on the planet so it’s all good 🙂
Do I eat meat?
No. This decision started off as a health one but has evolved in to a health and ethical choice. When I stopped eating meat I wanted to stop eating meat – does that make sense? The more I didn’t eat it the more I didn’t want to eat it. I never, ever miss it. Ever! I used to eat meat twice a day! I have a lot of respect for people that rear and slaughter their own animals for meat because the animal is treated well, usually fed what it is meant to be fed and killed with respect. The way animals are kept, abused and slaughtered in factory farms for mass production of meat is deplorable in my opinion and I want to cry so bad when I think about it so I sure as hell couldn’t eat one. There’s no way those animals aren’t absolutely shitting themselves with fear every moment – who wants to eat that? That being said, my friends and family eat meat and I don’t wave placards at them or anything. It’s all about choice and I respect people make their own choices about that. I used to eat meat too so I realise it’s the done thing. I think if people had to kill the animal themselves there would be a lot more vegetarians but if you could kill it then go you! 😉
What about raw dairy?
I recently tried organic, grass-fed raw dairy and noticed it tasted waaaay different to the dairy I used to eat but it caused havoc with my skin so I didn’t eat it again. Raw dairy is a world away from mass produced stuff for similar reasons as I’ve mentioned above. If I didn’t find them so utterly repulsive I probably would eat some raw eggs from chickens I looked after myself.
Will I go back to cooked food?
Who knows. I very much doubt it. It’s like taking the blue pill…or was it red? Whatever. Once you’ve tasted the natural high from a high raw food diet you’re unlikely to want to go back. As I said I can feel like utter pish when I’ve eaten something cooked and it’s good to remind myself of that sometimes. I sit and worry about if I went to prison or hospital I’d have to get Rod to sneak me in some dulse ha ha! Not planning on going to either so that’s cool…
What about all the arguments within the raw food movement about how to best eat raw?
I’ve given up listening to other people when it comes to what food works best for me. The one thing I will say is thank goddess we all agree on GREEEEEEEENS 🙂 I find it incredibly boring now…
What advice would you give someone wanting to start a raw food diet?
Start by introducing more raw food in to your day even if it’s just half an apple. Don’t worry about taking anything out of your diet until you are comfortable. When you are ready you don’t need to stop eating something over night, just make better choices e.g. switch from white bread to wholemeal bread to sprouted breads etc. Try not to tell yourself you won’t be having X again – that’ll just make you want it more! Take each day one at a time. If you eat something you’d rather you hadn’t – big deal! Get over it and move on. Beating yourself up about eating a Big Mac will do more damage to your body than having eaten forty billion Big Macs*. Breakfasts are a really easy place to start as you can make amazing smoothies and puddings. Then when you’re comfy you can move on to lunches. Get used to eating salads with your lunch and dinner. Experiment with recipes when you have the time and inclination – www.goneraw.com has literally thousands of free recipes to share. Eat raw chocolate 🙂 Get to know people in your community and go to raw potlucks. Don’t get bogged down with the finer details just eat more fresh food! It’s as easy as you want it to be 🙂
Is there a tenth question?
No, cos I can’t think of one 🙂
*I have no scientific basis for this 🙂
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/