I hear a lot of people saying ‘I’m raw now’ or ‘I’m not raw anymore’ and it kind of perplexes me. The idea that you ‘are’ or ‘are not’ raw is a strange one. I realise they’re just words but it begs the question, is ‘raw’ something you are, or something you do?
I was thinking about this earlier when I was out exercising. I exercise most days, but there are occasional days I skip my workouts, due to being too busy etc.
After those days do I say to myself – ‘Oh, I’m not an exerciser anymore, so I may as well stop exercising completely!’?
No, of course I don’t. I just continue on with my usual workout program the next day without giving it a second thought.
And yet, this kind of behaviour seems to happen on the rawfood scene all the time. One day they’re raw, then they ‘fall off the wagon’, feel guilty, lose all momentum, and go back to their previous style of diet.
It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Including rawfood in your diet can be looked on in the same way as including exercise in your life. The more you do, the better you feel.
Most days (during the winter, especially), I start my day with a cup of hot tea. What?? COOKED WATER??? Yes, technically speaking, straight away I’m not ‘raw’ at all! But I don’t let that kind of thinking bother me – I love my herbal teas and I’m not giving them up anytime soon just to fulfil a dogma!
So don’t feel you’ve got to be perfect and be ‘100% raw’ in order to feel like you’re doing it right. Just keep including as much rawfood as feels right for you, and continue to live your life, remembering there are so many other lifestyle choices that affect your health.
Lisa Murphy has followed a rawfood diet since 2003. She is also a counsellor, hypnotherapist and coach who specialises in healthy eating, weight loss and anxiety. For more details of Lisa's therapies and courses please visit www.CherryTherapies.com