I was thinking about this yesterday…when you travel alone you think A LOT! When I say ‘raw foodies’ I’m pretty much going by my own experience and what I’ve seen in others. I can think of three main areas where people adopting a raw food lifestyle can struggle.
1. Listen too much to other people
Whilst it’s important at first to listen to the information that’s out there when you’re just getting to grips with what raw food is all about, there’s certainly a balance to be made. It’s not uncommon for people to become overly confused about what the hell they should be eating and not eating by listening too much to OTHER people! I know I’ve been there!
Don’t get me wrong, other people are great, I mean, I am one for god’s sake. Whilst it’s fine for you to listen to me and every other Tom, Dick and Harry under the sun in the raw food ‘movement’ (I hate that term) scrap that, community, I think you can listen to other people TOO much. When you’re listening to other people you’re not paying attention to the one person that really matters and that’s you. The truth is what I tell you about what I do and works for me is fine, but it’s no substitute for listening to your own body and figuring out what works for you. Nobody knows better than you, don’t give your power away…
2. Read too much
Follows on from point number one really. I love books! I devoured plenty at the outset of my own raw food journey and learned a great deal. Nowadays there are a bizillion blogs, ebooks, newsletters and forums that again you open yourself up to a mass of confusion, disagreement and in some cases raw food or vegan dogmatism (check out this post about ‘the rawligion‘). There’s lots of really good information out there but there’s a balance to be made between reading, reading, reading and just getting on with it without getting embroiled in all the confusion…
3. Being not doing
Are you too busy trying to BE a raw foodist rather than just DO raw food? I know in the early days for me and a lot of other people I’ve met and spoken too that sometimes it was all about being raw and what that meant rather than choosing healthy raw foods. People worry about how raw they are or ‘getting there’ rather than just doing raw food to whatever degree as feels comfortable for them. Just do it. Don’t worry about BEING anything, BE YOU that eats raw food when you eat raw food. You don’t need to be anything but your gorgeous self 🙂 Labels have their place but honestly, when you concentrate more on being raw than doing raw that’s when you can arse things up for yourself…
What you eat is NOT your identity – check out my earlier blog here about food and identity
So what advice am I giving you? Remember, you don’t have to take it 😉
- Listen more – to yourself
- Read less – keep reading this blog though 😉
- DO the food not BE
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/