Hey hey! How are you? I’m interested. How the hell ARE YOU? I’m great. I might’ve had 2 Om bars before writing this. Don’t judge!
Today I want to talk about the P word. No, not potatoes, not pumpkins or parsnips or peppers or even pizza. Not any food actually. I’m talking per…cen…t…a….ge…s! Percentages. What percentage raw are you? Are you 100 percent raw? Percent, percent, percent. Bla!
I’ve seen this popping up more on forums and thought it was worthy of some discussion.
I just want to be clear, I do think the whole percentage thing in the raw food movement can be helpful to some extent, I definitely refer to it in my books and sporadic blog posts.
I’m not 100% sure (ha, see what I did there?) where the whole percentage thing originated from. I think it was in some of the older raw food books to suggest that you’ll achieve the benefits of a raw food diet simply by making it 75% of your dietary intake. I think it’s a fair assumption even if others will say that 100% is the only way…
I believe the percentage concept remained and has continued to be used wide scale because it appears to be the more preferred method (amongst us raw foodies) of telling people that we still eat some cooked food.
For example, rather than say:
“I still eat some cooked food if I go to my Auntie’s and she’s made my favourite or if I’m on a work do and I’m a bit tipsy or if I just want beans on toast DAG NAM IT!”
“I eat about 80% raw”
This makes sense right? It’s quick and to the point and lets people know that we’ve given ourselves room for manoeuvre but largely we’re all about the raw.
The people that say I eat 100% raw are articulating that they don’t eat any cooked food. Saying “I’m 100% raw” is quicker and easier than saying “I don’t eat any cooked food” and let’s face it, the former sounds much less arsey than the latter. But sometimes it can feel as if there is more importance placed on the number than what the whole thing is about.
You know it’s about health right? I don’t need to reiterate that do I? It’s about making conscious choices in the moment to put nutrition in your gob. It’s about choosing life and supporting your body to live a happy existence. It is not, repeat not, about a number!
So whilst it can be useful as a means of signposting where we’re at with our dietary choices, the percentage we ascribe to our raw food intake is not something for us to become identified or attached to. It’s simply a number and a number that’s liable to change from day-to-day or week-to-week. How can you become attached to something so transient and meaningless? If nothing else it’s absolutely impossible to calculate an exact figure.
So yeah, mind your Ps and don’t make them the be all and end all.
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/