I’ve been around the block as a raw food fan long enough to sense whether someone’s going to succeed in his or her transition or retreat to animal, cooked and processed foods, calling this raw food thing a bunch of fooey. Succeeding on a raw food diet comes down to one simple recipe requiring three ingredients:
■ Demonstrating patience with your body.
■ Revealing your eye of the tiger in showing strength and persistence.
If there’s one piece of advice I give to just about everyone when I learn they’re starting out, it’s to read voraciously from a variety of sources so that you can begin to understand what makes sense and resonates with you. Next to Amazon, I’ve built perhaps the biggest bookstore of quality raw food titles for fledgling and struggling raw food enthusiasts to digest as well as a small inventory of home products that would serve health enthusiasts well.
If you’re going to just dive in based on watching a few five-minute YouTube videos, I’d congratulate you on your excitement but argue that, to know what you’re doing and why you’re doing it, it’d serve you well to read perspective from several or even many who’ve achieved success on the diet for a measured period of time. Everyone has perspective from which we all can learn. It always startles me when I learn about people changing something so drastic as diet after doing practically no research. Sure, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is going to be healthier than eating the standard American diet, but lots of those SAD foods are fortified with nutrients that are not always easy to come by on a raw food diet.
Plus, wouldn’t you want to make it easier on yourself and experience greater success by putting in some time? We all learned how to put together sentences as well as add, subtract, multiply and divide, and these functions serve us in life. So, too, can amassing a body of knowledge in your brain so you can land yourself at the top of the raw food mountain and issue a clarion call on how good you really feel!
If you’re six months into your raw food flirtation, yo-yoing back to animal, cooked and processed foods at different intervals, and you’re asking aloud, “So is this fruitarian diet something new?”, it’s time to have a gut-check moment and start asking yourself why you want to be raw and get going with educating yourself. If you have resistance to putting in the time to learn about something so life-changing as adopting a raw food lifestyle, I’d suggest exploring why you have such resistance to investing time and money on sound resources. In fact, hiring a raw food coach such as myself or one of several others out there, some of whom write regularly for Fruit-Powered Magazine, can save you time and money because, not only will you understand the essentials from the get-go, you’re less likely to drop hard-earned dollars on books featuring oil-drenched gourmet recipes—a no-no for success. I sure read and scanned my share of raw food books that didn’t get me where I wanted to go.
I hired a top-of-the-line raw food coach and also received guidance in the posture exercises from two exercise therapists, and I now guide others in many of the same stretches and exercises to roll back chronic pain in my Posture Exercises Method. I also hired a Bates Method vision coach and learned Gillespie Approach–Craniosacral Fascial Therapy from the best teacher in the world, the field’s creator, after receiving 15-plus sessions from him. What profound experiences my interactions with these wise people proved to be! These experiences have helped shape my life!
When you’re transitioning to a raw food diet, it’s important to remember that your results will be unique to your body, so it’s unfair to compare yourself with your friend, who might be joining you on your transition but losing weight much faster than you or experiencing surging energy levels sooner. You have to have patience and understand that success on this diet isn’t an overnight thing. You also have to give your stomach the time to work its underutilized muscles in expanding to be able to fit all the fruit you’ll enjoy on a low-fat raw food diet, the only raw food diet that’s going to give you long-term success! (Not sure what this means or know about how calories, macronutrients, staple foods or food combining fit into a successful raw food diet? Books and coaches await your attention! 🙂 )
Finally—and I’ve written about this a few times in the Fruit-Powered Magazine—you have to bring out your eye of the tiger! We all have it, and it’s about survival, tapping into your life force. You have to be strong, withstanding criticism from others when you show up for a family gathering or work with a cooler full of smoothies or fruit. And you have to be persistent, able to withstand days when you’re low in energy because you’re simply not able to consume enough fruit yet to give your body the fuel it requires.
Yes, when you learn about a raw food diet—all the small steps that wind up taking you to the top of that mountain—you will earn your success! Get hungry and eat up! This recipe I shared will be so much more satisfying!