Shades of Grey

Shades of GreyUm…not THAT Shades of Grey…perv!

I’m talking the dictionary definition as “the fact of it not being clear in a situation.”

I used to be a “black or white” kind of girl. It was all or nothing. It was all I knew, it worked for me at the time, but it also created a lot of heartbreak and failure in my life. I’m grateful for the heartbreak and failure in my life as it has taught me valuable lessons and made me into the person I have become today.

Last year I started to eat raw once a week. I loved the idea of it, but struggled each and every Raw Monday until I quit, and then re-started, and then quit again. I decided last month to re-start, but in a way that works for me.

So instead of being 100% raw, it ended up being more like 80% raw. I had considered this in the past, but always rejected the idea because my brain said “if you aren’t 100% raw, you aren’t doing it right”. But then I realized what I have applied to so many other areas of my life in the past 2 years…SOMETHING is always better than NOTHING! It’s the whole baby step concept thing…again!!

If you are wanting to move toward eating more raw foods, I would start incorporating more uncooked fruits, veggies, and nuts into your day. Snacks are perfect for this! I eat 6 meals a day, so I decided the first week I would eat 1 meal raw, the second week I would eat 2 meals raw, etc. After the first week I was already eating 4-5 meals raw (weekends were more like 3-4 raw…baby steps).

The hardest part for me was the habit of eating certain foods at certain times of the day. And honestly when I was willing to release those habits, it was pretty easy!

For those who don’t know what eating “raw” is, it’s a meal plan where you don’t cook any of your food.

You can dry out or dehydrate food, but no heating over 120 degrees. Most people on a raw diet eat primarily fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains and beans. I’m not that fancy…YET…I primarily eat fruits, veggies, and nuts. There are also a lot of packaged yummy raw foods, but they are very expensive. Like $8 for a box of crackers that I can easily eat in one sitting!

Most people eat a Raw Diet for the health benefits. Here are some I have experienced personally:

  • Better digestion
  • More energy
  • More focus throughout the day
  • Less “brain fog”
  • Weight loss
  • Clearer skin
  • Clearer eyes
  • Softer skin
  • More productive
  • Less cravings

There are also great benefits to the environment and ecosystem as a raw food diet usually involves less packaging and energy. Raw foods do not typically come in cans or plastic containers, reducing our intake of harmful chemicals that can be emitted through cans and plastics as well as reducing waste and the need for those materials.

Don Weaver, author of “The Survival of Civilization,” states that an increased raw food diet is the “most healthful diet for humans and the Earth as a whole.”

It’s been over a month of eating what I like to call “Mostly Raw”…I like labels…they help me feel part of something important…and I am not planning on going back. Are there some days I eat mostly NOT raw?

Of course, but they are few and far between. And when I do I am reminded by my gut and my head and my skin that my body likes mostly raw.

I am grateful I am FINALLY starting to let myself experience shades of grey! Life is much more peaceful and joyful when I give myself permission to just be ME, regardless of what that looks like! And to accept that I am not perfect, and that I am always always doing my very best every single day!

YAY!

We have LOTS of raw recipes, both meals and desserts, in our vegan recipe group here…

https://www.facebook.com/groups/7DayVeg/

And I am going to start doing a RAW recipe in my newsletter once a month here…

http://goo.gl/2aEzBn

And I would LOVE any raw recipes you guys have! Share them in the COMMENTS and let’s all save

ourselves and the planet…one carrot at a time!

YES!

See you SOON!

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