Why Cheating Doesn’t Work

OK, you’ve decided to “go raw”. Congratulations!

But now you have temptations and cravings for cooked and processed foods. Is it ok? Is it acceptable to eat mostly raw?

Sure, eating some cooked/steamed foods is ok, it just depends on your goals and how you feel. Of course, you’ll get the most benefits by sticking to as close to a 100% raw diet as possible. Again, it depends on your goals.

Here’s the rub. I’ve been researching the reasons for the cravings and observing my experiences. What I’ve found is that by eating cooked foods occassionally, you’re actually building a desire for more cooked foods. This also applies to spices, salt, garlic, chocolate, sugar and other foods.

If you crave a pizza and eat it, you’ll have a desire for more. If you have salt, you’ll build a desire for it again. It’s a vicious circle that won’t end unless you give it up. There are other reasons you crave certain foods. Sometimes your body may be low on a particular mineral that could trigger a craving.

In my experience, just a few weeks after going 100% I lost all desire and taste for cooked foods. It was a natural result of eating raw. I also found that when I tasted something cooked, I then had a desire for it again. After a short time, that desire went away. I also quickly gained a strong and healthy desire for fresh greens, fruits and other vegetables… a desire that’s lasted and only grows with time.

My personal goal has never been to label myself 100% raw vegan … I’ve chosen to be 100% raw for the way I feel as well and the health benefits. For me, they’ve been dramatic and I feel grateful for the many benefits I’ve experienced.

Here’s an interesting quote from the great German thinker Goethe:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy,
the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
….
That the moment one definitely commits oneself,
then providence moves, too.All sorts of things occur to help one
that would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
raising one’s favor all manner of
unforseen incidents and meetings and
material assistance which no man
could have dreamed would come his way.

Whatever you can do or
dream you can, begin it!
Boldness has genius, power
and magic in it.”

In essence, until you commit yourself 100% to whatever you desire (in this case, better health through eating a vegan, raw diet) there will always be hesitancy, and you’ll never reach your goals, whatever they may be.

Something to think about.

All the best for your health!

Mark
“The Raw Guy”

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How Does The Hallelujah Diet Fit In?

Posted on December 26th, 2007 in diet,lifestyle,raw diet by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate 1 Comment »

I often get questions about whether I recommend the Hallelujah Diet (also known as the Adam and Eve Diet) since it appears to be related closely to the raw vegan diet.

First, let’s define the Hallelujah Diet. Here’s what the official Hallelujah Acres website at HAcres.com says about the diet:

Breastfed Babies Don’t Need To Be Tricked

Posted on December 19th, 2007 in children,diet,eating,raw diet,research by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on Breastfed Babies Don’t Need To Be Tricked

According to new research, breastfed babies typically won’t have to be deceived into eating fruits and veggies like recent popular cookbooks encourage. Instead, if their mom regularly eats fruits and vegetables, the baby will acquire a taste for healthy foods.

Warming Foods For the Winter

Posted on December 18th, 2007 in food,holidays,organic,raw,raw diet by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on Warming Foods For the Winter

During the winter months, some on a raw diet look for warming foods. Normally after some time on the raw food diet, the want for physically heated foods diminishes for most.

For those looking to ‘warm’ up in the colder months, here’s a list of warming foods from raw food coach Karen Knowler: