Why Cheating Doesn’t Work

Posted on February 2nd, 2006 in diet,eating,food,meals,raw diet by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate
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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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  1. Dave said,

    on August 4th, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I’ve been thinking about this post a lot. I’m on the verge of going raw (I’m about 60% vegetarian now) and going raw feels right for so many reasons, but the biggest thing stopping me is the social trappings I’ll face, should I make the leap.

    Everyone I’ve discussed the idea with has pleaded with me not to do it, saying it’s an unnecessarily extreme step. I’m quite overweight at present (although I feel great) so I want to ‘fix’ my body once and for all, and going raw just feels right. I’m a regular juicer, but I’m sick of the yoyo effect it has on my weight.

    It’s a funny thing, but beer is going to be one of the most difficult things to give up. Not so much because I crave the stuff, but I’ve already been told by one close friend, that they would feel really weird socialising with me, if I was tea total. It wasn’t meant nastily or anything, it was just an honest comment from a friend struggling to understand my decision.

    So at the moment, I’m considering going six days of the week raw, then having one day where I flip to being vegetarian, but I’m kind of worried that if I do this, that one day is always going to anchor me down to my current eating habits, and staying raw is going to be a lot harder to keep up.

    Socially, it would solve a lot of problems though, as if you walk into a restaurant and say you’re vegetarian, they can usually fix you up something, but if you say ‘raw vegan’ you’re going to get odd looks across the board.

    Anyway, I’m rambling a bit now. As I’m sure you can appreciate, this is a big change in lifestyle and I suppose I’m just looking for somebody to talk things out with a bit, as whilst my girlfriends been great about it, I feel as though everybody else thinks I’m crazy.

    Cheers for listening at any rate. :)