Procrastination is a big word with big consequences. The Webster Dictionary clearly states – ‘to be slow or late in doing something to be done.’ A little bit of that is to blame for this late post. However, I must confess a little bit of writer’s block is definitely in the running. I will write a bit more on that topic soon.
People have been asking me how this Raw Foodie was doing. I have to say the experience for me was on a scale of 1 to 10 — a 7, simply because the food was great. I chose not to eat meat, I am not a big meat eater to begin with, so that part was fantastic… no issues there. In my quest to answer queries from my clients, my experience and experiments in my world are necessary. I cannot in good conscience recommend a way of life that I haven’t tried myself. I knew nothing of how this lifestyle was like, other than what I read about and studied in college. This is a really popular way of eating these days. I recommend that you really look into it and consider the pro’s and con’s before this lifestyle change.
In saying that – the Raw way of eating – although recommended by many is also highly not advised by ‘others’. Let me give you some things to consider.
Pro’s for Rawism
No cooking or slightly heated only – I would go so far as to say you don’t need a stove
All plant based
Shop from 1 or 2 isles at most grocery stores
Snacks – are real – de-hydtrated fruit, Kale chips are both popular and delicious
Con’s for Rawism
Extreme low levels of essential nutrients
In Omnivorous Raw eating (which I did not do) meat, eggs, milk can lead to food poisoning in the weak (elderly, youngsters)
This lifestyle takes nutritional knowledge but this can be a good thing. Always good to know and practice sound nutrition
It takes some serious willpower and determination
This is not a temporary way of life – not a diet for weight-loss – it’s a commitment.
After my 100 day Personal Challenge my resolution is – BALANCE –
In my many years of experimenting with different ways of eating and diets — this is my conclusion — Eat this way…..
Some Raw – I even would go so far as to recommend treating yourself to a raw meal served up at your neighbourhood Raw Restaurant (which are admittedly not 100% raw) but delicious in their own right and healthy. Eating large amounts of fresh produce, some lightly cooked meals which include your lean protein and vegetables and legumes will go a long way to keeping you at optimum health.
There is no magic diet. Raw food is not an ideal way of life for everyone.
As a Natural Health Consultant and for those of you that know me personally, you are already aware that my favourite word is BALANCE and it has now transitioned into my eating habits. Cooked and raw vegetables and or fruit. Less is more. Less or no caffeine — if you insist on a cup of java may I suggest you start your morning with a tall glass of lemon water first, then again green tea, Matcha tea are good alternatives. I love my Matcha tea. Less red meat, more fish, some chicken unless you are a vegetarian goes without saying. Again, Veganism is not for everyone either. Do your research. Less alcohol – 5 oz. glass of red wine a day (not the whole bottle) has been marked as healthy. Eat well, Eat fresh, Eat Organic, and coconut or almond milk are excellent choices for that smoothie fix. I start my day with a smoothie and juicing is another favourite way of getting my nutrients as well. Don’t forget drink plenty of water (6 to 8 glasses throughout the day).
Be well and remember proper balance. This is your life, do your research just for the health of it.
Always consult a nutritionist, natural practitioner or medical advisor before making changes in your diet and/or lifestyle.