It seems like one of the favorite most-opened types of emails that I send in my DailyRawInspiration are stories about people’s raw experiences. If you have a story to tell about your experiences on the raw diet, whether a success or a challenge, I would love to feature your story! Please email me at email@example.com and please also mention if you have done any of my Programs. (28daysRAW.com etc)
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If you are 100% raw, and concerned about getting enough nutrients and variety of nutrients on the raw diet, you have probably dealt with the following issues and solutions..
1. Variety….You need to eat a large variety of foods
- Eating the Rainbow — different colors of foods reflect their containing different minerals and vitamins. Eating a variety of colors not only looks good but feels good too! Try creating a Rainbow Fruit Salad, a Rainbow Veggie Salad, a smoothie and a vegetable juice made with as many colors of fruit/veg as possible.
- Get all the Raw Food Groups —- Fruits, Vegetables, Dark Leafy Greens, Sprouts, Nuts, Seeds, Seaweeds and Fermented Foods. Having some of each food group every day is perfect. But as long as they are in your diet over the course of every few days to a week you should be good to go.
- Rotate your Greens — The importance of dark leafy greens in the raw diet for both minerals and protein can’t be stressed enough. You should have a cup or two of dark leafy greens a day in the form of salads, smoothies, or green juices for instance. As different greens have different minerals it is good to use a variety of them: kale, collard greens, spinach, romaine lettuce, arugula, bok choy, and dandelion greens are the most nutritious and delicious raw dark leafy greens I know of.
- Learn New Recipes — You will have to try many raw recipes before you find a group of recipes that you like enough to make your raw lifestyle flow smoothly. Then you should continue experimenting and learning the best of the latest in raw cuisine so that your repertoire of recipes is constantly shifting, perhaps seasonally, to allow access to an even greater variety of nutrients for your body over time.
Do you have some ideas about obtaining a variety of raw nutrients in your diet? Please post in the comments below!
A very strange thing is overcoming me right now— the desire to not eat just anything! I’m actually becoming picky in the best of ways. I’m loving this. It’s like I don’t want to eat something that isn’t just what I want because I want to save the room for what I do want.
I have specific cravings for blueberries, green juice, salads, arugula salads, dark chocolate, green tea, —- healthy things that I have found are good for me and that I’ve developed a taste for through trying to include them regularly in my diet…Now the combination and culmination of enjoyment of flavor with enjoyment of how these things make me feel have actually birthed a new desire in me! — An actual desire to keep eating only the things that make me feel good!
A helpful thing is that I have all these foods stocked in the house, readily available, prepared and ready to eat (like fast food to make it easy to choose them), — and I don’t want them to go to waste.
So it’s like a critical mass of factors combining to make the healthier choices easy.
Keep in mind this is coming from a gal who has an on-and-off history of overeating, emotional/stress eating, habitual noshing, food addictions, and self-destructive behaviors with food stemming from using food for comfort, love, security, connection and relaxation.
Maybe rather than forcing good habits some of us have to nurture them along patiently and let them organically take hold through the years.
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Virginia: I can’t believe a raw vegan diet could have this kind of impact. The whole reason I’m able to workout is because the diet decreased my pain. And now that I’m able to exercise and move around more, I’m able to do stuff I haven’t done in years. I have no doubt that the decrease in medication has contributed to my increase in a feeling of well-being and a big decrease in side effects. All I can say is WOW! And thank you for creating an easy to follow meal plan and diet, I never could have done this on my own.
(See Virginia’s Meds Before and After pic at the bottom of this post!)
Jinjee: What is your disability and how does that play into your raw diet, workouts, and health?
Virginia: I am what is referred to as an incomplete paraplegic. That means though my spine is damaged, I still have sensation in my legs. My injury is at L4-S1, my right leg is paralyzed, however I do feel pain that radiates from my back down the back of my leg. My back is in constant pain that I manage with high level pain relievers. My left leg works fairly well.
I am unable to walk unassisted and use forearm crutches in the house and a wheelchair outside the home. After a few hours in the wheelchair I get what I call “chair-locked” and my left leg loses sensation and becomes paralyzed as well. At that point I need assistance transferring out of my chair and into, say, a car, the toilet, or the bed.
My pain has greatly reduced since I’ve started the raw diet! I am surprised and amazed. I never thought my diet could affect my pain. I am able to exercise more than ever before. It is slow going since I can only exercise with my arms. Even so, I can see the fat melting off my tummy and thighs!
The diet has been amazing. I get to eat yummy food all day, and more of it than I can even finish! I tell everyone, if you want to eat all day, never be hungry, and lose weight go on this diet!
I’ve committed to staying raw until I reach my goal weight. After that I may have a cooked meal here and there, but I may stay committed to the raw lifestyle. I guess it depends on how I want to feel
Jinjee: How do you motivate yourself to continue on your diet and exercise routine? As you know, I’m very interested in the inner work that we all have to do to be happy and I believe that our inner life is an essential part of our overall health and happiness. With your set of challenges I imagine you would have to work a lot on inner attitude stuff and you’ve obviously been successful enough with that to overcome some major obstacles and therefore I think you might have some unique insights that could benefit everyone. If you feel moved to share some of your thoughts on this, that would be awesome…
Virginia: Keeping myself motivated has been easier than I thought. I worried about staying raw, but your meals keep me full and satisfied. Occasionally I’ll have cravings, there’s a Vegan Pizza place near me that makes incredible pizza and my mouth waters just thinking about it. But then I realize I’m just hungry, eat my next meal, and the craving is gone.
Better yet, after six weeks on a raw diet, I’m starting to crave raw foods! The raw sushi is my absolute favorite. The lemon cream pie and almond avocado mousse are tied for second. I love the juices and smoothies as well. I don’t think I could do it without your recipes.
Exercise has been more of a challenge. I haven’t exercised regularly since I became disabled in ’09. My husband took me out and bought me a small set of hand weights , and that’s what I started out with. My Grandmother passed and left me a very small inheritance, just enough to buy my hand cycle.
Some days I’m in so much pain, I don’t even want to get out of bed. And before the diet, I wouldn’t have. But breakfast is always yummy and I have to get out of bed to make it! So a few pain pills and I’m up and around. Then I try to do something small, like stretching or hand weights. That seems to warm up my back and motivate me to ride.
I can’t tell you how many people call out to me when I’m on my hand cycle. When I’m ready to quit I’ll hear a “Way to go!” or “Keep it up, you’re looking great!” and that keeps me going. I don’t think people know just how much influence and power their words can have. I wish I could thank them.
A big thing that motivates me is my belt! The mirror can be tricky, but the belt doesn’t lie. I started off on the first notch, now I’m on the fourth! Every day it gets a little looser, and that’s not wishful thinking. My hubby and roommates are noticing a difference as well.
But the ultimate motivator is the diet itself. Just committing to staying raw and having the tools to do it helps so much. Blogging every day and reading other’s blogs is great, not to mention the Forum. I haven’t been participating in the weekly conference calls, but I intend to from now on. So I guess you, your diet plan, and my fellow raw foodies are my biggest motivators!
I have two more pics – my before and after of my medications! You won’t believe how this diet has effected my pain and overall health. I’m can’t believe it! Here are the pics…
Thank you for sharing this inspiring video, too! It is great to see you active and happy! You look super cool on this amazing hand cycle! You make me want to go work out right now!!!
Where can people learn more about you and follow your raw journey?
We all know by now that soda, pasteurized fruit juices and even innocent-looking drinks like iced teas with sugar are some of the worst things you can do for your tummy if you are fighting to keep it flat. (Also beware of sugar-free gum as artificial sugars have been shown to cause obesity in lab rats!)
But here are some raw and delicious sweet drinks that not only taste rawsome but actually help reduce belly fat!
Iced Peppermint Tea – peppermint aids in fat digestion, and prevents bloating.
Flavored Water – infuse your water with cucumber, mint, lemon, berries and more for fresh invigorating energy.
Pineapple Smoothie – add pineapple to your smoothie for it’s Bromelain which assists in protein digestion and helps reduce a bloated belly.
Green Tea – contains certain anti-oxidants that increase fat-burning during cardio workouts.
Flaxseed – Add a tablespoon of Flaxseed oil to your smoothie or nutmilk as it contains monounsaturated fatty acids that are shown to shrink fat cells in the abdominal area.
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1. Having a menu plan – This is key to any healthy diet, especially a lifestyle change to a new way of eating.
2. Knowing what to buy – This goes along with the menu plan. Now you know what to buy, especially if the menu plan comes with a shopping list, and it just makes life much easier.
3. Having support – We all need support in changing our habits, but especially when it is a road less traveled.
4. Working out – This is important no matter what your diet, for staying healthy in mind and body.
5. Eating a balanced raw diet – one of the main reasons people go off raw is that a lot of trendy raw food diets avoid one of the raw food groups or limit/eliminate one of the necessary macro nutrients.
6. Getting all the essential nutrients – You need a variety of raw foods and particular raw foods to get sufficient minerals, vitamins and macro nutrients.
7. Avoiding raw junk foods that deplete the body of nutrients – Eating overmuch raw cacao and other raw stimulants can actually rob the body of important minerals and leave you depleted!
8. Having recipes that are fast and easy to make – If it isn’t doable, you’re not going to be able to do it and maintain your healthy diet in your busy day-to-day life.
9. Having recipes that taste so good you don’t miss cooked food at all – You don’t want to feel deprived so having really yummy recipes that you absolutely love is key.
10. Knowing how to deal with emotional detox – We know people get grouchy when they quit their addictions. With food addictions it can be particularly difficult and having an inner well-being plan for the first 21 days of your new lifestyle can really make the difference to staying on course.
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It has always puzzled me when people choose to follow a diet that works for someone else when it doesn’t work for themselves. And vice versa, they will give up a diet that works really well for them based on someone else having a bad experience with that particular version of the diet. When will we learn to honor our own experience, to listen to our own bodies?
Unfortunately, we are never taught to do this. We are all brought up to listen to outside experts, starting with our own parents. I’ve learned a lot from my parents but I think the thing I’m most grateful for is their instilling in me a trust in myself.
Our bodies, minds and spirits are all very unique and complex, as is modern life and the huge array of modern diets and food choices. You are doing great to have made it this far in your life taking care of the extraordinary machine that is your body/being. Why not give some thought to (or make a list of!) all the decisions and choices that brought you to where you are today and give yourself a grateful pat on the back for your good work! Maybe this could be a step towards building that trust in yourself that will help you to truly honor your own experiences!
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What can we learn from George Clooney’s new bride, Amal? I’m not going to talk about how she is skinny, because nobody is even thinking about that. They are mostly talking about her accomplishments and what she has done for humanity.
And I’m happy for young girls to see that Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor chose an accomplished and intelligent women to be his life companion. It is a big win for feminism. As I see it, the moral of this fairy tale that I hope will seep into popular consciousness might be to not ask how you can land a man (or woman) but rather to ask how you can best use your unique gifts to be of service to humankind.
This blog/newsletter is about raw eating for health, beauty and happiness. And relationship health is a part of health. So much happiness is affected by relationship health. And though I’m not a relationship expert, I have learned in my quest for becoming a whole/healthy person inside and out, that the key to health, happiness, and even healthy relationships (from attracting one to maintaining one to getting out of a bad one), is to have your own life.
More, to really be fully engaged in doing your mission on Earth. And whether that means gathering life experiences and doing inner work to discover your passion or whether it means gathering your forces to embark on the first terrifying steps along the path that is calling to you, to me this is really the most fulfilling, rewarding and sane thing to keep as your main focus.
We are here on this fascinating world in these wondrous bodies with unlimited minds and with an abounding array of intense opportunities to learn, to grow, to think, to act, to experience, to change ourselves, to change the world, to help others. One of the beautiful things about being on our troubled planet is that there is no shortage of meaningful work to be done!
When we are completely interested in and engaged in our own journey, focused on our end goals, dealing with the inner and outer obstacles with courage and determination, then I think we are really living. Obviously, a balance of work and play/relaxation is important for health, and we probably shouldn’t let passion morph into an out-of-balance extremism or fanaticism which is mentally unhealthy.
But in being an active participant in our own life, and directing it through having direction, we can I believe discover who we are, develop a strong sense of ourself, and live a fuller expression of who we are, which might be the best gift we can share with our fellow humans!