Today was official day 1 of me working with Raw Yoda to get my food choices and lifestyle to be green and raw. Why, you ask? Because I want to feel great all the time. I want to be as healthy as I possibly can. I believe that if we all ate better, we might not get sick all the time. Maybe people wouldn’t get cancer as much. Maybe people wouldn’t be obese either. Diet is so important and I think that everything we need can be found in nature. I don’t think chemicals and processed sugars are necessary. I don’t think we should eat things we cannot even pronounce. I want to clean house so to speak…my house. My temple. Me. And I want to have started yesterday.
But why Raw Food? A Raw food diet is based on eating whole, live, nutritionally-dense organic uncooked and un-processed foods as a large percentage of your diet. Heating food above 118 degrees F. is believed to destroy valuable enzymes in food that can assist in digestion and health.
Cooking is also known to diminish the nutritional value of food, but where did the nutrients go? They don’t disappear -instead, the heat actually causes chemical changes in your food creating many of the carcinogens, mutagens, free-radicals and other toxins that are associated with many of today’s diseases, from diabetes and arthritis to heart disease and cancer.
Going raw is something I’ve played with before, but I never really went 100% because it was “too hard” or “no one I know is doing it” or “people look at me funny when I mention it” or “my family members give me a hard time and question every single choice I’m making with food”
But I realize now that what other people say is a reflection of them, and their issues, and it has zero to do with me.
So moving on… I had no coffee today. I almost passed out at 1:00 at work. Serious case of heavy eyelid syndrome. But I drank 3 glasses of water instead and that seemed to keep me awake. I was insanely irritated by 4pm and promptly passed out for a nap around 5….not waking until 10pm. This is why I’m writing this now. I know it’s a combination of the zero coffee and not getting enough sleep last night, so I am hoping to be back on a “more regular” sleep schedule by the end of the week and rid of the coffee withdrawal.
Let me tell you how insanely difficult it was not to eat any bread or crackers or ANYTHING like that today. Hard. Really. Trust me.
And the only reason I didn’t is because I have to email Raw Yoda every morning with every single thing I ate and drank the day before. Which literally makes me stop and think before I touch anything. Just knowing that if I put it into my mouth, I have to write it down and someone is going to read it, makes literally all the difference in the world.
It makes sure I can’t cheat…I can’t rationalize it being okay. And why would I want to eat a bunch of chemicals anyway? Other than the old “they taste good” theory. But they really don’t, not when you compare it to raw food and how natural ingredients taste.
I don’t want to eat anything I can’t pronounce. Crappyjunkyosphates and Grossthiswillkillyouoxiles and Thiswillmakeyoufatlechithin. Who wants that?
So I’m headed back to bed. Yes, I’m STILL tired.
But I’m excited about tomorrow…and trying out different nut butters……I will be finding a fabulous bread that Raw Yoda recommended called Nature’s Path Sunseed Manna Bread. Yes… I CAN have bread…..but it’s going to be THAT one.
And I’ll be trying out some organic natural soaps / moisturizers too. I am already using raw coconut oil as a moisturizer for my body, and that is AMAZING!