Monday, November 8, 2010

The Raw Food Hokey Pokey

If you have ever tried getting into raw foods you know this one. One minute you are in and the next minute you are out with a whole lot of head shaking going on.

This is just what happened to me. First week I added a lot of raw,  made a lot of simple dishes and was feeling really great, or groovy if you read that blog post, then the second week, I started having all sorts of cravings- for food that I have not had in ages! I rationalized that since I am not doing absolutes, it wouldn’t be harmful to indulge a little. But actually it was harmful since it pushed me further away from my intentions of eating high raw.

When I first became a guinea pig for Penni Shelton’s book, The Raw Food Cleanse
Raw Food Cleanse: Restore Health and Lose Weight by Eating Delicious, All-Natural Foods - Instead of Starving Yourself
I noticed that on her community website, Raw Food Rehab, a lot of the other guinea pigs in the second week were crying the blues over cravings and slip ups too. I have also noticed this same thing happens in week two of any raw food challenge.

So what’s it all about?

It’s Detox Baby!

Detox is about removing poisons from your body. Just as when you first starting eating foods that were not optimum for you, you probably felt uneasy symptoms such as headache, fatigue, stomach upset, heartburn or even heart palpitations (the sure sign of a food sensitivity) as you start to clean out those toxins from your cells, they come into contact again with your nerves and you may experience those symptoms again.

Some times they come in the form of cravings. Just like a smoker or drinker going through detox and both physically and emotionally wanting those substances back, you may find that you are craving the most comforting and toxic of food. It‘s normal.

Not Lili but sure looks like her!

There are many other symptoms to go along with detox, including fatigue, headaches, nausea, irritability, physical pain, etc. But the main thing to remember is that the better cleansed you are, the better you will feel ultimately. Better out than in!

So rest, get lots of fluids, make sure the train is running if you know what I mean and instead of running for the first food craving, give yourself a time out.

And most importantly: keep eating fresh raw foods!

Think about those cravings as a good sign. It means you are cleaning house and those stored up toxins are leaving. Pay attention to what is going along with these cravings emotionally. Give yourself a break and don’t beat yourself up if you slip. If you are like me, you have a long history of eating these other foods and the change in habits and even mindset will not come overnight. It’s about baby steps and progess. As long as you are eating one thing better than you used to, you are making progress.

And besides, the real emotional test can come in week three!


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