Raw Food Challenge!
April 2, 2010
Today I embark on a journey into something new….1 month of eating only a natural and organic/raw food diet. It’s definitely gonna be a challenge but I think it’s retarded that I actually have some fear and hesitation to only eating healthy and nutritional foods. lol. Something about feeling like that is “really tough to do” seems wrong to me so that’s exactly why I’m doing it.
I’ve tried the vegetarian thing before, for about a year, and ate no meat/chicken and tried to eat as healthy as possible. I definitely had some moments of weakness throughout that year but I still noticed a profound difference. The more that I practice yoga, the more aware I am of what’s going on internally and I definitely noticed some truth to the saying, “you are what you eat”. When I eat less crap and more foods that have actual nutritional value…I feel great and have more consistent energy that lasts throughout the day. The older I get, the more important this all is to me. I think everyone’s body is different but when I eat meat and processed foods, I definitely feel more sluggish and tired (not to mention gain more weight). Also, if you ever watch “Meet your Meat” or “Earthlings” on youtube, you’ll see the truth about what happens to animals every minute of every day in order for companies to keep up with the crazy demand in the world for meat and dairy (it’s seriously disturbing). Most of us don’t want to know but once you see it, it’s pretty tough to not have it enter your consciousness when eating a burger or a steak. So, for as much as I love ALL food (including junk food, steaks/burgers/chicken, ice cream, etc)….I’m committing to eating a vegan/raw diet for 1 month to see how it all goes. I figure this could be a good opportunity to get creative and try out some healthy, fun, tasty new ways to eat and prepare food so that the next month is fun & exciting as opposed to being really lame.
UPDATE: July 9, 2012
Friends and family asked me to keep them updated so on Day #1, I started this blog and updated with what I was eating and my thoughts on it all. After I while, it felt like it was overload so I stopped writing all of that down. Here’s the deal though. Eating healthy like that is 100% fucking AMAZING. No joke. It’s crazy how good I felt, especially mixing it in with yoga. The healthier I ate the better I felt, the more energy I had, and the less I craved food. I’m confident that is how a human body is supposed to eat/live to achieve maximum health. I lost like 12 lbs in the first 2 weeks and had a ridiculous amount of energy. I will say this, it is SOOOO TOUGH to just eat that way long term though. Only about 20% of grocery stores have healthy food. The rest is processed foods and meats/etc. Your best bet at a restaurant is eating a salad. And most of all, the peer pressure from friends (or going out and having a few drinks) can totally throw you off track. Eating healthy like that is something I’m just going to have to practice each day and do the best I can, knowing I’ll probably often slip. I highly recommend people try this though so they can see what it’s like. It’ll open your eyes to the benefits of eating completely healthy.
For healthy/great recipes…check out my good friend Linda Wagner’s website at LindaWagner.net. She has a ton of awesome/healthy recipes.
Also, I highly recommend watching this video. It totally exposes all of the problems with the food industr and talks about what our body REALLY needs to be healthy, etc, etc. Hopefully one day our country will get on board with this stuff. This is a great video and totally goes great with the overall theme of this blog.
Posted on April 2nd, 2012