Lots of you including me are strugling to stay raw for long period of time. We still hear sentences as "you have to eat planty of fruits to stay on HCRV diet", "you are undercarbed" or many similar.
What I mean, if it is our natural food, if this is what we are created to eat, fruits and veg, why do we always have to try so hard to stay on raw vegan diet? Shouldn't it come easy? I kept hearing those sentences that if I want to thrive on raw vegan diet I supposed to eat huge amount of fruits in order to give my body plenty of carbs. But is it healthy to eat so much that I can not move and my belly feels uncomfortable.
Another thing is, in order to keep our teeth and bones healthy, everyone advices to eat plenty of greans. But how many of you crave greens? To be honest I never used to like taste of romain salad or celery, I just got used to them and I kept eating them without any interest. I don't even crave fruits now because I'm used to them so much. I don't salivate when I see fruits.
So here is my question again. Why do we struggle so much to stay raw if it is in our nature, If we choose fruits and veg over meat instinctively?
I don't know, but I'm not struggling in the way you put it. My only struggle is on nights such as last night, when we're having the end-of-the-Shiv'a-dinner (a meal Jews have at the end of the 7 days of mourning after a relative dies). Since catering took care of 100% of the food, there was NOTHING I could eat. Everything was cooked, or salted, or full of nuts (I've recently gone no-overts). Needless to say,I was miserable,and I devoured a salad when I got home.
But back to the subject; why do you think you are struggling?
Who says it's hard? It feels completely natural and enjoyable.
Eating heaps of fruit shouldn't be a problem, but a lifetime of eating small amounts of dehydrating food conditions the stomach to only stretch so much. This doesn't mean that fruit isn't natural. It means the food you've been subjecting it to has caused it to adapt. After a short period of time your stomach should stretch enough to accommodate water rich foods.
I can't understand why anyone finds reason to complain about being able to eat as much as you care for! It's a glorious feeling!
When your taste buds become accustomed to eating a natural diet without spices and salt, greens and veggies become very flavorful and desirable. I often eat entire heads of celery, lettuce, cauliflower, and 3-4 zucchinis in one sitting.
Adam, I don't struggle at this at all. Of course I come from a past history of phood abuse in the sense of sensitivity to the chemicals and additives in what was pond off by the commercial industries as real FOOD. I was very sick and because of greens in green smoothies, organic raw food and now 80/10/10 I am healthy and thriving. I cured myself of 22 diseases and doing extremely well. Eating fruit is natural for me. Eating a lb of greens is yummy and I crave both. I have no problems at all.
I also did a 92 day detox which changes things up quite a bit. I no longer am stuffed full of mood altering chemicals.
There are several parts to this healthy program: hydration, sufficient calories, the 80/10/10 ratio, 8 hrs minimum of sleep per night, exercise and fresh air and social interaction. Also a good detox. 80/10/10 supports a water/rest detox at a retreat. So do I. In fact it is a must. I enjoy all of it and find it very natural and easy to do.
Read 'The Pleasure Trap', by Lisle and Goldhammer, for an in-depth explanation why it is so hard. Amazing book, i had so many Aha-moments.
Yes! Great answers in that book.
yes, a terrific book!
I think it is like any transition. Quitting smoking, reversing a lifetime of bad eating habits or any other destructive habit is very challenging. Nobody ever claims that initially it will be easy. My experience is that once it becomes a new habit, it is very easy.
Why is it so hard to stay fit?
Why is it so hard to stay hydrated?
Why is nature so hard?
Its survival of the fittest out there my friend. ;)
Get up at sunrise tomorrow and count the ratio of cyclists vs cars driving to work. Maybe we should all drive cars and not move our bodies cos 'cycling to work is hard!'.
I ran 45km on Sunday. I saw 2 cyclists in 5.5 hours being out there. I live in the most active part of Australia too.
Just + 1 to DR's advice, not the part about running 45km on Sunday...I didn't do that ;) Working up to it!
Hi adam, i relate to what you write in your post and so far none of the answers has really been helping me. I rely on my commitment to my health and willpower to keep me pushing through each of my days hoping that at one point the healthy switch is going to be on in my body and i will crave the greens, the fruits and won't be bothered anymore by the diarrhea after the watermelon... lol.