I'm a closeted HUGE Harry Potter fan. Huge. I've read all the books at least a dozen times each. And although it's not my favorite book, I love Mad-Eye Moody (albeit he's an impostor) in Book 4, barking out "CONSTANT VIGILANCE!!!" I am seeing now how that can apply to my own life.
Being raw - 811rv - isn't hard. People think it is or should be, but it's not. But it does require Constant Vigilance. You have to be vigilant about your habits and routines to make sure that you eat enough not to get caught up hungry and unawares. You have to make sure you have ample supply of fruit on hand that is ripe when you need it. You have to be aware of who is around you and how they will react to your dietary choices. All of this requires constant vigilance.
You can't take a day off from taking care of yourself. We live in a culture that believes you can, and that you should. Take it easy, take a rest, you're on vacation, you deserve a break today, it's Miller Time, sit back, relax and enjoy the show. I'm calling bulls***. Taking care of yourself never takes a rest. It never takes a break. There is no point in our lives during which we can decide that our own lives don't matter, our health doesn't matter, and that we can stop working to protect our health. It requires constant vigilance.
I know that every minute of every day for the rest of my life, I am going to be responsible for my own health and well-being. I always have been up to now, I just might not have realized it. I love the quote: All of us are self-made. Only the successful will admit it. Well, I'm admitting it. My body is in the condition it is because I have not been constantly vigilant up till now in working towards its total healing. My finances are in the condition they are now because I have not been constantly vigilant in securing my own financial well-being. My home is in the condition it is now because I have not been constantly vigilant in maintaining its condition. My whole life - the WHOLE of my life - is wholly my responsibility and nobody else's, and I must maintain a constant vigilance over every aspect of it that is within my control, and a constant awareness of every aspect that is not in my control. The time has come for me to conquer You-Know-Who - the dark magic of poverty thinking, confusion, and self-defeat - and to do it by simply disarming it. Removing its power over me by stepping into my own strengths and making my life my own, as I wish it to be.