Is it just me or is focusing on percentages of raw-ness not very effective when it comes to eating raw? I know that saying "I'm 100%" or "I'm 99%" can be convincing for other people once you've become raw, helping them see in a more numerical form that you're only eating fruit, greens, veggies, etc.
But in terms of changing over to the diet, I am not so sure that it is helpful. I see a lot of discussions on flip-flopping and monitoring day-to-day. I am a newbie and currently a flip-flopper myself and I do not find numbers (I'm 100% raw.. today!) very motivating for me to change my diet. It seems that at any moment one could be 100% or 85% or 75% and nobody really cares/it doesn't make a difference. Of course, healthwise, it does make a big difference in how you feel to be closer and closer to '100%' raw, but in terms of motivating, the numbers do not seem to be distinctly helping me want to change.
In my experience, I have been flip-flopping because I know simply from 30BaD rules that cooked food isn't as good for me as raw, but I do not know exactly WHY I should be absolutely saying no to cooked foods, so I give in and think- well I'm still 70% raw today, right? Meaningless, because the habit can still continue, and I won't be helping my health much at all by continuing the pattern.... Hence, I'm wondering if we should be focusing so much on numbers??
I would rather have adequate knowledge of why I need to change, and then simply do it. When I started eating vegan, I was ultimately changed by the film "Forks Over Knives" and also by researching problems related to meat, milk/dairy, eggs, and eventually honey. Once I figured out enough about each groups problems to the point where I could create a visceral feeling of disgust and enough mental data to ward off competing information, I was able to simply say no to that "food" group. It was still a day-to-day choice to not eat that food, but my information I learned gave me so much conviction and confidence in the beginning that letting go wasn't so much of a struggle, and I rarely flipped back. I know there is plenty of information out there about why cooked food is bad for you, so for me it's simply a matter of splurging through the information wherever I can find it, since I know this is how it worked for me before.
To me, focusing on percentages seems similar to calorie-counting mentality in the sense that one can get caught up in numbers and not have much meaning beyond that.. whereas I think focusing on the data, information, experience, etc. of why cooked foods are bad could help people actually say no to them, more definitely.
So, I think I know what will work for me, and it's not numbers, but saying no backed up by evidence and personal disgust- therefore personal courage/motivation to say no. As much as numbers can be emotionally neutral and possibly even uplifting, the feeling of disgust and therefore freedom from disgustingness is ultimately what made me decide to eat vegan, and then be vegan, and it's the only thing that has. Does anyone agree?