30 Bananas a Day!

I truly just don't know where to begin. I want to be raw but just don't seem to have the discipline to just stick with it. I know all the benefits, for I have experienced some, but how do I get the wheels churning? One step at a time just doesn't seem to be working. I think my issue could be the calorie thing. I should be consuming more. But I just am not. I think I need a menu plan. Well, there's no time better than the present to make change, so here I go...

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Comment by Melanie Bouffard on September 30, 2010 at 4:14am
How I quickstarted my own journey was by making fruit/green smoothies first for breakfast, then breakfast and lunch, then breakfast, lunch and dinner, though I quickly replaced the dinner smoothie with a salad. This is an easy and enjoyable way to "eat more", which as you say is probably what you need to do. It is much much easier when you are new to eat a bowl of smoothies thah have, say 2 bananas, 2 apples, some celery, some greens and a couple dates as they are. You will find that as you progress into your journey you will resort to smoothies less and less and will be more drawn to eating the fruit as it is - a much more natural way to eat. personally 2 months or so down the line, I still have quite a few smoothies though :-)
Comment by Socrates on September 29, 2010 at 1:32pm
Eden, remember, your ancestors have been eating cooked food, by all reasonable estimates based on the archeological record and what is known of human history, for well over a hundred thousand years(I'm being conservative here), as a substantial part of their diet. Unless 'you' are miraculously ready to be raw, it's going to take quite a while (for most people), if ever, to get, both, any where near 100% raw AND sustain it for the rest of their life. Human ingenuity got us where we are today, in various ways. We're using computer technology right now. Think about what a change fire technology was for our ancestors. That could've been nearly two million years ago according to one theory; lower estimates are put at around half a million years ago. Long time. Evolution and adaptation happen can happen over that length of time. Your body can indicate by response as what is good for you and what is not. And things change over the course of your life, and at different times within each year, for example. We are dynamic systems.
Comment by Kristie on September 29, 2010 at 1:30pm
I was in the same boat, struggling to stay on track, gorging myself on cooked food that I didn't even enjoy. Then feeling sick, disappointed with myself, then the sadness led to more disordered eating. I finally made some steps to move my mental state to a place that was more positive. For me it was through getting back to a daily yoga practice. It helps me focus on what is important to me, gives me time to tune in to my body and block out everything else for 90 minutes a day. I think also just the act of knowing that I didn't sit around and wait for my position to get better, I knew that I had to make it happen. This has filled me with positive energy and staying raw has been incredibly easy. I'm no longer forcing myself, I want to eat this way. I feel a lot more freedom as I never 'want' for cooked foods, and I'm not setting a goal of a certain number of days that I want to reach or anything. Just enjoying where I am and how I feel.

This may not relate to your situation at all but I thought I would post it just incase it did. I cannot believe how big of a change it made, as I was feeling exactly the same way that you are, but now a weight has lifted off me and it feels easy. I just needed to get the positive ball rolling.

Best wishes, and I hope that you can find something that helps you ;)
Comment by Tarah @ 40 Below Fruity on September 29, 2010 at 9:34am
Get mentoring with Freelee :)
Comment by Koretta Wright on September 29, 2010 at 9:28am
Some people may find it easier when beginning with a water fast....kind of a "human reboot". Funny cuz I am actually starting a 5 day pure water fast tomorrow and will refeed slowly for two days after that. New taste buds. New zest for eating raw. etc. etc. Plus I know after ffasting, I feel like a new person. I like to do this about twice a year, usually spring and fall. Do some research on the topic, you may find this is what you need for a new start so to speak......good luck :)

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