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Why Cheating Doesn't Work on the Raw Diet
By: Mark Idzik
OK, you've decided to "go raw". Congratulations!
But now you have temptations and cravings for cooked and processed foods. Is it ok? Is it acceptable to eat mostly raw?
Sure, eating some cooked/steamed foods is ok, it just depends on your goals and how you feel. Of course, you'll get the most benefits by sticking to as close to a 100% raw diet as possible. Again, it depends on your goals.
Here's the rub. I've been researching the reasons for the cravings and observing my experiences and found that by eating cooked foods occasionally, you're actually building a desire for more cooked foods. This also applies to spices, salt, garlic, chocolate, sugar and other foods.
If you crave a pizza and eat it, you'll have a desire for more. If you have salt, you'll build a desire for it again. It's a vicious circle that won't end unless you give it up.
In my experience, just a few weeks after going 100% I lost all desire and taste for cooked foods. It was a natural result of eating raw. I also found that when I tasted something cooked, I then had a desire for it again. After a short time, that desire went away.
My personal goal has never been to label myself 100% raw... I've chose to be 100% raw for the way I feel as well and the health benefits. For me, they've been dramatic and I feel grateful for the many benefits I've experienced.
Here's an interesting quote from the great German thinker Goethe:
"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy,
the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
That the moment one definitely commits oneself,
then providence moves, too.
All sorts of things occur to help one
that would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
raising one's favor all manner of
unforseen incidents and meetings and
material assistance which no man
could have dreamed would come his way.
Whatever you can do or
dream you can, begin it!
Boldness has genius, power
and magic in it."
In essence, until you commit yourself 100% to whatever you desire (in this case, better health through eating a vegan, raw diet) there will always be hesitancy, and you'll never reach your goals, whatever they may be.
Something to think about.
All the best for your health!
"The Raw Guy"
Mark Idzik is a natural health advocate and helps others learn and succeed in the raw food lifestyle. You can get free raw food tips, recipes and resources at his blog at VeganRawDiet.com
and Raw Food web site: RawFoodHowTo.com