There are many people suffering from little and big problems that could healed by changing eating habits. There are many people who are going from doctor to doctor, having expensive pills and procedures, trying to find cures for things that their own destructive eating habits are causing. They might benefit by experimenting with their diet.
Weight Loss and Diet:
When have you ever heard of some obsessively compulsively eating apples? From my experience raw food does not hook your brain the way cooked food does.
When you cook food the calories go up!
Yes raw nuts, seeds, oils and avocados are high in calories and fat – so what? Those are all good fats. Only animal products have cholestorol. If anyone has ever heard of someone getting obese after becoming a raw foodist, please let me know. If anyone can get fat on it I will! I love to eat, and as a raw foodist I eat all I want, yet my weight has stayed the same and I feel so good. I did lose 25 pounds since becoming a raw foodist this year and now am in the best range for my wt./ht. More important than the weight loss is the reduced migraines and GERD and just how good it feels to enjoy such beautiful food.
Do it Just to Know:
Another idea is that one might do it in order to know what it would feel like for you. Life is too short to miss a chance at something that might lead towards increased happiness and well being for you. It is not the sort of thing you ideally want to first discover when you’re 80 and say oh my gosh I could have felt this great for 80 years and I missed my chance.
Don’t do it or do it Later:
There are many who wave a flag with a sugar cube on it like an alma mater and say just bury me with a twinkie. And there are healthy 80 year olds who say they ate everything and drank everything and really they are just doing great! That is great! We are all different and different things work for us and if they stop working for us, empower with knowledge and experimentation.
It really can take years to warm up to the idea of cooling down your food, really that is just fine! Everyone has their own time for things. You may just decide to be a raw foodist fan. Do what works for you.
Why I did it:
I started incrementally. In 1987 I quit all meat for political reasons. Some fish and chicken trickled onto my plate after I quit dairy in the late 1990’s for health reasons. After being thoroughly used to those changes, the idea of increasing fruits and veggies and reducing/eliminating bread and pasta (which were making me fat) was not a huge leap. Having GOOD recipe books made it happen, that was the last and most vital piece of the puzzle, the inspiration to make the delicious dishes. Now I just have no interest in animal products, I think I have just finally read too much about them. The more I find recipes that fill cravings the more effortless and obvious the choice becomes.
Why you should do it:
Try it if it is what YOU want. And do it for you, don’t do it to try to please someone else, instead because it pleases you. And do it at your own pace. Changing your habits is more ideally motivated by your own interest in helping yourself than by some fear of what someone else will think.