I have been very curious about losing weight on RAW. Really one of your comments inspired me to think, because I am struggling with the same things. Loosing weight takes so much mental and emotional strength (for some people more than others). When I do lose weight I find it takes time to read/talk myself into that position. Like you are going to devote your thinking life (for some time) to it at the cost of thinking about other things.
Anyone can lose or gain weight on any diet. The reason to eat raw is that it sets your body and mind free from all the toxins, acids, wound up, burnt, torn apart nutrients in cooked foods. Filling your body with live enzymes and still unbroken complete nutrients, is filling your body with life. The enzymes are the work people of your body, they are going around fixing things, when you eat something with no live enzymes to use, yours have to leave what they are doing struggle with the burnt up complicated food and then get pooped out! They are gone now. Plants come with enzymes specific to them, that is how they break down into the soil, they are biodegradeable because of their specific enzymes. My experience with being only primarily raw, yes I am still irritable at times, etc. now that the sun of spring has hit my face I got a little acne, yes still human it turns out.
I get irritated reading the raw authors who make it sound like you are going to sprout wings and start flying, we are all just what we are, the best we can do is come to terms with that compassionately and go from there. When we can openly and kindly listen to all our stories, including the one about that muffin, this thing, that one, all about how we get there…eventually we reach a point where we see it coming and we are just tired of it and ready to try something different this time. There is always struggle because there is always change, unpredictability and not only do we not like that, we repeatedly fool ourselves into thinking things can be permanent so we get suprised, at least we can be aware of what is healthy and what works if we can try hard to listen kindly and with an open and curious mind.
If we listen with a judgemental mind we won’t hear the whole truth and we will have that much less to go on. Have you ever had a mean boss? Do people tell that boss everything? Line up outside their door? Nope. Ever had a kind boss? I like the boss with whom I could earn a living selling coffee to all the people happily waiting outside her door.
I have lost weight along this path so far and I have lost cravings and so have many others, still we are so complicated – I am sure the final answer isn’t just go RAW. Going RAW is like, ok you want to build a gorgous treasure filled house and now you have a hammer and some boards, what you do with all the tools you DO HAVE, that is mental and emotional work, time and energy, compassion, supportive friends and family or at least a good shrink! It is just invaluable to know someone who is willing to listen to all your problems, struggles, and victories with compassion. Then books, the right books are just vital. Go find them. Find the ones that turn you on. Mine are in my book review category if you want a diving board. Once you are in the pool, the water feels great. Jump. Jump now and in the next moment and the next, always as present and aware as you can be, listen with an open heart. You have to be willing to fail.
The fact is we are constantly changing. It seems like we get so certain of who we are (this good or bad thing) that we can’t listen to who we really are, who we actually are in this moment. It is frustrating when you are not “allowed” to be who you are, it makes you feel so unloved and rejected and non-being. Still we are just sitting there being ourselves. I think of a one year old who is just not layered with all that thick judgement that happens, just sitting there being this beautiful little person. That is really all we are. It is nice we when can get a glimpse of that.
Did I just say in all that if you want to lose weight get really ok with how fat you are? I think I just said that. What do you think, is that making sense?