Ok, so I've realised that I've not updated you all about my raw food experience since my little paddy a few weeks back.
After meeting with MT and having a raw food prep session and really listening to what she had to say, I've got to admit it all just made sense. That's not to say that it's easy to stick to! You do have to be super organised which I am not! And you do have to have tremendous will power and anyone who knows me knows that I have the will power of a wet napkin! However, one piece of advice she gave me and one that I'm trying to stick to is that if you put the good stuff in, eventually you won't crave all the bad stuff anyway. And it's actually a philosophy that I'm now trying to apply to the whole of my life. Let the good things in and the bad stuff will simply fade out and truth be told, it seems to be working so far.
I'm not going to lie, I have slipped up and had the occasional fast food fix but nowadays I can really feel the effects it has on me! Sluggish, lethargic, moody and irritable are just a few things that I feel after eating processed crap and you have to ask yourself "why do I do it?"
I'll tell you why, habit. Convenience. It's that simple. Rushing around and not eating for hours and then the thought hits you that you're actually quite hungry and if you don't eat something in the next five minutes the next person you come across will lose a finger if they stick it too close to your mouth. So you grab the first thing that comes to hand which is usually sugary, fatty, carb laden fake food which has been processed so much that you mistake it for delicious goodness and then the cycle begins all over again because you've filled the gap, you're not hungry when the next meal time comes around and so on and so forth.
There will be some people mocking this idea. I know. I was one of them. I totally bought in to the idea that we've been eating meat and drinking milk etc for so long and we're always being told that it's good for us but it's not until you cut that shit out that you realise just how untrue that is. Like MT says: just because you can, doesn't mean you should. It's like alcohol. We all like a drink and even if you don't turn into a psychotic axe wielding maniac after a few beers doesn't mean that in the long run its good for you. Yes you can have a drink with no real short term effects except that the hangovers get worse as you get older. Guess what? That's your body saying: I don't like this! Stop it now please!
A few years ago I was diagnosed with depression (now there's a revelation) and I was told that I had to eat healthily and get more exercise etc etc. Fine, I did that and yes started to feel better but still not really 100%
And then I had a wake up call (those who know me know what it was) and once I had gotten my head round that's turned thirty (another wake up call!) and thought "what am I doing?"
Thirty years old and still miserable, feeling sorry for myself. You know what, enough of the pity party, you want life to change, you have to change. So I jacked in my job, got the dreds I had always wanted and looked into the raw food thing in more detail. It did begin as an idea for an article but has ended up making a massive difference to my life!
I know people don't get it or don't want to get it but you have to get to these things in your own time and change what needs to be changed when it needs to be changed in your own time so I'll just carry on marching to my own tune. Something I wish I'd done a long time ago. And I don't want people to think that this is a preachy "do as I tell you" piece of writing. I just like to write it down to make sense of it in my own head.