Lately I have been meeting a lot of awesome people and making some cool new friends though potlucks, parties, festivals, workshops, what have you. And I would be filthy rich by now if I got a penny for every time someone asked:
‘So, do you eat 100% raw?‘
I don’t know if it’s because I profile myself as a health coach specialized in raw foods and having a raw food oriented website or what, but for some reason people seem quite startled when I answer with: ‘nope’! Though I am getting used to the question and the utter shock, I still oftentimes wonder why people are so gung ho on the whole all/nothing approach and I hope I can clarify some things with this post.
Between Black and White There Is a Whole Spectrum of Colors Available <3
I call myself a raw foodie. I love fresh, whole, raw plant foods above anything else, and I love love love inspiring others to eat more raw and plant based foods to feel and look their absolute best. This way of eating works for me and many others I know personally or virtually. The raw food lifestyle has helped me greatly to improve the overall quality of my life and that is why I feel so dedicated spreading the message of real food, made easy. I have eaten a 100% raw for some time. I ate 100% vegan for over a year. I eat all organic for long periods of time.
But. I am here to enjoy life, be happy, gain knowledge and experience, not to fit any kind of label or be perfect (yawn). I have found, over time, I (personally) don’t need to 100% raw, or be 100% of anything, to be happy, healthy and thrive. I do (and eat) what comes naturally. I don’t feel the need to compete with myself or others, be dogmatic, or judge myself or others for their decisions.
Actually, to not eat all raw anymore was not a conscious decision I made. I organically developed my current way of eating and I know it will always be changing and evolving. I overload myself with smoothies, juices, salads, fruits and tonics, simply because I have grown accustomed to them, feel they work for me, give me energy and make me happy. I also eat fries (gasp) or cookies when I feel like it. This is not often, and I usually feel the ramifications (= not feeling my absolute best, mentally and physically) shortly after, but I am ok with that. Choosing to indulge is also part of life, as are ups and downs.
Life and health are about so much more than just food. I think the moment you start to focus on doing anything perfect, a 100%, your ego takes over and you are losing the plot. I know this from experience. I know this after years and years of rigidity and trying to be ‘perfect’. I can now whole-heartedly say I am healthier and happier than I ever have been. Most days, I am having the best day ever (lol) without conforming to any dietary label.
I am noticing a pattern when it comes to the 100% raw debate; people take life, and themselves, too seriously. I am not sure this is the best way to go either but I find it better to lighten up a little (ok, a lot). Every aspect of my life has become more joyful since I stopped taking everything so seriously. With everything I do, say, believe in, I know; this is just me. When I coach people, write, do workshops, I make a point of pointing this out as well. ‘I whole-heartedly believe this is how stuff works and it works for me and loads of others, but never blindly believe what I (or anyone else) says….’.
All right that’s enough ranting for one day. Time to have some fun again. Here are two video’s that proof my point for me….