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Considering Dietary Change from raw veganism - Any help please?
I think the best advice I've read on this thread is to start with the Primal Blueprint 101 and give it a few months. Read some more books like Primal Body, Primal Mind and The Perfect Health Diet. Once you have been Primal (Mark's way) for some time then you can make some teaks based on YOU and what you feel is right for YOU. Some people feel better on lower carbs and some feel better on higher carbs. If you look at Mark's carb curve there are different ranges for different groups of people and you'll have to see where you feel the best.
Hi Peace x,
I've been thinking a lot about you and, if it's not out of place, I was wondering if what you really need to do is give yourself permission to experiment with abundance. My train of thought went something like - raw vegan for health rather than ethical reasons; feels best on what sounds like very restricted diets, perhaps a victim of 'nocebo food thinking'... perhaps your body is crying out for simply a less narrow range of foods? Forgive me if this is presumptuous.
If this even remotely resonates, I'd suggest setting yourself little weekly challenges to cook a new (primal) recipe, try a new ingredient or not repeat an ingredient for a whole week.
It can be very easy for certain personality types (those of us attracted to doctrinaire eating - vegan, say, or primal) to divide up food into 'good' and 'bad' on quite an arbitrary basis and than look for further distinctions (raw vegan, HFLC primal, for instance) for the next little psychological boost... and then, before we know it, we're only eating organic, washed in virgin's tears, grown by fasting yogis, harvested on full-moon Sabbaths in months containing the letter D...turnip stalks and goat turds. Unsurprisingly, eventually, the body rebels.
Anyway, perhaps I'm a million miles off base. Please let us know what new things you learn along the way.
ETA: I also thought that if you have, in the past, got a big boost from thinking that your way of eating is either ethically of in terms of health (not to say it isn't important for those reasons, I just don't think food is EVERYTHING) superior or 'clean' or whatever...you might want to think about things that you can *do* rather than *consume* that might give you a similar buzz. Again, this might tell you more about how *I* think than have anything to do with the challenges you currently face. I suppose I was thinking that the usual food issues probably don't apply for you - willpower, living within a restrictive framework, overcoming the urge to cheat - and that led me to all these other thoughts.
Thank you for your insightful and thought provoking message. It got me thinking.
I've always been one to go through food fads, and by that I mean I will crave and really enjoy something and often end up eating it daily for a while then changing onto something totally different. I've always thought of it as listening to my body and giving it what it asks for. At the moment that seems to be mainly eggs, avocados and zucchini - I could eat those all day but I'm just having them with my evening meal to ensure a great degree of variety over the day.
There is probably a touch of truth in what you say but I'm thankful that I'm no way near as bad and obsessive as I have been in the past. Setting myself little challenges is what I've been trying to do. This week I've tried tuna, cod roe (yuk), cottage cheese (stomach pain) and on tomorrow's menu is freshly dressed crab! I've also got some smoked mackerel to try.
One thing I need to do is replace the food thoughts with more things that I enjoy - such as walking, reading, yoga, massage. As you say things that I can 'do' for me rather than the only pleasure I have in a day being my evening meal for example.
I appreciate you taking the time to post your thoughts, it has got me thinking and questioning what I want form my diet, myself and my life - thank you.
I skipped half this thread when it went off topic, but I wanted to say that I think what others have said is really good however I want to emphasize the suggestion to take digestive enzymes with your meals. I think you would need them for less than 6 months, but this could make a huge difference for you during this transition period. I don't know what is available in your area but I really like the Garden of Life Omega Zymes which are a very broad spectrum enzyme mix.
I also just finished reading The Perfect Health Diet, which I really recommend and might be a great read for you at this time. It really addresses eating in a way that is perfectly meeting all of our nutritional needs. I think his supplement recommendations are a bit too much, but the first section on food is absolutely fantastic and has taken my primal diet to one that feels even better for me.
Best of luck on this journey. You are far from being the first raw vegan that showed up over here needing to heal