I’ve been on many different food kicks in my life. Enjoying the novelty of new ways of eating. Wholeheartedly getting into each one, only to eventually lose interest or slip back into more regular, normal eating patterns. Although my kids and friends would probably tell you that there is really very little “normal” about my eating habits–nor anything else about me, for that matter. Strangely enough that doesn’t hurt my feeling. It did, a little, in the past. But I think I have finally arrived at the place where I know what/who I am and am satisfied with it. Not that I don’t want to get better, cause I do. But it’s pretty amazing to find that I like myself!
Back to diet. I feel like I need an extra boost of energy this fall. I remember when I was first on the diet to lower my thyroid. It was hard to stay on. Indeed at the first slip I was off and couldn’t seem to get back. And since my thyroid was better by that time, I must admit I didn’t try very hard. But I remember, and hope I never forget, how I could actually feel my body bogging down.
And now, when I feel I need a boost I am turning to not just adding more fruits and veggie to my diet, but more raw ones. I have been interested in raw diet at different times in my life, but never gone completely raw. I doubt that I will this time either, but I guess , with me, anything is possible.
At some of the meet-up groups I attend, there are people who are really into vegan, vegetarian, and I believe a few into raw. There are even a couple of raw meetups. But I have enough meet-up groups at present. So I’m doing this on my own, as usual. This week I have visited countless websites and You tube videos. (I will list the sites on a later post). I’ve bookmarked a lot of them. I’ve looked at raw recipes–so many look so good. I’ve checked into the different ways to start on raw foods. I’ve even made up a grocery list. Then, last night I stumbled on a site that recommended to just eat simple. Eat whatever fruits and veggies I want, eat as much as I want. Enjoy what I eat, truly savor it. I like that idea.
That’s when I realized I don’t have to embrace the whole raw food idea (even if that is how I have often worked in the past). I can just eat what my body seems to need and what I want. I had to smile at that. Because even this week, when I was searching out all the raw food info, I have also been experimenting with soy milk and soy burgers–certainly not raw, but at least vegetarian. That’s not saying I will go all veg, though. I love a good steak occasionally. Just last night I cooked the last one in the freezer. But, surprisingly, I found it didn’t satisfy me quite as much as I had expected. I found I only wanted about a third of it. I guess my body is trying to tell me something. I really need/want to learn to listen to it more.
Even though the idea of a raw food diet still intrigues me, I’m going to try to go about it differently. To not just jump in and immerse myself, then later, perhaps, lose interest. Instead, I’m going to take it slow. To enjoy the tastes of the fruits and veggies. Not to limit myself. To keep experimenting with other, cooked foods, if I want. But to add more fresh, raw foods to my diet. Which is what the dietary experts tell us is best, anyway. I want to see where it will lead me. Because, I realize that in food, as well as every area of my life, its really the journey that I enjoy. Really, that’s what this life is about–a journey. As I write this, I realize that is also true in a spiritual sense. But I will write about that another time. This post is about food. (I have to keep telling myself that, or I know I would go off on another tangent.)
I was thinking that my raw diet journey will start as soon as I go to the grocery store, but I realize it has already started. I’m already a good way into the research. I am learning now, even though not yet sampling. Perhaps, that will be all the journey is–just learning. Just learning–that sounds like I’m devaluating the learning process/journey. I don’t want to do that. Everything I learn is important. Even when I’m learning what doesn’t work for me.
So, Raw Diet. I’m on my way.