Finding your own
To quote some classic American poetry...
Now, the world don't move to the beat of just one drum,
What might be right for you, may not be right for some.
It takes, Diff'rent Strokes to move the world.
It turns out that we're all different. We like different music, we go to sleep at different times and we react differently to different foods. Yes, even raw foods.
As obvious as that sounds, sometimes we need a reminder. Why? Well, so much of our industrial world is based on a the myth of standardization. Standardized religion, standardized media and, of course, standardized nutrition. This myth, which is actually a method of control, has conditioned us into thinking that there's a one-size-fits-all approach to life/food. And, as beautiful and eye-opening as raw food can be, our past conditioning can sometimes get the best of us.
What all this means is that we must find our own to be truly successful. There's nothing wrong with getting started by following the advice of authors, coaches or blogs, but every step of the way you must ask yourself, "Does this really work for me?"
Raw food really rewards this "Trail and Success" approach, because there is so much abundance and Possibility built in, with little to no downside. You don't like mushrooms? Great, no worries, there are at least 14 other things to get your potassium from. Oh what's that? Cacao doesn't agree with you? No problem, move on and try something else, like carob, in your smoothies.
Options. Abundance. Possibility.
And this doesn't just relate to specific foods, this also relates to approaches as well. Some folks are more high fat, some are more high protein, some people transition quickly others need their steamed vegetables. The bottom line is you won't know unless you...
- Try: Don't get stuck or attached to any single approach or food.
- Inquire: Check in with yourself, and listen to your body? What works and what doesn't?
- Try again: Rinse and repeat is the key. Having options gives you the opportunity to compare and find your own.
A few months ago, Justin, from Raw Food Right Now, and I were talking about this concept and he mentioned something really interesting. He said that when he first started incorporating raw foods into his diet his approach was to 1) read a lot and 2) try just about everything he could. After a year or so, of testing and trying, he started to notice that his body went into "Autopilot" mode and would tell him what it wanted. As time went on, he'd get better and better at listening and he'd notice he'd continue to feel healthier each day. Sometimes this would show in the form of "I want oranges" and other times it would show up in the form of "This food doesn't feel right".
Autopilot. I couldn't have said it better myself.
Of course your body is always sending you messages about what it wants and doesn't want. Your goal is to remove all the clutter that prevents you from hearing those messages clearly. Sometimes that clutter is toxic food and other times that clutter is the mental attachment to standardization.