Backsliding but progressing is NOT about feeling guilty about slipping. Even if you weren't 100% raw this week, how much better are you feeling than when you were on the SAD?
Staying inspired is an important part of the transition to the raw and living foods lifestyle. Last night I watched Victoria Boutenko's video, "Greens can Save Your Life," for probably the 30th time. While I've viewed every video in the Home Study Program numerous times, and every video about the raw and living foods lifestyle and movement that I find, this is still the most inspiring, in my opinion.
Always remember that we don't justify our lifestyles to anyone. One of my favorite phrases is, "Gosh, that looks delicious! But I'm afraid it's not on my diet." Another good phrase is, "That sure looks yummy. Thank you. Unfortunately, my doctor wouldn't like it if I ate that." (Right, Dr. Flora?) <grin>
Now, after five years of being all raw lots of the time, somewhat raw some of the time, and mostly raw most of the time, friends and family are starting to express an interest in my lifestyle. (It's about time!)
When people express an interest, there are three videos that I like to share with them. (I like to give out videos because books tend to sit and gather dust; people won't read them until they're truly interested; but most people will watch a video.)
If they're willing to sit through a three-hour presentation, I watch Victoria's "Greens can Save Your Life" with them. But for most people I've found that I have to give them a shorter, simpler summary.
For that, I give them a copy of "Out of the Ordinary," an interview with Robert Taylor on WMTV. OK, the fact that I'm on the show with Steven Gibb might color my judgement, but it's still a good overview of the program.
The other video is actually an audio recording, on CD or cassette. It's a talk I gave at a Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meeting in Battle Creek, Michigan, "The Benefits of Living Foods." For those who tell me they never have time to watch a movie, I suggest this CD for them to listen to while they're driving. Every single person I've given this audio to has asked for more information, so it works well.
Oh... one other reason I give out the "Out of the Ordinary" and "The Benefits of Living Foods" is that they're only five bucks each, instead of the $25 that most of the videos cost. (What? You thought I got them for free because I work here? Hahhahaha!)
- Jim Carey
[Thanks for all the feedback about my comments on Henry David Thoreau's book Walden, or Life in the Woods. You can download a free copy here: http://chidiet.com/books/Walden.htm and here: http://etext.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/ThoWald.html.]