In the 30 years that we’ve been teaching the Raw Living Foods/Dr. Ann Wigmore lifestyle at Creative Health Institute we’ve occasionally met someone that goes home from the program and stays 100% raw for the rest of their lives.
I’m so happy for them. For the rest of us, we set out very inspired, but the temptations of our comfort foods and society cause us to backslide.
Don’t give up when that happens – it’s perfectly normal. Instead, resolve to climb right back up that nutritional ladder. Bear these seven tips in mind when you do:
- Don't be hard on yourself – concentrate on your successes, not failures.
- Reset your system – do a water fast for a day or two (if medically safe for you).
- List your benefits – what are exercise and a healthy diet going to do for you? Write it down. Refer to it when temptations strike.
- Give yourself goals – "one green smoothie a day" is a good start. Lose 10 pounds or stabilize your blood sugar at 150 or less are other examples.
- Recommit yourself to your goals. Sharing your goals with another helps a lot.
- Be prepared to backslide again – every interesting journey has sidetrips. Enjoy the journey.
- Get coaching and support – go to raw food groups, find a raw coach or raw buddy or watch inspiring raw videos.
For me, “coaching and support” is the biggest challenge. Oh, I have lots of friends I can call on the phone, but to date I’ve done well in this part of Georgia interesting a handful of people in “one green smoothie a day.” I’ve had no success in putting together a Raw Potluck or other form of support group. Not yet, at least - it wasn't long ago I couldn't even share the smoothie idea around here.
So I watch videos – Victoria Boutenko is my favorite, but I’ve gone through the entire library of videos that chiDiet.com sells, several times each. Every time I watch them I learn new things, or recall information that I’d forgotten about. Every time, I come away re-inspired. The video collection that we created at Creative Health is the best way I’ve found to stay raw, motivated and inspired.
Remember that Raw Foods are a lifestyle choice, not a religion!