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I've recently re-connected back here on Raw Food Rehab and have read so many blogs and posts, positives, struggles, and I've come to the conclusion that it really is a journey of progression, wellness and enhanced health and kindness and love to ourselves and no judgement. 


No matter where we are on our life's journey, we should embrace everything without the need for beating ourselves up.


We will progress quicker.  Even if we eat an apple one second and cave into something that we have been doing for so long the next, even if we are attempting to change past eating patterns and behaviours.


Everything always starts with 'a step', then another.  If we start each day with our best intentions to eat more fruit, greens and other healthier foods and practices, then all we can do is learn to incorporate and form better habits that will make us happier and healthier today.


I find the more I focus on doing just one thing the quicker I progress.  Sometimes if we attempt to change 'too much all at once' we are placing restrictions on our own self that for the most of us, are unable to keep.


So I've learnt to smile and be happy with whatever I do on a daily basis.  This doesn't mean to say 'I'm a happy smiley person' at all times.  Far from it - I always have to go 'into myself' and think all the time what I'm prepared to do to achieve my goals and I re-access all the time.  But I stopped beating up, a long time ago. 


What I find helps me the most is to keep learning, connect with other inspiring others and read a wide variety of books on subjects that you feel can help you achieve.


For me, I'm always drawn to juicing and raw, but I do have difficulty always applying and maintaining, but I still continue to progress with it all, even if  I feel my progression is often at a snails pace.


And I'm okay with that!  Follow what you feel in alignment with and your journey will be all the more happier for it!





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Comment by Avril on February 1, 2013 at 8:27am

Joining the 28 Day Reset has been the best thing I've done for myself in a while.  Thoroughly enjoyed my 'healthier week' - Not perfect but I've had no coffee, no dairy, no bread.  Felt restricted - no the total opposite -

I've ate really well all week and have nibbled on fruit, pineapple, tangerines, grapes, tons of banana's, smoothies with coconut water, spinach, dates, cherries, one day and blueberries the next.  And I've put a banana in a dish or jar and added smoothie to it.  Juiced pineapple, orange, half a lemon and half a lime and added coconut water.  Snacked on walnuts and dates.  I've allowed myself a little something cooked in the evening after work. 

I've been surprised at how much water I've actually wanted to drink this week and if I've wanted something warm, I keep a flask of tea with me at work and have little cupfuls, here and there.


All in All, I've had a fabulous week and today is the 1st February which is the first day of the 28 day reset!  Feeling fabulous, already!!


Thank you, Penni for your warm hearted presence and keeping us all going - I've been reading my Raw Food Cleanse book all week at work.  Looking forward to gleaming some more food idea's from your lovely 28 Day Reset Material.  Lots of recipe's!!

Comment by channa brennon on January 29, 2013 at 4:35pm

awesome! encouraging post!

Comment by Avril on January 27, 2013 at 11:45am

Thank you, Penni - I feel you have made so many of us happy, having the opportunity to feel part of an open minded, but censored community who are ready and hopeful to create real and long awaited change.  I always felt I retained far better focus in the long term, when I've joined in previous initiatives at Raw Food Rehab.

You have indeed summed it up so well here -

'Loosing the idea of perfection and just loving ourselves right where we are and choosing one thing each day that we can do or shift that will make us feel really good and proud of our efforts'

Rawk on!!!!! xoxo

I would also encourage everyone to take some time and browse the pictures and recipes here at Raw Food Rehab, because I've gleamed some real inspiration doing that here today.




Comment by Penni on January 27, 2013 at 8:19am

What you have said here is exactly what has been on my mind, Arvil! Having you in the 28 Day Reset will be perfect - because what you have shared really is the essenceof what we will be up to.  Loosing the idea of perfection and just loving ourselves right where we are and choosing one thing each day that we can do or shift that will make us feel really good and proud of our efforts. xoxo

Comment by Avril on January 27, 2013 at 4:45am

Thank you so much Janet and Susan for your comments.  It means so much to me to see you take the time to read 'my blog' and comments.  Totally agree Susan 'progress and not perfection' (have so attempted all of my life to achieve perfection- which we know is totally unachievable and is not a realistic thought, at all! ) and Janet - Life certainly does have to contain 'gentle and compassion'!


I see so many others clinging onto past hurt and behaviours. I've done so much of that myself too.  Banish it!!! Life is so much more a happier experience to live in the here and now.  Afterall, that's all that really exists!

  Today is all there is so it makes sense to concentrate on feeding our bodies with good nourishment and find ways to calm and balance our minds.  It goes such a long way to helping us achieve happiness and balance.  It's our own unique journey and we really do have to find what we are prepared to apply and feel in alignment with.


I have had abuse issues from childhood to deal with, all my life.  It never leaves you but I do my best to banish all the hurt and the biggest part is 'forgiveness to others and also to ourselves'.  My current issue is about having another 5 years added onto my working life before I receive my retirment pension.  This may not have even been such a biggie for some people, but it's definately a biggie for me and something I've been 'nurturing, harbouring, holding onto!  For goodness sake, Avril - let it all go!  Have another green juice!!!!  Not the total answer but a hugh step in the right direction.....


Also, I'm learning to choose wisely what is good for me to follow and what isn't...  And I'm doing whatever it takes to make myself happy in life....  This is hugh!  Never just about weight loss, never just about health - It's all about 'balance in all things' in ones life.

Comment by Janet Carol Ryan on January 26, 2013 at 7:40pm

it's lovely to hear from you Avril, thank you for sharing your gentle and compassionate perspective 

Comment by Susan : ) on January 26, 2013 at 3:55pm

Yes, it is about PROGRESS, not perfection! : )

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