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Recently I revisited the idea of going to a strict low fat, fruit based raw diet, to just dump the weight and get it gone and with it I would surely get my health restored just as quickly. Sure it can be done and there are many who are doing it. And for a while I revelled in the quick weight loss. But it was hard to maintain.
I was also limiting high sugar fruit as well and no condiments and limited liquids including smoothies and no juices (about now you are asking why would she be doing that?!)
Some say that high sugar and calorie fruits and salts from condiments can cause you not to lose weight as quickly. And that drinking your meals isn;t learning life long good habits. But the issue for me was that without some of those higher sugar fruits, or my smoothies, it's also hard to eat enough and keep your calorie intake high enough to satisfy.
I would stay good for a few days at a time and then slip, mainly because I was hungry.
In essence I was walking a tightrope.
The thing about tightropes is that there are people that can walk them and do it well, but not everyone can or really wants to.
I started questioning if I really wanted to and what I was doing. I missed my playing in the kitchen too and sharing on my blog. I wasn't feeling like me anymore. Simply because I couldn't have the raw I wanted I backlashed into other not so great options. Then started yo yoing.
You know? I really hate yo yos!
So I decided to take a look at people that lose weight, go high raw and do it successfully. Most I run across do it slowly. They don't go raw overnight. They don't start with juice fasts or radical restrictive diets. They go slowly giving themselves a wide berth to get there.
They leaned into raw. They started with easy raw additions and then found that the cravings for the other foods just simply melted away, along with their weight. The change came organically. I call this walking a plank.
Another reason to not go fast is that for many it causes stress and if you have weight to lose, most likely you eat out of stress. It becomes a vicious cycle. Sounds like a hamster wheel doesn't it? Where can you ever get off?
So now my plan is to walk the plank. Add in more raw, go back to my smoothies and fruit in the early part of the day, salads and enjoy my raw creations later in the day.
Even if it means a warm soup with my salad or even- gasp! some nuts or seeds. ;-)
How about you? Are you on the rope or a plank?