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I keep asking myself, "Why can't I seem to be successful?" I have tons of healthy raw-living knowledge.  I know how good it is for me.  I know I will lose weight, gain energy and be able to go out into the world proud. So why, why can't I seem to step into it?  It's not that I don't want to.  I want to every day but when it comes to shopping, I constantly make the wrong food choices.  I either don't buy enough or I buy too much and throw it away.  I can't seem to get away from cooked foods and worse, processed foods.  I have to nibble constantly and instead of getting something good to nibble on, I choose totally negative things like chips and doritos.  I just don't understand.  I know what I want to be. I know how I want to eat.  But... I don't do it. 

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Comment by Bette Bliss Shaw on November 21, 2012 at 10:13am

It is not about the food you eat. Look at the other areas of your life.

Comment by Susan : ) on November 14, 2012 at 10:58am

Remember, YOU are sooo worth it! : )

YOU are sooo loved! : )
Comment by Mickey_DY on November 14, 2012 at 10:17am

Thank you everyone for such wonderful thoughts and advice.  I'm glad I'm not alone.  Today, my goal is 100% raw day.  The tomorrow I will set the same goal.  One day at a time.

I went grocery shopping yesterday and bought a variety of veggies and some grapefruit.  I'm going to the farmer's market on Saturday, so I only got a few things to have since the produce at the store I went to was very old and some of it looked as if it was all ready rotting.  No kidding. 

Comment by Michelle Johnson on November 14, 2012 at 9:53am

lots of great advice. I am the same way, even after being raw for almost 5 years, if I get off the raw wagon, there is sometimes a switch and for me it tends to be processed grains and sugars. 

It is an addiction for me. I have had to start looking at white processed food as bad drugs....heroine or cocaine! that is the effect it has on me. I play games with myself, when i want that cookie, i try to justify it to myself, its just one, i have been so good, it wont matter....i then substitute the scene to one where its a drug addict asking for just one more hit , it wont matter....you get the idea, and then i see things differently! Also I think many people ignore the  possibility of emotional and spiritual growth that goes along with adopting this lifestyle. When i started on this journey I noticed that when I cut the ties to my addictions I started to be faced with all of the issues that I was hiding from in food. What I was numbing myself about . So the subconscious mind may be is a defensive or protective mode and avoiding any issues that this lifestyle may shine light on. Make sense? Good luck and this is a WONDERFUL forum for info, help and support!!!

Comment by HippyDaisyChick on November 14, 2012 at 7:33am

Try drinking a big glass of water before you ever eat anything. Sometimes peoples body are truly needing water and think that they are hungry when it is really water that their body is needing. Also, if you mix a few chia seeds in your water and wait for a few minutes....those chia seeds will help with hunger and craving issues I have found, for me anyway....I like adding a squeeze of lemon to my water as well...I hope that this is helpful to you.

Comment by Supermom on November 13, 2012 at 8:53pm

Dr. Douglas Graham of 80/10/10 recommends more fruit before meals if you find you are snacking on processed carbs or wanting sweets or processed foods after a meal. Might be helpful.

Comment by Aen Brauer on November 13, 2012 at 5:39am

My opinion is that you are talking about addition.  For me addiction is when my mind has the knowledge, knowing what I need to do, but the hand (controlled by the mind) reaches for those highly additive foods.  I think different people are addicted to different substances.  Some people are addicted to alcohol, we refer to them as alcoholics, some are addicted to drugs, we refer to them as drug addicts, then there are people like me who are addicted to sugar, take one bite and I am off and running even thought I know it is not good for my body, I gain weight etc.  But one bite sets off the craving.  I have tho gone for years without eating sugar, literally, started with removing all sugar from my home, and my grocery cart.  After a time the craving are no longer there.  Other folks are addicted to fat, or grains, or cooked food.  One thing that helped me on the Raw Journey was to set a goal for example in the beginning - where I had the goal to do Raw for 30 days.  Or you could do just a week, only Raw . . .  or a day even - only Raw.  If you can chose a goal, you are more likely to reach it.    I will end this by saying at first I had a lot of trouble getting my bike to work.  It kept falling over, and off I would fall.  I got so mad at the bike, I remember even kicking the poor bike.  But . . .  eventually I was riding with great joy.  Just keep getting on the bike  :)

Comment by Silmiriel on November 13, 2012 at 12:52am

You could be speaking for me, Mickey.  I am struggling as well.  I think for me, preparation helps a lot.  I find that when I put myself last and don't have foods prepared for myself, it's easy to eat the cooked food that I've made for the family because I let myself get too hungry.  Trying new raw recipes is good too, so that you are not feeling deprived and keeping things interesting.  For me, I have to make sure I have good stuff for me to eat in the house, or it's really easy to dive into the wrong foods.  I keep baby carrots in the house all the time; they are really good when you feel you need something crunchy. 

Maybe setting a smaller goal of just incorporating more raw foods so that you can feel that it's achievable and will give you something to feel successful about.  When you do choose a food that is not so good for you, try to stop a moment and think what's behind that choice.  If it's emotional, try to step away for a moment and ask yourself what your body might really be wanting.  I am an emotional and sometimes mindless eater, so this is something I'm working on as well.

I don't know if any of this sounds helpful, but just wanted to send some encouragement your way!  Hang in there!  :)

Comment by Supermom on November 12, 2012 at 11:52am

Some questions that help get me back on track when I experience times like this:

Will I make the next bite raw?  Have I gone for a walk yet? Have I eaten plenty of calories from fruit? Juiced or eaten lots of greens?  Had plenty of water?  Gotten the cooked and processed foods out of my house? Fed my spiritual self yet today? Given out 5 or more hugs?  Followed the "No Complaining Rule" from NoComplainingRule.com?  Listed 5 things I am grateful for?  Cleared my mind by writing my daily 750 words on 750words.com?

Comment by Stephanie Baker on November 11, 2012 at 7:14pm

two words.....SUBCONSCIOUS MIND!! that's your key. get this book and read it.....it might help you understand what is keeping you from the success you really want.   "The power of the subconscious mind" by Joseph Murphy. Its an older book. You can pick a paperback up for about $8. It so explains why we do what we've always done over and over and over again, even though we have the best of intentions to change our lives!!  We really need to change our thinking before anything can really happen!

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