Happy belated Fourth of July everyone! Well I must say I have had a roller coaster ride with my raw mission this past week. During the holiday I went out of town to visit a friend and well I had a slice of pizza :(. It has not been a good ride after that because my body really felt the change. So I slowly integrated raw food again this week. I realized my body was craving all the starchy carbs that I basically lived on before. It did feel like heaven when I bit into that pizza but I soon saw how dramatic my body felt from eating that slice. I have since returned to my wraps and smoothies in the past few days.
What really motivated me was not just the feeling I felt from leaving my primarily raw diet but the weight loss I experienced from just being more raw for two and half weeks. In my last entry I spoke of the way we envision our bodies. I had a lot of healing that occurred for me emotionally and well I put on a couple layers to keep myself warm during the difficult time I experienced. Although growth had occurred inwards and I felt stronger than ever within my mind and body, the outer shell of me just did not match. The weight was not coming off and there was very little motivation.
Since I went on the raw side I have lost weight!!! And I have begun to use a rebounder which honestly makes working out so much easier when you’re on a budget and want to feel like a kid again. Reclaiming your authentic body form is a journey like any other. Remember you are not dieting you are changing your way of eating. Your aim should be healthy not some body shape what is not your own. Watching the layers fall off in this process is a real encouragement along the journey and I am also aware that I am a woman with curves. Embrace where you are and encourage the growth onwards. Yes, there may be times where you may hit a wall or you may slip. It is frustrating, I know, when you make some movement and then for some reason you fall! But never forget the movement you made. That is your own intimate inspiration: you.
Remember what you accomplished before these moments! Be your own inspiration!
Whenever you decide to make a life change it is always going to be a process. Trusting the process is part of the battle.
On another note, I hit a financial jam and had to reassess how continue to eat as raw. So what did I do? Well, I mixed it up with some vegan. I decided to make quinoa and brown rice. I added liquid aminos, lemon, salt, pepper, and some ume plum vinegar for that extra oomph! After I prepared these grains I wrapped them in a collard green twice over. Or, you can use kale or any green you fancy. Throughout the day I have been drinking ice teas to escape the heat and of course my smoothie once a day inspired by Earthly Juices. Vegetables are not always expensive but you do need to buy them and eat them right away and sometimes when you hit a jam in the financial area you can dip into those grains that can be stored for longer periods of time and buy some fresh greens and mix it up. What it all comes down to is this: listen to your body not your emotions. When you do this you can see what you have and work with it. This can be applied not only to food but in other life situations as well.
Ok my dear reader I will be in touch sooner next time! Until then be patient, tender, and trusting of your process in all that you do!