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If you are eating a diet high in raw plant foods and are suddenly (or still) experiencing an expanding waist line, I may have a couple of answers for you. I have been exploring and playing in the raw, vegan realm over the past 16 years (since 1997), and after reaching 40 I couldn’t just eat whatever I wanted anymore and stay slim, even if it was raw.
Since beginning a super high raw food diet (80-100% depending on the time of year), I have had multiple experiences with weight gain and loss over the years.
When I was eating all or mostly raw plant foods which included raw desserts laden with fat, nuts, cacao and sweets such as honey, dates, agave and other dried, high glycemic fruits, I would get what I call “nut gut” and look and feel extremely bloated (to the point of looking and being asked if I was pregnant!).
Not fun!!! Luckily, out of motivation to be my highest potential and absolute best, I have discovered tools that really work for shrinking the waist line, achieving ideal weight, re-youthing and vitality.
Tool #1: Get the sugar out!
Even the dates, agave, honey and dried fruits. Yes, they can be healthier than white sugar for sure, but in the end they all end up raising your glucose levels and creating an insulin spike which in turn creates gut fat (super fast) and death and aging!
After adopting a low glycemic diet (90% of the time), I have now achieved and maintain my ideal weight (for me) and love my body so much more now! I feel that I am getting younger and better and hear comments from others who say, “Wow, you look amazing! What are you doing?”
Tool #2: The liver and gallbladder flush
When the liver is clean and clear, the rest of the body can release its toxins and feel the high vitality which is our birthright! I highly recommend doing a liver flush for anyone who chooses to be, look and feel younger and more empowered in life (who doesn’t?). If you are enrolled in the detox week in Bali, we will be exploring this in more depth, but it can never hurt to do one on your own with a simple Liver Flush Detox Kit.
It’s one thing to say, “Yes, I know I should or could detox, eat less, eat better, eliminate sweets, etc.” And it’s an entirely different thing to actually set the gears in motion and get the momentum to actually do something about it. To get over your limited thinking and make it happen!
My experience seems to be much better with Inspiration rather than Motivation. Inspiration comes when you feel it from inside. When you feel such a strong call or pull that there is no other option in that moment than to proceed. I’ve felt this many times, but the one time I recall feeling it with an incredible force was right after my son died in 2010.
Tool #3: Find Your Own Inspiration
In my grief I began eating poorly and gaining weight. One night as I went to bed, I said a prayer for help (I was asking for Inspiration). The next thing that happened was truly miraculous.
As I lay in my bed, I felt a strong, loving energy around me and a soft, gentle voice in my head that said, “You will begin a 90-day juice fast tomorrow.” I thought, “Okay, I’ll do it!” and that next morning I embarked on what turned out to be one of the best things I’ve ever done, not just for physical reasons, but truly to see what I was capable of and also to ease the grief and suffering I was feeling (which food never helps to ease for long).
To read about my journey of fasting, please see some of my other blog entries. For your own Inspiration, you can read books on the subject of health and healing. A few I found to be especially helpful are Quantum Eating by Tanya Zavasta, The Miracle of Fasting by Paul Bragg, Cleanse and Purify Thyself by Richard Anderson.
I have read so many books and these are just a few that come to mind. You can also just google “motivational quotes” and see what speaks to you. Prayer seems to be the best way to start (or whatever you choose to call asking for help), and from there you will be led to the perfect websites, books, people and more.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes:
1. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. –Tony Robbins
2. The mind is everything. What you think you become. –Buddha
3. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb
4. An unexamined life is not worth living. –Socrates
5. Eighty percent of success is showing up. –Woody Allen
More inspiration: Do a one-day, 3-day or week-long juice or liquid fast to start with--this will get you in the healthy mode and clean the slate from what you’ve been doing!
Another part of getting on the healthy track is knowing what to do not just that you want to do it. I recommend if you are going into a juice fast you should eat 100% raw for at least 3 days before, and then even think about doing a modified juice fast for a week or 2 where you only eat one meal a day (lunch) and drink your breakfast and dinner.
Look, just get the juice or salad into your mouth. Once you drink your first one, the rest get easier. The healthier you feel, the more healthy you want to feel. Just start with something…anything! Even if that means taking a big aspoonful of dried green powder (such as Vitamineral Greens) and stirring it in water, then closing your eyes and chugging it down, do it!
Make some signs for yourself to put around the house like: Nothing tastes as good as thin feels (or fill in your own adjective such as healthy, vibrant, happy, etc.) I’m not saying you need to or even should fast. If you are not ready or even desiring to fast, consider adding more high vibe plant based foods into your life. Get a recipe book or just google some recipes and get started!
Check out my free recipes here. Simply cleaning up your eating and clearing out carbohydrates and sweet foods can make a huge difference in your outlook on life and your feelings of Joy and Well-being. To learn more about Elaina’s classes and events, and to get on our mailing list, visit PureJoyPlanet.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.