Have you every tried a raw diet detox? It’s freaking hard (well for some of us, at least – pointing a finger at me) I was fortunate enough to have had some tools already to help me get through this time due to other dietary changes I have made to heal my multiple sclerosis. For some of you, this may be all new or perhaps you have yet to find your groove in your own healing diet. I hope you will find these tips helpful for a wildly successful, healing raw diet detox!

  • Stay full

When I mean stay full, I mean it. Eat until the point you feel as though you can’t eat anymore. This is not a time for dieting to lose weight. Remember, this is about your health. Why should you eat until bursting? Well, so temptations aren’t quite so tempting. That way you can hit the grocery store without feeling the need to lay down in the fetal position on the ground because you just. can’t. handle. the smells. (not that I know…)

  • Include different textures

If you are a creature of habit, great! This doesn’t apply to you. Eat watermelon at every meal. If you are like me though, I am not satisfied until I have different textures and even temperatures (which is why this raw thing is so hard for me – I NEED warm food!) Go ahead and puree up some veggies with lemon juice to use as a dressing. Cut up some jicama for crunch. Incorporate both smoothies and juices in your daily meals. Make some zoodles (zucchini noodles). Have fun with it!

  • Enlist help

If your family is not on board with joining you (most probably won’t be), then ask them for help in other ways. Ask them to cut back on the number of times they go out to eat and try to only do it when you are otherwise preoccupied. Ask your significant other to prepare the meals for the rest of the family temporarily so that you don’t have to endure the temptations. Perhaps your children can help you make your smoothies? Ask them for ways they think they can help you. I bet they will surprise you.

  • Find a supportive community

Raw diet communities have been a godsend to me. If you have purchased Anthony Williams’ book Medical Medium, then you have access to some great communities on facebook including Reclaimers of Health Support (you must have read the book). Another great community is Raw Vegan Fruitarians 4 Life (a closed group, just ask to join) I have gotten so much great information through both of these communities, answers, recipes and just a sense that I am not alone.

Yes, I understand they are expensive (I got mine at Bed Bath and Beyond with a coupon). Why can’t you just get a blender? I’ll tell you why, this is an investment in your health. A Vitamix or similar quality blender will be a life changer for you. Your smoothies will blend smoother, and you will probably eventually want a juicer, but with a vitamix, you don’t need one right away. Just grab a nut milk bag on amazon, blend your celery, nuts, coconut or whatever else you want to juice and then strain through the bag. Wala (not sure how that is spelled) There is the juice or even milk that you are looking for. And, when not going raw the Vitamix can even make soup for you!!  (cue heavenly angels singing)

  • Eat every 1 1/2 – 2 hours

This goes along with the first tip. Just eat. Alot. All day long. It’s going to feel like you are doing nothing but eating (probably because it’s true), but it keeps cravings at bay, your energy up and keeps you from thinking about food. Wouldn’t you rather be eating it than thinking about it?? I will have a juice for lunch then 2 hours later eat an entire cantaloupe. Then, 2 hours later a full large dinner salad. Whatever works for you. I am now facing day 20 of my challenge and I find I am able to eat less often, so it does eventually taper off.

  • Drink LOTS of water

Add some lemon or lime to your water and drink up! “But I’m eating so much fruit, doesn’t that contain water?” you may ask. Sure, go ahead and try that. See how thirsty you find yourself within 12 hours. This is a detox, people. You need to get those toxins out of your body and the more hydrated you are the quicker it will flow out of you. Drink up!!

  • Practice self care

This raw diet detox is a life changer. This is going to take up a lot of your time. Be sure to take time for you. Take especially good care of yourself. (I will provide tips for this in an upcoming post) It doesn’t have to be anything big, even something as simple as using a fancy wine glass for your smoothies (That’s what I do!). Slack on those chores a little bit. Be sure to rest when fatigue hits. Buy yourself fresh flowers every week. Anything that will bring a smile to your face and lift your spirits when you need it.

  • Cry. Bitch. Rage.

And of course, there will be the emotions. Allow for them to surface. Surrender to them. I finally stopped crying every day around day 14. Now, it’s only ever other or every 2 days. Be angry (but try not to take it out on your family. sorry family.) Find a safe space and scream your head off. These are all just part of the release. You must let go of them. They are just another form of the toxins leaving your body. Give yourself grace and remember that during these times. This is a healthy healing process.

As you embark on this raw diet detox, know that you are an amazing human being. You are on the path to healing and I am here with you. I will support you in any way I can. Together we will create a vibrant, energetic future that will find us running circles around everyone we know. It’s going to be worth it. You are worth it. I am worth it.

Wishing you best health.

xo

Originally posted at https://eatwhatyouknow.wordpress.com/

Published by Melinda Schmitt