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on raw food diets and eating habits

cpmcdill replied to a comment I made somewhere which I've always kept and which I just re-read for the first time in many months. In response to my query for practical suggestions about weight loss, his message reads:
Here is the way I am doing it. With some help and encouragement from arianadii, I have returned to a mostly-raw foods way of eating, which I was very much into in the early to mid-90s but back-slid from. Keeping it mostly raw without being a zealot about it is what makes it easier to stick to. Sure I make exceptions for the occasional piece of pie or cooked thing, but making raw and whole foods the central thing keeps it mostly that way, and this is what makes all the difference.

The most important thing is that dinner is rather early, and the bulk of it is a big tasty very filling salad, with lots of organic greens, veggies, herbs, spices, olives, olive oil and lemon juice, etc. Not grim "rabbit food" at all. Really flavorsome, with a lot of yummy ingredients. But nothing is cooked, and dinner includes no carbs. That means no pasta, no bread, no rice, no potatoes, no starches of any kind. It is not raw fats such as oils and nuts and olives that cause weight gain, it is dairy and starch. If you absolutely crave those things, eat them early in the day. Dinner should be lots of fresh and raw veggies. Even "fatty" things like avocadoes and olives and nuts are fine. Eating like that, with no midnight binges, and staying away from beer or sodas, it should be rather easy to shed pounds.

I know that metabolism slows down after about age 30 or so, and many offer this as the excuse for adulthood weight gain. I myself experienced this problem. I am 35 and I realize that I cannot eat like I could at age 20, when a pint of ice cream and a whole pizza seemed like a reasonable meal. I have stopped consuming many things I used to crave madly, but there are still many things I can eat so I don't feel like I'm missing out on a lot. Now I occasionally crave potato chips and M&Ms, which I deal with by giving in, but only in strict moderation.

Part of eating mindfully is having a hand in the preparation of food. Prepared, processed foods have a way of sneaking from the bag into ones mouth with little intervention from consciousness. But if you have to peel, slice, mix, chop etc every time you want to eat something, there is premeditation and awareness going on. And even when compared to "convenient" raw foods, it is much easier to thoughtlessly eat a huge bag of chips than a whole bunch of bananas.

But suppose you don't want to give up cooked and snack foods. There is still a way to eat it mindfully. First, never eat anything straight out of a bag or package. If you have chips, put a handful into a bowl and go sit and eat them as you would a meal, with the thought that this is your ration of chips and you won't get seconds, so enjoy them while you can. Sure, that would be a test of will, but habits generally change by being gradually overwritten by new habits.
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vyus August 16th, 2004
It's also wildly cheaper to prepare it yourself :)

This advice will always be appropriate.

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