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All or nothing?

How do you feel about eating all raw or not bothering? I tend to think that some is better than nothing, but have read that if you aren’t 100% it makes a huge difference. I am just starting out and wondering if eating cooked meals here and there is going to wreck the rest of the diet for me.


  • I don’t think so. I eat prdominantly raw. I eat one cooked meal a week. I feel the best I have ever felt in my life!!

    Every one is different though.

  • haha. i remember you from your blog the other day… glad you joined!

    definitely don’t feel pressured to be 100% immediately. it’s true that there are enormous benefits to being completely raw, but since you are transitioning from a cooked diet your body won’t be that sensitive to cooked food once in a while. ANY increase in raw food in your diet is going to be a good thing. the more raw you eat the more you’ll want it… slowly and effortlessly it will become second nature.

    also, slower diet change means slower detox.

  • I think that the more raw, the better, and the idea of all or nothing is ridiculous to me :D HAHAHA! Like it’s better to never eat fresh fruit & veggies unless you’re never going to touch mustard again?! :) heehee I just think people sometimes get funny!

  • I think it depends on what type of person you are. Me, I am an all or nothing type of person, so I feel better doing 100% raw. I don’t struggle with it or think about it this way; it’s just what I’ve chosen and I do it. But some people feel better edging their way into RAW and that’s fine too. Whatever you feel most comfortable with, I guess.

  • I also believe that slow is fine. There are a number of factors that are transitioning…..what you eat, how you prepare it, social eating, budget, detoxing side effects, etc, etc…. I think that it is being kinder to yourself to go a little bit slow.

    I tend to be an all of nothing type of person but experience tells me that this type of attitude is not effective. I just set myself up for failure rather than little successes.

    Good luck.

  • Cherre: Read this excerpt on enzyme nutrition by Dr. Howell. Great book, by the way. I read it and it helps me to understand raw in a completely new light – and this is after i’ve known about raw foods for a whole year!

    Go here: http://www.amazon.com/Enzyme-Nutrition-Edward-H…

    Click on search inside this book, click on ‘excerpt’ under sections. Read it.

    My understanding of the book is… you have a limited number of enzymes. the more raw you eat, the fewer enzymes will be used up, and so the enzymes are available for other processes in your body. So… raw is not all or nothing, the motto of raw eating really is.. EVERY LITTLE BIT COUNTS! save those precious enzymes!

  • Along the same line as Winona – Vickie Talmage (in her book “From Bin To Banquet”) says that if we are eating both cooked and raw foods at a meal, that eating the raw food first signals to the body that this meal contains the enzymes needed to digest it, and the body doesn’t have to provide enzymes for digestion, but if we eat the cooked food first, the body sends enzymes for digestion, even though the raw portion of the meal may have plenty of enzymes for the whole meal. Maybe that’s why salad is often served as the first course of a meal? :)

  • I’m too much of a social person to ever go 100%. Plus I live in a place where the food is wonderful and the people really love cooking, sharing and eating, so it would be a shame to deprive myself of that. Besides, I’m not an all-or-nothing type of person. I believe moderation and really enjoying what you eat are what it’s all about. The whole psychology of it is fundamental, and this shouldn’t be punishment or deprivation, so everyone has to carve their own way that works for them.

  • Whew! I feel better knowing I’m not the only one who feels good about moderation. The book I’ve been working from is Alissa Cohen’s Living on Live Food. Part of me thinks that her emphasis on going 100% raw is basically a smart marketing tactic.

    @piannisima-yes, thanks for recommending this site to me!

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