Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Experiments with Raw Food


Steve Pavlina is someone who has had many Life Experiments that would fit into the broad term “personal development”. Steve has blogged about his experiments with diverse life experiments such as GTD (Getting Things Done), lucid dreaming, polyphasic sleep, why you shouldn’t get a job, and many more topics we don’t have time to mention here.

And now, Steve is experimenting with raw food for 30 days. Right now, Steve has chosen to adopt an 80/10/10 diet, which means lots and lots of fruit. At the time of this writing Steve is on Day 17 of eating nothing but raw fruits and vegetables…and a little tahini dressing in the first few days.

What we appreciate the most about Steve embarking on a journey such as this is that Steve is a master conductor of experiments. His blog posts are calculated, informative and include photos of many of his meals. After reading his posts you can get a feel as to what he is experiencing while he tries to eat raw all the time.

On Day 13, Steve had an amazing revelation that we want to share with all of you:

Free Advice

“I’ve been getting a lot of free advice from people on how I might tweak this diet to improve my results. Unfortunately the advice is inconsistent. Some say I should eat more greens and less sweet fruit. Some say I’ll do better with more fat, especially more nuts and seeds. And at least a couple people say I’ll do better if I reduce the fat below 10% and focus on eating even more fruit. Some say I’m eating too much, while others suggest I should eat more. A few people recommended I add “superfoods” or powdered green drinks to my diet. And then there are those who say it can take a few months for my body to adapt and that I should keep doing what I’m doing for 90+ days. Much of this advice is coming from raw foodists who have significant experience eating a similar diet.

I do appreciate the feedback and advice. Unfortunately it would be impossible for me to implement all of these suggestions at once, and I don’t want to change the rules as I go along, at least for this particular 30-day period. All of these suggestions could turn into 30-day trials of their own. Hopefully I’ll have this diet thing figured out before I die.”

Let’s recap all the suggestions on what people told Steve he should do differently:

  • eat more greens and less sweet fruit
  • eat more fat, especially more nuts and seeds
  • reduce fat to less than 10% and eat more fruit
  • eat less food
  • eat more food
  • add superfoods to your diet
  • add green powders to your diet
  • keep eating what you are eating for 90 days or more

That is a lot of suggestions. And if anyone were to take all of these suggestions to heart all at the same time, all they would end up with is confusion.

This is a classic example of how many people who originally hear about the benefits of a raw food diet can get bombarded with so many conflicting suggestions at once. Personally, it took both of us a couple years to learn to trust our own bodies, intuition, and logic and how to sift through the many dietary opinions of raw foodists worldwide.

Steve also mentioned on Day 17 one of what we believe is one of the largest stumbling blocks for most beginning raw foodists:

“I had some minor cravings for cooked food today, but they passed once I ate more raw food. I don’t think it will be a problem for me to make it through the remaining 13 days of this trial, but I’m still uncertain as to whether I’d want to continue with this diet in the long run. As you can probably imagine, it would require a significant lifestyle change. I’m still spending more time in the kitchen than I did before, and I’m definitely spending more time eating. But I must keep in mind that measuring and reporting what I’m eating significantly increases the required effort. This trial would be much easier if I wasn’t tracking everything so meticulously.” (emphasis ours)

When we started this blog, our goal was to address this very concern that many, many raw foodists who get into this lifestyle find: the time requirements and steep learning curve for eating this. We were inspired to take the name Raw Food, Right Now! to find, learn, and blog about as many ways as possible to make this dietary lifestyle easy and fun.

We think it is great that Steve is taking 30 days to try this style of raw eating out. After the 30 days he can evaluate and determine what he would like to try next. Only Steve will know what path he will choose after this experiment.

Why don’t you take a moment and read Steve’s journey so far. You can even leave Steve a comment or send him an email and tell him what style of raw food eating he should try next!

Always seeking to improve our lives, my wife Heidi and I were led to try Macrobiotics, then moved to a cooked food vegan diet, and finally found raw food in 2004. By starting 100% Raw Food!, we hope to make ourselves accountable to the world at large and become public raw foodists. We had been struggling with the raw food lifestyle since 2004 and needed to do something drastic to make sense of our choice. By starting this blog in August 2006, we've been able to eat a mostly or all raw food diet, all of the time. Early in 2010 we announced the changes to our personal diets and philosophy behind our Raw Food blog posts along with Heidi. It is our hope that with this blog, we can help inspire those interested in living healthier lifestyles to make their journey more easy and enjoyable instead of complicated and dogmatic. Instead of preaching an "all-raw" diet, we strive to only give you the best of what the raw food movement has to offer.

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