This morning I was sipping my wheat grass juice and I thought about how much my pallet has changed over the past few years. This question entered my mind:
If you could take a pill to make you your ideal weight, give you an amazing amount of energy, and would keep your illnesses, aches, and pains at a minimum- BUT- it made everything taste like shit. Would you do it?
I think a lot of us would say yes. That's our Western mentality working for us. Just pop a pill, just add water, INSTANT RESULTS. Sadly, as most of us who have purchased something off an infomercial have found, the world does not work this way.
Changing to the raw food diet is kind of like popping that shit pill. It changes your pallet completely. Not that your meals taste like turds or anything, but at first, your brain, your body, and you senses seem very underwhelmed. When you eat the Standard American Diet (acronym SAD, ironically and truthfully) you are constantly overwhelmed with stimulants, addictive substances, and other shit that makes food addicting and taste FABULOUS!!!! Frankly, a cheese pizza with pepperoni, cheese, extra cheese, and an extra helping of additives seems WAY more awesome than an apple.
When you begin to transition to a raw diet, your entire being has to relearn what real food tastes like and how it effects the body. You have to scrap everything you have been taught about nutrition from your doctors, the media, and the latest fad diets and LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. You cannot count protein grams and calories. The psychological adjustment is also very, very difficult and for me has proven to be the hardest thing to overcome. It really isn't that complicated. The key to moving yourself into a happier, healthier you is this:
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
STOP BITCHING AND EAT RIGHT
BRING YOUR OWN FOOD
Eating right has gives and takes. Let's be honest. It is so much more fun to eat pizza and beer, but it sucks shit when you can't zip your jeans and have no motivation to have sex because you feel like a fat ass loaf. If you eat right, yeah, your wheat grass juice is no Coca Cola, but you have energy to spare, your ass looks fantastic in your jeans, and your sexy self is dying to show off that hot bod. For me, it's worth the sacrifice. And eventually, guess what??? The feeling you get from eating healthy foods outweighs the pallet pleasing sensation you get from the shit food you are used to eating.
This feeling of eating healthy is similar to that feeling you get when you exercise. Sometimes you have to drag yourself to the gym, but you bet your ass, when you are finished, you are proud of yourself and are glad that you did it.
Last night, Nate hit his first raw food road block. Lucky for me, I am skilled at ball busting, and was able to assist him through his first "almost" psychotic break. At roughly 8:30 p.m. on the beautiful couch, in my perfectly pink living room, this dialogue took place:
N: Hey, do we have any peanut butter? I want to make apples and peanut butter."
J: No. Peanut Butter is not raw and Molly polished off the Almond Butter yesterday. There is a raw chocolate bar in the fridge if you want that.
N: Nah, I'm cool.
J: Can I tell you something funny?
J: I read somewhere that if you are TRULY hungry you will eat absolutely anything put in front of you, but things that are craving specific are purely psychological.
N: I am going to remember that and use it against you
J: Perfect. I'm sure you will have plenty of opportunities.
You cannot eat shit, not exercise, and expect to look like Jennifer Aniston. It just doesn't work that way. Sad, but true. So it's time to make some CHA CHA CHA CHANGES!!!!