We talk a lot about raw food diets about the “knowledge” why we should eat raw – anthropology, food combining, current research into high fat diets, shedding body weight, etc… and I’ve felt that that has been why we eat raw all along. I’ve started to change my opinion of that tho’. As I’m still finding strategies for all situations I do get a few days every now and then that I have to eat cooked (still high-carb, low-fat) while I’m waiting to get ripe fruit and I’m noticing so many things about it. Whatever it is that I eat – potatoes, rice, beans, corn the same things happen. The first is that I’m finding it more difficult to get all the carbs in, getting 3000 calories, or even 2500 calories on a cooked vegan diet is difficult. I knew that though, recently however I’m easily noticing firstly how tasteless these things really are, and I’m including some moderate use of spices here and also that I immediately notice that my body doesn’t like it. I had a corn-bean stew last night. I hadn’t had any cooked food for months, but I started having that so I said when I first had it, “ok, if I still feel this way after I’ve carbed up and been training for a couple of days I can have it” and even with this it’s the same thing. I didn’t like the taste of cooked corn (even organic) or rather it’s pretty tasteless, so were the beans, after only a bowl I started feeling it in my stomach that this was not something my body wanted. For the first time I didn’t finnish the entire thing and I’m a pretty big eater. I’ve been feeling this with potatoes and rice before, but thought this was ok (actually one of the reasons I did indulge was to find out if it was this way). It used to at least taste good, even though I didn’t get the same results as before. It still tasted ok to some degree, but not the way it used to, but I just felt it wasn’t worth it.
So I should probably make a point about this blog post shouldn’t I. The point is that “information” may get us to start eating raw, but information alone will not get us to keep eating raw, without making exceptions, no matter how much of it we have. To really want to stay 100% raw and plan accordingly we need to feel that we don’t even want to taste this cooked food because we know in a way that we only can if our body tells us that cooked food doesn’t work.