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Monday, 10/29/07…

Breakfast- Cheddar cheese omelet, home-fried potatoes, cinnamon raisin bagel, grits with cheddar cheese

Lunch- 1 large head Romaine lettuce

Dinner- 20 ounces of fresh cabbage and carrot juice, 4 Bartlett pears

I haven’t written anything new in my blog since I left to go to the Raw Spirit Festival; that was Thursday, October 11. I’ve been back since Saturday, October 20, and today is Monday, October 29, 2007. Initially, I didn’t write because I wanted to take a break and enjoy the festival without it feeling like work. When the festival ended and I continued my vacation in Sedona -wow, it was beautiful- I, after 586 days of eating 100% raw food, began to include some cooked food in my diet. This was no small decision and it was a decision made with prior heart to heart discussions with a few people that I turn to for guidance and support. Though the experience has not been out of control or a secret, it’s really rocked my world and I haven’t known exactly what to write about it. I’ve been procrastinating blogging about raw food because of what I’ve been eating and I’ve felt that I let go of a major part of my identity with my recent foray into eating cooked food. This morning as I was writing a letter to my cousin Maxie, two things became clear to me, what I want to write regarding my recent experience with semi-raw life, and, that I feel ready to write openly about it.

Some specific recent experiences have influenced my current state of affairs with raw food life. One of these was my...continued 
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 06:04PM by Registered CommenterStephen Parker | Comments2 Comments

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Hi Stephen,

Thanks for sharing your adventure with cooked food. I've always admired your honesty. Sharing that experience is worthwhile to your blog readers.

And certainly sharing your struggles I'm sure is helpful as well. So don't sweat it.

I can relate to what you're talking about in this post. Luckily I don't feel this way anymore. But I had many of those problems early on in my attempts at going 100% raw.

Something to consider is what you read and expose yourself to. I know that visualizing cooked food can create a tremendous craving for it. What you focus on magnifies.

That's why I skipped the section in this post which was a quote from the book. No need to magnify the desire for cooked food.

A similar thing happened to me in the past. I had been 100% raw for over two years and then I met someone who was raw for 6 months. But that person started fantasizing about cooked food and sharing those fantasies with me.

Previously I had no cravings for cooked. But we decided on a cheat day and boy was my mouth watering.

I did the cheat day and ate like a pig. Had the expected negative results and then the next day I went right back to eating raw.

Because I knew that if I followed with eating cooked food the next day it was going to be hard for me to stay raw. And I was tempted to eat more cooked food. But I didn't and I was fine.

So I'd suggest that if you want to eat cooked food, try to limit doing it to one afternoon and evening. And no more often than every six months.

Of course, it's better to not do it, but this still allows you to feel like you can relate back to your old reality. You'll soon realize that the grass is not greener on the cooked food side of the fence.

Then again, for some people even just one cooked food meal could be too much. It could be enough to spiral them back into full blown cooked food addiction.

Luckily for most raw foodists, going back to cooked food does so much damage to their health in one day that they immediately go back to eating 100% raw.

Cheers, Roger

November 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRoger Haeske
Roger, that's so well said. Thank you!
November 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

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