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Diet vs. Lifestyle Change

Posted Sep 11 2009 2:10pm

Say No to Dieting

Most people only change their eating habits for short periods of time, not permanently. Additionally, many people change their diets in order to lose weight rather than for health-related reasons. Eating only raw foods is more than a diet; it is a method of healing on all levels. Undoubtedly, the benefits of a raw-food regimen outweigh the benefits of almost any other diet. For some people, eating only or mostly raw foods can be challenging because most of their friends and acquaintances eat cooked foods.

Often, a diet lasts only for 3-6 months or, if the dieter is very dedicated, sometimes longer. Why? Because a person chooses a diet, reads about it, and then begins following it; he or she never really plans to change his or her lifestyle in accordance with it.

Make a Lifestyle Change

I would like to encourage you to create a permanent eating lifestyle. A lifestyle is a certain way to live naturally without always thinking consciously about it. It is an inherent part of your life. Develop an eating lifestyle that you can pursue for the rest of your life. Reflect on your babyhood; most likely, you were fed breast milk, and then you gradually progressed to baby food, and so on. You did not immediately jump from breast milk to the solid foods that you eat today. Rather, it was a slow transition. You can view your transition to the raw diet in the same way.

If you have not been able to eat 100% raw food, do not stress about it. You can work your way towards that goal. If, on the other hand, you were able to jump to eating 100% raw overnight, then you should be proud of your impressive accomplishment. I do suggest switching immediately to 100% raw foods if you have a serious disease. A solely raw diet is the healthiest nutritional regime, even if you must work your way towards following it completely.

By pursuing this lifestyle, you are setting yourself up for success. You will lose weight, and you will not need to worry about your weight fluctuating. If you are eating raw food for health-related reasons, then you will protect yourself from dealing with those health issues again because you have created an eating style that is both healthy and permanent.


  • Start by outlining your ideal diet; next, outline your current diet. Slowly eliminate foods until you reach your goal.
  • Find support. You may need someone to help keep you accountable. This role can be filled by a friend or by a raw-food coach.
  • Stay connected. I suggest that you actively participate in the raw-food community via forums, meet-ups, etc. This will help you stay excited about reaching your goals.

I hope that you will leave diets behind and will decide to make a permanent change, even if it takes time. For most of my life, I was a yo-yo dieter. As soon as I hit my goal weight, my eating habits would return to their previous state. This cycle continued for years. When I switched to raw food, I slowed down and consciously decided to make a permanent change. Taking the time to do this has resulted in such blessings in my life, and I believe the change will bless you too. Make a decision today; work toward a lifelong habit of eating healthy, whole foods.

Note: You don’t have to be 100% raw to make a lifestyle change, you can be high raw. You can slowly transition to your ideal eating lifestyle. Take it one day at a time. As long as you don’t give up, you will succeed.

Tanisha Marshall is a Certified Raw food Coach, Author and Motivational speaker. Tanisha is dedicated to helping women transition to the raw food lifestyle. Be sure to sign up for my FREE newsletter for more great advice like this and upcoming events.

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