Writing diet and raw food – choosing a creative road to dieting

The whole business with dieting is a night-mare. I have spent the last 6 years being on some kind of a diet. I hated most of it because I never shed a pound, or hardly any anyway and most of it and even more I gained back in a blink of an eye.

Still, I am grateful for the overweight I have been carrying around especially around my waistline  because it helped me to find amazingly creative, innovative and completely new ways to feed myself. It also supported me to look at my issue with food along with my emotions that are rather ‘swallowed’ than expressed.

The diet I found the most difficult to get used to but which l followed more than 6 month religiously way raw eating. Though I am not completely on raw any more, the benefits of eating food in its original form and the effect of such freshness on my system was/is unbelievable. When I eat raw, I feel fresh, regenerated and revived.

The reason why I still let it go and stop eating raw completely was that I got more acquainted with my own body. We all have different body structures and I believe that we all need to find out what works best for us – actually on any area of our lives. I for example found that some of the typical food of my culture I like and would like to keep in my diet.

I also figured that my issue with food was completely emotional and does not have much to do with what I eat exactly. I must add here that it does matter what I eat now and I do my best to eat clean and raw as much as I can, but not because I am on a diet rather because this works the best for my body that I LOVE!

I was a typical overeater. And I could easily over eat on any diet, on raw diet too. As a diet it eventually did not work for me. But it did work as a booster for my creativity – ‘cooking’ raw takes some flexibility and creativity J – and I learnt how fabulous it is to eat food in its most natural form.

Back to the issue of emotional eating – I found a fabulous book: Julia Cameron’s Writing Diet that supported me the most to see what’s eating me and why I blindly ate whatever I can put my hands on again and again screwing my diets completely gaining even more weight and finally feeling unsuccessful.

Two articles  here – you can read more about raw and the writing diet …

Classically trained Canadian chef Douglas McNish was overweight and unhappy when he decided he needed to make a change in his life and his diet, and he hasn’t looked back since.

In his first cookbook, “Eat Raw, Eat Well,” the 29-year-old Toronto-based executive chef, teacher and raw food consultant provides 400 raw, vegan and gluten-free recipes and explains why he switched from a traditional diet and cooking steaks professionally and decided to give up meat and become a vegan and then a raw food chief. …

Rest of the article here

You’ve seen typical weight loss books offering workouts, meal plans and recipes, but you’ve probably never thought about writing off your weight. It may seem strange but, in The Writing Diet, Julia Cameron believes you can do just that. The Writing Dietoffers creative tools to:

  • Change your relationship with food
  • Manage food cravings
  • Avoid overeating
  • Focus on healthy pursuits

Through various assignments, readers discover why they overeat and use self-directed lifestyle changes to encourage weight loss. This isn’t a structured plan, but an introspective journey to inspire deeper change.

Read more here

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