Over recent years, our attitude towards the way that we eat has started to shift. We’ve become more aware than ever before of the negative impact that eating processed foods and animal products has on our health, emotions and the environment. As people begin to look for a better alternative, many have found themselves drawn to raw food and the lifestyle that surrounds it. However, whilst raw food is undoubtedly becoming more popular with every year that passes, there’s still quite a way to go before it’s accepted as part of the mainstream.
Forging A New Path
Often, unless you’ve got people around you who share your interest, it’s possible to feel alone on the raw food journey. It can be difficult to integrate your new way of eating with friends and family members who eat more traditionally. They may think you’re being faddy or extreme, and might even feel threatened by your new healthy ideals. This can be demoralising, especially as your mind and body tries to adjust to the physical, emotional and spiritual changes that healthy eating brings. This lack of support can often lead people to fall off the raw food wagon, even though they know they feel their best when they’re eating raw.
Friends Along The Way
Moral support is the single most important aspect of staying on the raw path. It can come in the shape of classes, workshops, online events, raw food forums, recipe books, local raw food potlucks, Facebook groups, and a myriad of other activities that make you feel a part of this growing and exciting movement. If you feel stuck, uninspired, alone, and like you have no-one to share your raw food excitement with, it’s time to reach out and find your support network.
What’s Best For You
How and where you find your support network will differ from person to person. However, it’s always a good idea to have a think about exactly what you’re looking for before making a decision. Do a little exploration and make sure you choose the option that best suits your needs, lifestyle and budget. Meeting like-minded people (whether online, or in-person) who share your passion for healthy living will allow you to share experiences, find inspiration, learn tasty new recipes and maybe even make a friend or two in the process!
Strength In Numbers!
As the old expression goes, ‘there’s strength in numbers’, and you’ll find that this is definitely true of following the raw food path. Although it can throw a few challenges your way at times, as an active part of the raw food community, you always have people you can reach out to; people who can make the journey feel like less of an uphill hike, and more like a pleasant afternoon stroll! So make a decision today to find the support network that’s right for you – that will provide you with everything you need to stay excited, inspired and motivated on your path to raw freedom.
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