It is quite unbelievable how quickly the year has gone by. There has been so many new beginnings all around the world and quite a few here, in my own "backyard!" I'm referring to my recent decision to follow a lifestyle that compliments nature instead of depletes it. I'm talking about becoming a raw food vegan.
I recently made a video on my you tube channel that announced my decision to become a raw food vegan beginning with the coming new year. I have been preparing for this over the past few months with various food and fitness journeys as well as some analytical viewing of my current food habits and why I crave certain foods at certain times.
Prior to beginning my raw vegan quest, I noticed things about my eating habits. A great percentage of the time, I found myself not really paying much attention to food unless I was excited about some good news I received or if I became bored and just felt like crunching/munching something. It seems that those where the times that I gravitated toward cooked foods, processed foods, or basically any non-raw food. I also noticed that my appetite seemed to be non-functional. What I mean is I didn't get hungry. I didn't even know what it felt like to get hungry because I spent a lifetime overeating and not giving my bodily systems what they needed to carry out their daily duties inside me. I had to force myself to learn NOT TO EAT. This doesn't mean that I taught myself how to starve it just means that I had to not eat when I wasn't hungry. I accomplished this by beginning a schedule. On this schedule I would right what time I ate and what food item I ate. When I started this schedule I did it in reverse. I would eat whatever I felt like eating (within reason) then I would write it down along with the time of day and any other dynamic that may have been crucial to know such as did I just workout, just wake up, or was I about to go to sleep, etc.
Once I had this information I would use it for a reference so that when I created a more complete schedule, I would have a realistic view of when and what I ate. This worked very well but if I have to say anything bad about it, I would say that it took some time to become comfortable with writing everything down as soon as you ate it. Once I had a few weeks of my food logs I then began to realize how much easier it was to eat right.