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Find (and Eat) What Works for YOU (reblog)

on May 15, 2013

Here’s the exact same message I keep hearing, just coming to you and me in the midst of a different subject area… yourself, listen to your own body, find what works for YOU.  Stop depending only on external guidance and following one-size-fits-all programs.  Take that information, and think about it, and then figure out whether or how it works for you. 

This is such a basic principle, but it’s the opposite of how most of us have been taught to interact with the world. 

Why A Raw, Vegan Chef Does NOT Follow A Raw Or Vegan Diet

original post found here:

Today, instead of sharing a recipe, I’m sharing a rant. And I’m sharing it with love in the hopes that if you’re struggling at the moment, it helps you move confidently in the direction of your most vibrant, fulfilled life.

First of all, I want to clear up some confusion.

TRUE: I am a certified raw vegan chef.

FALSE: My diet is strictly raw, strictly vegan.

Let me be clear: MY DIET IS NOT 100% RAW VEGAN! Ok, that felt good. Even though I share that with people all the time, they rarely hear it.

TRUE: I eat A LOT of raw food, in the form of fruits and vegetables.

Wait a minute, Aimee! How can you eat cooked food when you are a raw food chef? How is that possible? Why would you do that?

This is a question I get A LOT! So let me share with you the answer.

I chose my specialized training for a few reasons. After both my parents were diagnosed with cancer, I wanted to learn more about how the body can naturally detox and prevent disease through the foods we choose to eat. Growing up on packaged processed foods, along with burgers and fries from fast food joints, I had NO IDEA how to make simple fruits and vegetables taste good to me. As far as I knew, veggies were something overcooked and covered in cheese sauce.

Why am I sharing this with you? To clear up the confusion you may be having in your own diet and lifestyle. Here are some typical questions, comments, and pleas I get over and over again:

I really want to get healthy. I’ve been trying to get healthy for years. I just don’t have the motivation or quickly lose it.

I have a busy lifestyle I cannot change that prevents me from making healthy dietary choices.

I hate eating fruits and vegetables. Can you help me?

I keep trying to go raw vegan, but I keep going back to cooked foods. I know a raw vegan diet is the best diet but I can’t seem to manage it.

Do any of these sound familiar?

Ok… let me take each of these in turn.

I really want to get healthy. I’ve been trying to get healthy for years. I just don’t have the motivation or quickly lose it.

Does this sound like you? If so, I have some questions for you:

What does healthy mean to you? How do you define it?

What have you tried in the past? When did you stop? What else did you try? When did you lose motivation there? And the next thing you tried? Keep asking yourself these questions and you’ll start to see a pattern. The point is to break the pattern and start something new. Doing this on your own can be daunting and soon you find yourself giving up. This is where a coach comes in, to assist you in breaking through to the next level of your life.

I have a busy lifestyle I can’t change that prevents me from making healthy dietary choices.

Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” There are plenty of ways to incorporate better health into a hectic lifestyle, but you have to open your mind to them. If you start any journey with the belief that the destination is impossible to reach, you are doomed to failure.

Gaining greater health isn’t like driving up to your favorite fast food joint and placing an order. If you’re not experiencing the health you desire, you have to be willing to change something. Disease is a sign that something is not working. Think of it as your internal GPS system. Disease and illness are signs you are going in the wrong direction. Start changing your course to get back on the path to greater health and happiness. To continue going in the wrong direction will only steer you further and further from your desired destination. And to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the results to change is the definition of insanity.

I hate eating fruits and vegetables. Can you help me?

The real question is: Are you ready to help yourself? Are you ready to let go of the thought that you hate all fruits and vegetables? Have you tried every single fruit and vegetable? What is it you don’t like about eating them?

No, I can’t wave a magic wand and voila, you suddenly change all your beliefs and your lifestyle. But if you are ready and willing to make changes, you are well on your journey to greater health and happiness.

I keep trying to go raw vegan, but I keep going back to cooked foods. I know a raw vegan diet is the best diet but I can’t seem to manage it.

Who says a raw vegan diet is the best diet? Look around and you’ll see experts touting another diet to be the best, either now, in the past, or in years to come.

Here’s a suggestion. Stop blindly following all those so-called experts in the media and start listening the true expert on your health and well-being: YOU. That’s right. YOU are the best expert when it comes to your body. Start listening to it. Yes, you can gain valuable information from the other experts, but remember YOU have the final say in what works for you. Quite empowering to know, right?

Wondering whether to be vegan, raw vegan, or paleo? Here’s a suggestion: Be YOU. Eat the foods that make you feel good, in body and in mind.

As someone once told me, ‘It all falls back to love.’ He’s absolutely right. It all falls back to love. Love for yourself. Love for your body. Love for those around you.

I love you and I wish you all the best in your journey. I wish you great health and happiness. If I can assist you on that journey, it is my absolute pleasure to do so.

Please feel free to comment here. I love hearing from you.

Until next time, stop neglecting your body. Stop hurling insults at it and telling it that it’s not good enough. Instead, love it and listen. Your body has a lot to tell you.

About the Author

Aimee DuFresne is a writer, speaker, life coach and raw vegan chef. After losing the two people closest to her in 2008, Aimee transformed her life and made it her business to enjoy each moment to the fullest. She is the creator of Fearless Fridays, a series interviewing individuals who have triumphed over tragedy to inspire and empower others to do the same. She shatters the myth that better health has to be hard or time-consuming and offers customized programs to her clients so they can enjoy greater health and happiness; making the process faster, easier, and a whole lot more fun!

Her first book, Keep Going: From Grief to Growth, is due to be released in late 2013.

One response to “Find (and Eat) What Works for YOU (reblog)

  1. Ekhava says:

    Reblogged this on Ekhava.

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