Crossing Over to Raw Vegan Life
It seems like I get the same question (in different forms) almost daily … How can I make a change in my diet and lifestyle when:
- My family doesn’t support me?
- I don’t know where to start?
- My cravings always win over?
- I can’t afford to eat healthy?
- I travel all the time?
- I’m in the middle of a divorce?
- My health is so bad, it seems like it’s too late?
The list goes on. I am not here to say that change is easy, and before I changed my lifestyle and diet to raw vegan, I dealt with many of the issues I listed above. The truth is, I had to hit rock bottom to make the change that brought me to where I am today. Once I hit my breaking point, I had to really think hard about how much control I actually had in my life. Good or bad, out of my control or not, I accepted that how I respond starts with me — not what happens to me.
I want to spare you rock bottom. I want to show you that change is possible and it is something that is already inside you. You don’t have to hit a breaking point to swing the pendulum in a different direction.
We get so wrapped up in these patterns that we forget we can exercise our choice to make change. We can push ourselves and rationalize ourselves into burnout, but we can’t push ourselves into a healthy lifestyle? We have choices, Ya’ll.
I’m here to tell you that if you want to make a shift in your health, your relationships, your mindset, then you must remind yourself continuously that you can change course at any time despite the odds working against you.
Know Your Why.
In order to achieve change, you must give yourself space and perspective to investigate why you want that shift in your life. Why does it mean so much to you? Dig deep and be real with yourself.
You have to fight for that why and continuously remind yourself that it’s worth every obstacle that comes your way. Your why will motivate you and lead you to solutions that come from within.
Be clear about the change you want in your life.
It feels very different to focus on what you do want as opposed to complaining and feeling bad about what you don’t want. What does it look like on the other side where true health lives, where relationships prosper, and life becomes more manageable because you’re feeling better than ever? What does it feel like? Know this before you ever even make that first step. This will then be associated with your why, which is just the motivation you need.
Show up for yourself.
You show up for others all the time. Rather than focusing on where you were and why, I want you to move your attention to the present moment and be the change you wish to see in yourself. Be it. Show up and say, “Here I am.” I promise you, the more you “be” it, the more you feel it — and it’s real, Y’all. This is not pretending.
Think about it. We’ve dealt with change throughout our lives and somehow we’ve survived each one, good and bad. You can do this. You can. Be that change.