I have to be honest. When I first encountered a low fat raw vegan diet, I thought it was insane. I already figured raw food was for crazies, but an entire meal of fruit? Pardon my French, but what in the heck?
But it wasn’t the low fat part that bothered me. I had known for a long time the importance of eating a diet low in fat. It was this knowledge that actually helped me to steer clear of the high fat raw diet!
The problem I had was the amount of fruit that was recommended. And this is coming from someone who was eating 5-8 servings of fruit per day on a vegan diet. That’s certainly a lot compared to most people, even most vegans!
Like most people, I considered fruit a snack. I would eat an apple or two with peanut butter between meals or a handful of raisins and nuts or maybe some berries with sugar for dessert. Even as a snack, I rarely ate fruit on its own.
My Journey to the Fruity Side Begins
Even though the idea of eating mostly raw fruit seemed crazy to me, I was intrigued. I really liked fruit and always enjoyed eating it. To this day, I’ve never eaten a piece of fruit (or 10) and said to myself, “Oh no, why did I eat that orange?”
I was also pretty lazy and loved the idea of not having to cook or prepare lots of complicated “healthy” recipes. I couldn’t believe that I could literally just grab some bananas and go!
But still…a whole meal of fruit?
These days, eating an entire meal of fruit is no problem for me. In fact, my meals are now mostly comprised of just *one* type of fruit eaten until I am full. On average, I consume close to 10 pounds of food a day.
I don’t even consider this a lot of food. It’s simply the amount I need to fuel my body.
You’re probably wondering how I got to this point. How did eating a high fruit, low fat raw diet become so normal for me?
Simple. I began eating a high fruit, low fat raw diet!
I liken this to the “flooding” method some psychologists use for curing common phobias. If someone has a fear of flying, you just put the person on planes until they get used to it! You “flood” them with whatever they are afraid of until they no longer fear it.
Just Do It!
As with anything in life, the only way to become accustomed to something is to do it. After a while, it just becomes something you do. It becomes part of your everyday life.
Yes, at first it will seem like a lot of food. You may even have some trouble eating enough. This is completely normal. Just know that the more you commit to it, the quicker your stomach will be able to accommodate the increase in volume. Before you know it, eating close to 10 pounds of food a day will be as normal as brushing your teeth!
Now go eat some fruit! 😉