Think getting healthy is only about what you eat? Think you’re doing everything for your body just by eating a healthy raw vegan diet?
You’re wrong. Check out these 3 non-dietary mistakes made by many raw foodists that can sabotage your health and happiness.
Mistake #1: Getting Far Too Little Sleep
So you’ve heard the news. Raw foodists eat such a clean diet that they only need to sleep 5-6 hours each night!
Don’t believe this nonsense. You will not shave off hours from your sleep schedule just by going raw. Sure, you may need a little less sleep, given the fact that your body no longer has to fight its way through all the fatty cooked sludge, but it won’t make that much of a difference.
And actually, since a healthy raw food diet will lessen your body’s digestive and toxic load, you’ll have more energy than ever to exercise. Increasing your activity level means that you will need MORE sleep, not less!
*Remedy:* Sleep as much as you need to every single night. This generally means 8-10 hours, but will vary from individual to individual. If you feel ready to wake up each morning, than you got enough sleep.
Mistake #2: Getting Far Too Little Exercise
The reason that some raw foodists do in fact sleep less is because they don’t get any exercise! This is HUGE a mistake. You need to exercise if you want to be healthy. You can not be fit if you do not move your body.
And this means VIGOROUS activity! You know, where your heart beats fast, you breath hard, and your whole body leaks buckets of sweat.
So to answer your question…no, bringing in the groceries does not count as exercise. 😉
*Remedy:* Start a simple exercise regimen you can stick with. It can be as simple as a walk around your neighborhood 3 times per week. What’s important is that you a) start with something you enjoy and b) start slowly. Otherwise, you’ll be a couch potato again before ya know it.
Mistake #3: Getting Far Too Little Sunshine
Notice how so many raw foodists struggle with vitamin D deficiency? Ever wonder why?
No, it’s not because they gave up meat and fortified dairy. It’s because they don’t get enough sun!
I know what you’re thinking…”Telling me to get more sleep was an easy sell and I’ve known about the benefits of exercise for years, but there’s no way you can convince me to expose my delicate skin to the cancer-causing sun!”
Get over it. Sure, too much of anything is too much and not a good thing. But the right amount of sunshine can do wonders for your overall health. Remember, vitamin D comes from exposure to the sun, not from what you eat.
*Remedy:* Layout naked (or as close to it as you can get) in the sun for 15-30 minutes everyday. Never underestimate the power of a good sunbathing session. 🙂
That’s all for now. It’s time to break a sweat, eat a satiating fruit meal, take a nap in the sunshine, and enjoy the rest of this glorious day! 😀
Go raw and be fit,