Is 100% Raw A Nice To Have or a Must Have Requirement?

After first learning the concept of raw and living foods, one of two things happen to people. Either they want to go 100% raw today, or they decide that they just want to introduce more raw foods into their diet.

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A lot of health experts argue for and against all kinds of different foods: between eggs, soy, protein, and fish we have enough contradicting information to fill a New York City studio to the ceiling with paperwork.

One thing health experts never argue about, is that including more fruits and vegetables into your diet is a good thing.

Nice to Have Requests

I’m going to use the analogy of software “requirements” and “nice to have” features, because if you’re reading this I know that you know how to use a computer.

The requirements for your email client are that it be able to deliver and receive email, and that it not crash on you. A nice to have feature would be that it can filter your email into different folders and detect spam.

Eating 100% raw is a “nice to have”. None of us wants spam to get through the filter (okay, some people might be looking to grow certain parts of their body – but I digress), so we aim to eliminate spam with our email software.

Some people might wish to be able to just go raw overnight, eliminate all of the unhealthy foods they’re currently eating, and just live blissfully in the land of health foods forever.

Of course it’s not that easy to just go 100% raw overnight. So we keep this idea of being 100% raw as a “nice to have” goal for ourselves. Just like software developers have a hard time to build systems that catch all spam and filter it properly.

Must-Have Requirements

At the other end of the spectrum, everyone has a must-have requirement of eating more fruits and vegetables. In most countries governments recommend that we eat 5-10 fruits and vegetables per day.

Compare your daily intake of fruits and vegetables and see if you meet these recommendations. Didn’t think so. Well, I’m sorry to say but before software developers can release their email programs, they have to make sure that the software can send and receive emails without crashing.

The same goes for you, you need to include more fruits and vegetables into your diet. That’s a must-have requirement! Of course, no one is going to yell at you if you don’t, and I recommend you to be gentle on yourself if you fall short.

Simply becoming aware that you need to include more fruits and vegetables into your diet is the first step in the right direction.

How Close To “You 2.0” Are You?

Just like software developers, you’re never done. Once a software release is complete, developers need to maintain the product, and get to work on the next version.

Usually requests that didn’t make it into the first version are included in the next version of a software application. If you’re not ready to go all raw, you can leave that to your next version.

How close are you to releasing your current habits and embracing the new you? It’s up to you, and as long as you’ve got an estimate and schedule for your lifestyle changes, you’ll be well on your way to increased health and vitality!