Raw Raw Life: Crawl Walk Run

Are you as guilty of this as I am?

You watch a video about juicing. You decide, “OH MY GOSH! THIS IS IT! I’m gonna JOOOOOOOOOOOSE!!! YIPPEE!” You start out thinking you’re going to do a 60-day juice fast. Now, the fact that you’ve never done one before doesn’t sway you… you’re fired up, and nothing will derail you! You jump on Facebook, join some forums, see some “before & after” pics, and then decide that you’ll increase your fast to 100 days (of course, you’re only on Day 3, but you KNOW this is what’s right, right?). Then, you hear about someone who’s doing a P90X/Insanity hybrid while they’re juicing and had amazing results. They also ran a half marathon in their spare time because they had so much extra energy from their kale juice, and lost 180 pounds in 6 months. You think, “Wow! That’s perfect for me! Lemme pull out my credit card and get with some Tony Horton real quick… while I’m at it, Amazon is having a sale on running shoes, aren’t they?”

Sound familiar?  As my grandmother used to say, “You’re trying to fit New York into Boston.” In other words, you’re trying to do way too much. 

Many of you have noticed that I took a few days off. Okay, okay… it was more like 3-4 WEEKS off. Think of it, though – the Bikram challenge, the #Juice60 challenge, running the business, launching the app, videos, marketing the books, requests from this one and that one to do this and that thing… I don’t want to say I was “burnt out”, but is it any wonder that I was feeling a little crispy around the edges? It got to the point where I realized I was doing WAY too much on very little brainpower. I’m no good to anyone that way (most of all myself), so I decided to stop it all and regroup. When I say “stop”, I mean STOP. No emails, no Facebook, no phone calls, no texting… no nothing. 

For the first week, it was bliss. BLISS, I tell you! However, after my brain finally got some rest, it wanted to run and churn and think and work. It was hard (especially for a person like me) to suppress the urge to pull out the laptop and get moving, but I kept hearing my grandmother’s voice in my head and the old “New York into Boston” adage kept me from it. I realized that I am a runner. Not in the physical sense of the word, but the metaphorical sense. I run full speed into everything I do with full unadulterated gusto, but during this hiatus, I see that I need to learn how to crawl. This “crawling” thing is a brand new concept for me, but an important one to master if I want the changes I make in my life to stick long term. 

So, to bring it back to those of you who run like I do, let’s figure out a way to “crawl” into long-term success with our health. Here are a couple of suggestions for us all:

  1. If you are attracted to juicing, consider adding one juice a day to your current meal plan. This will help to understand how much juice a recipe yields, how much time it takes to make juice and clean up the equipment, and which recipes you like. 
  2. Thinking about an exercise challenge? Before jumping in whole hog, create a simple routine that you know you can stick to first. Can you commit to walking 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week? Can you commit to 2-3 days of Bikram (or another yoga practice)? Master that first. 
  3. Love all the talk about becoming vegan or raw? Begin with one meal a day. You don’t have to cut out meat right away; just increase the amount of fruits and veggies you add to your plate and make one meal vegan. See how it fits into your lifestyle before committing. 

Let’s all agree to take our time, shall we? That way, we’ll all be around for the long term. 


18 thoughts on “Raw Raw Life: Crawl Walk Run

  1. OMG!!! Are you talking to me or what???!! I so needed this today. I feel the primary reason that I am not as successful on my journey to health is that I take off running with whatever sounds like it will yield the fastest results without counting the cost and staying committed! I am typically an all or nothing kind of person….need to regroup…change my way of thinking and return to crawling until I learn how to walk!! Lol….thanks for your
    transparency and inspiration!!!! Blessings to ya!!!

  2. Thank you so much for being real. You advice is amazing and I have juices several of your recipes AND I just downloaded your app. SERIOUS LOVAGE! We want immediate results after a couple of days of reversing the not so good choices we have made for decades. Your inspiration of walk and crawl resonates with a large majority of your FANS! And yes we are your FANS! Keep up the great work and thanks again for KEEPING IT REAL!

  3. Thanks for the idea about adding a juice a day to my current meal plan. I’ve been trying to think about how I can make my lunches more healthy, and a juice for lunch might do the trick. I used to have juice for breakfast and fell out of the habit. This could be a great time to get started again.

  4. Haha you just described me to a “t”, fortunately I am about to embark on my very first juice feasting and am looking forward to the ups and downs that come along with it. Though I am well aware of the psychological visage, I am willing to bite the bullet and at least try, try, and try again. Thanks for your post today, it’s an inspiration to see I’m not alone on this journey of cans and cannots.

  5. This? Is so true. And so unsustainable. Done it many times myself in the past. I also learned that slow and steady wins the race. :) Thanks for sharing.

  6. This was stepping on my toes, through and through smh….. I’m glad that I’m not alone on that and your suggestions are the perfect combinations.. Thank you :)

  7. I did a juice fast two years ago for 33-days and I did the wrong way. Although I lost a ton of weight and kept most of it off, it wasn’t for weight loss, it was for Detoxing. I watched Food, Inc. and it changed my outlook on food. The mistake I made was not exercising, and ended up with flabby under arms [although with some toning I’m confident they will firm up], and although I transitioned to an organic lifestyle, I know that I could be doing it better. I haven’t eaten processed food in over 3years.

    Anyways, I plan on starting from scratch. I enjoyed your video on Organic vs. Conventional and it was amazing. I would often get depressed leaving WholeFoods because I couldn’t buy my son toys or a brand new pair of shoes because the food was just so high but everytime we would leave I would say to myself “Its worth it – its an investment into health.” But now I have a desire to go vegan/raw, and although I’m fearful about the time that’s going to go into it and the complexity with all of the homemade items, I’m also excited. I haven’t used a microwave in 3-years either, and a lot of things I’ve made have been from scratch, but not like what vegans do.

    I just wish there was a step-by-step process for the Juice Fast and Raw Food transition, for instance, Day 1 “drink this”; Day 2 “drink this.” Just a simple, 30-day process along with recipes, and then once I got the hang of it, it would be easier to be more experimental. I keep doing google searches and nothing seems to come up for 30 Day Juice Fast Guidelines and even if I do find recipes, that’s all it is – recipes, no step-by-step process. Just like you, Carla, I’m also a planner, too. If I don’t know what’s set for me for 3-days, I can’t function. I made lists and lists of lists. I even joined a local raw food group but haven’t gone yet because its hard to get out in the evenings [I work 3rd Shift, so evenings is when I sleep]. Anyways, if you recommend a book that gives a 30-day step-by-step Juice Fast/Transitioning to raw, it would be great. Or maybe an idea for you to create your next book, Carla :-)

    • Honey bunny… your comment has actually inspired me to create a step-by-step juice coaching/meal plan for folks! Working on it now, and I’ll let you know as soon as it’s available!

  8. I’m 65 with Type II Diabetes, Hypertension and hearing loss.
    Can you tell me which veggies/fruit to juice and how much juice to drink each day that will help my hearing loss? I’m obese weighing right at 300 lbs. but starting my weight loss program now. I’m a truck driver so everything has to be done in my truck. My kitchen table consists of a large wooden cutting board sitting on an ice chest. Now there’s a challenge for you…. I have an Omega VRT350HD juicer and a Blendtec blender.
    Please answer this question directly if possible or let me know where you will post the answer.

    Thank you


    • Sam: Let me first apologize for not responding sooner. When I read your story, I think about both Dave “The Raw Trucker” Conrady and Phil Staples. Both truck drivers, both of whom used juicing to significantly change their health. Now, Phil (whose story appears in the movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead – a must-see if you haven’t already) did not juice in his truck, but Dave did. Dave continued being a truck driver the entire time and lost a RIDICULOUS amount of weight while healing his ailments. Both Dave and Phil primarily focused on green juices (like Phil’s “Mean Green” recipe) to heal themselves, and I say that will do great for you. This doesn’t mean that you need to exclude other types of juices, however! Experiment, and feel the glorious nutrients to wonders for your body and health.

  9. Hey Carla! So proud of you! The site is great, I am a friend of your Mom and Aunt Bev. I have a juicer and will be trying out some of your recipes. Congrats.

    Sarah Brazier

  10. I really needed to read this. I lost weight years ago taking diet pills and unlike what I’ve heard from others I was able to keep it off for about 10 years until I got pregnant and divorced both in about a 2 year time span. Depression led me to over eating and I’ve probably gained 80-90 lbs. I was previously a teacher with a master’s degree but after the divorce I decided I wanted to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. I graduated with my BSN about 2 months ago and am now working as a nurse. But at 250lbs I’m having all kinds of aches and pains. And finally… finally… I’ve realized I’m tired. I just wanna live and be happy and stop running. So I’m gonna start out crawling into this juicing/vegan lifestyle and work my way up. Thank you so much for this article.

  11. Excellent blog post!

    As a small business owner, I get overstretched. The other night, I was ready to throw my laptop at the wall. Instead I threw cash (a sizeable tip) and a mechanical pencil (I use for scheduling clients). Ha!

    Yet, I love my work and my business (which I’ve owned for 1-1/2 years). It has definitely been a learning process and continues to be one.

    I’m on Day 13 of a 15-to-30-day juice and smoothie fast. I purchased the rawraw ebundle books. They are great!! I’ve found other sites (some thru the rawraw FB page and website/blog) and have been reading up on breaking the fast. My mindset is changing from calling it “breaking the fast” to simply “I’m going to add some yummy fun to my eats now.” (I’m trying to avoid the words “healthy” and “diet”…weird maybe, but it helps my noggin mindset.)

    Thanks for making so much information readily available. It helps the national and international health and economy. Less illness = less sick care (ie: national health care).

    And, congratulations on your pregnancy! The greatest adventure in all of life…birthing new life and nourishing that life until departure.

    With gratitude!
    ~Carol W.

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