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By The Rawtarian

The Story

You are on a bus full of people. It's traveling fast along a road. It's fun on the bus. Everyone is laughing and dancing and having a good time.

While dancing, you look out the window. You see a yellow sign whiz by. It says, "Caution: Road Closed Ahead. Danger!"

You turn to others on the bus. You say, "Did you see that sign? It said,  'Road closed ahead!'"

The others on the bus just shrug, laugh and keep dancing. "We didn't see a sign!"

You forget about it, and continue dancing. But as the bus rolls along you notice another street sign: "Caution. Road ends ahead. Steep drop. Extreme danger. Turn around immediately."

You turn to your seatmate and point, "There, did you see THAT sign? It said that the road is going to end. Didn't you see the sign?" Your seatmate says, "I didn't see the sign. Are you sure? You must be imagining things."

Next, you see a huge red billboard on the side of the road. "Road ends in 50 meters. Last exit before road drops off! Danger!"

Still, the others on the bus are oblivious to the signs. And the people on the bus start to think that you are the crazy one, imagining signs that they cannot see.

Asking the bus driver to stop the bus to let you off is hard. And watching the bus pull away while you're standing alone on the side of the road is a dark, lonely moment.

Your Journey

But once you start walking something beautiful will happen. You'll see a figure up ahead - another person walking ahead of you.

You pick up the pace to catch up. Finally, out of breath, you're close enough to talk. You ask, "Where are you going?"

They answer, "Well, I was traveling on a bus, but I kept seeing these signs..."

Are you still on the bus? Have you seen the signs? I will walk with you.

Yours truly,

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It took me a moment, but then it hit me like a ton of bricks. All these messages my body is sending me, aches and twitches, digestive issues, etc. Time to look at seriously changing my eating habits. Thanks for that hard look in the mirror.
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The signs I see are: Sinus problems, weight gain, acne, and overall tiredness. I need to get off the SAD bus and back on the Raw Food pathway. :)
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Wow, I really related to this story, it's hard to break from the crowd and take what you know to be the better route while everyone else wants to ignore the signs. I'm going to refer this to anyone who is in need of some inspiration.

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Thank you for this. I just stumbled on your blog and I love it! Maya
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Getting off the bus is the easy part for me. It's almost a given because I'm a Natural Health Consultant and have tried raw a few times. For me it's keeping up the lifestyle when I get really busy. Now that I have found your site and some great recipes I think I can do it this time. Got tired of crackers and salad. But I love your bread recipe and the pie etc. Thanks
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It took me a moment, but then it hit me like a ton of bricks. All these messages my body is sending me, aches and twitches, digestive issues, etc. Time to look at seriously changing my eating habits. Thanks for that hard look in the mirror.
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Our bodies, much like our cars, give us signs as to what conditions are present. If we use the wrong oil or gas, our cars won't perform satisfactorily. If we don't eat the right foods and take in the proper nutrients, our bodies won't perform as well. We don't have little lights on the dashboards to warn us. We get headaches, maybe a fever, chest pain, stiff joints. Like most of the people on the bus, we tend to ignore the signs, which always leads to more problems. We must learn to watch for and pay closer attention to our health.
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The bus story has come into my focus at the perfect moment as a confirmation of my next step in my health arena. A year ago I was eating raw for 6 months and enjoyed the results but slipped back into my old eating patterns. But I noticed while being on the raw food diet that a cyst that I have had since I was 15 years old disappeared. This got me thinking would it have made a difference to my breast condition which is monitored every year as I have many types of cysts in the breast tissue. Got the best news that the lumps had halved and the rest got smaller. Its been a year since and just went back to doctors for breast check up and this time new lump and the others have grown back in size since being off raw. Am waiting results of biopsy at present but this story brought it home that I have a choice to take back my health and get back into feeling so alive and energetic on my raw diet. The doctor is documenting the results as he said if I went back on the diet and there was a big change again it would give proof also that the diet helps. Thanks for the story.
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The signs I see are: Sinus problems, weight gain, acne, and overall tiredness. I need to get off the SAD bus and back on the Raw Food pathway. :)
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I'm a 72 yr. young nutritional minded person and I've been trying to get people to see the signs now for years not only for their health but also for the health of the planet. But not everyone is at that place in their life where they 'get it' so I just pass on whatever and whenever I can by example and then offering information when I see an opening. I love walking!
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Oh this is just what I needed to read today! I work in a unhealthy cafe that serves milk shakes, desserts,... I try not to eat there but I do find myself tasting tooooooooo many things. I got laid of for the summer as it is on a college campus. I can not quit working there as it allows my children 90 percent discount!!! But I promised my self I was getting off sugar this summer so when I go back I will not be so tempted. I also am going raw for the summer. One of my husbands friends asked us out to an expensive restaurant. I told my husband I could not go as I will be starting a juice fast at that time. He tried to beg me but I have promised my self I am not going to eat food i do not want to eat just to make some one else happy. I am 56 years old and it way past time for me to pay attention to the signs and get off the bus! Thanks so much!
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Have gotten back on the bus and have noticed a significant decrease in health. The absence of pain is not usually felt ..pain is . Me and mine will not be bussing it again even though the learning curve is steep and time intensive . Thank you for making it easier.
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Thanks for the illustration... very apropos for my personal situation. I know I need to get off the bus. I see the signs. I'm not still dancing, but I'm not off the bus yet either!! I'm making baby steps by adding more raw foods into my diet. Websites like yours are helping me. Thanks so much. Please keep the inspiration and the recipes coming. ...
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Wow, I really related to this story, it's hard to break from the crowd and take what you know to be the better route while everyone else wants to ignore the signs. I'm going to refer this to anyone who is in need of some inspiration.
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At almost 47 years of age, I am blessed to be healthy. Had a cancer scare 15 years ago where I was in phase 1 of uteral cancer. I went for tests regularly to monitor this, but after a year I said to the docter that that is no way of living and he must remove it. Other than that I am blessed. My father died at 87. He was a heavy smoker, but my mom made sure he ate healthy foods. My mom got lung cancer at 80 - she never smoked, but living with smokers and working with smokers probably caused it. They removed most of the lung and she is now almost 85. I believe that her attitude towards life, faith and living healthily is to be thanked for her health. Seven months ago, I started seeing the 'signs'. Small signs. Mostly because of my husbands' health ;-). We have since then, incorporated a lot of changes and I believe that the benefits will be more evident as time goes on. He has always believed that he will die at his fathers' age (56) because his father and his siblings all died at that age. My husband is turning 51 soon. I believe that is why he got on the raw food-bus and juicing with me. We are about 60-70% raw - most days! Thank you for being an inspiration and help to us.
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The story shows me that not everyone is apying attention, they just go with the flow. You can try to help others but they will not always want to listen. Love and trust and you will walk among those who are kindred. Our body should be our temple, if we look after it by nourishing it and nurtutring it our intuition will guide us correctly. Life is spiritual, physical, emotional and so much more. You must make a whole-istic approach to life and love yourself an all others as much as you can.
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to me, this story means to trust our intuition.....we will soon find others who trust theirs, also....i am off the bus....
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This bus story is so true. Everyone wants solutions to their ills, but they think we're crazy and" over the top," if we go on about eating live fresh foods to help cure their sicknesses.So they dont listen to the warning signs and stay on the bus :( So glad im off the bus :)
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