When people who don’t follow a raw diet find out I follow a 100% raw diet their mouths generally drop and I am either labeled as 1. health obsessive or 2. determined and disciplined. Reactions like this cause me to question where our drive to go RAW comes from and were our willpower to remain RAW comes from. For me it’s been an inner, uttermost, deep rooted feeling of truly wanted to heal and find balance in my life; nutritional, physical, mental and emotional healing and spirituality being a big part of that balance. I obtain these things from RAW, as well as many other wonders, I believe this is what keeps my drive to thrive on RAW so ALIVE. When you eat raw and alive you feel alive. When you eat superfoods you feel super good,
It’s a pity that so many people are uneducated on TRUE nutrition and unwilling to learn. It makes me question the levels of nutrition education and practices. Seriously, if you go into a hospital they most likely will follow American Diabetic Association type standards. They will tell you that this is NUTRITION, this is HEALTH. They will tell you that you need meat, dairy and specific amounts of servings of random food groups that contain a lot of processed, adulterated, cooked foods. I was kicked out of a eating disorder outpatient program after being diagnosed with orthorexia nervosa because I was unwillling to continue a SAD and non organic diet. They couldn’t help me at that point unless I ate all my meals at the hospital from their hospital’s cafeteria. I even offered to bring in all my food but they would not allow it. So I left and went RAW and never have done better in my entire life with food/nutrition/healing… So besides that – then there are those who almost live in an entirely different world and know about raw, live, superfoods and such – this is what I call true nutrition and health. Call me orthorexic for saying that but hell I look at it like this… our bodies are our foundations. We must build them up with strength through healthy eating and balance ourselves so we can hold up like strong buildings and live long. In my experience I have seen most people on RAW (get ready for one of my crazy analogies that I make up while typing) held up like 5 STAR HOTELS while othes who aren’t eating healthy to hold up like dirt cheap motels…Let them call me “healthy obsessive” but I’d much rather quest for optimal health then not give a flying fluke and just ingest a bunch of toxic trash from un-natural foods that are just going to clog my colon and contribute to dis-ease in every which way.
And I don’t consider RAW to be determined and disciplined… that mentality makes it seem like a challenge, a game or a test. The heart of raw, to me atleast, is about love, freedom, gratitude, healing, function, optimal health and balance… to brief it up.
This group seems like the perfect group of intellectuals to start a discusson on RAW philosophy, psychology and theories. Here are some questions I often ponder. I have listed a lot. Please feel free to answer any you’d like or just browse other’s answers for those who chose to contribute to this post.
What do you feel drives one to go raw? What do you feel drives one to remain raw? Why and what do you think happens and when one goes raw but decides to go back to a SAD lifestyle? What do you feel drives people to remain SAD and are not even be open to trying RAW? How much balance do you feel RAW can bring into someone’s life? How important do you feel eating organic RAW is? How important do you feel eating simple RAW is? Do any of you feel that the fancy-ONLY-raw and faux-junk-food-only-raw foodists have lost appreciation for whole foods/simple raw? Why or why not? How many of you support whole foods and herbs as the ultimate form of medicine and healing? How important is growing your own foods? foraging? farmers market shopping vs grocery stores? DO you think the food industry is going to improve in time or just get worse? They are banning transfats, what else should they ban? (food/chemical wise) How important is it to raise kids raw? feed your pets raw? How can we improve raw education in our society?
Okay okay I could write a novel of questions. I hope some other deep thinkers read this and contribute as they wish.