Isn’t it just crazy! The simple process of feeding our bodies has become a national obsession – and a personal one for most of us.
At 16, I remember going on a banana, cottage cheese and lettuce diet and was FINALLY able to get into a nifty pair of peach size 9 pants. I though I was the cat’s meow. It was just the beginning of a long and tortuous journey that most of us know way too well to bother going into.
Falling in love with Raw Food
Now I have turned 60. My, where has the time gone! The good news is, food and I have become great friends – finally. In fact, I am falling in love with it more and more. Raw food. Actually, I like to call it living food, because it is. I discovered raw food about a year and a half ago and was immediately smitten. It just made sense. It was the fruit and veggies – filled with all their vibrancy, color, snap and pure nutrition that enticed me. I fell in love with making salads filled with a rainbow of color, putting kale and parsley and cucumbers in my morning smoothie, making carrot and avocado soup, delicious kale chips and zucchini Pad Thai. I spent my first Thanksgiving eating a pomegranate, persimmon and avocado salad with a great cumin dressing and was grateful not to be singing the “oh, I am so full” song at the end of dinner. My energy began to increase and I felt vibrantly alive.
I am not 100% raw. Sometimes I eat lentil soup with almost raw veggies thrown in at the last minute, but I’m probably generally 75% raw. I never think about my weight any more. I rarely drink caffeine, am rarely hungery and am mostly happy i.e. energetic, enthusiastic and positive. Food has become my lover of taste, texture and color. Shopping is easier – I never have to go into all those middle aisles at the grocery store. My blender is my cookware and my compost is my garbage can. Nifty!
“If you want to be closer to God, eat God’s food”
Eating living food has deeply affected my spiritual practice. I know it’s not for everyone, but for me it has been true that “if you want to be closer to God, eat God’s food – as it is served”. I started a vegetable garden and feel as though I am just learning about each precious fruit and vegetable – each personality, the gifts of life within each one, how they affect different parts of the body. I am so grateful for the many people who spread the word, who bring the science and whose heart and passion are devoted to living food. Here are some favorites:
David Wolfe – Eating for Beauty – David has great photos of kirlian photography to show the difference in energy from organic/non-organic and raw vs. cooked. Tells the glory of each vegetable.
We like it Raw - Blog – fun, alive and filled with wisdom
Crazy, Sexy Life – Blog – Matsya loves this one too! great information.
Raw food Podcasts – love most of them and hearing stores of how people do it.