Raw Food Diet

The Vibrance{article} by Eva Rawposa

It’s funny how frequently I hear people refer to the raw food lifestyle as a “diet”. What they usually mean, is they think it’s about weight loss, calorie counting, and regimented food intake.

I actually don’t agree with any of that. Raw veganism or raw foodism is a lifestyle, plain and simple. I have not met one raw food enthusiast who did not have insane tidal waves of mind-changing experiences following a long-term change in their lifestyle.

After incorporating this lifestyle, people often see many unexpected changes:

  • More energy
  • Better sleep
  • Better skin
  • Elimination of body odor
  • Greater peace
  • Happier
  • Decreased irritability
  • Greater clarity
  • Better well-being
  • Easier visits to the loo
  • Feeling of intense synchronicity
  • Increased awareness of animal welfare
  • Improved blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, etc.
  • More compassion
  • More empathy
  • More desire to exercise
  • Greater enjoyment of life
  • Less desire to watch TV
  • More sensitivity to violence
  • Increased confidence
  • Weight loss
  • Improved cardiovascular health (unrelated to exercise)

These changes are not the kinds of changes you would see if you went on, say, the South Beach Diet or the Adkins Diet. It’s almost like finding God or falling in love… Your whole world changes in a way that you can never take back.

Many times, you find yourself feeling FREEDOM you never felt before, wanting to break into SONG and DANCE, walking around with the biggest, truest, loveliest, most contagious SMILE ever. Things don’t bother you like they used to… you just roll with life and enjoy the heck out of it!

Can this really be compared to counting calories or restricting your food groups? This is a change on a cellular level, in lifestyle, in mind, and in spirit.

Think of the ENORMOUS changes you just read, and look at how the Free Online Dictionary defines diet:

n.

  1. The usual food and drink of a person or animal.
  2. A regulated selection of foods, as for medical reasons or cosmetic weight loss.
  3. Something used, enjoyed, or provided regularly: subsisted on a diet of detective novels during his vacation.

adj.

  1. Of or relating to a food regimen designed to promote weight loss in a person or an animal: the diet industry.
  2. a. Having fewer calories. & b. Sweetened with a noncaloric sugar substitute.
  3. Designed to reduce or suppress the appetite: diet pills; diet drugs.

Yes, many of those things (NOT including the following: fewer calories, noncaloric sugar substitute, designed to reduce the appetite) do on some level encompass the raw food lifestyle, but I think putting such a profoundly beautiful change in your life into the little box called “diet” is a disservice to the idea.

Cheers to NEVER DIETING and yet maintaining a healthy body! :)

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