Kids, today is a little story about what ‘raw food’ REALLY is all about. You have heard me say in the past ‘it is not just about the food’ at which point you probably thought to yourself ‘well womaaan what is it about then, mmm?’. Fair enough. Cool jamaican accent by the way.
Last weekend I suddenly felt like a paper bag full of crap that had been left on someone’s porch and lit on fire. Without any warning signs my throat started feeling scratchy and sore. My nose was blocked like the roads on a Friday afternoon on which people are desperately trying to get home to go all TGIF. And did I detect a hint of feeling feverish?! Being one of those annoying people that never (ever!) gets a sore throat and a stuffed nose only when I make out with my cat, I was pissed. And frustrated. And confused. And did I mention PISSED? I was supposed to go OUT that weekend. I nevereverever go out anymore and obviously I was pissed at the Universe for being so inconsiderate. How dare she. He? It? WHATEVER.
Being me I also wanted needed to know WHY the hell I was feeling this way. I was ‘doing everything right’ so obviously this shit was totally uncalled for. I ate a plate of white pasta (I know!! My biggest pet peeve!!) a few hours before I started feeling shitty, which may or may not have had my body going into Defcon 5 (or Defcon 1, as Sheldon would say). But honestly, I think I had bigger issues than a plate of the white devil (that’s how much I hate refined carbs, not even kidding). I sometimes have a tendency of taking on too much a lot of shit at once without realizing I am doing so. Until that day comes where I’m, like, errrr I don’t feel so good today, and someone points out to me I am working overtime. (Don’t get me wrong. I can be batshit lazy too. I think it’s in fact my fear of this side of me, a case of the lazy’s, that it’s sometimes easier to just overwork). Momentarily I am doing two courses, wrapping up my very first eBook and maintaining my website/blog while trying to make ends meet for food & a roof over my head. Not to mention some serious big stuff going on personally, oh and did I mention t’is the holiday season as well? Add to that wanting to do yoga, exercise and meditate on a daily basis and maintain a social life and I’m pretty much going full force from 7:00 to 00:00 daily. The kicker is… I don’t mind. I love my ‘work’. I chose to take this all upon me. But I can see why my mind-body gets frazzled sometimes.
WHAT’S RAW GOT TO DO, GOT TO DO WITH IT? </Tina Turner>. BR (Before Raw), I never could have mustered up the motivation, let alone the energy, to do all this. BR, my body would’ve given out at the mere THOUGHT of doing all this. BR I didn’t get PISSED, confused nor frustrated when I had a cough, cold and/or the flu. Before Raw, it was common for me to feel that way. So yes, stuffing myself with juices, smoothies, salads and other fresh foods has given me better physical health for damn sure.
HOWEVER. My increased physical health is not even the biggest thing I attribute to eating raw. My increased mental/emotional/spiritual health, otherwise known as well-being, is. With eating, living this way, I do not just have the physical strength and energy to deal with stress, emotions and life’s curveballs. It also gives me the emotional strength and spiritual insight to do so. Before Raw, I would have comforted myself with heavy, dense foods. Foods that help numb sadness or stress for sure, but don’t solve any problem or give you a positive outlook on life. Now, even when I felt shitty physically and sad emotionally, I found the strength to go for a long brisk walk in the blasting cold which surprisingly gave me new energy and a clear, positive mindset. I ‘comforted’ myself with a coconut water smoothie and some raw truffles. Instead of letting it ruin my day I found the strength within to turn it all around and be happy and feel healthy.
This wowed me. I don’t know about you but I never used to have this ability.
Now I do.
So there ya have it. Raw food is not ‘just’ about gaining some more energy to go about your day, glowing skin, maintaining your weight effortlessly or improving your immune system. It’s a different type of energy. A happier and more light-hearted energy. A sense of connection, to yourself and the universe, and fulfillment. A knowing that things are like they are supposed to be and things will be ok.
It is a whole new level of well-being.
Sorry to go all cheesy on your ass but this is not BS. This is simply true. THIS is what RAW is about.
Go ahead, make fun of me.
If not, tell me I am right and share your experiences.