RAW Food – Why & How?

Why eating raw food? The question you have to ask yourself is: “Are you eating to live, or living to eat?”. Food is addiction in this modern world with plenty of processed food deprived of nutrients, eating for instant satisfactions. Food is fuel, and we lost touch with the true meaning of eating. We want what tastes best instead of what makes you feel best.

Raw food doesn’t mean you’ll live on carrot sticks. It’s easy to find tasty alternatives that will satisfy your cravings and be creative in new ways with your recipes. It also doesn’t mean you have to always eat cold food. You can heat your food under 118° before you kill the living enzymes, thanks to the dehydrator which makes living food incredibly versatile.

Nature always gave us everything we need to thrive from the gifts of the earth. We have herbs and medicinal plants to cure about anything. We have delicious fruits with all the vitamins and minerals a human being needs. We have greens and wild plants that grows everywhere like plantains, dandelions and Queen Anne’s Lace that are some of the most nutrient dense food. Everything is there so that you can thrive and be at your best, physically, mentally and spiritually. You can be fully alive by eating living food. Nothing is natural and sustainable the way most of us eat right now. It’s the biggest conspiracy of all time.

What about cooked Vegan food?
It’s always a better idea than eating animal products. It’s sustainable, healthier and help a good cause which is the animal cruelty. But it’s also possible to be vegan and be unhealthy. There’s plenty of vegan junk foods also. It’s ok if you do it for the animals and don’t really care about your health. My point is that if you want optimum health you have to follow nature’s design. Logic is that, we are the only specie that cooks their food. When you cook, you break the fibers, kill the living enzymes and burn nutrients. There is nothing wrong about cooking some rice, beans or potatoes once in a while. But I suggest, if you’re looking for you great potential, to eat raw as much as you can.

From what I know it’s also possible to be unhealthy on raw food if you only eat what tastes best for you. Again you are looking to fill a void of satisfaction and eat only the sweet stuff or you may always eat the same thing again and again. The secret is variety. Don’t stick to the same recipes week after week. You should also go for fresh and organic if you can. The sooner fruits and vegetables has been harvest, the better. You also want greens, lots of greens. Greens are what will make you feel the best. Bitter is better. If you feel like eating cooked foods, there’s some things you should avoid: Wheat products like bread and pastas, hard to digest and expand in your gut which cause constipation and feeds bad parasites. Frying or cooked oil. Any kind of cooked oil isn’t recognized by the body because your body is not equipped to utilize those fat in their processed form. Tomatoes. They become too acidic for the body when cooked. Getting rid of wheat products is probably the hardest one, at least it was for me. This is how I understood how those processed products are highly addictive. Once I got rid of them, I felt a huge difference in my digestion and energy level.

Stomach Acid
For most people, stomach acid is a problem. It’s important to have a good stomach acid so that food digest properly. To stabilize stomach acid you should have plenty of lemons and lime. When you wake up, drink water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or half a lemon juice. Do the same before bed. You can also drink a head of celery juice every morning. One way of knowing if your stomach acid is great is to drink a little beet juice and observed if it’s coloured when you go to the bathroom. If it is, then your stomach acid is too low.

Probiotic
It’s important to have a good flora and plenty of probiotic. Capsules are an option, but not the best. It’s expansive, dry and half of it is probably death by sitting on a shelf for too long. Making your own Water Kefir is the most effective way to get your probiotic. You don’t have to worry about prebiotic, raw food is full of it. Prebiotic is, in other words, food for probiotics, which is fibers and minerals that you get from raw foods.

Supplements
If you have diversity in your diet you might not need any supplements. Try to have seaweeds in your diet. Irish Moss is one of the best superfood worth any supplements. The only other supplements worth having is Chlorella another seaweed with high range of vitamins, magnesium and zinc, which most people on any diet lack. It is actually created by the body itself by bacteria and you can find B12 in the earth. Now that everything is sterilized your don’t find B12 on vegetables naturally but once you have a good flora you will start to produce B12 by yourself. It might be good to supplement in the beginning of your transition to raw food taught. Do some blood check once in a while and supplement if needed.

Getting rid of body waste and parasites
Depending on how bad you treated your body in the past, it can be a hard process to get rid of the body waste. Everything you ate is printed in your body, in your cells and DNA. Just like if you have a condition or sickness, it’s not what you “have to take” or eat but what you have to get rid of. What caused the problem in the first place. The best thing you can do is fasting. Fasting heals anything. Your body starts to use the waste in your body as fuel and creates new ones. You give your digestive system a break and instead of using energy to digest, it finally has an opportunity to heal whatever is wrong in your system. You starve the parasites and they have no choice but to leave your body or die. Water fast for as long as you can. Then do a green juice fast for as long as you can then green smoothies until you slowly integrate raw foods. You won’t feel great when you do a water fast, don’t get discouraged. All the bad stuffs is coming out so you will feel symptoms like headaches and nausea. It’s a good sign that you are cleansing. There is a lot of case of people healing incurable conditions with water fast and this is the fastest way to heal. Before doing any kind of fast please inform yourself and read how to do it properly. I personally did my cleanse with information on this book: Heal Yourself 101

Healthy habits and eating less
Do not force yourself to eat, ever. A lot of people feel like they HAVE to eat breakfast. When you wake up you’ve been literally fasting and not eating for several hours. That’s why it’s called break-fast. Don’t worry you won’t lack energy if you don’t eat. In the contrary you will have more mental clarity and energy because energy isn’t wasted digesting food. Your body will thrive with fuel you gave it the day before if you nourish properly, it doesn’t need more. You might have a green juice in the evening if you feel like it but whenever you break your fast, it should always be something easy to digest. In nature when we were primates, do you think we were eating all day long like in the modern world? In fact, a lot of people get interested with the OMAD (One meal a day) with incredible health results. 20 hours of body rest and healing then 4 hours window of feast. You don’t have to do OMAD, but consider giving a rest to your body in a regular basis. When it’s time to feast, make sure to eat enough though. Stop eating after 7PM.
Chewing your food properly is very important, especially with raw food. Digestion starts in the mouth. It’s going to take you longer to eat on raw food. Which isn’t a bad thing when you think about it.
Stretching and exercise at least 30 minutes a day is also very important to move the lymphatic system which is responsible for getting rid of waste.
– Avoid stimulant like coffee, especially with any kind of sugar added. If you really enjoy coffee in the morning maybe just drink it black, you won’t break the fast. Green or white tea without sugar is also great.
Getting sunlight is also important as much as you can.
Simplify your life, get rid of any weight on your shoulders, toxic people and materials. Be generous, give to people.
Go to bed early. 10PM is optimal, never go to sleep after midnight.

Food Combination
This is important to read my complete article about Food Combining.
Eat the food that digest easily BEFORE the slow digestible, protein, fatty foods.

How raw food will affect your life?
Waking up with energy and motivation, feeling grateful and happy. You will never be sick again, not even a cough, this is your life insurance. You will live longer and prevent diseases. You will inspire people around you. You will realize how life is beautiful and be sensitive to all your surroundings. You will feel free and crave adventure, going out of your comfort zone. You will unlock the potential to listen and receive signal from your heart, the cosmic GPS, that will guide you to your true goal in life!

This article is just some quick important keys to be successful with raw foods. However, reading from various experimented experts will help you on this journey. Don’t get overwhelmed, take your time to inform yourself properly and when you’re ready, taking these steps to raw food will greatly improve your life at ALL levels. This is the best investment you can do in life; investing in yourself.

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My Experience at Earthaven Ecovillage Part 3

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Day 5

7:00AM

My clean-up partners had to wake me up, I was very comfortable in my sleeping bag that morning. We were supposed to have some yoga after breakfast but the teacher couldn’t be there. I did some yoga anyway doing “sun salutation” with the group. There was a Coffee and trade happening all morning where you can buy local products like vegetables, honey and crafts. I bought some crafts, then I went at the river that Kimchi IMG_0909.jpgshowed us 2 days before. I was looking for a peaceful moment. I went in a different direction this time. There was a beautiful fall with a an artwork of a little fairy hut, the area was incredible. I stayed there for at least an hour. Writing things i’m grateful for about this experience and meditating. I remember when I closed my eyes and stop thinking, the sound of water flowing in the river transformed into a rhythm of Jambe. I was convince that a group of people were playing not far from me. Is it what Kimchi talked about?

 

2:00PM

We then visited Steve. He welcomed us in his personal apartment at Earthaven and offered us his home made delicious iced tea. It was a very cozy place. Steve talked about Deep Ecumenism and Spiritual diversity at Earthaven. “Earthaven is where the human community in bonding with the Earth in a maner capable of healing the devastation of tThe-Dream-of-the-Earthhe past and inspiring a new grandeur for the future. At Earthaven, even for a brief while, we experience what it is to return to ourselves.” – Thomas Berry author of The Dream of the Earth. Steve explains that Earthaven has different people with different beliefs and religions. Despite the fact that they have different spiritual traditions they unite instead of divide humanity. Just like Matthew Fox explain on his landmark book:

One RiverOne River, Many Wells. In this metaphor, the wells are the individual religions or wisdom traditions. The river is the Source into which the various religions dip. Different wells, same river. It was very interesting and really fits my beliefs.

 

 

 

4:00PM

We went for a walk with Kimchi in an area we’ve never been before. We walked in a little path which brought us to a sacred place. Multiple stones that do not originate from the area were found. They actually originate from far away and they been brought here by ancestors of the land way before IMG_0915.jpgEarthaven. The stones are placed in a circle with a labyrinth pattern, leading to the center. It’s a meditation and prayer altar. You have to slowly walk the labyrinth in a meditative state of mind visualizing your wishes until you get to the center, you then kneel and send your wishes and offerings and slowly make your way back. I quickly felt at peace making my way in the labyrinth and I really enjoyed this meditation. Plus, the history behind it’s origin and the reason is still mysterious, making it fascinating.

 

 

6:30PM

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Dinner time, it was the most active dinner of all. It was a special day, the Summer Solstice. There was a lot of people this time with a big meal. It was delectable! There was a lot of positive energy out there it was great to see many people having fun.

Then later we walked together, people brought percussions and played a rhythm while we went for this 15 minutes walk to the campfire.We arrive at this nice set-up in wilderness with wood benches. People reassembled in a big circle around this unique fire. They do offerings like roses, spices and items that represents elements and sending gratitude. They keep the ashes and build with rocks and concrete above, until it becomes an incredible109 Earthaven SOIL 2016.JPG altar full of history after the years. I played some Jambe, of course, and seeing the animated scene while jamming was an incredible feeling. People danced and laugh we had a moment more intimate where everyone shared poems, signing, stories and mantras, until darkness arrives. Then we played music again. It was an incredible fiesta! Then after a while we went back to the camp. I enjoyed the rest of the night talking with friends.

 

 

Day 6

7:30AM

It was my last day and I woke up with this feeling telling me that I will miss those incredible people. I was grateful though, and full of positive energies. So after the breakfast, we went at the Council Hall and did a circle check-in. We made activities, dancing around and “let go of our crazy”. Then NikiAnne shared with us methods to take action and apply what we learned during our experience at Earthaven, whether you are an activist or an artist. She explained it in 4 categories. 114 Earthaven SOIL 2016.JPG

  • Resist -> Protestor, Anarchist, and law breakers.
  • Reform -> Politics, Donations, Green Party
  • Re-create -> Ecovillage, Reforestation, Gardening school
  • Re-imagine -> Artists, Speakers, Ecovillage

 

Everyone has their own ways to take actions. We also have tendencies to fight each others because we have different ways to do things, but everyone fight for the same and none of this categories is better than the other. Government likes it when we fight. They don’t want you to wake up and work together…

Then we had a random partner to whom we answered questions about how we would see our future if we had no money issues to do whatever we want. The partner with you writes while you say any ideas you have to answer a dozen questions. It was a hard exercise for most. We don’t really think about this, we realize we hold on a “poor mindset” and this is probably what hold you back from having what it needs. You need to know where you are going before you can receive what you need… If you know what I mean. Read The Prosperity Secret if you want to understand those principles.

10:00AM

We then reassemble in circle for our final words and our final check-out. It was touching moments. I shared my infinite gratitude read something I wrote by the river the other day. Then we all individually shared hugs and saying the Adios and we took a final picture all together.

IMG_0921.JPGJerry was ready to drive me to the airport. Once I leaved this magic place and was on my way home I felt like “Wow… what an adventure, I can’t believe this”. Like I had an awakening. I was vibrating high even long after this adventure. It inspired me and develop this passion to discover and learn more. And that’s why I’ll keep traveling and hope to inspire others. I hope you appreciated this thread, thank you for tuning up! 🙂