I have been eating a mostly raw diet for the past 6 years and I can say whole-heartedly that it really is a journey of self-discovery. It is also a journey of learning what your body wants. When we begin a raw diet, we often feel elated immediately, the results can be that you may very quickly begin to feel ecstatic and happier. The trickier issue is how we sustain our levels of health long term, finding out what we need individually and sifting through all the information that is out there.
There are two points that I would like to make here:
- No one is the same. We all have different needs, and those needs will change over the years too. So what may have suited us ten years ago will not be the same now – we need to adjust. We need to LISTEN TO THE BODY.
- Strangely, for someone who makes beautiful raw cakes and chocolates – I also believe that in essence, we need to keep our food SIMPLE. Its great to try elaborate gourmet raw recipes sometimes and they are very inspiring but essentially its important to keep things simple. If you are not sure about this, try mono eating for a day. So just eating one particular thing – bare and unadulterated – the food, not you! So, try eating bananas at one meal, avocado at another and maybe spinach or other greens – whatever you fancy and really FEEL what the reaction to those foods are in your body. What does that food do for you?
What fascinates me is the ENERGY OF FOOD. After all, remember that everything you put into your body will affect your physical body, your emotions, thoughts and spiritual self. I feel that diet is about being HAPPY with what you are eating, its not about feeling guilty – its about Balance. However, when I say balance, of course balance is not always maintained, it is something that is the ‘ideal’, something to strive for, just as in the same way, its not good to be too grounded, or too flighty – we need to be centred, balanced, in the heart. If we have had a diet which is very processed for many years, we need to perhaps retrain and develop a sensitivity towards the body – to be able to begin to really feel what’s happening in the body. Feeling the energy of food is I believe, what sustains our health and helps us to maintain a raw diet.