View Full Version : Are you really raw?
06-30-2009, 12:00 AM
I am new to raw food. I am convinced that being an organic raw non-soy vegan who gets plenty of exercise and has a fulfilling enjoyable life is the best way to physical and mental health. I do not know why I feel so strongly about that because am not even close to 100% raw at all. The arguments for a raw lifestyle just seem so convincing to me.
I have read all the benefits and if your on this website then you probably have heard and maybe experienced them too. Is it really true? Has anyone out there experienced a life transformation when they went a big percentage raw? I mean really, do you really feel it?
Does the desire for cooked food ever comeback?
The fact that a gorilla eats only a plant based diet and never eats cooked or other animal foods is a great argument for me. But then someone said to me recently, then what about people living now longer than before and longer than those gorillas? Somebody help me with an answer back to them.
06-30-2009, 12:45 AM
do you really feel it?
The best way to find out about raw is to do it. Join the 30 day challenge and take a test drive for yourself. Good luck.
06-30-2009, 06:27 AM
I've has flexibility issues all my adult life, but on raw I am super bendy and can do things that I'd only imagine I could do after extended yoga training (I can suck my own toes!)
Thats just one thing, softer skin and hair, MUCH more energy, weight loss, etc. etc. etc.
As EZ said, just do it!
06-30-2009, 10:11 AM
Yes, I really am. Here's a link to a thread I posted a while back on how this diet changed me for the better.
06-30-2009, 10:36 AM
Re: cooked foods
I'm also fairly new to raw, and while I'm probably close to 100%, I haven't made a formal commitment or profession of faith. I'm just sort of letting it flow and seeing how I feel with it. I can tell you that the more recipes and new things I try, the more convinced I am that I'm not missing anything cooked.
I said this in another post, but I knew things had changed for me last weekend when DH cooked up a huge batch of hamburgers on the grill. I love the grill. I'm Southern, and we worship the grill. I used to make slow-cooked bbq and burgers and even grill veggies and fruits.
Best of all are toasted marshmellows. The whole reason to fire up the charcoal grill was to toast marshmellows at the end of the evening. Sit around, socialize, watch the fireflies and toast marshmellows to golden perfection.
Not only did I not care about the burgers--and I was a confirmed meateater having to be low carb due first to hypoglycemia and then diabetes--I didn't even care about the marshmellows. Sat around, socialized, watched fireflies, but sans marshmellows. I had absolutely no desire for them. Unbelievable....
I'm surprising myself in all sorts of ways. Feeling even less deprived than when I had to count every carb because of diabetes. I could rarely have "noodles" because of the carbs, and now I can have the most scrumptious lo mein imaginable for the same carb "cost" as a salad.
As for people living longer, the new statistics are suggesting that our children will not live as long as we (talking about Baby Boomers like me) will because of the obesity and other age-related illnesses popping up in kids. When we grew up, fast food was a treat, not part of our daily consumption.
And don't even get me started on High Fructose Corn Syrup. I'm a beekeeper, and most people I know wouldn't even think about giving it to their bees. Almost all corn now is GMO, and we're having enough problems with colony collapse.
06-30-2009, 10:49 AM
As far as whether gorillas or humans live longer, I have no idea which it is but I do know that the last time I went to visit someone at the hospital there wasn't a single gorilla in there with cancer, heart disease etc. Quality of life is very important to me.
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