climb aboard the raw food extraordinary train....yay.
Yes I highly reccomend that you document it all because you will wish you did. The changes will be profound so be ready...and write them down.
Good deal. Please read this...it was posted here but I couldnt find it....hope it helps.
Do You Ever Feel Lonely?
05/28/08, New York, NY
ďAlways follow the highest you know.Ē
óJ.J. Dewey, The Immortal
Do you ever feel lonely as you pursue the higher truths of this diet-lifestyle? Well, youíre not alone. If I had a tomato for everyone who has recently described to me this aspect of cleansing, I could make a batch of gazpacho big enough for all of you!
I am the first to admit that turning your back on the common ways of thinking, living and eating is challenging. Iíve felt deeply lonely at times. Iíve cursed having to give up certain foods and drinks, and Iíve felt massive disapproval from the crowd for questioning commonly accepted beliefs. But the incomparable bliss that comes with living according to your highest good is more than worth it!
Whenever you move away from the herd mentality and toward advanced knowledge, you initially experience a sense of loss, deprivation, and solitude. This is the moment when ďthe knight comes face-to-face with the dragon.Ē You may either run from it and return to the comfort of the herd or slay it and heed your soulís deepest desire for growth. Of course, itís scary to face the dragon. It takes courage to stand up to the social normsóthe parents, friends, spouses, and authority figuresóand say, ďIím no longer going to conform to what everyone else does because it is not serving my highest good.Ē
So many of you are coming to the realization that all that youíve been told about food, health, the origins of illness, and the methods of correcting them are wrong. That is not an easy place to find yourself in, when the rest of the world appears to be going along quite happily with all the nonsense. When other people appear effortlessly healthy and thin despite their mainstream diets, you might wonder why you have chosen this path or why you must work harder than others.
What you forget is that these other people, all appearances aside, are not functioning well: they need their coffee or their cigarettes or their drugs to keep them going. You have no idea what they do to create the appearance of being okay. I work with models, actresses, socialites and 99% of the time the story is the same: they either eat next to nothing (and purge when they eat more) or live off of chemical stimulation. Itís not helpful to compare yourself to them.
Try not to let self-doubt and fear lead you to the most uncomfortable place of allóthe depths of loneliness, where you are stuck looking at the truth while still slumming it with the herd. If you do find yourself there, take the opportunity to slay the dragon! Itís a matter of personal choice. You can continue to follow the path of least resistance (the herd) or you can exercise intelligent resistance and choose the higher path.
In truth you are not alone. It's time to recognize each other and feel a part of a very special community. When you discover how many brilliant, hip, highly educated people have come to the same conclusions you have, you will be able to leap up and slay the dragon faster that I can open a young coconut! Of course, itís not exactly that easy, nor is it supposed to be. You are the frontline of this movement, clearing the path for those who will follow and need your guidance.
Whenever you feel torn about the changes youíre making, remember that the herd is blindly following a path of destruction, led by an even blinder authority whose rules strip each individual of his or her power. It takes courage and a sense of personal responsibility to follow this higher path, but it will empower you and lead you to a life of beauty, truth and radiance.
Follow your soulís impulse to leave the herd and soar on the wings of independence and advanced knowledge to the light!
I support you always,
Hi John! Just looking at the photos should be enough for you to know you are doing what is best for you (also thanks for posting them as I am knew and LOVE seeing how this way of eating transforms a person!) Are you 100% raw? If not perhaps if you feel you need to be out with these friends and you cannot happily abstane from the taco Bell food perhaps you could have a certain dish that you feel is "okay" to indulge in on occasion. If you can abstane from it and still happily hang out at their food haunts go for it just fill up on your raw before heading out. After you find/make raw recipes and get a few favorites make them up for your friends when they come over and if it is not to their liking let them get some take out or something. But don't push it on them you are a great example just by seeing how healthy you are (you are brimming with it!) Also welcome to the forum lots of great reading and info to be had here.
Wow, rawrawks, thanks so much for posting this beautiful text. It's so true.....thank you!
You are welcome...someone else posted it today but I could not find that one so I reposted here for John.
Thanks for that, it was really encouraging.
Welcome!! I wish you the best of rawesome health!!
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