One of the greatest benefits of switching to this lifestyle was the incredible mental clarity that I experienced soon after eating a high-raw diet. My mind was calmer and I could focus intensely on someone’s words or something I was reading. My scattered thoughts became centered and steady.
I suddenly became obsessed with constantly improving my mind with reading and watching lectures or educational videos. I was and still am extremely hungry for knowledge! Never before have I experienced such a passion for learning. This is clearly because my mind is now fueled by pure foods…clean and living foods. Our brain is obviously a part of our body, and it functions on the fuel we give it.
If you can, eat a diet high in raw foods for two weeks, then eat a cooked, standard meal again. This was my greatest teacher. I could now tell the difference.
I feel as though this is the way we are SUPPOSED to feel, and that the modern diet has dulled our mental capacities to the point where most people simply desire TV and entertaining movies whenever free time is available. When nutrition is increased, so are the abilities of the brain. It all boils down to remineralization and reactivating our minds.
This was the primary motivation for getting into the raw foods lifestyle. Originally I wanted to lose a little bit of that extra thigh and belly fat and came across information about the lymphatic system, which blew my mind. Everyone is so concerned about what they’re eating and completely oblivious to the body’s elimination system. Learning about how to pump and workout the lymphatic system led me to the work of Dan McDonald and Dr. Doug Graham, which are both strong advocates of a low fat raw vegan diet. I decided to go all in, 801010. After only a month of following this low fat, low protein, high carb diet (in fruits and vegetables), I lost over 10 lbs! And these were 10 stubborn lbs that I had been trying to lose for years. All I would do to workout is jump on my mini trampoline (which is probably the best way to pump your lymphatic system), bike about 20 miles per week and do kundalini or vinyasa yoga. Nothing too intense. My face became more chiseled, my waist shrunk, my thighs shrunk and everyone could tell the difference right away.
I think many approach the living foods lifestyle initially for vanity, and because of my results and experience, I KNOW that this is the diet for beauty – both inside and out. Most desire to feel beautiful – this is a sure way to achieve that. It will come from within.
My spirit dances when I’m giving my temple the proper fuel it needs. It is almost effortless for me to feel centered and in a good, stable mood. I used to have a bit of anxiety and a few episodes of moodiness per week (natural for Cancers lol), that have completely faded with this lifestyle. Specially after I stopped drinking alcohol. I am able to meditate easier and I am very present in my yoga practices and daily life. I also have a stronger sense of intuition and I feel like life simply flows easier through and around me. I go out and I feel that life is this one big party, and the Universe is treating me like a VIP, rolling out the red carpet and opening doors for me. Everything just seems to work better. My relationships, my communication skills and interaction with people, and my love for living life. I have a stronger connection to Nature now and have this much deeper, more profound gratitude for Mother Earth and all of the wonderful things she provides for us on a daily basis.
Few people realize how horribly wasteful commercial meat and dairy production is when water and food input is considered. It takes thousands of pounds of plants to raise an animal, which is then slaughtered to give us maybe a few hundred pounds of flesh. This is horribly wasteful.
A diet based on locally grown / raised organic foods is the TRUE Global Peace Diet. The smallest amount of fossil fuels are needed to produce our food. These are the same fossil fuels which empower the polluters and tyrants of the Earth and aid to the destruction of our precious planet. Think about all the energy that goes into growing, transporting, and then cooking food. Whats even more ironic is that by cooking food, we are just destroying what we should be eating raw. It’s madness.
And then to clean our greasy dishes and sticky pans we have to use all this detergent, which people usually use chemical-laden products to wash down the drain everyday and pollute our water systems. And no, this waste doesn’t get cleaned entirely by water treatment plants, some of these chemicals unfortunately go directly into and damage our aquatic ecosystems.
Raw foods produced locally and wild foods are the cleanest and most ethical of all foods you can consume. If you consider yourself an ethical person, consider looking into the slow food movement, locavorism, and permaculture.