Ultimately, the choice to invest in a fully raw lifestyle depends on your needs and situation. Eating fully raw can help heal not just the physical body, but also the emotional and spiritual body. I noticed my relationship to food has changed for the better during my 8 months eating fully raw, but it was tough to keep up with it when going to social/family events. I now do a vegan lifestyle mostly out of convenience, though the positive benefits of going fully raw are worthy of a mention.
I present excerpts from my journal detailing my experience eating fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds, as well as longevity herbs such as chaga, reishi, astraglus, maca, goji berries, etc.
In the past I would eat food with a sense of urgency, as if I had an addiction to my food and I felt such a sense of relief afterwards, whether it was pizza, chips… the “comfort foods.” What I think was really going on was I ate to numb my emotions. I would go into “food coma” but I was also so relieved I didn’t have to feel the emotion I was feeling at the time (sadness, depression, etc.)
In my experience, when negative emotions aren’t allowed to process, they stagnate in my body and tend to manifest as anxiety, lethargy, and so on. So eating to numb my emotions resulted in me thinking that these traits were part of my personality, when in fact they were not. Eating this way prevented me from expressing what I perceived to be my ideal, true self.
The first few months of eating raw I developed a sort of “non-attachment” to my food for lack of a better term. It’s like the food no longer controlled me, I simply ate when I was hungry and stopped when I was full, there was no void I was trying to fill, only the simple experience of enjoying every nuance of flavor. After 2-3 weeks, simple fruits and veggies started to taste amazing as my taste buds acclimated to this lifestyle.
I went through a mild emotional detox during the first 2 months, (a year before this I ate 80% raw; it’s probably better to ease into it) and now the things in everyday life that used to trigger me no longer have any effect. It’s like I’m able to process an emotion instantaneously, forgive and forget in a split second right then and there, and move on with my life. It isn’t only on a “good day” either, this feeling of no longer being bound to my emotions has been consistent while eating fully raw. There’s nothing there to stop or slow down the processing of my emotions, and as a result I can experience the present moment more fully and with more vibrancy.
Not saying raw food is for everyone, just that it taught me how to have a different relationship with my food. Maybe we can still have this kind of relationship eating cooked food here and there, avoiding the processed sugars, gluten, soy, etc. of course, it’s just a matter of bringing a new awareness or perspective in how we approach food; balancing pleasure and taste with nourishment and fulfillment in life.
Listen to your body, try paying attention to whether you’re eating to fill a void or eating for nourishment. And be easy on yourself, if you crave something, eat it. I would still eat pizza and chips during that one year I ate 80% raw, approaching food with this kind of self-acceptance helped me a lot in transitioning to a fully raw vegan lifestyle.
Looking for inspiring examples? Check out Markus Rothkranz, dude is in his 50’s and has been eating fully raw for over 20 years.
Don’t believe his age? Here’s a video of him proving it.