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Raw-Food is not "it"

One of the challenges that many rawfoodist go through is holding on to the belief that raw-food is "it". Raw-food is not "it".

"It" is the constant thing that one is searching for outside of themselves. "It" is what you tell yourself that, ”Once I obtain this thing, then my life's story will finally work out." "It" is an illusion and mirage of being completed by something external.

The raw-food diet at its best is a vehicle. Vehicles are useful for getting from one experience to the next. For instance - you are tired of experiencing an un-healthy state, you choose to take on a raw-food diet and soon enough you start to experience a different level of health. Beautiful! There is nothing wrong in wanting to experience a different level of health.

The challenge comes when one tries to find themselves in the diet. When one says to themselves, "Once I start eating raw (healthy), then my life will work out." This searching for one's self in something external always leads to some sort of pain. Yo-yoing, cook-food binges, defensive & dogmatic mindsets about the raw-food diet, loneliness, guilt about not eating completely raw, worry about the future - all these states are a directly caused by the initial approach of trying to find yourself in the diet and a search for a greater sense of self identity.

Individuals who succeed long term on a raw-food diet, nutritionally and mentally, have a sense of calmness about their lifestyle. They aren't dogmatic, they don't have the same experience of cravings, they are at ease about other’s choices and they see raw-foods for what it is, a vehicle.

If you've been struggling in your raw-food diet approach, or any aspect of life for that matter, start to notice the mental burden that surrounds the conversations in your head about why things are the way they are. As soon as you become present to the reality that you might be looking for yourself in your life circumstances, in this case your diet, doors of insight will begin to open and letting go of the pain will be effortless.

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Vegan Momma

What a fabulous post


***Individuals who succeed long term on a raw-food diet, nutritionally and mentally, have a sense of calmness about their lifestyle. They aren't dogmatic, they don't have the same experience of cravings, they are at ease about other’s choices and they see raw-foods for what it is, a vehicle.***

This is definitely true! This is exactly how I feel
about my lifestyle choices.

Christy

Great post. So true. Ultimately, people will remain unsatisfied and unhappy until they find peace within themselves. Continually searching for meaning/identity from external events (the next "big thing") will prove futile.

Initially, I think NEW raw foodists tend to be very dogmatic. For example, take David Wolfe. Initially, David was very dogmatic about raw food and made statements such as "Cooked food is poison" (in his Nature's First Law book). Now, however, David has mellowed out, and has come to a place of peace and calmness about his diet/lifestyle. This change in David's perspective/attitude can be seen with the interview David just did on Coast to Coast AM. (Fantastic interview by the way. I love David. He's full of energy and always interesting!)

Coming to a place of peace and lessened dogma is a process and I think it's more difficult for some than others. (Seems to be more difficult for those who want to "change the world.")

The irony is that the world begins to change only after YOU CHANGE YOURSELF (your attitudes, your actions, your habits, your beliefs). My two cents. :-)

agnesha

I would say exactly the same, but am not capable to write this so nicely. Now I am chatting with some "raw" people and I am just socked with their beliefs that food can solve all their problems (not just health }

I really like your point of view.

Renee

Dru you're awesome.

Matt

I know for myself that eating a 100% raw, vegan diet is the best way to live, but it has been difficult for me lately, for a number of reasons. I first delved into the world of rawfood summer ’05, and almost immediately felt amazing. I lost the extra weight that I had been carrying around since 5th grade, my acne cleared almost completely, and my endurance and energy were through the roof. As the Minnesota winter approached, however, I found myself constantly very cold. My food was providing me with very little insulation. Also, much of the warmth of sharing food with friends and family was gone, because unfortunately I have virtually no other friends who are committed to a vegan, let alone raw, lifestyle. This made winter very difficult.

In February, I left chilly MN for the warm sands of sub-Saharan West Africa to study at Université Gaston Berger in St. Louis, Sénégal, where it was virtually impossible to exclude meat, dairy, and eggs from my diet and be a fully integrated, respectful member of my host family and the university community. Lacto-ovo vegetarianism is even extremely rare in Senegal, where it is a privilege to have meat on the table; and, in most cases, you see it roaming around you before hand. I was in Senegal for six months, and the drastic change in diet was very hard on my system. I was very tired, slept entirely too much, and seldom felt motivated to exercise, something that is normally very central to my everyday life.

Now, back in MN for my senior year of college, I have gone back to a raw vegan diet, but I can already feel it grinding on my social food experiences. I have just met someone new, but am a little scared to tell him exactly how I eat, because I don’t to scare him away thinking I’m some kind of “health freak.” I am trying to decide right now whether I will stick with a raw diet or go cooked for social situations, where for example someone makes a vegan option, but it is not raw, so I go for it. I want to really share food again. Last night on our first official date, I ordered a cooked vegan dish, and only told him later, as we were kissing in the cold rain, that I was an aspiring vegan chef and that I would have him over for a meal sometime soon. When I am home, I prepare almost exclusively rawfood and it makes me really happy. I made cooked vegan lasagna with my mom tonight, and waiting around for it too cook was very odd, not to mention that the flavor could not stack up in the least to my last raw vegan lasagna. So I know that I am most happy raw. But how do I share it with someone who is not even vegetarian without scaring him away?

AND I am scared of winter coming again. I am beginning to think that MN is just too isolated a place from the larger rawfood movement. Who can I share this amazing lifestyle with? Who will take me seriously? I am also an incredibly poor student, and I can’t afford to feed banquets to all of my friends and convince them how great rawfood is. Even cooked vegan is soooo much easier, socially….it is easier for people to make a dish, and exclude the animal prods, than to try and make something raw w/no experience, AND it is sooo alienating always making my own food, for myself, bringing my own dressing, saying that I already ate, or ordering a salad at restaurants, most of which have few if any vegan options. I love eating this way, and I love the way it makes me feel, but I miss food interactions with people being fun and easy and exciting!! I feel so under pressure to explain rawfood sometimes, which is just the point. I am over the hump of rawfood being my “wonderfood,” lifesaving, change-everything diet. I am much more than a rawfoodist. And yet, whenever it comes up in conversation, it almost immediately becomes the main topic of discussion. I suppose I just need to present it in a positive light with all of the excitement that it brings me.

My roommates are Standard American eaters, and think that rawfood is just weird. They don’t really want to try my food, and most of the time, I do need to eat most it myself, because like I said, I have limited resources, and a brother’s got to eat. Free pizza, cookies, and cook-outs, no thank you. Cheap college eating at my university does not cater to vegans in the least.

What should I do? I feel very torn. I want my life to feel whole again…..but how do you meet amazing vegan/rawfood queer/gay men, or just rawfood friends in general for that matter, in MN? And is there a raw community, outside of the Ecopolitan in Minneapolis? I need a little guidance…… AND thank you for this post, it did help me sort some things out.

Heidi

Matt,

Thank you for your honest thoughts about the raw food community in the Twin Cities.

As someone who has lived in the Twin Cities most of my life, I know how you feel. When I first went raw in 2000, Ecopolitan wasn't even open yet.

I have recently found two raw food potlucks that meet in the suburbs. At this time, I do not know of any potlucks or raw events happening in St. Paul. So far, Ecopolitan has the only raw food potluck in Minneapolis.

But raw sprouts are growing right now, and new things are starting to happen in the Twin Cities.

There is interest in creating a raw GLBT monthly event, but we are looking for meeting space. email me at rawfoodrightnow [at] gmail .com if you are interested.

And if you are interested in everything that's raw in the Twin Cities, email me and I'll send you the info.

I know Chicago has their raw food groove goin' on. It's about time the Twin Cities has some more raw events every month. And hopefully a new raw food restaurant!

It's time to strengthen our raw community, not only state to state, but around the world. And WLIR has been starting the connections. Let's keep the conversation going!

~ Heidi

Lori Ann

Dhrumil, you are a very smart & wise 23 year old--even if you don't have amazing before and after pictures! :-) Keep up the good work! Blessings!

ann

I am in MPLS and after a few trips to the ecopolitan I REALLY feel like RAW is the way to go for me. I would LOVE some advice. I have a couple books and a vitamix and cuisinart.
Help
ann

Dhrumil

Ann,

Stay tuned, we're working on "how to get started" ebook.

In the mean time, I highly recommend David Wolfe's SunFood Diet Success System as a starter book.

Kristen Suzanne

"Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray." ~Rumi

I love that quote.

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