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The Raw Honeymoon

Sarmamelngailis_2And all the crazy things it makes us do...

The Raw Honeymoon:
the period right after we’ve “discovered” being raw, and all the exciting things that come with it, while we are so enamored with the raw gurus and all the raw-related weird activities that are supposed to scrub us clean from the inside out.   I assume some people know what I am talking about.  Or… is it just me?

Anyway.  Here’s what happens, (and I can spot anyone in the raw honeymoon period, because I went through it myself):  raw food… the concept, the way it makes you feel, the outright logic and glory of it all… it’s the newness factor.  We are getting to know our new spouse, with whom we intend to live out the rest of our healthy, happy lives.  It’s so thrilling… so new.  We want to share it with everyone, in the very same way that when you fall in love, you want to run to the top of the empire state building and shout it out to everyone.  You want to run and do cartwheels in the street, and hug random people and tell them how beautiful life is.  REALLY, this is what very often happens with the love of raw food, and the new-found energy that comes with it. 

Here’s what else happens… we worship the gurus of raw food. Not too unlike getting into a cult… we become believers and wide-eyed receptacle sponges of the raw wisdom being dispensed by the gurus we are worshiping.   I still worship a few of them, though it’s all been tempered since with a healthy dose of rationality.  Who am I talking about?  David Wolfe… whose seminars, back in the day, I would leave poorer by $500, but with a bag of powders, pills, goji berries, and also a hearty injection of confidence and enthusiasm that is priceless… which goes a long way.  Who else?  David Jubb… LOVE him.  Love him and the sweet vanilla flavored milk from brazil nuts that I first had from his store on 12th street which got me hooked.  Drinking brazil nut milk, tasting raw crackers, buying big tubs of the best tropical smelling coconut butter… all the while gazing at alarmingly vivid photos of “passed” gall stones on the wall.  Then being told that our own gall bladders are surely full of similar alien little greenish blobs and we really must do the thirty-day “gallstone flush”.  Of course, I tried it.  More on that another day.

It’s coming up on three years since I first “went raw”, as I did, in an overnight-with-no-transition sort of way.  In the excitement of it all, I was very open to the ‘cleansing’ practices I kept reading about, yet too enthusiastically impatient to do my own research on or at all contemplate some of the much touted procedures and practices.  Instead, being the good sport that I am, I just went ahead and did things.  For example, plain old colonics not being interesting enough, at the recommendation of the colon therapist, I agreed to let her give me a fresh wheatgrass juice “implant”.  I didn’t bother to take the time to understand what wheatgrass up your butt is supposed to do for you.  But I figured, why NOT?  In the end, I didn’t really notice anything different, except that for the rest of the week I walked around half expecting little dandelions to start sprouting from my ass.

Yes, what a good sport I am.  Here’s another example:  a certain well-known, very good looking, very lovely and quite brilliant guru amongst us has certain very unique talents.  One is that he is known to be able to “read” people… like a book that tells you what is right or wrong on the inside.  Being very intrigued myself, I felt honored that he did this for me, and after he gazed into my eyes, checked out my tongue, poked and prodded a bit, he diagnosed me with a “situation”.  He kept his hand on my abdomen.  His explanation sounded very compelling, though I had no idea what he was talking about, except that it was a female oriented issue.  To fix this “situation” of mine, on which I could not get him to clearly elaborate, he gave me progesterone to take, as well as a few of these home made herbal little balls wrapped in saran wrap he pulled from the freezer.  And I’m supposed to shove these icy little concoctions up my you-know-what.  I was so transfixed by him, that I bought the stuff and did it, thinking that whatever my "situation" was, I'd be healed...

Then a couple days later I had a SERIOUS itching problem... I hobbled over to his store, trying my best to ignore the inferno down below.  After explaining what was happening to me, the girl behind the counter was like, "OH MY GOD!!  You mean he FORGOT to tell you that you're supposed to douche it out afterwards??"  So I'd been walking around all this time with these gnarly herbs leaking out of me, making me itch like a madwoman.  Lovely, right??

There you go… can you get more “real” than that?  Rest assured, I’ve settled comfortably into this marriage with raw foods.  Honeymoon over.  I’m still all about fresh fruits and vegetables, but I now only put them in my mouth.  And I still feel better than ever in this happy union that feels so right.  And I still think life is beautiful.


p.s. Visit me at www.oneluckyduck.com



Sarma, I'm totally digging the sharing and authenticity. I think my raw honeymoon lasted about 6months.

I'm inspired to share some of own stories this week, although I'm not sure if they are as exciting as yours!


Wowzers! that blog was all at once beautiful,eye-opening, shocking, and hilarious. Indeed, thanks for sharing. Waiting eagerly to hear yours Dhrumil. I'm still relatively a newbie walking down the isle with raw foods. I wonder what guru is going to end up wedding me? Haven't decided where to go for the honeymoon yet, but oh...the possibilites and places to imagine.


Thanks for sharing Sarma. I relate to it for sure...definitely had a raw honeymoon...haha


Hey there,
I recently (within the past two months) went from vegetarian diet to eating raw. And just today discovered this amazing blog.
My lifestyle change occurred mainly due to the result of buying Sarma's cookbook. I have since been a frequent customer of pure juice and take away (I am drinking a lemon shock as I type). I have a question regarding detoxification.
You mentioned in a previous post that if asked you would delve into explaining your adventures in cleansing. I would love to hear more about this because I am quite interested in doing some things for myself.
Thank you.


What a great blog. I am so excited about having found your site. I was in shock when I saw that there was a company called "one lucky duck", selling raw foods! I am in a band called The Duhks (pronounced 'Ducks') and am a raw vegan.
I really enjoyed your blog about travel. I would love to be able to interview you for a book I'm writing about being healthy while traveling. It's primarily targeted to musicians, but I would love a raw vegan perspective. I am picking up your book tommorow.
You know, one of the consequences of your blogging is that to many, you may become their raw guru that they worship...;)
Thanks for your forthright, honest words. It's so important for people to see the spectrum of what the living foods lifestyle can mean to different people.


You know, I love vegan and raw food (although I do eat steamed veggies, so I'm not a 100%-er, but I have had a B12 deficiency twice, iron deficiency, a fatty acid deficiency, and found myself both cold all the time (if it's under 75 degrees I'm freezing) and not very energetic with my blood pressure dropping out unannounced. So while supplements help, I have lately started to wonder if maybe some of us are genetically predisposed to needing animal products, or if perhaps I am doing something wrong...


Loved your blog! It was very insightful and hilarious. I know what you mean about the honeymoon period. I have bought into so many things by raw foodist and have done cleanses. I have bought the books and order the food and supplements. Every day something new appears and you fill like you have to or need to buy it. I think that I will be filing bankruptcy soon to pay for all of this stuff. Anyway, I am not 100% but about 90% raw. It is hard sometimes because family members and friends commend your choice to a more healthy lifestyle, but in the same sentence poke fun at you and tell you to go out and graze on the yard. I know that it is all in fun, but "ya just want to smack'em." Look forward to reading more blogs.


I love your comments about the honeymoon period. I am new to this lifestyle and I LOVE it. I am happy I read your blog. I do not have alot of money and I am already spending more on organic produce while still buying food for my husband who is not yet raw...I am still working on him by setting the right example. When I read all the "must haves" for a raw lifestyle I get discouraged because I know I can not afford it all. I will continue on raw, but with out all the hype.


Hi I very appreciate your book.After a year on a living food diet I went to hippocrates institute in florida and it changed all my view on this diet .First of all in all the living food books proper food combinations are not respected resulting in poor digestion. Also there is too much fruit being consumed, and in the long run promotes poor health. Not enough sea vegetables are being recomended. Clearly the sweet tooth has taken over the raw food movement to the detriment of everyone's health.I have experienced this myself and it has been proven microscopically. There is much documentation to support what I am saying. A healthy person should not consume more than 15% by weight of fruit a day. Eg: 1 piece of fruit. Another problem is too much salt and also oil. To be able to use these cook book I have to change many ingredients. It's a mystery to me how you can maintain good health with these recepies. Clearly if you are coming off a standard american diet this is an improvment, but sooner or later disease symptoms will surface. It's inevitable.


i love this blog- i hope it gets updated often, but i know chaotic lifestyles can slow things like this down!
i just wanted to quickly say that i ordered some snacks from oneluckyduck and the cacao nibs are incredible. a spoonful in a smoothie is pure bliss. . . literally!
it feels like ecstacy or some sort of crazy high, but pure and healthy. i grin nonstop and it feels like all the neurons in my brain are fully charged and igniting- which is pretty amazing, how many people get to go through life like that?


I got a real chuckle while reading your blog. I could relate to so much of what you wrote. You become so excited and motivated to try new things that other so called raw food professionals want you to try and you think you can achieve an even higher level of healthy well being. I met David Jubb myself and while the foods in his store tasted great he scared me. His physical presentation just didn't look very healthy to me and I didn't trust what he told me about a mild celiac condition that he said he could read just by looking at my face. I love the raw food lifestyle but was losing hair after 3 months of going exclusively raw. I must've not been getting something. Anyway I love your cookbook (the ice creams, smoothies and lasagna are my favorites as well as your citrus dressing)and your restaurant is great! Keep up the good work.


Nothing could be, more than the truth! It's amazing as I'm reading, I'm like I've done that, or I do this..it makes me feel like not to get to ahead of myself. To relax. And not get caught-up in all the fluff.

Thanks for sharing!!!
Amanda xo

Alexander Wood

Sarma your gorgeous,and can cook,(you no what i mean),and writes fun stuff to.
Is the world fair?
But seriously i don't think you realize how important these blog's are for people.
To see the human side of you Sarma,and the inspiration you give people by being so honest.
I wish your restaurant was in Toronto.


I'm inspired. I was wrong about this raw food movement. I'm going to Macaroni Grill for beef carpaccio. Thanks, Sarma

Richard Hemsley

Super Sarma sock it up! We super heroes need to take care of ourselves as well, but of course you have already figured tis out. I have repeatedly drained my well of life giving waters helping and am only now learning how to more fully charge before dispensing. I wondered if my body had a battery memory issue. Today is incredible, my newest friend old friend Tom from the NW raw foods co-op in Seattle was driving through lastnight and stopped for a brief visit, listen to Tim V. from runningraw.com speak about his incredible journey. Too tired to make it to Sonoma from Sactown he stayed @ my place. This morning was sample heaven, Macaroons, chocolate macaroons, grawnola( oh the nutty grawnola).
This song keeps bouncing through my head, constantly playing actually. I imagine Tom humming it right now as I drilled in last night. "It's a small world after all..." Together everyone.

Last summer @ Rawspirit Portland,I met one of your previous employees Lizz. She now works for a conscious restaurant in Portland. I picked up RFRW @ the end of this summer from DW @ Eden retreat. Life has been blossoming. February travels for the year are off to a grand start.

In all your pictures I sense your truest self, I pray thee well to have found yourself in the madness. The creative chaos can not hide us from ourselves if we choose to be with JOY we shall have and all else can be no more than a memory. Remember your family always, even those who you may not yet remember.


I have to say-very impressed with you and your partner's cookbook-LOVED IT!
I would like to get into Raw Foods as a profession- do you know schools offering a good program??
Also, do you plan on opening any restaurants in CALIFORNIA??


Sarma, you are seriously hilarious! I think you must be my twin soul because I feel like I'm reading about mySELF. Anyway, I found your blog on the restaurant website, and being the nosy little rosy that I am- I decided to take a peek. Just to let you know, you are very inspiring, at least to other impulsively curious soul searcher perfectionists like myself. Keep up the good work and keep posting your blogs- they are inspiring and hilarious!


interesting blog! i'm not a raw foodist, but i do enjoy a raw meal from time to time. the great thing about raw food (in my mind) is the incredible amount of creativity involved in its preparation. it's a whole new take on food, with new combinations of taste and texture.

but i don't understand a few things about the movement: (1) from where exactly do the major tenets derive? and (2) why is there such an emphasis on accepting alternative medicine/ homeopathy unrelated to raw foods? don't these practices derive from different sources?


Keep me laughing, please. Stark honestly is always the best policy, and it's worth the price of admission, no?


Mister Snickers

*like* a cult? It's okay to call yourself a cult.


Well, beside being gorgeous, you are quite entertaining, your writing style is pleasant to read. Having been to your restaurant only once, 3 weeks ago, I did find the food amazingly tasty and the presentations were truly nice to behold. But, as amazing as the presentation of your dishes were, they pale to your beauty. I hope I get to talk to you one day. Be well.

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