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Rigidity

Dhru's Note: I update this article because quite honestly I posted it too fast. I hoping it makes more sense now.

Every week I meet a few food fundamentalist. People who think they have the health thing all figured out. They've read the books, they've gone to the lectures, they've posted on forum boards and now their flippin experts.

Fundamentalist rarely focus on health strategy. But boy, do they love telling everyone else what works and what doesn't when it comes to protocol. Nothing wrong with that, but their advice is often out of context and very black and white. "This is good, this is bad. This is right, this is wrong."

The thing about fundamentalist and their rigidity is that it comes from a place of fear. Fundamentalist are so afraid that they aren't hard enough on themselves or that they aren't doing the right thing, that they compensate by being hard on others. What this leads to is an "all or nothing" mentality.

They feel their approach has to be perfect or they won't attempt something at all. So they are constantly caught up in creating a story of their perfection rather than getting real long-term results. Of course nothing is ever perfect, and after awhile fundamentalist have to use the faults and shortcomings of others to prove they're on the right track. After all, if everyone else is doing something wrong you must be doing something right.

Food Fundamentalist can come from any background. Vegan, macrobiotics, atkins, raw food, modified SAD diet, and mono-eating just to name a few. But one thing all fundamentalist have in common is their idealized version of how one should eat.

In the raw food community rigidity has a tendency to show up a lot, especially by a loud minority taking advantage of the internet. But the raw food mantra is the exact opposite of rigidity. It is about abundance, adding more, listening to your gut, and constant improvement.

Stay away from fundamentalist in all areas of life. They'll suck the energy and the fun out of the discovery of food and health. And if you discover a little bit of rigidity in yourself, really examine what your intentions are eating the way you're eating. Do you want results or are you trying to fill a void?

Comments

Renee

Excellent points.

Osho said "he who wants to give you a belief system is your enemy" yeah rigid belief systms are blocks that don´t allow us our natural curiosity and our desire for experimentation and discovery.

Saracious

Yes, yes, yes. I get really concerned about fundamentalists vegans because they turn people off--we need people to see that changing your diet can be about opening yourself up and becoming *more* compassionate, not less. And raw foods (or whatever other system) is about being kinder to your body and all that jazz--the best way to turn people onto these things is by being a great example of a happy, fufilled, kind person.

jenny

YES. for awhile after going raw and doing all kinds of research, I was noticing (and feeling quite mired down with) all the rigidity seeming to abound among raw foodists, whether on websites or on talk boards. . . and finally I realized that although it was a wonderful lifestyle and diet, with theories and ideas that made sense and felt right for me, it was just as full as any other "movement" or organized label we put on ourselves- with dogmatic rules and almost obsessive or holier than thou behavior. And I absolutely avoid that. So I stopped reading most talk forums, and learned to take what i needed from websites and frequent the more chill and informative (like welikeitraw. freshtopia, and goneraw, etc.) rather than the preachy and exclusive ones. We are human. We make mistakes, we make choices that are right for our individual bodies, and we shouldn't be using raw food to fill a void as so aptly put in this post. RIGHT ON.
Thanks for addressing this and for being the sort of website that is mellow, and hip, and the opposite of rigid, while still being full of information and raw love!
you rock.

Elizabeth

Raw food recipes are undoubtedly the best thing to come along in the wonderful world of eating in a long time. It is very exciting to see mothers putting delicious entrees or side dishes on the table and seeing their families actually eat their vegetables rather than try slipping them to the dog.

Yet there are some foods that are either extrememly unappetizing raw and must be cooked to enjoy, or are somewhat dangerous to eat in their raw state. Is it logical not to appreciate these vegetables for their mineral and vitamin profiles, as well as their taste, just because they were heated? White potatoes and eggplant come to mind.

Bob Lumis

Let me just say in all fairness, the great majority of vegetarians and vegans as a whole are very conscientious and caring people. I myself am a vegetarian.
However, there is a small faction of non-meat eating fanatics that have not been very good in representing this life style as a whole. These people have made their diet a religion. Here are a few of the characteristics they seem to possess.

1. They seem to believe that they are the moral messengers for humanity. Often, they will over compensate in this area in order to make up for other issues in their life. But, I digress into the psychology of diet, and I will try to stay on the topic of characteristics only.
2. They tend to agree with most everything that supports any positive claims involving their lifestyle without question, and they challenge or disregard any information that does not support their belief system.
3. Ironically, in most examples they do not grow their own food or collect their own power; rather they continue to eat organic foods brought to them from Chile, China and other far off places and, they get their power from the grid. If they are from America, most of them would not survive in a truly natural environment.
4. The majority of these people own carbon burning vehicles, machines or heat producing devices.
5. Most of these vegans and vegetarians think they are better than most people.
6. They maintain a feverish determination to save everybody else from their own destruction by proclaiming that they can show everyone “the way” to lifestyle enlightenment.
7. When talking about food, they over emphasize and qualify the word organic as apposed to saying” I just chopped up some collard greens” or “I just bought some carrots.” The word “organic” will be inserted in front of almost everything.
8. They inadvertently become hypocrites by not living up to their full potential themselves.
9. The listing of these characteristics will make this small group of people uncomfortable, and they will have an overwhelming urge to reject most of everything that has been written or respond in a hostile way.


For the rest of you Veggie freaks, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

Kol Nidre

Good sentiments in this article, marred only by reference to a bogus dogma and atrocious use of the singular form of "fundamentalist" when you mean to say "fundamentalists." Example from the first sentence:

"Fundamentalist rarely focus on health strategy."

You mean "fundamentalistS" with an "s" in there. Just because it's hard to pronounce it with the "s" doesn't mean it shouldn't be there.

As for "carbon" being some kind of noxious gas, one might think that raw foodists would wake up and realize they've been scammed by a top-to-bottom disinformation campaign based on command and control planning, and that the organizational and financial model for that juggernaut is taxation on carbon dioxide. This is among the most bogus and threatening schemes ever devised, and it does NOTHING to alleviate real pollution, which is found in abundance as particulate in petroleum exhaust. Instead, they want to tax what we should all remember is PLANT FOOD, not to mention that use of the word "carbon" to refer to CO2 is grievously misleading when carbon is the building block of life itself. Either way, such beliefs (and they are beliefs, not facts) are both misanthropic and anti-life.

Climate change is the normal state of affairs (notice that it's not kosher to say "global warming" now that the slight warming trend of the last century has been compensated for wholesale these past two years - a sledding event in MN was cancelled due to excessive snowfall and it's snowed in such normally warm climes as Houston, New Orleans, and Las Vegas). Fact is, human activity accounts for less heat than 1/10,000th of the heat we receive from the sun. How arrogant does one have to be to believe that we can cause some magic "tipping point" that sets everything out of whack like some perpetual motion machine?

The entire thesis of Al Gore's propaganda film is that when CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere rise so does temperature, but this is shown to be false even by his own graphs, which when overlayed demonstrate that temperatures rise first, causing more CO2 to be released - and this process can take up to 800 years to see.

You very intelligently caution against rigidity. The same should apply to authentic conservation versus dogmatic environmentalism used as a vehicle for control over resources and activity, which is unfortunately what Gore and Kyoto are all about.

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