High Raw or Raw High?

People like to label things and raw foodists are no different. There's a label right there: raw foodist. How do you get to be one of those? Purists would say you must consume only raw, living foods not heated above 118 degrees. Do that, and you're 100% raw. Or perhaps you're high raw, eating primarily a plant-based diet but still consuming some cooked foods. Are you vegan? Vegetarian? Do you eat 80-10-10 or 811rv?

It can make your head spin.

Me? I consume only fresh juice and fruit before noon and eat only raw foods prior to dinner, at which time I may have some cooked food including fish (gasp!), but I always eat my raw foods first. I average between 85-90% raw each day, so I guess that makes me high raw.

But what I really want to talk about is the raw high I've been experiencing. Dare I say, euphoria?

Listen, if you ever even suggested to me that I might some day feel this way, I would think you were one step away from the loony bin. In fact, a few years back, I had a psychic tell me that she read my Akashic Records and saw that if I ate a diet of primarily fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, my body would thrive, find its natural weight and any and all physical ailments would vanish. Live on fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds? Right. I thought she was wackydoodle and dismissed everything she said to me.

And so, I continued on the road I was on. Burgers, fries and milkshakes were my three food groups. Grumpy, Dopey and Sneezey were my constant companions. I was obese, depressed, constantly exhausted, suffered from chronic edema, allergies, heartburn, and a slew of aches and pains.

Imagine what it's like walking around all day, every day, with a 20 pound backpack strapped on, 10 pound ankle weights on each leg, and carrying a 5 pound jug of water in each arm. Hard work. Exhausting.

Now imagine what it feels like when you remove that extra 50 pounds you've been carrying around with you everywhere you go.

FREEDOM. Woo Hoo! Happyhappy, joyjoy.

That's what I experienced yesterday. It was a picture perfect autumn day. Blue skies and 68 degrees. I set off on a short hike with my Siberian Husky, Maya...

And, here's what I began noticing: I didn't feel winded, short of breath. My heart wasn't racing. My back wasn't aching. My feet weren't throbbing. I wasn't sweating like a pig. Hmmmm, that's weird.

So. I kept going...and going...and going...and going...

Ohmygosh, we hiked for over two hours. Up hills, down hills. We even ran. Not a long distance, mind you, but we ran.

Raw high: what you experience after flooding your body with live enzymes and awakening from a food-induced stupor.

Raw high: beats a sugar high, hands down.

Raw high: feeling vibrant and ALIVE.

Raw high: now available at your local farmer's market.

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Anonymous said...

I know exactly what you mean. I feel so alive when I am eating a diet consisting of live whole foods.

I have more energy, my skin is clear, I feel light as a feather, and my mind, body and soul feel as though they are one.

I wish I could spread this joy to my hubby, but for now I am pleased that the kids are picking up the nutricious habits.

You rock, keep it up girl I'm rooting for ya:~)

Earth Mother said...

Thank you so much for the words of encouragement, Brandi.

How wonderful that you're teaching your kids such healthy eating habits.

Anonymous said...

Great post! Just reading it is very energizing and encouraging. It's all true, too!

oregano from rawfu

Earth Mother said...

Thanks, oregano! So glad you have resurfaced. I trust all is well.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I am a juice fruit till noon person, raw till dinner..it's awesome! But I always make sure I have 70% cacao chocolate:) Bravo for loosing the weight.you are insipation.

Earth Mother said...

Ah, thanks for the encouragement, Hippie Mom. I still have a long road and many pounds ahead of me, but seeing the fat melt away and feeling SO ALIVE is great incentive to keep going with this lifestyle.

Skinny Mum said...

I feel great knowing that you've come so far in such a short time! Wow, inspiring stuff. ;)

Earth Mother said...

And it just keeps getting better and better the longer you feed your body living food. Kudos to you, too, for making the decision to transition to raw foods. I wish you continued success and health on your journey. Hope you'll stop by In The Raw again.

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