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How People React to the Raw Food Diet

Posted Jan 20 2010 6:41am

I'm always surprised by how vehement people can be about why it's "bad" to eat raw foods. I'm talking about family's reaction to the news that you aren't eating eating the pork chops tonight or eating a so-called "healthy breakfast", like a bowl of cereal (from a cardboard package, processed beyond recognition).

Chowing down on a bowl of Cocoa Fluffs , a family member said, "You're going to make yourself sick eating that." He pointed a spoon at my bowl of fresh pineapple and a banana, sliced to make a tropical fruit salad and topped with a handful of raw pecans.

I looked at the box of Cocoa Fluffs. I can't pronounce half the ingredients. Heck, I don't even know what half the ingredients ARE. I look at the container of milk on the counter. Milk...that has been homogenized, pasteurized, synthetic vitamins added, and probably a lot of hormones and antibiotics floating around in there from the mama cows milked for our pleasure.

I look at my bowl of pineapple. It's like liquid sunbeams in the bowl. Ingredients: pineapple, banana, pecans. I know what a pineapple is. I know where it grows. If I were walking along and I was hungry, I could reach up and pick a banana. I could crack a pecan shell and eat the nut. It's living food.

"Thanks," I respond. "I'll take my chances."

****

Yesterday's health goals achieved!
  • Fruit smoothie for breakfast: fresh orange juice, 1/2 a frozen banana, 1 cup of frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup plain no fat, non sweetened yogurt, blended
  • Lunch: salad - lettuce, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 cucumber, fresh sprouts
  • Snack: whole grain crackers and more sprouts
  • Beverages: water, water water; tea and my morning coffee; glass of red wine with dinner
  • Dinner: home made Chinese stir fy, chock full of veggies (mostly from my organic garden and frozen for the winter) and leftover roast chicken. Dessert: decaf tea and 3 oatmeal cookies. Shadow snagged the fourth cookie when I wasn't looking.
  • Exercise: 3 walks during the day, for a total of 1 1/2 hours of walking (gentle walking with dog, but I did get out 3x)
  • Meditation: check! mind & spirit nurtured

My goal is to eat about 50% raw every day....yesterday worked out just about right!


"I am not where I want to be, but thank God I am not where I was"
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