Posted tagged ‘Raw Food Lifestyle’

Raw and Rumi

May 31, 2010
Panaramic View from Deck

Panaramic View from Deck

What a fabulous meetup we had last night at Table for Life in San Carlos.   We were treated to an inspired evening of poetry and music with Eric Rumi Schneider and cellist, Elaine Kreston.

Eric & Elaine

Eric & Elaine in Concert doing Rumi

Our hosts, Michael and Anna Coulter, have a gorgeous home in the hills that has a panoramic view of the Bay Area, and the food shared by all attending was truly delicious. Again it reminds us of how good we feel when we eat a raw diet, and reaffirms our commitment to doing more. Beyond that, how grateful we are for the opportunity to meet with like minded individuals who are also on a journey within the raw food lifestyle.

Even though we’re not all 100% raw, we are each making our way and finding the benefits and challenges through the process. The super thing about meetup groups is that there are people who can answer questions and who can share their own journey, as well as wonderful recipes that are healthy and delicious. These monthly gatherings affirm the journey and often lead to friendships and learning about other things of interest.

Most incredibly, you note the aliveness of everyone participating. There is something about raw food that creates a glow that emanates from within and shines on the faces of those who have found this way of eating. I think it is the cells within the body all playing in symphonic delight, grateful for being given food that is alive and vibrant so that renewal can take place in the healthiest of ways. Steve has taken pictures of the food, and even won second prize for his delicious onion/mushroom crackers with cashew “cheese” spread.

Mushroom Onion Crackers with MocKotta Cheese

Mushroom Onion Crackers with MocKotta Cheese

If you would like to join or start a group in your own area, check out http://www.meetup.com for information. Just enter raw food groups in their search dialogue box, and see what’s available. If the groups in your area are anything like the ones in ours, they are well worth attending! (KJ)

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Delving Deeper Into The Raw Food Lifestyle

March 24, 2010
Raw Hummus w/Endive and Raw Corn Chips

Raw Hummus w/Endive and Raw Corn Chips

We’ve had some wonderful successes with the raw food diet, weight reduction being one of the most immediate ones. We are also seeing our skin coming into a healthy glow and feeling better. I have had one area of concern, which I mentioned previously – the elevation of my blood pressure since being on this change of diet. What I am seeing through my research is that many issues crop up that appear worse before they get better, and as the health care practitioner I’m working with told me, the blood pressure medicine I was on is no longer being tolerated by my body. In fact, it is blocking something else that is trying to occur. So, I’m waiting for the new protocol of pills I’m going to experiment with to arrive, and in the meantime, trying to learn all I can about raw food and the why’s of eating this way.

The road to raw is not a straight line. It’s got a lot of twists, turns, and exploration as part of it. Even though we are both very good “cooks”…and food preparers…we still periodically want to return to regular meals and see what happens. We did that last night. We have a favorite Thai organic restaurant, and we had soup and some cooked food, including fish and chicken, and the result was that neither one of us slept very well. I have noted on the nights that we have ONLY raw food, we sleep very well.

I went to Google this morning to try to find some answers to what is causing my blood pressure to suddenly be elevated on this new diet, and found all kinds of links to raw food and videos that show how it has helped multiple numbers of people get off blood pressure meds and how one of the causes of high blood pressure is too much protein in the body. That makes sense. I’ve been a big meat eater all my life. I have never been attracted to junk food, so processed food isn’t a problem, but the meals containing some kind of meat most every night may have been. Plus, until we’ve gone on the raw diet, Steve has been a huge salt lover, and when he cooked, there was a lot of salt in the food, even though we only use sea salt.

The reason I’m even bringing this up is that I see how we can become enthusiastic about something and see results and then see other areas that may not be showing an immediate shift, causing us to question or to become afraid. Unfortunately, there aren’t many physicians around who are raw food advocates, so there is not a great support system for when we question or are concerned about what we are doing. Also, I see that even though we get off most of the things that aren’t good for us, we may go through a period of questioning and trying out things that we used to like to see if they are “okay”. The journey into raw is a process, just like life. We don’t have the magic bullet that immediately brings everything into harmony. It takes time. We didn’t get to the state we’re in overnight, and the repair and regeneration of the body will take time to heal. It has to learn to trust us. After all, we’ve been dumping things into it that are not even real food, so the body wonders if what we are doing is just a momentary fad. Body is extremely intelligent, and is wonderfully forgiving to a very large extent, but there are limits. And rebuilding trust takes time.

I’m taking the rest of the day to read more of the Live Food Factor. I find that rather than being put off by my questions and concerns, I’m wanting to go deeper into finding out about this extraordinary way of eating and being. It has caused me to want to not only find answers, but now also to create a garden of veggies, fruit and herbs that may be a place where other people can also come to work and share in the results of our efforts. In addition, I see that the body is the living temple of the Divine. It is a gift to us that we take for granted, yet if we want to honor our Creator, we need to honor this incredible vehicle we are given. Exploring the questions that arise is only deepening my understanding and commitment to finding the best road possible for continuing excellent health and rejuvenation in mind/body/spirit. So far, I’ve not been disappointed. Now, it’s a process of unraveling the knots and letting the body come into its full potential…one step at a time! (KJ)

A Wake Up Call

February 18, 2010

As the year ended and the new year dawned, I came to a crisis point, and one morning woke up not wanting to be on the planet anymore if there was not something of meaning for me to do. Years earlier, when I had come to a point of no-meaning, I had adopted a simple prayer that a wonderful teacher, Ron Roth, suggested. It was one word…HELP!

I asked from the depth of my soul for meaning and purpose, and for something that would make me feel that I still had a gift to give life. I prayed for guidance, and what came into my mind was that I was a Divine manifestation of God’s love. This was not specific to me, but to all of us. We are in essence the personification of the living God, and we have within us the light that shines brightly once we awaken to the truth of our essence beyond the negating messages of the world. Be in the world, but not of it, came to mind, and of course, the world is not Earth…it is the sensory space we see configured in front of us that feed messages of lack and limitation and project separateness instead of community. As Mother Teresa once said about the United States, we have lots of money and are the poorest nation on earth in terms of love.

After I said my prayer, I had a strong impulse to meditate, and during the meditation, more insights and a sense of peace came over me. I recognized that it was time to change my relationship to my life, and the next day a friend came with a DVD in hand. It was called Raw for Life, The Ultimate Encyclopedia of the Raw Food Lifestyle. She had ordered it and hadn’t watched it, but thought I might like it. That night Steve and I sat down and viewed the first disc. As we finished viewing it, we looked at one another and said in unison, “it’s time to do things differently.”