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THE RAW FOOD DIET: SOCIALLY ISOLATING?

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ONE ASPECT OF DIGESTIVE FREEDOM IS THE ABILITY TO MAKE CHOICES AROUND FOOD, AND TO NOT BE MANIPULATED BY OUR ADDICTIONS. A BOTTOM LINE WAY TO BECOME MORE CONFIDENT, PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY, IS TO IMPROVE DIGESTIVE HEALTH.

Not everyone who eats a raw food diet feels socially isolated, but some people do. It is probably one of the major reasons people do not continue eating a 100% raw food diet. Another is the obsessive ideal of maintaining a  100%  raw food diet. Eating an organic raw food diet is sometimes explored  because so many people do not feel well. Often having  tried macrobiotic,  vegetarian and vegan diets they decide to give something more austere a try. The social support for eating 100% raw is very limited.  Forming a community based on what people eat makes sense on paper, but for the majority it  is not practical or desirable.

A strategy that can work for everyone  is to strengthen our digestive systems to process incoming toxins. Also, to  eliminate toxins already present in our bodies. This strategy can lead to living in this world and  making  choices that empower  us. To be able to make food and lifestyle choices and to overcome food addictions is a goal for many people. It may not always be something people manage to prioritize. Often this vision falls by the wayside of everyday life. Completely understandable.

Eating organic foods in their simplest form has many benefits. It feels the best when it is a choice and not a prescription to follow. A prescription that feels like a life sentence. Again, not everyone feels this way. Not everyone will allow themselves to admit to it. However, raw food followers often dread mainstrem social events, family gatherings, traveling becomes difficult. In the end some relationships are severed because of food restrictions and lifestyle differences. This is sad to me and both sides are responsible and suffer. Crazy.

To feel alive and healthy is to make choices based on how we feel. To make choices from the place of addiction is a major cause of failing health. Possessing strong bacterial flora in the intestines is the crux of internal strength. This allows us the freedom to explore the world and not be restricted by the food that may or may not be available. To be able to taste the cuisine of other cultures and not fall ill due to our weak digestion. To not be afraid of food and know that we can make healthy choices in every situation. To easily resume our usual way of eating without addictive cravings. This is one aspect of  biological freedom, this is what happens when our micro flora bank account is far from being overdrawn.

If you are a person who was drawn to the raw food diet and is finding it hard to maintain it, you are not alone. Many raw food proponents promise  digestive wellness without ever clearly defining what that exactly means. I have often read and heard that having a bowel movement after each meal is a sign of digestive health. What is not mentioned is the quality of the elimination. The form, size, color, odor [ or lack of ], and whether it floats or sinks. I imagine people becoming uncomfortable with the mention of all these details that they live with everyday. Ironic.

My experience in giving colonics to people, to myself  and receiving them [since the late 1970’s] has lead me to finding more questions than answers to what constitutes a healthy gut.  I was originally attracted to David Wolfe’s Longevity Now Program because he was questioning why many raw food eaters do not outlive there contemporaries. His program is very informative, but did not specifically pinpoint improving digestive health. For many people following his program would very positively effect their digestion. The LNP  greatly focuses on the over consumption of inorganic calcium and the inability to utilize it. This is a simplification, but in essence fairly accurate.

Donna Gates has been included in  later Longevity Now Conferences. Truth Calkins is another. There information is some that I am familiar with and have utilized. Grateful for their research and hard work, they’ve  educated me. Their work has helped me appreciate the work of Donna Pessin and  The Unique Healing. I feel her program can be right for many people, especially if you have tried  other methods  of improving digestive potency and have not attained digestive freedom.

Donna Gates  Body Ecology Diet  click here. This book is worth reading.

Truth Calkins is part of David Wolfe’s  Best Day Ever click here and Longevity Now Programs.

Donna Pessin / Unique Healing click here. This is the most comprehensive explanation of  how to heal the gut and regain health. She has compiled 70 videos on youtube along with her blog, website and two books. Keep an open mind if you are a raw food eater, vegan, experienced juice feaster and /or juice faster. If you decide to investigate DP and UHP, please be aware of  the audience of high protein and SAD people she, on the surface, seems to be primarily addressing. When you really get what she is saying, you will realize it applies to all of us.

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Author: notyourrawmama

At the age of ten I distinctly remember questioning the premise that illness just happens to us. The idea that every action has a reaction became a clear reason to doubt that I could not personally impact my own health. In my very early twenties I was introduced to the Macrobiotic Philosophy of Life and assisted a Macrobiotic Counselor in NYC over a period of ten years or more. My life took many twists and turns and I evolved from a trained dancer and performer to a Shiatsu Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Colon Therapist and student of different Spiritually oriented Mind Body Therapies at the Esalen Institute and other healing centers. My associations are as follows: Member of the AOBTA for over 20 Years Member of the NCCAOM for approximately 12 years Member of the Yoga Teachers Alliance 500 hours for approximately 12 years Colon Therapist [ Wood's Institute ] Since 1998 Along with studying REIKI [ 2nd degree ] I was part of a School based on the work of Railey Macey, Dr. Robert Jaffe and Hands of Light. Railey Macey was my teacher. Thank you for your interest in my blog. notyourrawmoma "Wherever you are be the soul of that place". Rumi

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