My personal health philosophy has evolved and expanded since I started blogging as Raw Girl in 2009. Now, “going raw” for me, means being committed to living a toxin-free lifestyle including mind, body, spirit, environment (as much as possible) and eating a diet comprised of whole unprocessed foods. As a student of Ayurveda and as someone who believes in bio-individuality, I do not believe that a 100% raw diet or even a vegan diet is great for everyone. But regardless of your dietary preferences, incorporating more raw and whole foods can absolutely change your life. There are countless examples of how plant based diets have helped people to reverse diseases, lose weight, and transform mind, body, and spirit. So…why go raw?
In this world full of toxins, chemicals, STDs, and countless other terrors that can shorten our life spans, the question I asked myself was, why not? After holding my ground amidst naysayers who foamed at the mouth as they tried to convince me I NEEDED MEAT & processed foods, or that just a little bit of chicken or fish every now and again wouldn’t hurt…I managed to kick the crack habit of processed foods and begin the liberating and joyfully sober journey of eating a diet that integrated a large portion of raw fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds in 2003. In 2007, after running into too many completely raw foodies who were twice as old as me, looked my age, and could drop it like its hot better than I could, I was ready to make the full fledged leap.
What started out as a one night stand, turned into a very hot, thriving, passionate relationship with consuming foods full of life force. I woke up one morning after and realized I got my groove back like Stella. My acne cleared up, I stopped feeling tired all the time, stopped getting sick, and all of a sudden began to expand my creative and spiritual horizons and cross bridges I would have run scared and sobbing from previously. As I continue along the path, I remain committed to remaining AGE-LESS, in-tune with my body, mind, spirit and sharing that inspiration.
I know you may love the way that processed food smells and tastes, and that you may not care about the industrial materials and chemicals you’re eating as long as it comes with ketchup and a Coke. But if you wake up one morning and look in the mirror and decide the gut has to go, the acne has to go, general dis-ease has to go; if your creativity is blocked, or maybe you can’t even get out of the bed because your just too tired, again. Eat an apple. Grab some greens. Or my favorite: get hooked on the natural high from fresh juice. Your one night stand may turn into a long term love affair.
To read more about my personal journey to raw foods, Download the free first chapter of my e-book The Acne-Free Diet.