I am listening to Karen Knowler right now.. she is a raw food coach and author of "Raw Food for Beginners"
Thoughts from her call:
Going raw is a very extensive journey. It brings you back to your source -like a child. You start with the food and everything else unfolds.
She talks about working with people transitioning.. how many people yo-yo with it. She realizes that there are may things that people must deal with before they go raw, for instance if someone is in an abusive relationship or is in a job they don't like its much more difficult or impossible to stay raw.
There is an energy shift as people become more & more in alignment with their own natural energy. Most people are blocked.
us vs the outside world. This can be difficult because we are social creatures and want to feel connected but a lot of our relations will have different viewpoints on us eating raw. various jugements.. everyone coming from their own perspectives, some will agree with what you are doing, some disagree.. but no one will know what you are doing - whether they are upset or inspired - until they try it themselves.
We are vibrating at another level.
One of the keys to staying raw is finding more people like ourselves.
Are you actually helping anyone by not living your truth? Is it worth is going back to eating cooked (and not feeling good) by going back? Perhaps you could be helping someone by inspiring them.. we have a responsibility to ourselves and our planet to step into our truths so that others can step into theirs.
Raw Chocolate - she hears many people say if it wasn't for raw chocolate they wouldn't have gone raw. Raw Ice Cream, all the raw varieties of foods.. once people realize they can have so many different things and types of dishes and will not be deprived they are willing to try and more open to it.
Raw food is about expansion. You get better health, better energy, more clarity, more focus, deeper spirituality, more flexibility, more intuition ..everything gets better.. What is not to love? Its very empowering.
It is good to start listening to the raw gurus, people who are already on a raw path, but ultimately it is important to find your own path.. to find what works best for you.. we are all very different. When you listen to your body it pays off great dividends and then you realize that your own body is the best guru.
what about time? Karen tends to be a fast foodist - previously on cooked or now when raw. Thats one of the problems with all the recipes out there, it can put people off. Some take a long time. She has a book Recipes under 10 minutes. There are a lot of smoothies.. shes a smoothie girl. It's the fastest way to eat on the planet.
Often we crave what we are detoxifying.
Its important to eat a wide range of foods, of types and colors of foods. The body is like a computer and it will take what it needs from what is in there.
Honesty is imperative to going raw. A conscious deviation with some moderation is better than denial..which could lead to a huge many day binge or even falling off the raw wagon.
Its good to have some motivation.. if not, its easy to fall to criticism or the outside world.
You often outgrow your original reasons for going raw- ie losing weight, energy, optimism
every day raw greater awareness, greater connectedness, heightened feelings etc. ..and you know as soon as you eat cooked you lose all that.
1 delicious food
2 raw support
3 inspiring vision - embodying our true potential. Self actualization. How do I want to show up in this world as my brightest most beautiful self?
If you look at people who have been into raw foods for a long time you will see that they have set their lives up to support their living their highest potential.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson
ps. Karen has a weekly inspiration what goes out every Friday, available from her website. I just signed up for it. : )
She is setting up a raw retreat ..soon available, called A Slice of Raw Heaven.