So many people think that raw foods is just that: raw foods. But they have no idea how it encompasses your whole life. It’s not just food that is raw, but raw everything….
If you are a raw foodist, you have probably heard about the raw emotions that raw food exposes. Every emotion, past or present, becomes very prevalent and strong. Dealing with emotions is very new to me, as food has always been my crutch in the past. Without the food to stuff and hide the emotions, I’ve had to learn to deal with the emotions that are presented to me (and am still learning how to deal with the emotions). You could say that sometimes I’m just an emotional basket case!!
Stress has become so much more of an issue for me, which is strange because I used to have so much more stress before. Let me explain. I used to have a managerial job which included a lot of stress. I used to have headaches daily, I used to take 4 excedrin at a a time just to stop the migraines, which of course ate away my stomach. I really didn’t feel stressed in the situations, but now that I look back at it, it was tearing my health apart.
Now, I would say that I have a lot less stress, yet, now when I’m stressed, I feel it exponentially. My nerves become raw and wired. I become more easily stressed, even in the smallest situations, and I find myself avoiding stress at all costs. How I feel when I’m stressed has really impacted my life now. I don’t over extend myself in by overbooking activities for myself or my family, I need to feel in control of situations before I just jump in. I really relish my down time and my time alone. I notice that I avoid stress at all costs. For example, recently, friends wanted me to volunteer for an event, but I felt with my children to care for at the same time at the event, I couldn’t do it. I know they were doing it with their kids, but I knew the stress would be too much for me. Even without volunteering, just attending the event, stressed me out greatly. Socializing and being in crowd situations really wears on my nerves, stress wise.
I also find stress in material stuff. Too much clutter spread around the house and not organized into a zen manner really weighs on my mind. I causes clutter in my brain, which really hinders the operation of events in my life. I just can’t get a grip on life if stuff is in my way.
I hear all the time from people as they are watching children play with leaps and bounds, “If I could only bottle that energy, so I could have some!” Honestly, you can have as much as you want when you put fresh, unprocessed foods in your body. The less energy that your body uses to be digest food, the more energy you have. The unprocessed, clean food is stored easily for when you need it, rather than having energy stored in crevasses (fat) that doesn’t even get used when it’s needed because it’s not clean energy. Your body doesn’t want to play with crap, your body likes to burn clean ‘fuel’.
Raw foods really cleans out the crap of the mind and brings you to what is important. Things that used to matter, no longer does. The things that are no longer needed, drop out of the mind so easily, making room for the new, revised, and fresh future that lies before you. It opens up a whole new realm of being.
Relationships become so much more exposed and real. I find that I have a lot less filter about things and life and it really shows in my newer relationships. I find it very difficult to deal with a lot of drama. I’ve become very straight to the point and I really cherish authentic relationships. My honesty has really come to the forefront of relationships and there’s no ‘beating around the bush’. For some new relationships, people have found me too harsh to have all of my feelings and emotions exposed. On the flip side, I feel like I’m a lot more compassionate and am involved more whole-heartedly in the relationships I now have.
I can’t help it that when I clean my body with raw foods, I want to have a clean external environment to match it. I want to ‘clean’ or reduce the harsh things I’m exposed to, such as movies and music expletives, toxic substances, and wanting to make sure that things like wifi aren’t zapping my brain. Cleaning my environment around me means everything is scrutinized, everything is cleaned out: from closets to my mind.
The spirit or leading force in my life has become more exposed and prevalent. I would not have considered myself a strong spiritual person in the beginning, but I feel like each day has opened my heart more to the Divine. I am very grateful for the spiritual connection that has formed and is continuing to grow.
Everyone says, “I just want [them] to be happy.” Happiness and contentment becomes a normal part of life. Letting go of the past brings the ability to do what you want with your life, leaving you elated and happy.
The raw lifestyle that has formed before me encompasses all of this and more. It’s not just cleaning the body, but cleaning the life and environment for the body, mind & spirit to enable it to heal and grow exponentially. A raw lifestyle leads you to a peaceful, simple life.
How has Raw foods impacted your life?