Raw Food Rant

by Susan on March 28, 2011

I read once that Mother Theresa was invited to an “Anti War Rally”. She refused. When asked to attend a “Peace Rally”, she gladly accepted. Seems like the same thing but one has negativity (anti-war) built into it, the other positivity. With that in mind, I want to comment on what I see as a tremendous amount of negativity and judgement in the “raw food world” but I am going to try to do it in a positive way.

It seems that everyone has their own idea of how you should eat. One “expert” says you should eat 12 avocados a day and no fruit. Another promotes eating bananas. Lots of bananas. Some say no fruit, others no grains. And the saddest thing is if you don’t do it exactly the way they say, somehow you are not doing it correctly. There is a lot of judgement and blame going on there. We already judge ourself harshly enough. Do we really need some else declaring us a failure if we don’t follow their dictates? So many of us (I include myself in that) already have a messed up relationship with food. Do we need to punish ourselves even more if we “fall off the wagon”?

It has always been my belief, here at Rawmazing that everyone is welcome, no matter where you are on your raw food journey. If something you read here or see here inspires you to add just one healthy thing to your diet, I am happy. I love raw food. I believe in raw food. I also believe in sanity and support. You will find both here.

At Rawmazing:

1. Everyone is welome, no matter where you are in your food journey.

2. You will not be judged. Even if you are eating 5 steaks a day. All you need here is a desire to learn about eating healthier and incorporating more raw foods (and less processed foods) into your diet.

3. You do not have to be 100% raw to receiving benefits from adding raw foods into your diet (but you really should try it sometime.)

4. We understand that everyone is at a different place on their raw food journey.

5. We don’t believe in terms like “falling off the wagon”. Implies failure.

6. We believe that food is an important part of life first,  nutritionally but also sensory, culturally and simply for enjoyment!

7. No one has all of the answers. You need to figure out what works for you.

Have a wonderful Monday!

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Amanda S March 28, 2011 at 9:18 am

I am pretty new here and this is just the post I needed to read! Thanks for all of the great info you make available to those of us just getting started on our raw food journey.

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Julie Kalivretenos March 28, 2011 at 9:34 am

I think you did a great job of articulately describing this in a positive way. And thank you! Because it needs to be said, really more often.

A friend of mine recently was attacked so harshly on her blog, for incorporating some animal foods back into her diet. She has Crohn’s disease, like myself, so not only could I relate to her decisions, it angered and saddened me that people had the audacity to judge her. It basically comes down to doing whatever it takes to stay alive. Sorry, but that supersedes anything or any belief coming from an outsider.

I’m constantly modifying. I’ve learned there’s a great art to going with the flow of your body’s needs. 100% raw wasn’t quite the ticket, but I’m doing well right now with 80-90% raw, plus a few whole grains, occasional cheese, sometimes yogurt, sometimes fish.

I’ve often thought about somehow “explaining” the evolved how, what, & why’s to my current diet, because it will be reflected in my recipes. But then I thought (especially watching my friend go through what she did) I owe no one any explanation or justification for how I eat. It’s crazy to think that we owe that to anyone, which is quite different than *sharing* in a positive light. Sharing what we eat because it makes us feel good, because it works, because I think both you and I strive to help people find what will uniquely work for them.

Like you, I never want to tell people what to eat and what not to. That is for them to learn :)

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Desiree March 28, 2011 at 9:38 am

AMEN!!! Your site , recipes, pic’s, etc… is my favorite! Thank you for your inspiration!

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Megan March 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

I’m new to this whole raw food journey; thank you so much for the amazing support and insight you consistently provide. AND you live in Minnesota! It’s great to know that I can dive into raw foods and whole foods without having to live on a coast. It may be difficult from time to time, but it IS doable. Thank you so much.

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Madeleine March 28, 2011 at 10:06 am

Well said Susan. I love your site and I love your wisdom. I make up my own mind every day, sometimes I do great and sometimes I do less great but I am happy in my trying. Thank you.

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Stephanie Meyer (Fresh Tart) March 28, 2011 at 10:14 am

YES! That is all.

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Denise March 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

I do have a question…… I made your Zucchini and Basil wraps yesterday. They are wonderful but you had the dehydrator set on 115 degrees……… Will this not kill all the enzymes ? I have read that 105 is where I need to be with all the veggies? I did mine between 105 and 115 degrees…….hahahhah Your input would be nice.

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Susan March 28, 2011 at 10:29 am

As long as you stay under 118 your should be fine. I do not like the super low temps because it tends to promote bacteria or fermentation. You can read more here: http://www.rawmazing.com/dehydration-primer/

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Libbi March 28, 2011 at 10:27 am

Thank you for your graciousness! We humans are funny in thinking that everyone has to do what we finds works for us…gives us validation, right? Love your site, wisdom, recipes, photos and encouragement! I hope you have an amazing Monday and a blessed rest of the week!

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Serenity March 28, 2011 at 10:30 am

And let the church say….. A—–Men!

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radioactivegan March 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

Does someone really say you should eat 12 avocados a day? I can’t even imagine … I love your approach. I’m not raw by any stretch, but I feel like you give out great advice for people just looking for a new way to eat some raw foods without making me feel bad about eating cooked food too. Thanks for being so open!

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Jacqueline F. Graham March 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

What a beautiful mind. *smile* Your sense of moderation and positive thinking are the very reasons why I feel comfortable here.

(((((Many blessings))))))
~Jacqui

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Debra March 28, 2011 at 11:30 am

I once heard Dr McDougall say “This isn’t a all or nothing diet. The more you eat this way the better you will feel.” I have taken that approach with my clients. I say it isn’t about what you take away from your diet it is what you add to your diet that counts. Add a green smoothie, add another salad, eat more fresh fruits and veggies. The more they eat this way the better they will feel and the more they will want to eat this way.
Great post!
Blessings, Debra
Raw Vegan Diet

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Barbara March 28, 2011 at 11:44 am

Thank you…this has been a more than 2 year journey for me. Sometimes I eat 100% raw and then others it’s more like 75-85%. I really prefer a raw lifestyle. I certainly feel much better raw. It’s also a social and humane issue of animals for me. My goal is to one day be 90% raw.
Thank you for all of the wonderful recipes and good solid information.

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Cindy March 28, 2011 at 11:55 am

Thank you for this post! I love the information and recipes you post; one of the reasons I enjoy this site is because it does not have a “thou must” attitude. I want to include more raw items in my ever-changing diet, but I am not interested in going 100% raw all the time. So, I really appreciate that you provide the information and allow me to decide what works for me. Thanks again for an amazing blog and keep up the great work!

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ivy March 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm

No wonder we all stick to your site! ☺
Thanks Susan ☼

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Stephanie March 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm

AMEN!! Thank you, Susan. : ) One of the most difficult things I encounter with transitioning to raw is the terrible guilt I feel when having an “off day.” But really, life is a journey and so is every aspect of it. Thank you for your encouragement along the way!

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Renee March 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I love your positivity! I completely agree that we need to accept each others food choices and offer encouragement and not preach at each other. We all have different nutritional needs based on our bodies and our environment. Living in a northern community like you I know that 100% raw is just not possible for me. Eating all organic is also not an option because we just don’t have enough of it here.

People on the S.A.D don’t spend nearly the same amount of time arguing about food choices as many in the raw and vegan communities do. A raw or vegan diet is much healthier and shouldn’t cause people within the community to disagree so intensely when they still have so much in common. I hope at one point we can all come together. Thanks Susan for working towards that!

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Stacy L March 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm

100% agree! I can’t believe some of the hate that is out there. It’s FOOD people, just FOOD. It’s so audacious for anyone to think they can judge another, especially based on the food they put in their mouth. However, I do think that some of the blame lies with the raw foodists at times too. There is such an importance placed on the percentage of raw you eat. “I’m 100%, I’m 95%, I’m only 50% or so.” Why the fixation on the number? Just do you. Do what you need to do to take care of you – period.

Then there is the other side – sometimes I think that people are secretly glad to see you fail. If they find out that someone who they believed to be full raw start eating other foods, it’s like they are validated in not following the lifestyle themselves.

So much hate.

S

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kelli March 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm

amen!!!

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Ludia March 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Aah…..your common sense…….I bask in it.

Thank you, Susan.

Ludia

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Jennifer March 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Your support and attitude is wonderful. Thank you!

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Raw Michelle March 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm

What I don’t like is someone telling me that I’m making the wrong choices for myself and my family by choosing high raw vegan, when I haven’t even said a peep to them about their choices. That’s one that still irks me to this day and it happens a lot.. People start inquiring, I explain a little.. they want to know more, then they start judging and I’m put in a position where I feel like I need to defend my choices.

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Susan March 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I get that a lot. In fact all the time. I can really relate.

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LoveFeast Table March 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I love your positive guidelines! So inspiring! ~Chris Ann

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Joylene March 28, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Thank you Susan for such a positive and thought provoking post. If only we would remember to respect each other and the place we are at in our individual journeys…. Not everything works for everyone in the same way! But we are all the same in one way… we want to be loved, respected and supported. Thank you for a beautiful site that fills me up… in more ways than one!! May God bless you x

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Laura March 29, 2011 at 12:17 am

Hi Susan,

I totally agree with everyone here. Being RAW is your own choice. When you talk to others about your choice and get negative comments simply move on to another subject of conversation. Don’t let anyone cause you any self doubt regarding your thoughts about being RAW. Your health is the most important thing, listen to your body.

God bless everyone,
Laura

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Nae76 March 29, 2011 at 1:12 am

Awwww, I love this! It’s nice to come to a place and NOT be judged. So glad that people are supportive!

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Penni March 29, 2011 at 8:09 am

Well, thank you for this! Praise the Lord and hallelujah. I am in 100% total agreement w/ you. Everybody has to walk their own journey and it is about having fun in the process of learning – not about perfection…. whatever that is.
Love you!
Penni

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diane March 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I think it’s so individual and important to listen to your body. I’ve followed a number of different diets over the years in attempt to improve health (including all or high raw), and at the end of the day, I find that what is “supposed” to be optimal (depending on who you are talking to) doesn’t usually work for me, or at least not for an extended period. I’m still tweaking it, and it seems like my needs change with the seasons and the years, but as soon as anything feels like a “regime,” it takes the fun out of it – and for me, any dogmatic diet becomes bad for my digestion and spirit.

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Keane March 29, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Great post! I really appreciate the all encompassing attitude! I’m probably the closest thing here to the 5 steaks a day person (okay, I’m not that bad), but I’m always interested in learning new things. That’s one of the main reasons I love visiting your site. It’s always filled with new and creative things!

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hihorosie March 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm

hear hear!

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Tara Burner March 30, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Well said Susan! Love your thoughts, message & positivity..not to mention the mouth watering pics and recipes! yummmm

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Kathryn March 31, 2011 at 1:09 pm

YES!!! We each have different bodies that require different types of care. I think it is so important that each one of us finds what is best for us as individuals and then support each other.

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Saskia April 1, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Well said. Thank you. I love that I can come to your site and get some great recipes, without feeling that I’m “wrong” if I make different choices. Blessings to you.

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Laura April 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Who wouldn’t want to try raw after looking at your amazing photos and delectable recipes?? I’ve been making a variation of your macaroon recipes for about 8 months now…just one or two really satisfies my seemingly endless sweet tooth and I thank you for all the work you do here…you are truly a gift! Ah well…all about tolerance and balance. Thank you Susan!!!

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Rambling Heather May 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I just want to say that I am new to your site.. just stumbling upon it today but already have been so blessed and inspired by the words that you write. The peace that comes along with your message. Thank you! I cant wait to continue browsing into more of your history. I am in the beginning of what I hope to be a wonderful journey into Raw foods and healing.

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Milena (Just the Goods) April 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Thank you SO much for this! Even today I came across a vegan so judgemental that to appreciate fashion photography including feathers was to be less committed to the cause for a healthier world. You’re completely correct, in my opinion, that everyone is at a different stage and should be welcomed. There are already plenty of people attacking vegan diets and lifestyle, let alone raw cuisine. Let’s not attack each other =-)

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