Raw Thoughts for Food

by Susan on April 30, 2010

The driving reason that many of us seek out the raw food diet lifestyle is because we have discovered that the way we have been eating is not serving us, our health or our planet. I came across a quote from Jonathan Safran Foer’s Book, “Eating Animals”, that struck such a profound cord in me, I simply had to share it with you. The quote actually comes from Frank Reese of Good Shepherd Poultry, taken from a discussion of animal farming practices.

“Just the other day, one of the local pediatricians was telling me he’s seeing all kinds of illnesses that he never used to see. Not only juvenile diabetes, but inflammatory and autoimmune diseases that a lot of the doc’s don’t even know what to call. And girls are going through puberty much earlier, and kids are allergic to just about everything, and asthma is out of control. Everyone knows it’s our food. We’re messing with the genes of these animals, and then feeding them growth hormones and all kinds of drugs that we don’t really know enough about. And then we’re eating them. Kids today are the first generation to grow up on this stuff and we’re making a science experiment out of them.”

How often do we really consider where our food is coming from and what is actually in it. Was the soil it was grown in sterile, requiring petroleum based fertilizers or was it grown in healthy, organic matter, full of the minerals that our bodies so desperately need? Do we really put any thought into what we are putting in our mouths and calling food?

On Monday, our Challenge 21 tab will change. Join me on a 30 day, mindful eating challenge. We will be examining all kinds of issues associated with food. From becoming not only more aware of  what you are eating, but also how you are eating. We will look into where our food comes from and our attitudes about it.  It should be a fun and interesting journey, as we go deeper into our relationship with food.

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Veggie Girl is Living Rawesome April 30, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I am on board! I have been cleansing in so many areas of my life, sometimes, I have even wanted to quit raw food because it really is pulling things out of me that I never imagined. I am grateful and willing to accept the changes, I am looking forward to this. Are you going to do 100%raw?

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Rick April 30, 2010 at 1:55 pm

i’d love to join you on your next challenge! I’m ready for it :D

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Kat Thorp April 30, 2010 at 3:04 pm

This is awesome. I was just getting ready to do another Hot Yoga and Raw Food Challenge. Count me in!

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Tammy Nordin-Garcia April 30, 2010 at 4:13 pm

This is great! I’m excited for the challenge. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and I’m determined to defy what doctors say and get to ultimate health with raw foods.

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Kenna April 30, 2010 at 4:17 pm

i’m in. i’m not raw (yet) but vegan and will gladly participate as will my family.

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Eco Mama April 30, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Yaay for spreading the word.
xo
Eco Mama

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Blaine April 30, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I’m so with you on this.

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Roxanne April 30, 2010 at 7:33 pm

It has been a year since I euthanized my best friend. The day was May 1,2009.

I have been punishing myself since the euthanization. So,I recently volunteered for the 2010, May Day Festival. Now,I can’t help but think of the animals that are or will be affected by the latest Oceanic Oil Spill.

Your upcoming “Mindful Eating Challenge” has been perfectly timed for me and others. Thank you.

Here is a link for anyone interested in attending a truly unusual May Day gathering.
http://hobt.org/

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Janet April 30, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I’m in!

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Kristina May 1, 2010 at 9:45 am

The gauntlet has been thrown down! I will give it a try.

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Barbcam May 1, 2010 at 9:58 am

Amen!

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helene May 1, 2010 at 10:04 am

I too am an advocate of understanding what is happening in our environment and how it affects the foods we eat. This is why i started http://www.strawandberries.com which is a conscientious social bookmarking site that allows users to post their favorite vegan recipes, articles, books, products and related movies from their favorite blogs and sites and share it with others.

I am a huge fan of your site and have bookmarked a few of your recipes in our absolutely raw vegan recipe section. I love how you share and care about the foods we eat and you do it in such an eloquent way.

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Sarah Ince May 1, 2010 at 11:33 am

Count me in!

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Nancee May 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Dear Susan,
Your message about beginning “Challenge 21″ on Monday was like a spiritual sign that I have made the correct decision to enter a RAW and holistic lifestyle, instead of agreeing to taking the numerous pharmaceuticals suggested by my allopathic doctor last week to “solve” my health issues. I live in a little “meat and potatoes” town in The Ouachita Mountains (Arkansas), so I will have very little social life once I change my diet. But what the heck! We are what we eat — so my VitaMix, Excalibur, Cuisinart processor, Samson juicer and Positive Attitude await your wisdom and guidance, as well as the additional information from your fans! ;)
Gratefully yours, Nancee

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Susan May 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Nancee…I am happy to have you along for our exploration of mindful eating. We are going to be discussing issues surrounding why we eat, what we eat, etc. I do however feel that it is important to repeat our disclosure: because I am not a medical person, nothing written here should be taken as medical advice for treatment of any illness. If you are having health issues, I would continue to discuss with your doctor and let him know what your plans are. I encourage you to eat as healthy as you can.

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Watzzupsport May 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm

This is something that I hope comes across when I speak to people regards a rawfood lifestyle. It is not so much about what you eat but the consciousness of where it comes from, how did it impact the other balances of our lives. We have to remember the earth is a living breathing organism, we share the planet with other non 2 legged species that do not have a voice. Making a conscious choice in regards to food choices I believe leads to a greater conciseness of other issues.
Russell

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Susan May 5, 2010 at 8:39 pm

I couldn’t agree more.

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Lisa May 1, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Your website is exactly the support I need. In the Tampa Bay area, as lonely as this way of life for me is, I have been enjoying being 98% raw for 1 year! I look forward to joining the ‘Challenge’.

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Paula Helgren May 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Any mental health disclosures :-) I’m an emotional eater. Count me in!

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Tracy May 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I’m in.

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Marcia May 2, 2010 at 11:35 pm

i am on board! Actually i am on it since April 5th! that i begun my green juice fasting!
I was with all this on my mind! Need to stop and revise it all! And without knowing until when, i came on board of this trip that is a fasting to clean, to release and detoxify my system!
Detoxification is like tearing down the walls of an old building. So now that i am on my 28th day of this journey i still feel releasing old stuffs from my old life style that was behind, like glue inside my system! It is so beautiful to feel that we are perfect – our body is so perfect that when you rest your digestive system, all others internal organs are having time to clean, to organize back, to heal, to rebuild what was not working so properly!
So yes Susan, i am on board with you all!!!
Love and Blessings, love you, Marcia

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tree May 3, 2010 at 7:33 am

I am so with you on the mindful eating challenge! I am ready to do 100% Raw, been 50%, just needed the next push and here it is!

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Jessie R May 3, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I am in too!!! i am so excited and willing to learn so much about eating Raw food. :-)

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abby May 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Wow, perfect timing! I actually ended up eating all raw today without even knowing about the challenge! I’m new to eating a vegan plant-based diet but I’m curious and excited to try it. :)

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