Everything About Nothing
How did raw fooders get mired in minutiae?
Dr. Douglas N. Graham
Interested in nutrition? Sure, that’s a huge part of why we made dietary changes. Concerned about nutrition? Yes, that’s why we are committed to improving our regimen. Would the words, “worried about nutrition” (in a healthy way, of course) describe us? Definitely, we are worried about nutrition, or so I am told, and that is where we become vulnerable.
In reality, it is our neighbors, eating their devitalized, nutrient-free foods that need to be concerned, and yes, even worried, about their nutrition and health. Their unsustainable processed, refined cooked-food diet is greatly responsible, both directly and indirectly, for not only their damaged health but for the destruction of the entire ecosystem.
Raw fooders, on the other hand, should, theoretically be able to relax in the land of simple, healthful eating. But alas, simplicity doesn’t sell. For the most part, those most publicly spreading the raw message have led us into a nutritional maze where ever-increasing doses of ever-smaller micronutrients are necessary to shore up our diets. Isn’t it time to step back from the minutiae and take in the big picture once again?
Into the Raw Rabbit Hole
Most of us have gone through worlds of dietary transitions. From junk food and java to vegetarian (with maybe a sojourn into the macrobiotic world), vegan, and a wide variety of raw diets’we have tried them all. In its time, the current diet was “it”—the be-all, end-all “best” diet. Each time, we learned a little something. Each time, we grew a little wiser. Each time, we accommodated to the new program, calling it a transition, and each time, we found that there was more—a better way.
We learned that vegetarianism wasn’t as animal friendly as we had originally thought, not really much more so than the Suicide American Diet. We learned that the common vegan diet was as nutritionally devitalized as practically any other cooked-food approach. We learned more and more about nutrition, focusing on ever-smaller aspects of the dietary picture. As we did so, the gap between food and nutrition grew wider. We started eating bananas for their potassium, vegetables for their chlorophyll, and spices for their minerals. We started consuming oils for their component parts. Food was no longer food, but a list of nutrients.
No longer was the caloronutrient (protein-fat-carb) ratio enough to evaluate our diet. No longer did the macronutrient index provide an accurate picture of our nutrition. Not even micronutrients were all that important anymore. We left this all behind for a more intriguing world, a world we do not even understand: the world of micromolecular nutrition. In this world, chemistry supposedly happens that we do not comprehend. Nutritional miracles occur that are beyond science’s ability to explain. Biologic transmutation—the alchemy of biochemistry—is given credit for magical and mystical nutritional goings-on.
Logic has apparently lost all meaning in the raw food world. Basic minerals, we are told, are formed out of thin air. If the body doesn’t have what it needs, it will create it, we are informed. This, by the very people who would sell us supplements of every description. Why take supplements if the body will simply create what it needs? Why, in fact, follow any dietary program at all?
How do I inspire people to be healthy?
Some of you already have in mind the question:
“Why on earth should I do that?” – This question arises not necessarily because of selfishness, but rather because of knowing how hard it is to change a human habit.
A habit which have been long rooted in our mind, for 10, 20 … 80 years.
And you know what? When we try to change a habit we are fighting with ourselves!!!
Therefore the motivation and the arguments would better be stronger than our belief.
Ok. Firstly, I think that the best way to make someone aware about the food they are eating is to be an actual example.
Fiends are coming to me and ask different questions. From “Are you worried about dead animals?” up to “Isn’t it disgusting to eat a raw carrot?”
Sometimes we laugh a lot while I reply to them, other times there is pure anger, and other times people are tired of being where they are and desperately looking for a change.
This is the trick! – Be an example, not smart (with complex theories about sulfates from vegetables that make you younger) not loud (over shouting the people who eat fast food) but, as Dr. Graham told me, SHINE – be an example.
And the more I interact with people the more I see how their perception changes.
I have a friend, who is a mother of a 12 year old, and she used to tell me:
“You are so skinny, you should eat some stake, at least boiled, but you should put some fat on you. “
In these cases I never argue, I just smile, and I always say “Thank you, But I feel great, and that matters to me”.
Without shouting, without showing myself as being smarter. After saying those words, I leave the scene, thinking that I am right and the other person thinking that s/he is right. No bad feelings. And next time we meet we laugh and joke, and if s/he mentions again the idea about gaining fat, I repeat the same answer.
BUT, in about 5 months, my friend started asking me how come I run throughout all the building all the day and feel so fresh without drinking coffee / eating meat – the things which are supposed to make you more energetic – and in the end they are the ones tired, sleepy and exhausted.
In these cases I always say to people “Because I eat the right food”. That’s it!!! No more information, not that I’m raw, or vegan or fruitarian … jut the right food.
With experience I noticed, that when you tell to people that you’re raw, or vegan or fruitarian or eating living foods … people take you as a joke. Not necessarily because it is a joke, but due to the strong internal food habits and shaggy knowledge background about food. It does not matter how many, and the strength of the arguments you will bring, in most of the cases there will be an internal resistance of the comfort zone they’ve been into about food for the last 10, 20 … years.
If you want to inspire a person, you have to tell them step by step the information that they are ready to hear. What their mind will be ready to perceive, and why not try!!!
Nothing revolutionary – totally against their belief – just a small modification of the belief that is well rooted in their mind.
And believe me, when the advice will work, they will change their belief themselves.
The easies and most effective way to inspire a person, is when they inspire themselves from inside.
So what do I do?
I tell them about food combining. And it is ALWAYS perceived very well.
That’s the secret!!!
I explain them that when we mix foods we feel so exhausted and swollen and ….
I give them a chart of food combining and an important advice, to never mix Fruits with any food and the fact that it’s the best and quickest way to get energy.
Therefore: “You should try eating in the morning till noon energetic fruits, then lunch and dinner using the food combining rules”. – It works like miracle!!!
Friends come back happy to me, that they’ve lost weight, they are running all around with energy like ME, that they feel great, AND (here comes the drums) they always ask – “What else am I supposed to know” – now they are prepared and here come the next parts.
I feel great – but what makes me feel greater – is when people come to me saying how great they feel.
Write your stories bellow and what do you do to make people happy?
When are we going to understand that there is no magic pill?
Maybe when we will find the magic pill that works.
And belive me that would be a dehidrated fruit – in a pill pack.
(NaturalNews) Vegetables are storehouses of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients that help the body ward off and prevent disease. A recent study out of the University of East Anglia (UEA) has revealed that one such vegetable compound, known as sulforaphane, actually inhibits the function of the destructive enzymes that cause arthritis.
Several recent studies have linked cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower with cancer prevention, but it appears these vegetables provide other useful benefits as well (PS:you must be kidding). Eating them, say scientists, causes blood levels of sulforaphane to increase, which may enter joint tissue and prevent its destruction.
Osteoarthritis is an arthritic condition where joint cartilage slowly degrades over time causing severe pain. If left to run its course, the condition is debilitating. But in the presence of sulforaphane, the condition can be prevented and even reversed.
“Laboratory studies show that sulforaphane may…block an enzyme that triggers inflammation and joint pain,” explains Elaine Magee in her book Food Synergy: Unleash Hundreds of Powerful Healing Food Combinations to Fight Disease and Live Well. “Broccoli is rich in sulforaphane (a member of the isothiocyanate family of phytochemicals), which stimulates enzymes in the body that detoxify carcinogens before they have a chance to damage cells.”
The preliminary trial is part of a long-term investigation into the methods by which sulforaphane benefits the body. Researchers hope to determine how easily the compound gets into joints and how much of the compound is needed to have a significant therapeutic effect.
Many retailers already carry sulforaphane supplements because the compound has multiple known therapeutic effects. And since it is a natural food supplement, it can be safely taken as part of a healthy diet to prevent or treat disease.
Original Source: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-09/uoea-ebc091510.php