My transformation into an organic vegan all pretty much began by going raw in 2012; I was in the Philippines, working with Nomadic Hands, and I decided to join my host on her raw food diet for a month – I called it an ‘experiment’, I did it for no other reason than fun and convenience, and I took some notes. I had no idea it would be a #lifechanger.
Originally published January 16, 2012 – In the cottage Ramke handed me a book called ‘Nature’s First Law: The Raw-Food Diet’ and said ‘read this!’
Which I now am doing.
Because why bother going raw, and depriving yourself of pasta and bread and afternoon cakes and barbecued meat, if you don’t know what that’s good for?
** At this point I’d like to make it clear that I am merely reporting what I am reading in the only book I had available to me on raw food, and I insist that these are in no way my own statements. **
So, basically, and they repeat it after every chapter:
‘cooked food is poison.’
APPARENTLY, mankind was not designed to eat cooked food, and by cooking (and processing) food in any way it loses all its nutrients, and thereby becomes an indigestible poison for our bodies.
‘Diseases, obesity, depression, pollution, etc. are all caused by the consumption of cooked food. If you are ill, consume exclusively raw plant food and your illness will wither. If you are under/overweight, eating raw will restore your body to its natural weight. If you suffer from depression, eating raw will restore your happiness and vitality. If you are an environmentalist, start by cleaning up your own body.’
The authors compare humans with animals and point out that humans are more prone to a diversity of illnesses than animals and this due to our unnatural way of feeding ourselves.
The discovery of fire 500,000 years ago (as opposed to the 1,500,000,000 years of life before) has brought with it an abundance of palette-stimulating tastes that are perverted for the human digestive system. But mankind has adapted to cooked food, and even become addicted to its tastes and the impression of ‘fullness’ it creates. As an example used, someone who eats bananas regularly but then stops for a week will be fine. A bread-eater who is deprived of bread for a week feels a sensation of withdrawal… Note to self: make the banana-test. Can confirm already about the carbs (refer to my ‘squishy croissant binge’).
I am reading through the book and their exposé appears very plausible to me. We know that many of our problems, be they physical or mental, are linked to our diet. The nutrients we think to come from protein and carbs are, so they say, all present in raw food, so that’s covered.
But if they are right, what an utterly frustrating piece of knowledge has just been handed to me!
It is telling us that we all have been living wrongly all this time, and it claims, that what we have been enjoying is, in effect without exception, poison for our body. The authors compare cooked food to all other drugs, including cigarettes – claiming that smoking is the most absurd form of ‘cooking’, ‘cooking’ the air that we breathe.
For the time being I am continuing the diet. I am also drinking a cup of nescafé every day because it gives me pleasure.
How I feel? At this precise moment at 6pm after a smoothie for breakfast and a papaya salad for lunch, my tummy has been rumbling for three hours. I don’t feel like eating, though. Ramke says this is a natural reaction to the change in my diet, that I am de-toxing and that I will notice it my bowel movements, too. (I said I’d share).
He also told me that I had lost weight. While losing weight is not anything I have ever aspired to do, and while I also find that hard to believe after only two days, it does give me some sense of satisfaction.
I let myself visualise a through-and-through healthy and toned version of myself leaving the Philippines in one month.