Today I know it was a massive kick-off for my awareness on what I feed my body with, and how I treat my environment in the process.
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 for fun and convenience, and I took some notes. It was a rollercoaster ride, both mentally and physically, and for a while it seemed like I had no character for such ‘radical’, even ‘hippie’, behaviour…
Originally published January 23rd, 2012 – So me and the raw have found our rhythm. Whenever I have a moment, I read in the book that I’ve been given – ‘Nature’s First Law: The Raw-Food Diet – which is always enlightening.
Such as Chapter 8 ‘overworked organs’:
“Natural food, especially fruits, do not remain in the digestive organs for more than a few hours and, whether wholly digested or not, leave the body by normal channels. Cooked foods, especially those derived from animals, linger in the alimentary canal for three or four days, sometimes weeks. The body labours to the point of exhaustion to eliminate those materials.”
They go on, mentioning that ‘It is well known that immediately after an animal’s death its cells begin to decompose, releasing a variety of toxins… Its no wonder that after remaining in the human abdomen for three days at a temperature of 37 degrees, animal products are completely converted into poisons.”
The biologically satisfied stomach of a raw foodist
So, “By feeding on useless, harmful, and poisonous substances, cooked-food enthusiasts gratify their passions, paralyse their stomachs, create the illusion of being satisfied. In reality, however, the cells are moaning with hunger, due to a lack of essential nutrients. A raw foodist’s stomach is always at rest because it is usually empty; at the same time the raw foodist’s body is fully, biologically satisfied.”
I have to say, eating a lot of salads has been good and, indeed, I hadn’t been feeling that painful feeling of hunger. I did have my moments of weakness, and do pig-out on the occasional cookie (yes, I love them!), but in general, I was proud to be, I’d say, 80% raw.
Ramke says that as soon as you are more raw than cooked, you are already doing your body worlds of good!
Then I went to Neneng’s last weekend. It was an excursion I made on my own accord, more on it in a separate post. She asked me how I was liking Philippino food and squeeled when I told her I had hardly tasted any. She gave herself a mission, and by gosh, how I dug into the mountains of rice and barbecued meats put in front of me. The sheer tastes and consistencies of them went down so well. So well!
And so went the weekend. ‘Try a rice cake, it’s a specialty from Manapla’. ‘Eat more, you like?’ Aw YES!
Funny thing, though. When I got back I was craving – proper craving – my veggies. I didn’t think it was possible, but then again, Neneng had hardly served ANY veggies, not even cooked, at all!
And also: I was thirsty. Really thirsty. I drank and drank and drank but was still thirsty. And this is what they say, raw food contains all the good nutrients and liquids that your body needs. You don’t ‘feel’ so thirsty anymore… unless you cheat 🙂
I asked Ramke if he thought one could actually ‘crave’ raw food like, say, pasta. He said, once your system is used to it, not necessarily… so, on raw, I’d be missing out on that lovely feeling of thinking I was satisfying a craving!?
Interesting development, this experience.