Day 13 – Gimme raw!

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.”

Hmmm disgusting!

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.”

2012 philippines market outside

good stuff

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!

Thirsty

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.

Day 5 – ‘read this’, learning about raw

Natures First Law: Raw Food

Nature’s First Law: The Raw-Food Diet (available on Amazon)

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 calledNature’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.’

(O-M-G!)

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.

(erm… W-H-A-T?)

‘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.