Raw Veganism has many amazing benefits, here I will list a few of them:
BECAUSE OF THE PHYSICAL BENEFITS: Cooked food is extremely addictive, some people say it is more addictive than heroin. Our house is a raw food zone because if we would just have a little cooked food, now and then, it would change to quickly more. It is very hard to just have a little cooked food because the harmful bacteria in our gut thrive on cooked food. They will demand to be fed more and more. This is why it is so hard not to overeat on cooked food and not to start the cycle of addiction again.
Cooking destroys the fibre in food that is why one can eat large amounts of cooked food in one go and still not be satisfied. Because cooked food has no fibre and is acidifying, lots of it gets stuck in the pockets of our intestines. Fibre cleans the colon, food without fibre can not clean the colon. This is how obese people can die of malnutrition. The accumulation in the pockets of the intestines makes it too hard for nutrition to pass through the intestinal walls.
BECAUSE OF THE EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL BENEFITS: On 100 % raw vegan food I feel blissful. I have no aches or pains, I feel energetic and do not need much sleep, I can focus much longer and much better in meditation. When I feel good physically it is much easier to be positive. On 100% salt-free raw vegan food it is easy for me to rise above thoughts of worries or negative emotions such as anger. Salt is a stimulant just like coffee. It stimulates our lower mind. In my experience, it is very hard to focus the attention above the negative mind when one is on a diet that includes salt and coffee.
BECAUSE OF THE SPIRITUAL BENEFITS: Food is an attachment. One day each of us has to learn to detach from food. Our home is the spiritual region of unconditional love and bliss, where we do not need food. The only way to go there is to be unconditional love. On 100 % raw vegan food it is much easier for me to rise above the lower mind, which is inherently selfish, and to replace anger with empathy. We are not the lower mind, we are not the emotions, and we are not the physical body. When we rise above the lower mind, we start to experience our true self, which is fearless, all-knowing, and unconditionally loving. Then our only desire will be to serve others. Love and empathy for others, which comes from our higher self, will rule us. The need to control, to blame, to be better than, or to be right, which all comes from the lower mind, will fade away. Meditation purifies our physical, mental, and emotional body simultaneously. Raw food helps us to be able to mediate with better focus and concentration.
Photo: Raw vegan tv dinner for my husband. All recipes from my books/ebooks.
Empathy has little to do with taking on somebody’s pain; it has more to do with emotional intelligence and understanding somebody’s pain. Empathy is the ability to put our point of view aside and try to see from the other person’s perspective. It is a set of skills that we can acquire through practice.
When we practice empathy in our lives, our relationships will be more meaningful and more loving because it is not how others act towards us that makes us unhappy, it is our own reactions, our own anger that creates our unhappiness.
One part of empathy is to learn the ability to observe without evaluating. To be able to do this, we have to acquire emotional literacy.
For example, I myself do not like to be controlled, pressured, or threatened. This is why, I do not control, pressure, or threaten my children.
When we learn to use empathy, we will solicit our children’s or teenager’s help by speaking from the heart, without blame, judgement, and without hurting their feelings or putting them in the defensive. Empathy wants to help my children do their chores from the right motive, which is from love, not fear.
My empathy series of books present in each story an aspect of empathy.
Slim, The Patient Pig, demonstrates how making the effort of being patient in difficult situations will make our lives beautiful.
Slim is available as an ebook and in print.
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HOW I AVOID GREY HAIR
Lots of people in my workshop ask me if I colour my hair. The answer is no, never.
I turned 50 in 2017. One of the main reasons that I do not have any grey hair, I believe, is that I mainly live on green smoothies and green salads. I love preparing other fully raw organic foods for my family and friends, but after you have been a raw vegan for many years, life gets very simple.
Green smoothies are packed full of minerals, vitamins, organic sodium, protein, and magic fibre. Magic, because 1g of fibre takes out 60g toxins. Greens are also the most alkalising food one can eat, they satisfy the body and take away cravings.
I drink 1 – 2 litres a day. I prepare 4 litres for my husband and 1 litre each for my children. I prepare green smoothies in the morning first thing, and we take them where ever we go.
HOW TO MAKE A GREEN SMOOTHIE:
For a 2 litre Jug I use, for example, 3 bananas, 2 oranges, 1 passionfruit, 1 handful of greens, such as kale, spinach, purslane, rocket, dandelion, Warragul greens, edible weeds, silverbeet, herbs, etc. and about 3-4 cups of water.
Varying your greens is very important. Use any other combination of fruit. I buy only organic and get boxes in season. Sometimes I add frozen berries for the children.
By drinking regular green smoothies, (1 – 2 litres per day), I have experienced a dramatic change in my skin, blood circulation, clarity of mind, and energy. Green smoothies also feed beneficial gut bacteria, they, in turn, will make me crave more greens. The more green smoothies I drink, the more my body craves greens.
Some of you might think that grey hair and ageing depends on our genetic make-up. Yes, it is true that genetics are important, but I believe consuming the right food can overwrite our genetics.
Newest research, nutrigenomics, talks about how food can change our genes. nutrigenomics-harnessing-the-power-of-food-to-change-your-genes
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