By now it should be no secret for the readers of my blog that I am a raw vegan. At this specific moment I have more than 6 month of eating only raw, unprocessed and uncooked food. My health has improved dramatically over the last 6 months. I lost 14 kilos in the process and I sleep like a baby. I had a nail problem at my left hand, a tiny exfoliation that started to slowly aggravate in the last 3-4 years. Never knew the reason, just observed helplessly that my nail started to lose consistence. In the last 2 months this condition has been completely reversed, my nail is practically complete again. During May last year I had a horrible cold, with more than 5 days of high fever (40 degrees Celsius). I never had the tiniest cold since I started the diet, although I was exposed to viral contexts.
The main reason for that dramatic change in my “physical layer” is my diet, without any doubt. It’s the way I eat that improved my physical health in such an incredible way.
Overloaded With Toxins
After more than 6 months of observing my body reaction to my raw food, I can affirm that my main improvement area is in the toxins speed elimination. I can feel that my body is having less toxins than before, and when it happens to have more than normal, it eliminates the extra toxins much faster. I can’t explain exactly how it does, I can only tell you that I experience states of lightness and elasticity. I feel like I’m cleaner and more functional than before. It’s not only my weight and my body elasticity, it’s like my whole body mechanism is functioning at a better rate.
Our divine machine, the body, it’s a sublime project. We humans could only aim to create substances as complete or as functional as our human tissue. When we can create something good, we do it incompletely. Every food supplement out there, a part from providing you with a list ofÂ allegedly needed ingredients, insert into your body loads of incomplete, toxic structures. Each thermal modification of our food (apart from allegedly making it available for more time) fundamentally affects its base molecular structure. Every “improved” food contains in fact much more harmful substances, making your body working extra hours to eliminate them. And this extra stress weakens your sublime machine that you call your body.
I guess there is some point from where we don’t feel this effort anymore. After this point we’re actually overloaded with toxins. Our body surrendered and it’s only a question of time until the weakest link will fall apart, creating an illness. I’m not a doctor nor do I intend to pose into one. I can only speak from my firsthand experience on this topic and this is what I do.
A Raw Food Diet For Your Soul
Well, the other day I had out of the blue this thought: what if my emotional layer would also be fed with only raw, unprocessed emotions? What if I impose a raw food diet on my soul? What does that actually could mean? What would be the obstacles? What would be the expected results?
Without claiming that I already started such a diet, I will try to write in this post my possible answers to all those questions from above. So, let’s start it:
What Are Raw Emotions?
In my opinion, raw emotions are genuine emotions, not mixed or not “cooked” by external factors in any way. I’m talking about genuine joy, genuine anger, or genuine sadness. I don’t make any polarization here, don’t think that one category of emotions is “good”, as in joy, for example, and we should all experience dumbly only that types of emotions. I’m talking mainly about the quality, or freshness of an emotion, being it “bad” or “good”.
I think that the main cause for “processed” emotions is social constraint. How many times you faked a smile, for social reasons? A smile should be an expression of genuine joy, not something that you could come up with any time. How many times you faked anger in front of your kids, just to make them understand that you are “really upset”? Those are processed emotions and processed stuff is toxic stuff.
If you look at a kid, you’ll see that he has no need to fake anything. If he’s joyful, he laughs, if he’s sad, he’s crying. The emotional body of the kids is totally healthy. All their emotions are raw, unprocessed emotions. They’re not allowing any genetically modified emotion to penetrate their system. And yes, they are happy.
How many toxins we already have in our emotional body? How many times, in need for the tiniest sign of positive emotion we took the whole package, with all the incomplete, toxic emotions? How many times, in search for a sign of compassion we accepted the violence, the aggression, the anger, the irascibility or the annoyance?
All those processed emotions are harmful. Our emotional body needs to eliminate the extra toxins in order to function normally. Otherwise we crack up. We fall in depression, we embrace chronic boredom or various form of plain dumbness. Our emotional body can’t cope with the detox process. I do think that all of our psychological imbalances are in fact signs of an emotional intoxication.
Being Emotionally Raw
If this is the cause, what we should do in order to avoid this intoxication? How can we prevent the overload of our emotional system? Well, by allowing only raw emotions, of course.
Are you looking for compassion? Then allow into your emotional system only genuine compassion. Don’t mix it with guilt, with compliance, with social taboos. Don’t process it. Let it flow in a raw form. Be authentic. How could you do this? I found at least 3 ways of doing it, but I’m still searching. As soon as I find more, I’m going to tell you about, but until then, here are the first 3:
1. Be Honest With Your Emotions
Don’t process your emotions. Don’t pass them through your mind. Don’t cook them in order to make them more appealing to somebody else. Just acknowledge that you have that emotion and let it flow. Don’t put a moral label on it: you can have negative or positive emotions, and that’s ok, as long as they are genuine. Don’t avoid or reject the negative emotions just because they are social taboos. So it’s cooked lunch. I managed to have 3 salads instead of a lunch and I’m doing great.
Processing your emotions means most of the time passing them through a number of filters. Some are coming from your family, some are coming from society, some are coming from your own experience. For instance, you’ve been hurt before if you loved somebody, and now you “process” your emotion: you only allow to feel good around a person after you make sure you won’t be left anymore. You put first the condition “don’t leave me” on the love.
It shouldn’t be like this. You shouldn’t process your emotions based on any previous experiences. You’re living only in this moment and this is everything you have. Bringing emotional filters from the past is not going to make the present more alive.
2. Expose Yourself To Honest People
Honest people can be very uncomfortable sometimes. So it’s raw food. It’s not always tasty in a general sense of good food. But it has this precious quality of being honest, unprocessed, without toxins. By emotionally honest people I understand people who can express their emotions openly. Even when they’re not liking you, they’re saying it out loud. And if the next second they start to like you, they say it.
Being honest in exposing your emotions is incredibly difficult. This is why people with a high degree of honesty don’t have much of a social life. They tend to be rejected because of their honesty. The only exception to that is again in the kids realm. The most emotionally honest persons are kids, of course, and they tend to have a normal social life despite of this. They can express their feelings without the tiniest genetical modification. They are angry: they cry at each other. They are happy: they laugh and play together.
3. Ignore Processed Emotions
The vast majority of processed emotions are generated by mass media. They are like the fast food of emotions. News is generating mostly negative emotions like aggressiveness and fear, while the majority of television shows are playing with the sensitivity chord, trying to raise joy or dumb happiness. Those emotions are like hamburgers, you take one, feel the taste for a second and then you forget about it. This is why media needs to reinvent itself, because you forget the feeling instantly, it doesn’t have any consistency at all. Even more, with that emotional hamburger you get a lot of processed fat and other toxins like greed, faking and emotional emptiness.
As a raw foodist I don’t fight processed food. I ignore it. It’s a fundamental difference. It moves the focus from what you don’t want to happen to what you want to create. I’m not evangelistic with that, I understand that what is good for me could not be good to you. And even if I would believe that would be good for you, I respect your decision. It’s your decision to eat what you want. I didn’t make it 6 months till here by fighting raw food, I just started to ignore what wasn’t good for me. And it can be the same with processed emotions: fighting them would lead nowhere, ignoring them will make room for your new, raw unprocessed emotions.
As I told you, I’m not doing this already, it’s just a blog post. Right, you just read a blog post about a raw food diet for your soul. I might be trying an experiment with this, after I will get a deeper understanding of what it really takes and I will blog about it, the same way I did with my gratitude experiment.
But it’s not that important if I’m doing something, It’s not important if I’m doing anything at all, in fact. What’s really important is: what are YOU doing?
14 thoughts on “A Raw Food Diet For Your Soul”
@Secara well, that really sounds interesting. The link between the heart and emotions is found in almost any culture. From my experience, doing cardio regullary can dramatically increase the endorphins number, I do enjoy a feeling of joy and pleasure when I exercise for more than 2-3 weeks in a row. So, it must be something there 😉
How about cleansing your emotions through regular cardio exercise? Popular wisdom says that emotions are directly connected to the heart … so doing more cardio exercise might be an answer for “renew”-ing emotions (I actually read this some time ago from a guy called Tony Schwartz).
@Becky Thanks for the comment and for the link. Sounds interesting, I will check it out, thanks for sharing 🙂
I am new to eating mainly raw food. I have been using Susan Schenck’s latest book, “The Live Food Factor” as my reference guide- it has been great!
Susan is very dedicated in her approach of being objective and open to all the different versions of the raw diet. While most raw diets are vegan, she warns that this might not be for everyone. She goes into great depth about some of the potential pitfalls on the raw diet, and even covers the “radical branches” of the diet such as the nonvegan raw fooders.
@Andrew Thanks for commenting here, I really enjoyed your article. As you might know I already wrote something about this as well: Overcoming Cravings On A Raw Food Diet.
I completely agree that you have to deal with the mental as well as the physical side. You may want to check out this article on cravings control: http://www.raw-food-health.net/CravingControl.html
@Nicholas Powiull Wlecome to my blog and thank you for commenting. I agree that we could shorten the path somehow if we could just be a little bit cleaner on the emotional side, and yes, this is all what this article was about 🙂
I love the idea, this is very creative and magnificently calling. I have a feeling by doing this, anyone could become a vibrational match for their soul 🙂 Kudos to you indeed!
@BunnygotBlog Thanks for commenting here and glad to hear that you really pay attention to your diet, that’s an important step. Interesting concept about reversing your raw emotions to turn them into something more positive, I like the idea of “transforming energies” 🙂
@nutuba Glad that I made you think, in fact this is the purpose of all this, I’m not trying to sell fast food blogging, but to make everyone cook whatever he can with the ingredients I write… Moral is good, but the formal the worse. There is a moral called “common sense” and that’s working better than the social taboos.
@Jay If you’re interested in starting something like this you can follow the links after this post, under the “Related Posts” category. Especially Raw Food Primer, it gives you some bootstrapping advice.
@Ian Peatey Congrats on eliminating meat and for feeling better. I’m also glad that I made you think a little about your emotional layer, and I hope I did it for the good 🙂
On the diet side, I’m not yet where I’d like to be but I did make an important step over a month ago by eliminating all meat. And I do feel healthier already. I know a couple of other raw food vegans and I’m generally impressed by their physical and mental health!
I enjoyed the concept of processed emotions – especially having had a very emotionally stunted upbringing (British!!!!). It’s taken me years to rediscover a healthy emotional world and I see now how much I was asleep for most of my life. Definitely not a healthy place to be!
What an interesting twist. I love how you moved the diet of the body into the diet of the soul! Very interesting. I bookmarked it so I can show it to my wife as well. Raw vegan?? I could not handle vegetarian last year for more than 6 months- you will have to tell me how you do it!
Interesting and thought-provoking article!
I agree with the premise, partly. There is a LOT of emotional junk out there, and yes a whole lot of it is pushed by the media. Television is, well, yucky. We do have to be honest with ourselves. “How do I really feel about this” instead of “What do they want me to feel about this” should be our response.
It has to fall within context though. Emotion is certainly part of our spiritual being, but it’s not the whole thing. If I’m really angry at somebody, that still doesn’t give me license to let my anger play itself out and hurt that person. I’m married. If I see another woman who I find very attractive, that doesn’t give me license to hit on her. Whether it’s because of religious beliefs or cultural norms, there is some moral restraint that needs to be observed to keep our emotions in check.
Honestly, often it’s the case that if I let someone else have his way, instead of hanging on to my emotional reaction about whatever it is, I find that I’m happier than if I fought to have my way. It has something to do with allowing sympathy / empathy / compassion and stuff like that to come into play.
Finally, there are different kinds of love. If I let God’s love work through me (and not block it), then I find I’m much more loving and accepting and kind to other people. If I hold grudges and have my own way with my own emotions, I feel miserable.
(I don’t think I’m arguing with the premise of the article actually … I think I’m extending it a little, maybe orthogonally. 🙂
Anyway, the fact that I wrote this much in a comment does mean that your article was effective and got me to thinking about it. Nicely done!
Cheers and Regards,
Great post here , Dragos,
I eat healthy. I cook only fresh vegetables and white meats with an occasional steak. But I hate the fact of all this fast and ready made foods and their preservatives are being sold and consumed by humans. I wouldn’t feed my dog McDonald’s hamburger.
Besides all the hidden sugars that send a false message to the brain of still be hungry. I could go on and on this subject.
Basically the fuel you put into your body influences the way it operates.
Raw emotion- Well yes, I get mad and sad but I try to limit that since it is a waste of energy.Instead I reverse it around to make something positive out of it. There is always a positive side to everything. 🙂
I am more productive in all aspects of life when I am happy, have enough sleep and eat a diet of fresh foods.