Raw/Living Food: The Convert Speaks
Well, I have to Come Out. I'm a convert. It's my new religion and like any convert and evangelical, I can't stop talking about it. But dammit. This is working. So let me share. If you are bored with me, just absorb this simple part: stop cooking your food. Just, stop. Obviously you should be buying organic, local, and not-GMO. But damn, people. I laughed at Madonna when I read she went on this program, and now I feel ashamed for mocking her for what works. I always though hollywood drugs kept her in shape. Now I know. To quote her in a way that isn't flattering, "Vegans are Whiter." Give me a sec and I'll explain why this is good.
The short version is this: I know I'm right because when I recently went off my new diet for a few days b/c a gf came by, and she likes "comfort food." I joined her for two days and ate what she bought. And I felt like hell. I immediately went back to my new diet and felt 1000% better. Please believe me when I say: I'm not lying. If you feel sick, tired, sad, or unhealthy, please read the rest of this post. I want to help you. I never thought I could help myself in this way, because I have self-loathing issues, but if it works for me, it will work for you. I know all about poverty, lack of health care, illness and the psychology that relates to poor personal habits. I'm breaking them. Please join me. It's good to be Strong again.
So the deal is pretty simple. I picked up a new client a few months ago, and he's working in disability activism. He's a very interesting guy, in that he has ALS and should be, well, frankly, dead by now. But he's not. Mainly because "food keeps him alive. because his food is alive." That probably sounds hokey to you, but trust me, it's not.
I am also participating in a "study" which is really more of an activism thingee, that has to do with replacing aspects and elements of our naturally evolved diet that we no longer get, as a result of industrial farming and corporate poisons in the stuff we consume. Drugs, food, even our water- all these things have been modified in modern society to the point where we as human animals can't process what it is we are given to live off of, nor can we be healthy as we consume these things. Everyone has seen "Supersize Me," right? Well, let's take that a step further.
Before I do this rant right, let me be political and relevant. Most of us here believe that the US is headed for a fall, a big fall, one in which food and water will be major and important concerns. So if you don't care about my new 18" waist, care about this: raw foods will keep you alive during the riots and crises that are coming. And you can grow them yourself. And no one will notice you have a food supply, because most people are utterly ignorant of what I am about to tell you. This is life saving knowledge in more than one way.
Short version: eat it raw. Eat raw tuna, and raw salmon, for you meat people. But mostly: eat raw veggies- all and any of them. And fruits. Just don't "cook." I don't mean all the time; I just had a nice serving of veggies off the grill and that's fine, if one is cooking fresh veggies that are sauteed or grilled with a little marinated seasoning. I'm not saying give up French cooking of anything like that. What I am saying: keep your food alive, for as long as possible, right before you consume it. That's really the easy, effective trick.
The main principle is this: you're alive, and your proto-human ancestors ate food that was, more or less, "alive." This is what we evolved to do. So stop poisoning your body with stuff that is dead, if you don't want to be dead sooner. It works in the garden, and it works for our bodies. I am a living example of this, as is my new client. Life is hard, and then you die; but one can extend life, if that is the desire. What I'm saying is also great for all us poor people, because raw veggies are in fact cheaper than processed foods and meats. I'm saving money as I save my own life, yo.
But basically, here's what I have learned, as a person without health insurance. I can make all my metrics and numbers better, simply by eating raw food. I dropped ten pounds of fat off my waist and ass, in in a week by eating only raw food. No extra exercise, no extra effort. Sure, I do yoga and I recommend that to everyone, but still. It was... impressive. I had always assumed, "dood, i'm over 40 now and i'll never be 100% HardBody again." I was wrong.
I will go to my establishment doctor again soon, just to check this out, but I'm pretty sure, because I can see it in my face and skin and six pack abs: all my health issues are fading away, as I keep to this. I don't need sleeping drugs, booze, pot or anything else anymore. The only reason I'm up right now is because one of my lovers came to see me this week and we just had fabulous sex, which always wakes me up. But I have my last "blood work" report and I know what was wrong with me then; I can't wait to go back and show my doctor how I've been "cured" of what supposedly can't be cured. My inspiration? Dr. Terry Wahls, of the U of Iowa or something like that (forgive me, it's late). She literally cured herself of MS with this program. Are you listening now?
So here's the program: buy a juicer. Find a whole foods store or something like that where you can buy veggies that are organic and non-GMO. Find a place where you can buy some nice herbal or TCM teas with vitamins. Don't worry about the extra cost; what happens is that as you do this diet, you need *LESS* food to get by. I'm only eating 1.5 meals a day right now, and I've never felt more energetic. These days, I only eat raw/undercooked meat or fish once a week with friends, and honestly, it only slows me down.
Grapefruit is better than coffee. Seriously. Want to wake up? Eat a grapefruit right away when you wake up.
Spinach and kale are miracle foods. Juice a large bunch of them at about mid-morning, and you *will* feel better than if you'd eaten a motrin. Carrots, starbies, blueberries: all superfoods. Cherries, herbs like parsley and cilantro: total energy blast. Apples, swiss chard, oregano, tomatoes... you know the list of veggies that people like me rave about, so I won't bore you with them. But just go veggie, fruit, and more veggies. Asparagus, broccoli. Peas, corn... Fresh, organic and uncooked. Do what I do: make a "garbage salad" every day for your dinner, and have two cups of juiced greens for your lunch, and a grapefruit and orange for your breakfast, every day. Want to look like me? I'm model-thin, my skin is blushingly fresh, and I'm arrogantly energetic. I'm still poor and unhappy with our society; yet I've never felt better.
The supplements I'm taking include organic sulfur and flax oil; I'll get to those in another post. But this is my convert's moment, so I though I'd share. I hope you can forgive me. But please: eat some Shalijit (mushroom) powder and switch to organic Himilayan mountain salts. It works, dammit. We'll also get to the purslane and organic self-growing aspects of this post later.