HOW IT ALL STARTED
On August 24, 2003, my friend Katarina lent me a book called “12 Steps to Raw”. I read the book that night and the very next morning switched over to an organic raw vegan diet. After only three months of eating this way, the rheumatoid arthritis afflicting my hands and hips vanished. I still have a few twisted fingers and swollen joints, but the pain and incapacity are gone. Ah, what a blessing! My biological mother dealt daily with the challenges of this chronic and hereditary illness but I don’t suffer from it anymore. Kudos to the all-natural magic of Mother Nature!
Before being a Rawtarian, I carried around 15-30 pounds of excess weight but now my waistline is back. Spending time under the sun resulted in looking like a boiled lobster, but now my fair skin takes on a light golden shade. I still have energy, but now there are no short circuits – it is all Zen energy. My vision used to be sprinkled with floaters, like little flies’ wings, noticeable when reading a book, and they are now gone. My face suffered from rosacea to a point where it looked like a sunburn every day, my skin was constantly peeling, it hurt to laugh, and the inside corners of my eyebrows were dried and cracked. My face is now smooth with rosy cheeks, and the pain is all gone.
Seven months later, in March 2004, my daughter Chrystelle joined me, at age of thirteen. Before this, Chrystelle had a rash on her scalp, face and the back of her neck. We consulted a doctor, a naturopath, an alternative healer and tried cleanses without results. We tried taking the plunge into living 100% organic and all that was conventional got replaced: our food, body care products, and cleaning products. There was an improvement, but not a complete healing. It was heartbreakingto see Chrystelle’s neck looking like a cat used it as a scratching post. The contour of her face had a red halo, her eyelids were red and puffy, and her scalp was covered with scratches. Once Chrystelle started eating raw cuisine, day after day, month after month, it all disappeared. Like a canvas being restored, the scars vanished, and her skin became silky smooth and glowed. Oh joy!
In June of 2004, my two sons, Nicholas 11 and Sebastian 8 years old, joined us. Nicholas was a little bit of a glutton. During Halloween one year, he couldn’t resist eating lots of candies and unbeknownst to me, he must have eaten one kilo of it by all the wrappings I found later in his bedroom. It resulted in two large, painful sores on the back of his thighs. Homeopathy, naturopathy and taking all the sugar out of his diet had very little effect on this skin infection. Neither did two rounds of antibiotics. Each morning, seeing the dry blood under his fingernails and the stains on his sheets broke my heart. I could only imagine the suffering he was going through. Following his sister’s path of eating raw cuisine, day after day, month after month, the sores vanished without leaving a trace. Oh joy, oh joy!
As for my youngest, Sebastian, his hyperactivity was challenging for everyone, himself included, and his teachers requested to have him put on Ritalin. We took all sweets, food colorants, chocolate, juices, and dried fruits out of his diet with no results. As soon as Sebastian ate the raw cuisine 100%, his body calmed down like a fine rain after a thunderstorm. Once more, Mother Nature’s simple medicine was the most efficient. It is so comforting for a mother to witness healing without the use of pharmaceuticals. Oh joy, oh joy, oh joy!
I was also quite taken by the small environmental footprint created by this way of nourishing my family. We went from the usual amount of garbage generated by a family of four to a fraction of it. Visits to the grocery became so simple; produce aisle, spices, herbs and oils; I was out of there in no time. My kitchen cupboards went from cluttered to spacious, with no more hard-to-clean oven, pots and pans. No more worries of serving a meal and the food getting cold. Feeding my family became a breeze. And to add to the simplicity of it all, washing dishes used for plating raw cuisine is beyond easy: a quick wash and rinse, et voilà!
However, what had proven to be beneficial for my family’s health, generated worries and apprehensions in some people. You might be saying to yourself, “The results are so positive, why such concern?” For many cultures, a welcoming gesture translates into an invitation to share a meal and the height of most celebrations is the feast. Many meetings amongst family members, friends or business associates take place around a table of appetizing dishes. Nourishment equals wellbeing, hospitality, and treating our guests. Aromas stimulate our senses, evoke exotic cuisine, or simply remind us of mom’s cooking.
So, for some, to put aside all that delicious fare and those exquisite sensations for a vegan Rawtarian lifestyle seems impossible. People won’t be able to serve their favourite recipes. And how is this diet balanced? Where does one get their protein? Will children grow and develop normally?
CHOOSE RAW FOOD!
The vegan Rawtarian diet is far from being common knowledge; it doesn’t have the same notoriety as the traditional omnivorous diet. Our knowledge of health is the result of studies and research conducted with subjects eating a cooked omnivorous diet. The food guide, information on vitamins, minerals, and proteins labeled as being beneficial for our health originate from these studies. It’s from these studies that there originates a belief that the proteins that are beneficial for our bodies only come from animal sources.
An elephant feeds only on grass, so how can it grow to be so big and so muscular? And the gorilla? The cow? Could it be possible that protein from plant sources could also do a great job? Ask your family doctor for an annual blood test, which will give you an indication of your strong points and of the ones that require improvement. Annual testing will allow you to compare results and celebrate your improvements. I can certainly say that keeping to my beliefs and a raw vegan cuisine has made me the healthy person I am today. You can change too – I am the walking proof of it!