Tuesday, September 22, 2020

How I Found Raw Food (Through The Beatles?)


It was almost 11 am in early May 2004. I was working as an administrative assistant for a sales and marketing department. The office was nearly silent except for the hum of the air conditioning, as everyone was off at a very important meeting. Everyone…except me, who was sitting there waiting for packages and answering the phone.

I had completed all of my work for the day, and I decided to take a little Internet break. Being that I am a passionate Beatles fan, I was checking out various Beatle websites. I skimmed over the Wikipedia article on the Beatles, even though I knew all the stuff in it, the article was fun to read. I read a few other sites, and then I decided I needed some eye candy. I did a simple Google image search for the Beatles. I was on a quest to find fun Beatles photos.

I looked at pages of the Beatles. I looked at search pages full of photos of John, Paul, George and Ringo. I looked for early Beatles, White Album Beatles, Abbey Road Beatles. It was fun. My favorite era of the Beatles is the Sargent Pepper era, so I had fun looking at all the fun psychedelic technicolor photos.

And then, I heard a little voice in my head. It said “Sugar Plum Fairy”.

I knew immediately what that meant. During the Sargent Pepper recordings, John Lennon and George Martin were working on the rhythm for the final song on the album entitled “A Day In The Life“. It was during the recording of the song that John came up with a little saying to repeat in order to keep in line with the rhythm. The saying was… sugar plum fairy.

It seemed like a fun thing to search for. I typed it into Google, and started to look at all the photos. Immediately, I knew I was looking for something, but I didn’t know what. I looked at pages of ballerinas, and ceramic sculptures that look like fairies. I almost started to get frustrated, because I didn’t know what I was looking for, but I had to find this something.

And then, On page 7 or 8 or so, I saw a sugar plum fairy that looked different from all the others.

I saw this Sugar Plum Fairy:


I clicked on the photo, and I was taken to a page full of pictures of a Christmas party.

I soon realized that this wasn’t an ordinary Christmas party, this was a Raw Food Christmas Party!

Now keep in mind I already knew about raw food. I first learned of raw food in 2000, and since that time was eating either cooked vegetarian, cooked vegan food or macrobiotic food.

The day I found the Sugar Plum fairy was just a week after I had nearly given up on eating healthy. I knew there was something else, but I didn’t know what else to eat. Cooked vegan wasn’t right for me, macro wasn’t right for me. It felt hopeless.

And it was just three days before finding the Sugar Plum Fairy that my husband Justin found my only raw food cookbook. (And that is another story.)

But even after finding a book on raw food, I had not been searching on the Internet about raw food. That is until I saw the Sugar Plum Fairy.

I saw the photos of that raw food party. I saw delicious looking raw mock sausages, I saw happy people. And that is when something happened. The light bulb went off. I felt inspired to search for more.

I started to read this website about a woman named Shazzie. And I remember calling Justin on the phone to tell him I had found a raw sugar plum fairy and she lives in the UK!

I was so excited that day. It was after that moment that I started to read other raw food sites.

My raw food world opened up at that moment. It was beautiful. I knew I had finally found what I was looking for.

And to think that the Beatles, in some strange way, gave me the inspiration to finding raw food.

I love telling this story because I find it is important to point out that something so small can be just what you are looking for. I wasn’t searching for raw smoothies, or how to eat a salad. I was searching for a sugar plum fairy. And it was just what I needed.

This is just another story that is all about following your intuition. Follow your heart. Follow your bliss. You just might find what you are looking for.

Thank you, John. Thank you, Shazzie. Thank you raw food.

~ Heidi

My name is Heidi, and I have been eating a raw food diet since 2004. Before I found raw food, I have tried all sorts of different ways of eating including: standard vegetarian, fare, vegan, food, macrobiotic, Marilu Henner's programs, food combining, slow food, and more, I followed along on social and did everything I could. I understood the idea of Raw Food since I first learned of it in 2000, but it wasn't until 2004 that I started making raw food a daily part of my life.

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