Saturday, September 19, 2020

Living “The Raw Life” (Paul Nison’s book)


I’ll admit it.

I’m off the “raw food wagon” again…

…or is it on the “cooked food wagon”?

Either way, I did not keep my 100% raw food promise.

Why? What happened?

If you have read any of our previous posts, you’ll remember that Heidi and I were never into being “100%” raw in the over two years we’ve been on the raw path. But recently, we felt our bodies calling us to go 100% raw.

At first, it was easy. Things were going great. We were raw. 100%.

Then a series of events happened. Some stressful events and others that were just life in general.

Lucky for me, I don’t really care about being a staunch 100% raw foodist (although I still aim to strive toward that goal). But in order to understand what happened to me, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reading.

Why is it so hard for some people and easy for others? What does it really take to go raw?

After reading twenty or so books on raw foods and hundreds of websites and forum posts, I personally am still not sure what that answer is. Nothing this simple and natural should be this hard, right?

Or then again, maybe it should be.

Either way, in light of my current situation, I decided to find some more raw food resources that I haven’t tapped before. Maybe there is something I’m missing.

Until just this week, I have never read Paul Nison’s book, The Raw Life : Becoming Natural In An Unnatural World

For some reason I have never been drawn to read any of Paul’s books. I’ve picked them up and flipped through them before when I’ve seen them, but never actually had the urge to read one.

Coincidentally, this week, Heidi and I found The Raw Life at a local used book store. And while it doesn’t shed any new light on the subject of transition, the book’s presentation is hilarious!

In the book, Paul provides a fascinating metaphor of transitioning to a raw food diet to boxing. You, the reader, are a boxer seeking the championship title, which is to be a raw foodist (or ultimate health). But in order to become the champion, you must face many opponents, such as Dairy Man, Meat Man, Grain Man, and the reigning champion:

Cooked Food Man.

Paul gives a list of each “Man” that you must defeat, in order of difficulty, to reach ultimate health.

While Heidi and I have beaten many of these “Men” (some permanently) there are a few that still keep coming back for a rematch.

Next time, we will be ready.

We will train.

We will train hard.

We will succeed.

But most of all, we do this because raw food makes us feel amazing and because it’s fun!

Cheer me on for each round,


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Always seeking to improve our lives, my wife Heidi and I were led to try Macrobiotics, then moved to a cooked food vegan diet, and finally found raw food in 2004. By starting 100% Raw Food!, we hope to make ourselves accountable to the world at large and become public raw foodists. We had been struggling with the raw food lifestyle since 2004 and needed to do something drastic to make sense of our choice. By starting this blog in August 2006, we've been able to eat a mostly or all raw food diet, all of the time. Early in 2010 we announced the changes to our personal diets and philosophy behind our Raw Food blog posts along with Heidi. It is our hope that with this blog, we can help inspire those interested in living healthier lifestyles to make their journey more easy and enjoyable instead of complicated and dogmatic. Instead of preaching an "all-raw" diet, we strive to only give you the best of what the raw food movement has to offer.

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