Saturday, September 19, 2020

What Being a Raw Foodist is Like


Raw Food Analogy: How Eating Raw Food Is Like Driving Around Potholes

I was driving on the freeway this afternoon. The sun was shining bright, and the warmth of the sun felt marvelous, especially since we had over two feet (24 inches, 61cm) of snow dumped on us this past weekend!

As I was driving in the center lane, I saw 5 large potholes in front of me.

— Quick — I looked to my right in hopes to change lanes.

A minivan was to my right.

—-Quick—- I looked to my left.

A Lexus was only a few feet back.

Back to right ahead of me. I am staring at the potholes. I could not avoid all of them, so I had to choose to drive over one of them. I pick the smallest one on the left.

I brace myself. . . Here it comes. . .


My CD player stopped playing for a second as I drove over the deep hole.

And then, it was smooth sailing. No more potholes in sight. My CD went back to playing, and I continued driving.

It was then that I realized that keeping on the raw food path is like driving over potholes.

When you get started on the road of raw food, you are prepared for the journey. You’ve got your books, your music, your recipes, your appliances, and most importantly, your groceries.

You are driving on the road of raw food, and everything is well! You think you are becoming a competent driver. You are so proud of your journey on the road of raw food.

Then, all of the sudden, you see big black holes in front of your vision. The long day at the office and you didn’t bring extra food, the morning when your bananas aren’t ripe, or the moment of dread after the phone call with the news that your best friend is coming over for dinner in 15 minutes.

And then there are even bigger potholes like Christmas Dinner, or that family reunion picnic.

Those are the potholes on the Road of Raw Food.

Sometimes you can see them far in the distance. Other times you don’t see the pothole until it’s too late.

Sometimes you can avoid these bumps in the road. Sometimes there’s no where else you can go.

What are you going to do? Are you going to swerve over into the other lane and cause a scene with Aunt Mary because you want to tell her that cooked food is poison and all she did was offer you scalloped potatoes?

Or are you just going to make the best of it, try to drive around the pothole, or perhaps just drive on the edge of it in order to lessen the impact.

You could lessen the impact of a pothole by politely saying no to the buffalo burgers, and have a bit of the non raw corn on the cob instead. Or sneak a cob of the corn before it is put on the grill…

You could hang out with the guys at the bar after work, and just order soda water with lime, and act as if this is “your drink”, and drink it with zest and confidence.

When a pothole is ahead of you, you can freak out and cause an accident with others, or you can keep driving.

Just strive to do your best, and don’t stress out about the potholes.

The Road of Raw Food is more than just a road. It is a Highway. And once you get into 5th gear and the road looks clear of traffic, you can turn on the cruise control and glide through life as a raw foodist with ease.

The greatest part of the Highway of Raw Food is that there are more and more road workers on working 24 hours a day all around the world to make the world a friendlier raw place to drive.

Every day the Highway of Raw Food is becoming a great road to drive on.

The choice is up to you. You are your driver on this road of raw food. You can choose to get off this highway at any time by taking one of the exit ramps. The choice is always up to you.

Someday, the Highway of Raw Food will become an Autobahn. We’re not quite there yet, but road workers are getting there!

See you on the road….
~ Heidi

P.S. The best way to drive over potholes when dealing with preparation? Just try to be as organized as you can be. Plan in advance whenever you can. Always pack a little extra food in your lunch, just in case.

P.P.S. The two best ways to drive over potholes when dealing with people? Politeness and kindness. Saying “no thank you” without further explanation can go a long way to avoiding flat tires in the future. Politeness and kindness works on any road in any part of the world. Don’t forget to bring your please and thank you’s wherever you go!

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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