I just read a post from The Veganist, author Kathy Freston who began her article with ‘I was not born a Vegan’. She stated that she came into this world with the ideals of her parents and their parents and she lived a meat and potatoes life. She explained her journey into Veganism and why she chose to go down that path into health and wellness. I liked her article as she expressed The Steps to becoming a Veganist and is helping people clear a path for better eating and as we all now understand, better health.
But, I am not a Vegan (anymore) nor am I 100% Raw (anymore), and I wanted to let you all know that “I was born ‘Naked'”. We were all born ‘Naked’. We came into this world stripped of the discomfort and disease that we have placed on ourselves through our lifestyles that our parents passed onto us. No blame there, they were only doing what they knew. And, now I am ‘Naked’ once again, stripped of the foods that have been weighing me down for as long as I can remember. In my opinion, being a strict Vegan is a commitment that works for some, and I admire the devotion to the cause. It can also be a lifestyle that may strip you of some potentially necessary vitamins and minerals that can only be found in certain animal products, like honey or sea creatures. And, being all RAW is a quest worth pursuing to clean and regenerate the physical body, the brain and the’ issues in our tissues’, but once we have reached a safe place where disease cannot live, some warm foods can nourish the soul.
I recently spoke at an EXPO where a woman expressed that she keeps trying to eat an all raw diet and after 6 months she inevitably fails. She called herself a “failure” because she didn’t fit into a box, a label or a certain way of being. With the deep compassion that one can only feel when someone places such high expectations on oneself, I immediately reassured her that she was a success. She has truly succeeded in trying out a new way of living, nourishing her body, and listening to herself when it wanted something else.
You see, “Getting Naked”- being aware of the foods that weigh you down is essential to success. But, living life to it’s fullest without judgment is the only way to insure happiness during the process. Whether you are a Vegan, a Vegetarian, a Paleo, Raw or simply ‘Naked’, know that making conscious and educated choices is the best way to live.
If you feel more comfortable defining yourself, here is a list to help you find your niche;
NAKED – Stripping away the foods that weigh you down and incorporating more live foods into the diet. (Foods that weigh you down- Dairy, Wheat, Meat, Sugar, Caffeine, and Alcohol)
RAW – Eating un-processed, un-cooked, organic food. Raw foodists typically believe that the greater the percentage of raw food in the diet, the greater the health benefits
VEGAN – Veganism is a diet and lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. Vegans endeavor not to use or consume animal products of any kind…
PALEO also referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various human species…
VEGETARIAN – Vegetarianism is the practice of following a plant-based diet including fruits, vegetables, cereal grains, nuts, and seeds, with or without dairy products and eggs…
SAD – is a dietary habit chosen by many people in developed countries, and increasingly in developing countries, characterized by high intakes of red meat, sugary desserts, high fat, and refined grains…
Whatever you choose, love what you eat and it will love you right back!
In health and Love,