Misrepresentation of the living foods lifestyle courtesy of Creative Loafing Atlanta
I have been a living foods chef and educator going on 10 years now. I have experienced the increase in energy, endurance, and longevity of my youthfulness, that staying committed to this particular lifestyle has made possible. I have assisted people on their path to wellness from terminal illness and have witnessed peoples bodies reversing cancer without the use of chemo-therapy or drugs. I have heard the many testimonies of acquaintances who have gotten control of their glucose levels, virtually reversing diabetes, by changing their lifestyle this way. I have seen peoples hair turn from gray to black naturally and accelerated weight loss of up to 75 lbs. in a matter of a couple of months. That is why i was excited and fuming mad all within the matter of 2 hours today when I saw the cover of the Atlanta Creative Loafing present as its main story, the living foods lifestyle as a movement and then read the article by food critic Besha Rodell.
Besha’s introduction to the lifestyle was semi-fair, yet the entire writing was awash with her predetermined fatalism about something she knows little about. Instead of wasting my time reviewing a biased sentiment of a movement she gave little consideration in actually exploring, I have decided to ask you the reader to read the article yourself which is both online (click the above link) and in print and have decided to post my censored response to the article below…..
“In response to your raw food experience, I must respectfully say that just because a person prays for ten days doesn’t mean they automatically become connected to their higher power.
Also, you based your article on a do it yourself approach without consulting such respected local establishments as the Living Foods Institute, Life University or raw food advocating licensed nutritionists such as Dr. Joe Esposito.
I have eaten mostly raw and living food for 10 years now, including nothing but a vegan living food diet for 2 of those 10. After reading your article, I can tell you that numerous things you were experiencing are what most people experience when transitioning from the standard american diet to a living food diet and let me explain to your readers “why”.
First let me say that your approach to this lifestyle was doomed from the beginning. There were several different things that weren’t taken into account outside of diet that are just as important. Just eating a diet as you were without assisting the detoxification process of your body from the years of built up toxins was more than likely the main source of your discomfort, lack of energy, and the cravings you were talking about. Also a lack of proper supplementation, necessary even with the standard american diet and added for us in the form of fortified foods, could have caused the lethargy you spoke of, particularly in regards to Vitamin B-12 or Vitamin D.
Many of the foods we have become accustomed to trigger pleasure sensors in the brain, via the opioid peptides they contain. Some of the usual suspects include dairy products (the obvious one), wheat gluten, and even in some cases grilled meat. They don’t call them comfort foods for nothing. Add to that, any alcohol, caffeine, sugar and other stimulants, intentional or unintentional, and you have a cocktail for food addiction. To blame the body’s readjustment to what it naturally and efficiently responds to for nourishment as the cause for your lack of energy was truly short sighted. This is a lifestyle change, not a pill to take away some symptoms or to “reset the body”.
Other things that weren’t taken into account for, based on your daily breakfast of dried coconut, dried fruit, and sprouted wheatberries, were hydration and food combining. The first meal of your day was nearly dried and combined in such a way, that it would be hard to digest and assimilate to begin with. One of those green smoothies you talked about would have been a great start only after you drank as much water upon rising as you needed to hydrate yourself after a dehydrating sleep. These, when you understand the make up of the body and how cellular assimilation works, are pretty common sense things.
One thing you were correct in mentioning, was the time spent in the kitchen. Food is a sacred and intimate experience and from other raw and living food advocates who once were diagnosed terminally ill and were able to heal themselves without the use of pharmeceuticals, it can promote inner healing and cleansing. The fact that we as a “civilized” society have nearly disregarded this as important explains, to me, the rise in heart disease, cancers, diabetes, and pollution, inside and out.
Let me just say that for someone with a relatively healthy body, that a high percentage of raw or living verses cooked food is sustainable. I currently eat about 75% raw, the rest easy to digest legumes, brown rice, high protein grains (i.e. quinoa) etc. Heck even grain pasta or granola or even, dare I say, soy. Going 100% is something a lot of people do for 6 months or so, to rebalance there bodies, and with favorable results. Ten days though, with little or no nutritional coaching or training in regards to its application, will leave you with the results you experienced.”
ENOUGH SAID…..too bad those who have serious health concerns may be swayed from looking for a natural alternative treatment if their only exposure is to living foods is this article alone
About the Author
A local living food chef and educator at Life Grocery in Marietta and Atlanta Colonic and Massage in Alpharetta. Host the Raw At The River bi-weekly educational raw food meetups and is the owner of Shambhala Living Foods education and delivery service.