WHAT'S UP WITH RAW FOOD?
Why are so many people
talking about about raw food?
There are raw food restaurants popping up everywhere and plenty
of raw food cookbooks and websites to be found online now—people want to know
what the fuss is about. So what’s wrong with cooked food?
I love cooked food. I was raised in Louisiana and Texas on a
diet of fried shrimp, crawfish etouffee, chicken fried steak and enchiladas.
And being of Czech descent, had quite a few kolaches thrown in there. Although
I was eating much healthier as an adult, it was a raw food diet that was a
turning point in my healing journey after being stricken with a mysterious
disease in 1994 that caused years of fatigue, weight gain, and pain in my
joints, especially neck, back and wrist and hip pain.
I had been a runner, but couldn’t run anymore due to the pain.
I had just moved back to Austin after my father passed away. I had spent 4
months doing a work exchange at Kripalu Yoga Center in Lenox, Mass., but wanted
to be closer to my mother to help take care of her in her latter years.
My experience at a raw food retreat center near Austin changed
my life and my perspective about raw food. I checked into Optimum Health
Institute and spent a week there, drinking vegetable juices, including
wheatgrass juice, eating lots of sprouts and raw veggies, drinking rejuvelac
and eating sauerkraut and fermented seed cheese. The program also included lots
of classes on digestion, elimination, food combining, enzymes, as well as a
spiritual/mental/emotional component of letting go of resentment and anger,
moving into forgiveness, and using guided imagery to visualize a healthy life.
When I returned home, I put on some music and danced around the
house for the first time in years. Suddenly I had energy again! The pain was
gone. I was thrilled at the huge shift, and I was 12 pounds lighter! That’s
when I became a believer in the healing power of raw foods and juicing.
I continue to take 1 or 2 weeks a year to go to a raw food
retreat center and juice and eat lots of sprouts—I call it “spring cleaning”
(even though it may be in January). I loved and believed in the program so
much, I returned every year since 1997 and began teaching classes at OHI for
about 8 years through 2014. I have also done the program at Hippocrates Health
Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, and have had amazing results. They also
use nutritional supplements and IVs in addition to raw food, and I am a
referral agent for them, happy to speak to anyone interested in finding out
It doesn’t matter if you are a steak and potatoes kind of
person, or a vegetarian, taking a week or two away from cooked food will be
restorative and energizing. All of the energy your body uses to digest food
will be diverted to cleaning out toxins (see my next blog post for more
information on the role enzymes play in this process). All of the nutrients in
juice pass through your stomach and small intestine with little effort. At
first, there may be a detox effect with headaches and an increase in aches,
pains, or fatigue, but that quickly passes, and what you are left with an
abundance of energy and enthusiasm for a new day.
For people who don’t have the time or money to go to a retreat
center and juice there (which can cost as much as $3,000 a week, depending on
where you go and how many services you add on), there is an affordable alternative.
As part of my RAW JOY wellness program, I offer a 10 Day Transformation Cleanse
by Purium Health Products, with organic, non-GMO, plant-based, superfoods,
which costs about $290 retail.
For $240, or $24 a day with the $50 gift card I have for you,
you will receive additional support via phone, text and email. If you would like to do the cleanse, let go
of unwanted pounds and toxins, and boost your energy, this is the closest thing
to organic raw food I have found. Some people don’t need to lose weight, but
want to cleanse or build muscle. The 10 Day Transformation can also be adapted
for bodybuilders who work out a lot and need lots of protein. It’s a great way
to jumpstart a lifestyle transformation.
For your $50 gift card, please contact me at joy (at)rawjoy.com
Here’s to your optimal
health and happiness!!
Watch for my next post on
enzymes in raw food and how they can be they key to good overall health.