I have been following a raw foods lifestyle for that past 11 years. A lot of people ask me, “What does that mean?”, and here is what I answer:
“I eat 80% or more raw, organic, vegan foods. This includes fruits, vegetables, sprouted nuts, seeds, grains, quinoa and buckwheat (no grains containing gluten such as wheat, oats, barley, rye, spelt and kamut), I use natural body products, I eat super-foods, take super supplements and practice positive thinking and law of attraction, use only the best Ionized, alkaline, filtered water, am environmentally conscious making as small a footprint on the planet as I can at this time in my life. I am interested in evolving my consciousness towards one of pure joy, love and peace towards myself and all other beings (human or not). This is not everyone’s definition of a raw vegan lifestyle, just mine.
Another question people want to know is: “Why?” and my best answer is: “Because when I eat a raw, enzyme rich, alkaline, juicy diet, I feel good! My skin is clear, my eyes are sparkly, my mood is more even, my thoughts clearer, my outlook on life more positive, my willingness to change more open, and a host of many other things including getting to hang out with some of the most alive, fun, conscious-thought-provoking, juicy humans on the planet.
Alright, now following this line of thought, the next question would be “What do you eat when you don’t eat raw?” And my answer is: “Whatever makes me feel good. I practice non-dogmatism, and I like to consider myself a flexatarian. That being said, I abstain from eating anything with eyes, and stick to mostly organic foods when indulging in cooked foods. Things I enjoy are beans, hummus, corn tortillas, goat cheese (not vegan), steamed quinoa, gluten free cookies, coconut bliss ice cream, baked corn chips, and an occasional trip to my favorite organic Ethiopian restaurant in Berkeley. In my quest to be of the highest integrity I practice (ongoingly) non-judgement. Everyone is doing their best, and I am not here to tell others what to do or eat for that matter. I am interested in helping people who want to make a change in their life for the better, and I make myself available to teach and exchange information with those who are seeking it.
The next question I hear is “How do I get started?” Well, as a dear friend and colleague Rob Miller says…”Put the raw foods in your mouth.” Just start by adding more fruits and vegetables in their raw state to your meals, then try some of my recipes from my website and recipe book. http://www.PureJoyPlanet.com. Before long, you’ll be feeling good, have more energy and time to spend in the kitchen since you won’t be as tired or need to sleep as much. Educate yourself as much as possible. Don’t just take my word for it, go out and find information on raw foods. You can also visit http://www.Youtube.com and google Elaina Love to see some of my raw food demonstrations and talks on raw foods by others as well.
Here’s to your health, well being and making this a Pure Joy Planet.