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Reaching our RAW Consciousness

Spirituality and Food

We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are. ~ Adelle Davis
 

Raw food has created a buzz lately due to its ability to help one lose weight, clear up skin and get the fruit and veggie glow. Celebrities like Woody Harrelson, Alicia Silverstone, Demi Moore, Sting and Cher have jumped on the carrot truck, publicly talking about their love of fresh fruits and vegetables. In fact, eating plants free of chemicals, preservatives and being treated with high heat may just make the perfect beauty concoction.

Raw foods are referred to as “living” and consist of minimally processed fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains and legumes. In short, it is a plant-based cuisine that is prepared at the optimal temperature—never heated above 118 degrees. When food is cooked above 118 degrees, it loses much of its nutritional value. Cooking also destroys live enzymes that aid in digestion and health. Therefore, raw food is not only flavorful, but is packed full of live enzymes and nutrients that haven’t been damaged by high heat.

An aspect of the living food lifestyle that hasn’t had as much time limelight is the apparent ability for one to reach higher levels of spiritual enlightenment. Spiritual yogis, monks, nuns and shaman have been using raw foods to help them attain spiritual awakening for centuries.

The hydrating fruits and veggies, vibrating with life, make the perfect conduit for achieving a higher consciousness. With toxins being cleared and excess fat being lost, we shed the unnecessary physical and emotional baggage, and what’s left is our authentic self—a “raw” version of ourselves. In this raw state, many easily feel emotions. It’s common to feel a new zest and vigor, or spontaneous fits of joy, seemingly for no reason. Those on a raw diet report feeling more compassionate and not only loving oneself, but every living thing. In fact, lives often improve on almost every level—physically, mentally and spiritually.

By eating clean, fresh, organic food, we can improve our lives and the planet. It may not be the answer to all the world’s problems, but as Adelle Davis says, “it can help us become much more than what we are.”

Chef Audrey Barron teaches classes and offers one-on-one wellness consultations. For more information, visit BeOfBliss.com.
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