Wellness is made of different elements combined- Everything that makes us human: mind, emotions, body and Spirit, are affecting our health and off course our happiness. Seeing this perspective of life, seeing your health related to the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life, creating the platform for raw food lifestyle. Raw food is not a magic bullet. It is a lifestyle that requires you to commit, be responsible and take the time to incorporate it properly into your life.
Why do most weight loss programs fail? Probably because there are at least three things you must do before even starting a new exercise plan or a diet and that most programs don’t ever consider which usually leads to impatience and unrealistic expectations.
Preparing your body beforehand will help preventing uncomfortable detoxing experience as the body suddenly dumps toxins trapped in fat into your system. It usually creates cravings for cooked foods, yes. People also have really deep embedded lifestyle patterns that are not so easy to change suddenly, based on years of living a certain way that the mind-body, and spirit have adapted. There for, before jumping into a raw food diet, it is important to go through these three things, gently:
1. Re-building the body, the digestive system the immune system, and the elimination system.
2. Cleansing the body of toxins built up by years of cooked foods
3. Cleansing the mind, emotions and Spirit.
Cleansing the Body:
The Liver: It’s almost impossible to maintain a good healthy body with an unhealthy liver. It is important to cleanse the liver before starting a raw diet.For us, westerns, who live in a polluted water and air environment, eating cooked food. For sure a toxic liver may be part of the inability to lose weight. There are plenty of programs available, just choose one and go for it.
The Colon: If the colon is not fully releasing the waste that accumulates there after each meal, that waste rots, and turns into a toxic waste which then leaks back through the wall of the colon into the bloodstream creating diseases and making it harder to lose weight. It also creates a feeling in the boy body as if it needs more nutrition, sending signals to eat more food.
So when the system is toxic, there is less energy for exercise, which obviously contributes to excess weight. A toxic colon is a breeding ground for parasites, causing yet another toxicity problem that can interfere with weight loss. Parasites are often hidden cause of colon toxicity, low energy and weight imbalance. That’s why a good colon cleanse might be just the right thing to do.
Yeast: Another hidden, insidious obstacle to weight loss is yeast. If you have Candida problem it is definitely something to address before starting a weight loss program. Eliminate, wheat, sugar and white flour, MSG and Aspartame when you’re starting a raw food diet. it may seem worse at the beginning as your cells dump the candida into your blood, but eventually the raw diet will eliminate it fully.
Blood:When the liver/colon are toxic, then the blood is probably toxic, too. It is a good idea to support your body in losing weight, by cleansing the blood. As always, research available products and programs, see what fits you. For many people the red clover is gentle and very effective, even for children.
It is important to eliminate the nastiest from your diet right away: MSG, aspartame (NutraSweet) refined sugar and the hydrogenated oils.
Stevia- is a very good alternative herbal for sugar, it may take some getting used to. Another herb that helps directly with sugar cravings is called Gymnema Sylvestre.
Misc- The herb Cilantro is good for reducing heavy metal toxins.
Building the body:
Once the body is clean and you feel healthier, its time to turn the attention to building the system up. It’s a vital step on the path to losing weight permanently. here are some areas to consider-
One of the overall good health supplements for pain reduction,normal weight and keeping the body functioning properly is colloidial minerals. There is a variety of good formulas. The best way is to use internal feedback to determine if to take them or not. Raw foodists eventually develop good instinctive eating abilities.
A few whiffs of the right essential oils can help relax very fast. Use oils every day, simple. Regular inhalation of certain essential oils has been proven to work well for relaxation and some aid in appetite reduction. Pure therapeutic grade oils also oxygenate the cells which greatly increases energy levels on a regular use. Many essential oils are antibacterial as well, they are great for working and living in today’s polluted world It really feels as if they give a certain amount of protection from toxicity in the air, foods and environment.
Cleansing the Body, Mind and Emotions:
It is important to carefully watch for emotional and mental triggers with weight management challenges, until the awareness of these have reached a point where they change naturally. This is a critical point where many dieters give up. It can be very difficult to be detached and non-judgmental about our triggers at the beginning, to carefully watch for mental and emotional triggers.
We’re numbing ourselves with food oftenso we don’t have to look at what we begin to see about ourselves. When we get paste that point, true emotional and mental re-patterning can occur. Try to objectively observe what your triggers are.
Some activities can help re-place an urge to eat: Dancing, taking a walk, music, taking a hot shower listening to some good music, reading a book,doing something creative, drinking some herb tea,meeting a friend, cuddling with a loved one, meditating, praying, drinking more water, inhaling some essential oils. having fun and laughing! For some people lit helps to get counseling or join a weight loss group. Sharing with others who are going through the same things you are. It will be invaluable support.
A release ceremony is very effective for releasing hurt feelings, past wounds and fear based on past experience when emotional baggage is contributing to overweight.
There are plenty of books, workshops, audio and videos, programs as well as web sites dedicated to these subjects. find the ones you resonate with and that are in harmony with your life style.
My name is Kranti Gil
I live with my wife and 2 amazing kids in an alternative community that is located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica in a forested valley.
You can call me a spiritual seeker even though as the years pass and i gain more knowledge, more perspective, i sense that its more about being then doing.