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Are You Being Tested?

POSTED NOVEMBER 17, 2007

120 COMMENTS

You know the drill: You realise there’s more options out there; there’s a different way of doing things. You embark on a healthier lifestyle; you embrace the lifestyle. You even think it’s a great idea to tell all your friends; you can’t understand why everyone doesn’t know about raw food. “It’s like, the answer to everyone’s problems, man.”

At work/college/home you start getting questions, and lots of them, followed by some very confused faces. The questions turn into a ritual dinner-time ridiculing. Things start to get a bit uncomfortable. You find yourself compelled to start defending yourself, but you don’t; you just keep doing what you’re doing because you see the truth in it. You just know it’s right. Sure, sometimes you may fall off the ‘wagon’ and get caught by the food police, to be told, “But you’re not allowed that, are you?”. But generally, you’re pretty ‘good’, and people can’t help noticing that there might be something to this raw food thing.

Then the questions start to change. They become a little more genuine; people seem intrigued by what you’re doing. Not in a patronising way, but in a respectful way. You may even start to get compliments.

Imagine this: I’m standing in the queue for tea at where I used to work. I’ve just come back from a 1 week detox fast, and I’m eating mainly raw foods. I’m queuing for some hot water for my peppermint tea, and I’m behind another manager I work with. This guy is a man’s man; he’s all about beer, women, football and the pub. He has a cigarette behind his ear, ready to light for his ‘fag break’. (I think the word ‘fag’ in this context may be an English colloquialism, so for the record, it means cigarette.) So he turns to me, clutching my herbal tea bag and box of salad, looks me right in the eye and says, “Your skin’s looking good, Russ”. It was the least most likely thing that guy was ever going to say, and I was amazed, if not very amused.

My manager, in fact, now comes up to me on a daily basis and asks if what he’s eating is alright. I try not to be too strict with him, but there have been a couple of times where I told him that what he was eating was atrociously bad, and he actually threw the entire thing out in the trash. Kinda shocked me that my words could have such power, that another person would actually listen and believe the things I say.

Like you, I’ve been the subject of some ridicule from other coworkers because of all the fruit and salad I bring with me everyday for lunch. A curious thing has happened, however, in that now many of them come up to me asking for dietary advice.

So what happened?

I was inspired to write this blog post after a conversation with a new friend. My new friend had read, and commented on, my story and how he had experienced a similar scenario as I had, with his colleagues. I have to say he’s not the first to mention it either, so what’s going on?

We’re tested everyday, no matter who we are and what we do. We’re tested by the Universe (or however that shows up for you) to see if we’re ready for the next phase, we’re tested by potential and current partners to see if we’re up to the job — to see if we’re ‘the one’. Hell, we even test others in this way too — c’mon, I know you do.

When you make the change to a different lifestyle, you are setting an example, so you will be tested to see if you walk your talk. Yes, we know that everyone would benefit from eating at least a little more raw food, and most people who hear you talk about it know this on some level. That’s why it causes so much interest, but people want to see that you believe in it first, before they take it on board properly.

They want to see it’s not a fad, that it’s not a phase you’re going through. Raw food isn’t a phase, it’s a lifestyle. It’s not something you can unlearn when you know about it, even more so when you’ve experienced it — you can’t forget the energy, how much better you look and feel, how much more inspired, connected and loving you feel. That stuff’s with you for life.

So when you walk your talk, when you’re nonjudgemental (as much as you can be), and when you follow a path that people may not see the truth in (yet), you give them a gift. You give them the gift of example, and you make it easier for them to see the doorway, ultimately leaving it for them to decide whether they want to go through or not, because you can’t save someone who’s not yet ready to be saved — I’ve learnt this firsthand recently.

You’re a pioneer, you’re maybe in the top 1% (that’s a generous estimate!) because you dare to be different. You’ve dared to ask questions of your own and you just won’t settle, you won’t settle for mediocre health, not for you or the people you love. That really is an amazing thing.

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120 Comments

  1. Anna Lea
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    Hi!
    I love your article, it really resonates with me! I discovered the raw food diet a little over two years ago and have been eating a medium-high raw and vegan diet since. My whole family has benefitted greatly from it, my husband is never sick anymore, my 3.5 year old is the only child in her kindergarden that never gets sick and my 11 month old looks like a fat little cherub although she is still only breastfeeding. It is a life changing thing and i am super grateful for having discovered it and for people like you who spread the love online! The only problem i have is that i am quite underweight and have a hard time keeping up the caloric intake to feed myself, my baby and to gain weight. So people (especially family) are still questioning the benefits of this “weird” diet.
    Anyway, i found your blog because i was looking for some good craxkers to make and i found your mediterraenian bread, and must tell you that i absolutely love it! Thank you:-)
    Keep on spreading the love!
    Anna Lea (an icelander in Austria)

  2. Alex
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    Hello, thank you very much to share your experience and knowledge abt Raw food, it is really very helpful. I am on a raw food diet for 3 months (just 3 weeks on a completely raw food, and the rest of the time on 80% raw). I would like to ask if you have any advice on what to do/change, since every afternoon after I eat fruit in the morning and salad for lunch I have problems in my colon (Irritable bowel – cramps, gas, bloating, diarrhea), no matter what kind of fruit or vegetable I eat.

    • Russell James
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      Hi Alex, it would be difficult to say without seeing you personally, and it’s a little outside of my expertise as a chef :)

      I would suggest seeking the advice of a local holistic health practitioner.

  3. Beth
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    I am so happy I found your website! I want to devour every word and try every recipe! I found this today and it made me cry. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We are all so blessed you stuck with your plan and you led by example. You RAWk!

  4. Mcmousee
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    The carrot cake looks and sounds like heaven.  I am allergic to cashews and pecans.  What do you recommend as an alternative?  coconut milk?  I know nothing really gets a screamy as cashews, but I am ok with a grainier texture to stay safe, as long as it tastes good.  Macadamias?  Brazils?

  5. Millie
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    Lovely sentiments Russell! The last paragraph particularly resonated. I just finished a 100 day juice fast, and while I know I’ve accomplished something significant, somehow it’s only just settling in now; that the strength of commitment to myself, and fortitude it took to complete my goal (reverse diabetes, lose 60 pounds, lower cholesterol, etc) IS truly an AMAZING thing.

  6. Rachael Alexander
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    This is an awesome article! Very inspiring! Giving me just the push I need to go totally vegan! I’ve been a vegetarian for 3 years and it was easy giving up meat, but for some reason going totally vegan has been so hard. Reading this article definitely gives me some motivation! Thank you Russell!

  7. Virginia Norvell
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    Hi Russ – I have enjoyed reading your article. I am a  Health Minister thought Hallelujah Acres in North Carolina. I have had a healthy life style for many years. Keep up the good work and visit the site sometimes. http://www.hacres.com there are many testimonies of many people who adapted this life style change and have been healed of many disease. Just click on the testimony button. This is more of a ministry than anything else. The bible is very clear about our bodies being the temple of God 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20. There is a book I highly recommend that gives all the scriptures in the Word of God relating to living a healthy life style. “The Genesis Diet” by Gordon S. Tessler, PHD.  Just a few scriptures: 3 John 2 – Hose 4:6. Keep up the good word and by the way I am on face book as Virginia Norvell -Graduate of Rhema Bible School – living in Fort Walton Beach Florida. Many Blessings

  8. LaFond
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    Thanks Russell.  I’m about to take the 3-Day Green Smoothie challenge to start out clean and fresh.  Mind you after this, I will probably still eat some cook vega food, but my plan is to wean myself slowly over the next few months.  I just ordered my dehydrator and can’t wait for it to get here.  I consider this a new chapter in my life going into the new year of 2012. 

  9. Kytriya Luebeck
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    I felt that if I could learn how to cook Raw Vegan, then I could better create recipes for those with EE/EGID who do have some ingredients they can eat. However, I still need to buy that food dehydrator. Being on an extremely tight budget, it will just make it take longer. I can’t eat anything in the Mustard family, as well as many other foods, so most recipes I find here, I’ll have to modify to what I can eat.

    I hope you get more recipes up soon! :D

  10. maria
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    Thanks Russell, you have certainly inspired me, one of my 3 daughters has been vegan for 6 years now and she inspires me every day.  I go on and off the wagon but I know I feel and look my best when I eat and drink the right foods.  Maria.

  11. shan
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    Hi Russell..I fall off the wagon sometimes..usually when I run out of raw food around the house and can’t shop for a day or two lol…I prefer raw food..although I’m not 100% and use nutritional yeast etc…but fresh living food does feel the best :)

  12. Anna
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    Hello Russel,

    Your article is so true. I’m beginner at this raw food thing (changed my food habbits 2 weeks ago), and sometimes I even test myself… It’s just that I have to believe more in this new style of life. As a beginner it’s sometimes hard, because you don’t see the good changes on your face right away (like with antibiotics etc.) Still, I have the urge to do this. I want to see myself again as a pretty young women without pimples on her face.

    Greetings from Finland!
    Love
    Anna

  13. Nobodymoveorthemuppetgetsit
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    i agree about walking your talk, being testted is something i have noticed in my entire life, always having beeb very idealistic and passionate about my beliefs. But yes, I have helped many people around me think differently about their bodies, thier mental state, about sustainable living and practices, anf take responsibility for the little and the big things. Stick to your guns, everyone needs help getting inspired sometimes. Thanks Russell.(i’ve always eaten a lot of raw food and been a creative cook so looking forward to this journey muchly indeed!)

  14. Emma
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    Wow its so true! I never set out to have a raw diet, I was never really connected to my food until this year, life is unfolding on a very different path for me and I think I stumbled across raw food which for some reason sparked my interest. Yes my health obsessive ways have been ridiculed by others i.e husband (now no longer husband!) but I can’t take myself off this journey I have started on, I can’t shut out what I already know. It has been a gradual diet shift for me, to untrain myself and then retrain myself and get into a whole new habit with foods and educate myself in foods that I have never heard of before. But the further my journey heads into this the more my body becomes accustomed to it and processed, packaged foods taste yuck!

    Its amazing what peoples taste buds become accustomed to…. I just made my nephew banana icecream which was basically frozen banana blended and he said it tasted bland omg!

  15. Bibi
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    I’m raw vegan since juny and I feel better than ever.People around me can see how raw has change me, and starts to ask about my this new lifestyle. I feel great and it’s great too people start to think different. Thank u for sharing and making us raw life easier

  16. Jorubato
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    thank you for sharing!!
    just started my raw food journey again… first one was 4 years ago…
    I truly belive in this. and  my goal now is to contiue for a longer periode of time, maybe for the rest of my life ;). at the time I eat 90 % raw food… meaning I sometimes eat peanuts, and occationally meat or fish..  reason I have choosen to do this is servere lack of energy, arthritis and gluten intolerance..
    hopefully this will make things better!!
    I`d love to have some tips regarding where to find enough protein and vit B12,( on daily basis ) as I work out a lot…

    love TH

    • Russell James
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      Thanks, Jorubato.

      I would stay away from the peanuts as they contain aflatoxins, and maybe go for Brazil nuts instead.

      B12 I take the Perque supplements.

      If you’re worried about protein above what you’re eating, I would suggest something like Sunwarrior Protein or Brendan Brazier’s Vega meal replacement in addition to what you’re eating.

    • Jenny
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      You could also add some Raw Hemp Protein to your shakes, or some raw almond butter in your diet yum! for B12..nutritional yeast isnt actually raw but it is a complete protien with many other essential vitamins :)

  17. Cindy
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    Hello Russel,

               That was a great read Russel! Thank-you for sharing. I started on my raw food journey several years ago. I did “two” detox fasts both at the Ann Wigmore Institute in Puerto Rico. A lovely place to learn about the raw diet and fasting. In fact, I wish to go back someday. I truly believe un-cooking is for me. I know its the path I should be on, hopefully one day, after much reading and un-cooking I can then educate my friends about the living food lifestyle aka raw food diet. I am currently 60/40 on the raw food diet. I recently bought your e-books and I was even thinking about doing a blog, sorta like the movie Julia & Julie. I’m not sure if anyone would follow me. I just wanted to fully commit my-self to doing one raw recipe a day. Thank-you Russel for your friendship and inspiration! I’m looking forward to mastering some Russel James Raw recipes very soon!

    Cindy

  18. Ruth raw raw raw!
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    Hello Russel,

    Your site, in the brief time I’ve visited it, has been an inspiration. Brief time because I am newly raw and I’ve turned my kitchen into a bit of a lab with an Excalibur dehydrator, Blendtec blender that can power my car, an Easy Green Sprouter, vegetable noodle spinner etc. I’ve filled my pantry with staples and am continuously reading everything I can in addition to the inspiring movie Forks over Knives. I probably would not have initiated a raw lifestyle if my life wasn’t intercepted by a disease called Multiple Sclerosis. I had to leave an insane job as an art director in pharmaceutical advertising where eating (badly) on the run was the norm. It’s actually funny/ironic in retrospect on so many levels…! (pharma, having to leave because the job was bad for my health with the average 80 hour weeks I put in… etc….) One can’t help but see the humour…
    I’ve done relatively well with the MS considering I’ve had it for most of my adult life and going raw seemed the natural next step from everything I’ve researched. My first workshop was led by a raw chef here in Waterloo Ontario Canada who was cured of an autoimmune skin disease where her own body attacked her white blood cells leaving large patches of her skin with no pigment. (I forget the name of the disease; starts with a V…think Michael Jackson…) Within 3 weeks of going 100% raw she was free of the symptoms. Yes, I was converted and hosted a class in my home to interested friends. People in my life have been thoroughly inspired and those I have uncooked for told me I should consider opening a raw restaurant and show case my large art at the same time. Yeah right, I only know 5 recipes so far, but I think they are just impressed that raw could be so tasty, as I was skeptical too. I love the creative side of making unique presentations with the food and hope to add to my repertoire. I would like to eventually take your dvd course, but I have currently exhausted my funds by my ‘start up’. However, the clips you have put on your site show a very ‘normal’ decent funny fellow who is genuinely sold out on raw which makes it a joy to be further inspired. I was worried I’d have to trade in normal for dreadlocks, a hut in the mountains, and take up hugging my surrounding trees, but alas, my fears are relieved by the raw foodies I am getting exposed to. I’m looking forward to the day I can say raw cured me or at least halted this disease altogether and aim to convert everyone to raw who will listen. (I’ll do it in a nice way…advertising IS my background and how easy to sell when I am sold out!) Currently, I get together with 3 or four friends every 3 weeks to work on a raw meal together and eat together. It’s been awesome and I think we’ve already got some pseudo converts who at least want to keep coming out to eat and socialize! Perhaps they just like a tasty free meal….

    Sorry for the long email, but I am pumped and you’ve been unwittingly part of the ‘pump you up process’ for me and I thank you! Keep up the awesome work and for being real!

    Warm regards,
    Ruth

    • Russell James
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      Wow, thanks, Ruth.  I really enjoyed reading your response.  Congrats on going for it!

      I laughed at the hut in the mountains thing…I think I might get one of those just for a summer house :)

  19. Mariapauladiaz78
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    Thank youthanks for everything! Please could later translate your books into Spanish.I would love to buy them you. and if you do let us know!
     Thank you. I love your recipes paula diaz buenos aires Argentina

  20. Alicia
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    Regarding your article I must say that for more than 30 years that I’m being tested. I live in Argentina, a country where people eat lots of red meat. The day I turned 15 years, I told to my family that from then on I would be vegetarian. Since that time I had to explain to people that that I choice these way, not by prescription, I was not sick, I just wanted my food to be free of suffering. I’m still the “rare” now because I’m past year with the style of raw food. And it’s very rewarding when someone asks my advice on food. I also learned some time ago that no use trying to convince anyone, I’m just myself, and feel that energy. With the example you can only make a change

  21. Lanewade1
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    This is the biggest change I’ve made in my life.  It is, as you said, a lifestyle. It has brought me clarity, a fresher look at life and yes, i agree, it has made me love a lot more.  The love for the universe in particular is a nice plus.  I know I will be tested for the holidays.  I was tested at a bonfire recently. Everyone was roasting hotdogs and marshmallows and i was having your lasagne.  By the way, it is excellent; and my dish was empty when I left with lots of requests for the recipe.

    Thank you Russell!  I’m glad I found you… much love to you.

  22. Rawl1956
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    One must take stands in life or growth never happens. When the seed of something better gets planted in our minds and energy, even if we do not buy into it fully at first, the information works in us to create change even if we are not aware of it’s subtle working.
        When we realize, when I realize that it has taken root deep within my psyche, and I desir to make change, taking a stand for it in a way that intrigues others and has me continually engaged in the conversation of the change, always pays off to the good for me.
         I loved this article and am very glad that I found someone who is so excited about growing healthier every moment. Peace, Rawleigh

  23. Nicolette
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    I cried when I read your last paragraph.  Thank you.  Your e-mail came just in time to boost my morale and to remind me that I am not alone.

    Yesterday my husband accused me of doing “Mengele-experiments” on my two children (aged 4 and 7) and gave them each a HUGH slice of chocolate cake for the sake of “balance”.  Today my four year old’s Eczema has returned with a vengeance and my seven year old has a scratchy throat.

  24. Kelechetrini
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    Thanks for the visual help I have M.E. and Fibromyagia with Bipolar and eating raw is keeping me in tip top form I was running out of ideas and my hubby does the cooking  he is visually impaired so cookery books were hard for him to follow your dvd are perfect as he hears what needs to be done and I can look at the scrummy food to come thank you very much hopefully being enjoying more good luck and  keep inspiring us…:0)

  25. Dody
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    I enjoyed this very much have been trying to change the way we have been eating if not my husband but myself and I find that I need to be the example.  I face questions at work and provide what little I know as this stage but I know they are curious and I will be the example and pass the information along.

  26. samantha newton
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    Thank you for sharing this article!  This was encouraging.  I definitely have friends and family that don’t understand what I am doing and want to argue about how healthy a raw foods really is.  

  27. Rachael_college
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    This was a real encouragement because I have a family who ridicule and question everything I do. Reading this just reminds me that I can make positive changes in MY life and then those results will make others start question their eating habits. Liked the article!

  28. Lynda C.
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    I have had some amazing support and some amazingly crazy detractors. I was actually wanted about salmonella and ecoli LOL. One well meaning person actually told me that my body could not handle all those enzymes. ROFL  I am sure they meant well. I have found that when people are telling me that I shouldn’t follow this way of eating I just ask them what should I do because I’ve been battling my weight and bad health for 40 years now…so what do they suggest? And that pretty much ends the conversation right there. For me this is definitely a health issue. I went vegetarian about a month ago and began working on being a rawist 2 weeks ago. That is a very short time but already my weight is dropping (slowly and painlessly) and my energy level is increasing every day. I even think more clearly. I am completely sold out. So there is nothing anyone can say at this point to sway me back to the SAD diet I was eating before. I’m embarassed to admit how bad my diet was. It was literally killing me. But that is the past and I am embracing my new raw eating with a passion.    

  29. Grace (griosal in gaelic)
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    I’ve just started doing raw meals for me and my lodger and we are very impressed with the meals, mainly the ones you inspired with you videos.  I am now proposing to sell my solardom oven and clear out my two large drawers of cooking pots to give me more room for items I will use for raw meals.  Can you give me a substitute for greek style yoghurt which is one of my favourite foods and I wish to cut out all dairy foods.  I look forward to your future videos which I find fascnating.  I love yuor kitchen ! and your blog.

    • Russell James
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      Great!  Yes, you can make Greek style yoghurt by blending 2 cups young coconut meat with 1 teaspoon acidophilus or other probiotics, cover and then leave in a dehydrator for 4 to 6 hours and it will culture.

  30. Sarah Campbell
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    Really enjoyed your blog! I started eating mainly raw foods about 6 years ago when embarking on my first detox and it changed me forever, no going back but do have to admit very occasionally I may have one meal that may not be totally raw but otherwise all good. At first friends and family did make fun and judgements at me but as you say teaching by example is the only way and once they witnessed me growing younger with age they soon got curious and friends and collegues stopped me so frequently to ask me how I manage to look so well and radiant that I now give talks in my area so I can answer all  the curious people at once and I really enjoy it. People resonate with truth and are really buzzing by the end of my talk and whats more they realise as I did how much it makes sense to eat food the way nature provided it!!! Thankyou for all of your sharing. I am loving this journey, so much to learn and experience and share but the best ingredient is love!!!!

  31. Renee
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    Two years ago I had the calling to change jobs.  I am a teacher by profession and by passion, so I uprooted my children and moved to a school whose community was largely more healthy and energetically aware.  At first, I was the one who scoffed at some of the extreme eating habits, but during the last two years, the information around me has just kept coming.  I am new to raw food and am currently in a detox program.  I love information and my doctor has a degree in Trofology, the science of food.  Listening to the scietnific explanation and history of the Earth meshed together with info about micronutrients, etc. really got my passion up!  You are right about the gift of example.  It isn’t always easy, but when we keep our eyes on the prize (great health) we raise the collective vibration…and that’s something to CELBRATE!

  32. Elena
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    Great story, it seems a lot like mine. At first I was afraid to tell them how I eat and I always tried to eat alone or with a few people I liked. But after a while I understood that I was not helping anyone by hiding, and that it was a test for me also, and if I wanted to to something I should just do it. And then I got surprised that after a while of a lot of ridiculing me, they started to be very curious, and they noticed changes in the way I looked. Now a lot of them are asking me for advice :) . This is not just a change in how you eat, it is a change in the way you think , the way you live and express yourself, a change in the vibration you output. It is impossible to hide and get by unnoticed. I am not 100% raw now, but I am moving naturally towards this.

  33. Sevinpins
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    my g/f and I often put raw salad in a grocery bag, and take it to the park to eat – with chopsticks. one time a (overweight) family walked past. apparently the father had been coping with his childrens’ pleadings for candy; as he walked by, he pointed to us and told his kids – “now that’s what you guys should be eating!” we are officially rolemodels!

  34. Anonymous
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    We have a naturopath for our regular doctor. She actually urged me to start eating meat again, in spite of the fact that I have been vegetarian since 1989. My respect for her went down considerably. 

    I have wanted to be vegan for a long time, but thought I would need to learn a lot of complicated recipes, so I’m thrilled to learn this is not so at all if I eat a raw food diet. 

    My husband and I met you at Chaco Canyon and he has already brought your kale salad and a dessert to his co-workers, who have all asked for the recipes. 

    Thank you for being so accessible, down to earth, and just plain nice. It’s really appreciated. 

  35. Sue
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    I love the blog and the recipes. Makes me not feel so alone as we try to heal our son from autism as it is his stomach that causes all the other problems. It is changing our way of eating and I cannot believe we used to have dial-a-pizza so often that they sent us a Christmas card! Nooo!
    I am so proud of our son. he is 13 and yet starts the day with flax crackers, cultured veg and a kefir super smoothie. he is one of the tallest and he looks amazing- people always say how well he looks on this diet.
    I am excited to try some of your recipes and I think they are photographed beautifully and look perfect. More power to your elbow!

  36. Webster Lichaba
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    Hi Russell, What I find amazing with raw food is people/acquantices say I found the fountain of youth. My wife looks younger and they cannot believe her age. Well, they cannot get rid of their braai (barbeque), their pap (maize meal) and the rest. Raw food for them is a salad only and everything else must be cooked. I just joined but am so in a hurry to try your recipes. Thanks you, Russell.

  37. Vera
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    Dear friend, Russell, thank you very much for what you said/write in your blog. You must be very wise! I am so glad that somewhere in the world there is you!

  38. Christene
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    ……….”So when you walk your talk, when you’re non-judgemental (as much as you can be), and when you follow a path that people may not see the truth in (yet), you give them a gift”………..

    These words of yours are so very true for me as a ‘Newbie’, slowly converting to RAW foodie. I moved to the states 5 yrs ago and promptly fell into the SAD diet Americans heartily indulge in. After struggling with weight and health issues as a consequence I feel more than ever that my ‘truth’ is indeed the RAW lifestyle. However my challenge is being married to the ‘King of Junk Food’ who swears he is allergic to anything green and who even has the lettuce and pickles removed from his hamburger order?

    Well MIRACLES never cease: he is starting to share with me a small bowl of green salad, homegrown baby tomatoes etc topped with my RAW dressing (after he picked a well known brand of dressing the week before from the market that tasted so bad it went straight into the bin).

    So I heartily endorse the leading by example method as I know first hand that it works as opposed to the righteous nagging of the new convert to going green (RAW).

    Thanks ever so much Russell……and do keep up your wonderful work.

  39. Alaria11
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    hi first off i am new to the computer as in I am pre pre school!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t quiet know how to say this and I hope that ‘Mr Raw Chef’ you read this I ordered your whole full programe the other night at 2am !!!!!! I woke up and knew with every fiber in my body that this is what I needed so I got 0n line found you and placd the order ;-) I truely hope I am right as it was all the money I had have saved Literally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will keep you informed as to how it goes ;-) x
     in love and gratitude
     Alaria New Zealand x

  40. Bo
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    i love this story, i also have been critized on how i’m eating and sometimes it really annoyes me because 1. i can’t explain it correctly so i look like i don’t know what i’m doing and 2. they don’t listen to me. I have been reading more and more on raw food and have switched to 80 % raw and i’m lovin it, i just haven’t told my friends..  It’s hard to be the weird kid especially when you’re still in high school and always have been socially awkward.But i’m trying to work on it and i’m startin to not care what ppl say about it :)

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    I just wanted to say that I was in hospital last week and threw the place into confusion.  What do you eat if you are a raw vegan?  
    Luckily I only stayed in one night but I could not wait to be released back into the wild so I could eat proper food.
    For breakfast I had an apple and a banana.  Lunch was a baked potato some sort of beans and boiled carrots.  Yum, was not the word.  The nutritionist had never heard of raw vegans.  As I work at the hospital I am going to take in some simply prepared food with recipes so that others can be nurtured.
    It just brings to light how radical we are. 

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