Renata on Raw
So, I survived the 30 days trial period as James' Personal Assistant. And trials we had, minor ones in the office, major ones outdoors.
I survived about 8 snakes, fire ant attacks, combat exercises of the navy planes, and the heat, and the heat and the heat. Yes, we have a/c in the cabin where the computers, tapes and books are located. James was not kidding when he mentioned there is only the cabin on the farm, built originally past the civil war, after Sherman’s devastating walk through the south.
And no, there is no luxury suite tucked away in the woods. It’s rural living at its best. I like it still. The commute is rather pleasant, about 100 yards from my hideaway. No fumes, no irate drivers, no rush hour, no high gas prices, just a peaceful, short walk through the woods.
I grew up in Munich and have lived over 20 years in the States. Since 1992 I have worked as a massage/colon therapist in various states (CT, SC, MT, NV). I am a CNHP, a certified natural health practitioner. However, the benefits of raw living foods were nowhere mentioned in the studies. The emphasis was on finding out which vitamins are missing in the body, how to test the body for it and then paying good money for them on top of the grocery bill. At times, even dairy and meat were propagated in the teachings.
So, how did I get introduced to raw living foods? I noticed in the last few years that my joints were getting rigid, and over time my fingers and toes were quite stiff in the morning despite of consuming a heap of vitamin pills on a daily basis. My whole body ached. Not a good thing for a massage therapist.
Last July I started a serious juice fast which alleviated the discomfort somewhat. Discomfort is the body talking to you, like the lights on the dashboard in your car - time for a check-up. One has two choices: turn off the lights and pretend nothing is wrong, relevant to the body: take some pills and pretend your health is fabulous. However, sooner than later the body sends out more serious signals. That is definitely the time to act instead of ignoring and covering up the signs. A serious disease simply does not develop overnight. The body has an innate wisdom and tells us in many ways we are off course and adjustments are called for.
To make a long story short, I switched my diet completely to raw living foods, my joints are flexible again, no more aches and pains, a clearer mind and a much more pleasant attitude towards ageing. I feel so much better at 55 than at 25. Is it magic? Absolutely not, just the right fuel for the body. You would not want to put acid into your car tank, why put the wrong fuel into your body? Spare parts for the body are just so hard to come by.