I had made my flight arrangements using my miles to visit an ashram in Northern India a year before I became 100% raw. When the date of my departure got closer, I became increasingly nervous. The voices of my well-meaning friends and family constantly echoed in my head: “You can’t stay raw in India. You will fall ill and die!”. “You have to get shots” “Reconsider your decision”.
I searched hard and long but couldn’t come across any raw-foodists who went to India and stayed raw. I figured maybe that’s my dharma – be a pioneer and pave the way for other raw foodists.
In reality, India is not the ideal place to visit for raw foodists, especially for novices. A variety of unfamiliar bacteria and microbes, lack of adequate water filtration, heavy use of pesticides and herbicides combined with different hygiene habits of locals endanger the health of natives and visitors alike. The risks quadruple for a raw-food eater as cooking the food kills most harmful, bacteria and parasites and clean water to wash fresh fruit and vegetables is not always readily available.
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