by James Carey, CHI certified “Advanced Practitioner of Health”
When I find myself out in the world and/or am sorely tempted to eat something that doesn’t qualify as Raw Living Food, I make my decision based on the following chart of desirability:
1. Raw Living Food
2. Lightly steamed veggies
3. Fresh frozen veggies
4. Cooked but Vegan
5. General Vegetarian fare
6. Raw deepwater fish (sushi) – less polluted
7. Cooked deepwater fish
8. Animal flesh
9. Soy protein based (all soy is cooked food)
10. Dairy products (higher fat content than meats)
11. Offal, dung, etc.
So on a scale of 1-11 I try to eat as high on the chart as possible. Or... I often just do a 2 or 3 day water fast; that's healthier than eating cooked food, in my opinion.
Many people expect me to score soy protein higher on the chart than it is, but the chemicals and other detrimental side effects of soy outweigh the benefits of the plant-based protein it provides. (see www.chidiet.com/problemswithsoy.htm)
Backsliding but progressing is all about NOT feeling guilty about slipping. If you go to a Chinese restaurant and have the steamed veggies, at least you can console yourself that you didn’t have the Flied Cat Poo-Poo Platter. <g>
Remember that Raw Foodism is a lifestyle choice, not a religion!