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What's the connection between raw foodism and spirituality?

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Created September 02, 2011 at 6:13 AM

I've noticed that many, if not most, of the raw foodists I know personally, through people, or have read about are very spiritual- not religious and not necessarily in a dogmatic "new age" way. I personally feel better on a primarily raw food diet and have no problem with raw foodists, so I'm not asking out of contempt. I'm simply curious to reasons more than just eating "living foods", or it's trendy, or that their yoga teacher does it. What is the connection between spirituality and eating a raw food diet?

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on September 02, 2011
at 06:01 PM

I can recommend the book "Chakra foods for optimum health" by Deanna M. Minich (interesting and informative).

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on September 02, 2011
at 05:55 PM

oak0y can you be more specific?

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on September 02, 2011
at 03:34 PM

Agreed. In my experience, my raw foodie friends have made a "religion" out of eating raw and use it (like most religions) as an excuse to judge themselves or others. The belief about enzymes just cracks me up, to be honest.

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on September 02, 2011
at 12:55 PM

is there any text you can link to.

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on September 02, 2011
at 12:55 PM

this is also what "how is he called"? Gabriel Cousens is teeling.

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on September 02, 2011
at 10:42 AM

How are raw foodist anymore spiritual than others? What does being spiritual mean in the context of a raw food diet?

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on September 02, 2011
at 07:02 AM

Good point. One friend of mine who is a spiritual life coach and energy healing practitioner is a raw foodist, however she feels too "airy" when she eats a 100% raw food diet (she is still a vegetarian). I definitely respect that kind of self-awareness versus an "I'm tho thpiritual 'cuz I eat raw!" bandwagon mindset.

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You bring up a lot of good points and I agree with a lot of what you say. But what in particular is the connection between raw versus just eliminating animal products from one's diet? Based the philosophy you bring up of not eating a being who was once alive doesn't align with eating "living foods" (I am an animist so perhaps this affects my outlook, but I don't make a distinction between an alive being with feet and an alive being with branches or seeds).

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I think gluttony, not necessarily what you are actually eating, hinders spiritual growth above anything regarding diet.

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on September 02, 2011
at 06:56 AM

Plants foods are connected with the higher chakras and animal foods to the lower ones. I think that in order to be a balanced person (physically, emotionally and spiritually) you need a balance of both. I have had a vegetarian phase in my life: I felt light, I felt good, I felt...Out there! I noticed that a lot of spiritual people seem out there and I believe it has to do with the diet (I know a vegetarian/vegan when I see one). One can appreciate the grounding qualities of animal foods.

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on September 02, 2011
at 12:55 PM

is there any text you can link to.

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

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on September 02, 2011
at 07:02 AM

Good point. One friend of mine who is a spiritual life coach and energy healing practitioner is a raw foodist, however she feels too "airy" when she eats a 100% raw food diet (she is still a vegetarian). I definitely respect that kind of self-awareness versus an "I'm tho thpiritual 'cuz I eat raw!" bandwagon mindset.

427c8cbb9c2492d74b887fc5cf7a8ce0

(432)

on September 02, 2011
at 06:01 PM

I can recommend the book "Chakra foods for optimum health" by Deanna M. Minich (interesting and informative).

427c8cbb9c2492d74b887fc5cf7a8ce0

(432)

on September 02, 2011
at 05:55 PM

oak0y can you be more specific?

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on September 02, 2011
at 09:45 AM

I don't think there is any real connection between raw-foodism and spirituality. The Hindu religion prescribes vegetarianism and that has carried over to many yoga practitioners in the West and of course Judaism and Islam have food prescriptions as well. But Ayurveda (the Hindu "medical" system) is quite against raw foods as a general rule.

So any connection to spirituality made by raw-foodists is their own invention. I'm not necessarily dissing that, just saying that it doesn't have a basis in any particular tradition.

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on September 02, 2011
at 03:34 PM

Agreed. In my experience, my raw foodie friends have made a "religion" out of eating raw and use it (like most religions) as an excuse to judge themselves or others. The belief about enzymes just cracks me up, to be honest.

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on September 02, 2011
at 06:31 AM

Danielle,

Raw foodism and veganism/vegetarianism is often done out of spiritual practice. No harm done to another being promotes wellness in our existence and good "karmatic" value. Unfortunately this is an extremely controversial subject because depending on your dogmatic views, if you hold any, this could pose as false justification. If you truly believe humans need and evolved from eating animal protein sources, then how can you say we are being harmful when we are just acting in the way nature intends? We are at the top of the food chain, though that doesn't mean we should take that position for granted. I was vegan for 3 years before becoming paleo, and I really believe that those following the paleo diet are just as, if not more, concerned with the ethical treatment of the animals we eat because we do not take our food source for granted and we want to maintain a level of health in the food we consume. Spirituality is a lot about the energy you put out towards others and the universe, so some people believe if you are aiding in the fear or harm of another being (eating animal protein), you are evading yourself of positive energy and potentially wreaking havoc upon the universe. Sounds crazy but this is a common belief held. I am an extremely spiritual person but I think you cannot hold yourself under guilt if you are jeopardizing your own well being by not eating meat. I think gluttony, not necessarily what you are actually eating, hinders spiritual growth above anything regarding diet.

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

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on September 02, 2011
at 06:56 AM

You bring up a lot of good points and I agree with a lot of what you say. But what in particular is the connection between raw versus just eliminating animal products from one's diet? Based the philosophy you bring up of not eating a being who was once alive doesn't align with eating "living foods" (I am an animist so perhaps this affects my outlook, but I don't make a distinction between an alive being with feet and an alive being with branches or seeds).

749b3a0e5a4a0e2d35f6726b4dacc7ed

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on September 02, 2011
at 06:34 AM

I think gluttony, not necessarily what you are actually eating, hinders spiritual growth above anything regarding diet.

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on January 22, 2012
at 10:20 PM

Raw foodism cover a wide variety of different cultures and personalities. Eating mostly raw foods is a lifestyle, so the people involved treat it as such. There's also something very natural and pure about eating raw foods, so that might have an effect.

Check out my review blog rawfoodland.com!

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