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My passion is wildlife conservation. I am currently pursuing biology studies, incorporated with elements of ecology and psychology. I have worked with multiple species so far-- it is what I live for.
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What percentage of your current diet would you estimate is raw foods? (this answer many change over time)
How are you hoping this community can best support you in your journey? (moral support, transition advice, recipes, inspiration, fitness tips, etc)
I am here more for the psychological aspect of transitioning into a 90-100% raw foods lifestyle. The entire struggle is precisely due to the fact that it is a huge change, not just in "diet" per se, but lifestyle. This diet is still not largely accepted and it is therefore hard to find other people that might be pursuing it. It is also very hard to persuade yourself from leaving your old habits and imprinting that started from early childhood- its all those emotional and nostalgic associations and the overall food-related culture. I wish I could eat to live and not live to eat...However this does not signify that there should be no pleasure in eating- on the opposite I feel like even our modern based high class cuisine is working from the wrong perspective- looking only to bombard our taste buds with hundreds of stimuli at once. What I feel we should be going back to is the raw simplicity, where we can enjoy a natural ingredient by itself.
A year ago when I was traveling in South America for three months, I completely abandoned the civilized worlds idea of eating and survived mostly on fruits. I had manifested all the benefits of living on raw foods and have never felt so good living in a body. Now I am back in the city and am finding it very hard to go back to that state. I can't seem to find the will to change everything back to a bare minimum. I live in NYC and it is sometimes so hard to escape the supposed "glamour" of intricate cuisine from all over the world. But largely I think it is the illusion of food being a comfort, while I as a student am directing all my energy towards daily lectures, studies and exams. Its one thing to live on raw fruits and vegetables in the surrounding environment of a tropical jungle, and another to do the same in a supposed "civilized" city. I need help in making the leap of faith again.
RFR Oath: I acknowledge that everyone is at a different point along their health journey and I will respect the individual progress and needs of others as they make lifestyle choices and changes of their own. I promise to do my best to keep this community drama free. I understand that posting inappropriate material, personal attacks, unapproved solicitations or spamming of any kind can result in administrative action and/or removal from this community. I pledge to be respectful even if I do not agree with another member's opinion. Agreed?
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I'm so happy to welcome you to Raw Food Rehab! There is an orientation for you HERE that will help you find your way around our virtual holistic retreat.
It is also very important that new members read our Community Ground Rules before posting anything to our site. I hope that you will make yourself at home, and please let me know if you have any questions!