Tonight was an incredible evening! I am totally, totally knocked out, blown away and thoroughly impressed with Dr. T of Ecopolitan. He came as a guest on our Sisterhood this evening, and I have been sooo wanting to have a solid scientist come and share some wisdom with us about health, diet and raw food.
WHOA! What a brain popper! I actually felt like I was watching layers of BS peel themselves off of what has be called the “Raw Food Diet”. It was a total breath of fresh air.
I admit that I had prepared somewhat of a rant to post on the blog today. After having spoken with Dr. T, I have a fresher, friendlier perspective on things, but I still would like to say, that few things upset me more than this idea:
“You are what you eat.”
That should be categorized right up there with other “good ideas” like “ADD”.
While I mean no criticism to those who take this idea as their personal motto, I have seen and assisted far, far too many introverted, self-invalidating women to believe that this idea could possibly serve us in a positive way as we struggle to achieve greater health and well-being.
YOU ARE NOT WHAT YOU EAT!
I can’t count the number of consultations I give in a week. A lot. And every one…
E V E R Y S I N G L E O N E of the women with whom I speak has a story–some days, it’s a story that’ll rip your guts out.
I don’t know your story.
I don’t know how many times your heart has broken, or who abused you when you were a child.
I don’t know who took your toys, called you stupid and said you’d never amount to much.
I don’t know who pushed you away when you reached for affection or how humiliated you felt when people picked on you in school.
But I do know that if you have ever truly lived, loved and cried yourself to sleep at nights then you know that you are NOT what you eat. You’re the delicate ecosystem of thoughts, experiences, relationships, hopes, dreams and YES, food, sleep and environment, too!
If we are what we eat, then why do I still encounter raw foodists running unethical businesses? Why are some vegetarians people-haters?
While I do so love to eat raw food and can give you a thousand reasons why this is such a beautiful, ethical, ecological and colorful, sensual choice for ME, I will NEVER say that it is the right choice for all people. No way, José!
No amount of “raw food” is ever going to handle the pain you carry. It will simply lighten the burden on your body and enable you to confront the rest in a whole new way.
To tell you the truth, chances are VERY good that raw food can be a trigger that sends your history of experiences up the dark and dusty alleys of Memory Lane to come and slap you in the face faster than you can spell “g-a-r-b-a-n-z-o”. So, so many people encounter more EMOTIONAL DETOX than anything else when transitioning to a raw food diet. Again, it depends on where you’ve come from and who you’ve got supporting you or bringing you down in your environment today.
It takes more than courage to ask for help. It takes hope that help can be found. It takes believing that “somehow this time will be different” even if you’ve fallen and stumbled more times than you can count and even if you’ve done all the programs and believed all the sales letters that ultimately brought you more confusion and disappointment.
We have no empty promises to offer and no miracle potions, either. Just commitment, community and an unshakable belief in your ability to achieve the quality of life you want for yourself.
It doesn’t matter where you’re at right now. Get on your feet. You can make the life you want and raw food can do so much to help you get there. But you need community, too. You need someone who believes in you more than you believe in yourself some days, and you need someone to give you a good hard kick in the backside when you’re losing hope and will.
Just because you eat “raw food” doesn’t mean you’re healthy, you know.
When you look out at the world, do see more love than pain?
What about when you look within? Do you spend more time validating yourself and celebrating your success than beating yourself up for your shortcomings?
When your dreams and hopes for your life make you giggle out loud and you realize life is what you make it and not what you’re dealt on a crusty plastic platter or worse–what is broadcast at 6:00pm on FOX news, then you’re on the right track.
Healthy is being empowered about your life.
Healthy is knowing that something can be done about your condition (no matter what condition it is) and having the courage to do what it takes to win.
Healthy is knowing what you know and validating YOUR observations of the world, your body and your life.
I thought at one point that the Body Enlightenment System was the cream of the crop. The perfect program to enable and empower women to get BACK in communication with their bodies… to feel totally and completely accepted where they are at and feel the support of a powerful community of women encouraging them and believing in each other in a powerful way.
We created the BES over 3 years ago.
Since then, I’ve not stopped studying, investigatigating and working to improve my life and the lives of others. Naturally, the evolution to the Body Enlightenment System would have to surface at one time or another.
And so it has.
To women everywhere who know that they are not what they eat and who are committed to shedding pounds and the pain that brought them on in the first place, you have my utmost respect and admiration. To those who seek the thrill of adventure, the satisfaction of living on the edge of the next, great personal transformation, THIS is for YOU!!!
Yours for boundless energy and life transformation,