My first tentative toe dip into the raw pool was through the process of substitution .A raw green smoothie displaced my usual breakfast – typically something that I would grab off the Bed and Breakfast table after my guests were done eating. I was literally like a dog waiting for scraps. A piece of frittata?! A heel of cinnamon toast!? Give it to me! Now! Hell, I was a one-woman’ ravaging horde’: the poster child for the Importance of Eating a Good Breakfast! Having left my house so early in the morning to prepare food for other people, I would have rarely had time to make something for myself. But the green smoothie was easy. Throw some fruit and veggies into a blender, augment with a smattering of superfoods, a whir of the blender and whoosh! I’m out the door. Efficient and flavorful.
And here’s the miracle.
Health wise, I had, honestly, never really felt bad, by anyone’s standards. But all of a sudden there was a huge shift in my emotional state: I felt unbelievably happy. And it wasn’t like normal run-of-the-mill everyday happiness. It was hyper-happiness.
At first I almost found it disturbing.
And I can only imagine what everyone else thought of me prancing around with this big smile on my face all the time; people don’t do that! I was like some kind of freak! I figured I must be going insane or something. Like maybe, I should grab a jelly doughnut just to tone myself down a little. My mother-in-law used to have this saying about not ’hiding your light under a bushel basket.’ But I was glowing just a tad too brightly, even for my own comfort. The fact is, I just wasn’t used to that much joy. And I’m a happy person!
Gradually and thankfully, ecstasy became less of an alien state. Yet there’s no denying that the higher the quantity of raw food in my diet, the happier I am. And that’s a fact. My emotional state has almost become a gauge of what I need to eat.
Does your diet truly have a bearing on emotional state – meaning is it instrumental in making you happy? My answer is an emphatic (and ecstatic) YES and science is backing me up on this one. As per research, mood swings in human beings are regulated by arachidonic acid (AA); higher levels of this substance render a person vulnerable to mental and emotional disturbances.
Arachidonic acid is present in food sources that are rich in omega-6 fatty acids, namely meat and fish. The body actually converts Omega 6 fatty acid into cytokines which are inflammation raising proteins, causing emotional nose-dives.
From this it follows that with a diet high in flesh foods, your body becomes more susceptible to frequent upsets, mood swings and emotional imbalance.
In comparison a plant based diet provides the body with negligible amounts of AA. What does this mean? Well, it means that those following a vegan or raw vegan diet are less susceptible to emotional upheaval and thus are more emotionally stable, content and at peace with themselves. Now that’s something anyone can get on board with.
So load up that blender and catch a buzz! ‘Cause I would love to go out into the street just once and see everyone out their grinning from ear-to-ear. Hope you’re there too. Promise I’ll wave.
Recipe: ‘THE BOMB’ Superfood Smoothie
Yields approximately 1 quart
½ cup frozen strawberries
½ cup frozen mango
½ cup frozen blueberries
½ frozen banana
3 Tbsp cocoa nibs
1 tsp vitamineral green powder
1 tsp spirulina
1 tsp chlorella
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp hemp protein powder
1 tsp wheatgrass powder
1 tsp vitamin C powder
Add enough organic apple or orange juice to get the mixture to blend and to make it to your texture consistency pleasure. I prefer my smoothies thick so I add less juice. Using fresh squeezed o.j. or apple juice is best, but in a pinch any organic juice is fine. You can use filtered water if there is not juice on hand or if you do not want to make it any sweeter.
You may use fresh fruit instead of frozen…again, it is your pleasure.