Breakfast- 6 Navel oranges
Over time, I've noticed that my moods are affected by the food I eat. There's the obvious, that in the past, after a large cooked meal, I just wanted to keep to myself, stay away from people, sleep or focus on my work alone, be a couch potato.... Food has continued to have an effect on my moods even though I am eating only raw food.
As a raw vegan, it seems clear that I tend to feel depressed or sad when I don't eat enough or go too long without eating. I ate lightly yesterday and I slept soundly last night and felt rested this morning. I had an early appointment so I didn't eat breakfast until some time after I woke up. As the morning unfolded before I ate, I became aware of feelings of sadness. It is a very specific kind of sadness, free floating in nature, not attached to anything in particular. I have felt it before, most notably when I am eating lightly, or having only juice for a day, or during a fruit only day when I go too long between meals. I felt it this morning, but now having eaten some very sweet oranges a little while ago, I don't have the same feeling feeling of sadness; it has lifted.
Physiologists can probably explain the connection between food and moods,fruit and mood, or lack of food and mood. I only know it from an experiential level. I am confident that I feel better having eaten fruit than if I had eaten a bagel or some other typical morning food. The feelings that one experiences when we shift to a raw food diet are new to us; we become more sensitive to the subtleties of our life experience. For some newcomers to raw food, these new sensitivities are so uncomfortable that they go back to eating cooked. I have one thing to say- Don't do it. The passing discomforts of transitioning to raw far outweigh the emotional sedation that results from eating cooked food.