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Raw Food support at the Raw Health & Happiness Society...

Breakfast- 2 lbs red seedless grapes

Lunch- 9 very large red skinned yellow flesh plums

Dinner- a large salad: 1 large head Romaine lettuce, 4 medium sized tomatoes, 1/4 cup pecans, juice of one lemon, tahini, a few drops of tamari, a few pine nuts, a few sun dried tomatoes, a few sliced olives

Obviously, I'm still enjoying the grapes.  Westerly now has the thin skinned red grapes from California as well as the thicker skinned French variety.  I've had good luck with both.  Today the California grapes were particularly sweet.

I attended the Raw Health & Happiness Society meeting last night.  There were 20 people there.  That's an amazing turnout for a night without a guest speaker.  Robert Dyckman facilitated the meeting.  He emphasized that the way things look in our lives is a result of the way we look at things.  If we see things as a problem then they will be a problem.  Being a raw foodist who is invited to a non-raw social engagement could be seen as a problem, but it doesn't have to be.  Robert also got the meeting going by stressing the importance of recognizing that cooked food is poison.  He asked point blank, "Would you like some poison?"  Of course not!  However, one participant was able to admit that if it was in the form of coffee and a donut then maybe yes, she would like to have some.  Bravo for honesty.

Robert pointed out that for many the idea of eating all raw food for every meal for the rest of our lives seems overwhelming and impossible.  Looking at it this way might lead to a "why even try?" feeling.  The solution to overcoming this defeating attitude is to recognize that you don't have to eat all of the meals for the rest of your life at once; just do it a meal at a time.  We can only live in today.  Robert instructed us to "Raise you hand tomorrow, go ahead, raise your hand tomorrow."  Of course no one can raise their hand tomorrow today, just like we can't eat tomorrow's meals today.  We can only eat today's meals today.  So just focus on eating one raw meal at a time.

The only down side of the meeting was at the end when Robert began to give a sales pitch for his raw food/life coaching services and seminars.  He does really good work and I admire him but I'd rather not be given a sales pitch when I attend a raw food support and discussion group.  I felt the whole energy of the room take a nose dive when the sales pitch began.  The good news was that it was only just for a minute or two.  All in all the meeting was very helpful and inspiring and I'm glad that I went.  There were a lot of new faces and that really energized the meeting.

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 10:44AM by Registered CommenterStephen Parker | Comments3 Comments

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Hi Stephen,

Thank you for your feedback, both here and on the phone. I appreciate your keen insight and value your friendship highly.

It is very helpful to me to know what you enjoyed and what you'd like so that I can tailor the meetings to suit the needs of the group.

And I'm always open to changing the things that didn't work as well.

See you at the next meeting - and have fun on Sunday!!

In Health,
September 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Dyckman
an amazing experience last night: i invited 2 friends to dine out at what used to be a raw restaurant in ft. lauderdale. It had closed after the last hurricane, and remained closed for a long tiome; now that it had re-opened, i got real excited about going there. when i asked the waiter about what was not raw on the menu, he explained that all the appetizers and entrees were cooked! they had changed into a mere vegan restaurant. well, i ate lots of cooked mushrooms and onions, and felt unbelievably bloated, heavy, and sluggish all evening and all through the night. It really was a great experience because it makes me vow to myself not to eat cooked food!
September 26, 2007 | Unregistered Commentercesare
Thanks Robert. I'm looking forward to the next meeting!

Cesare, Congratulations on proving the law of health for yourself- not only proving it but importantly recognizing it. So many people are just used to feeling "unbelievably bloated, heavy, and sluggish" that they think it's just the way life is. Glad to hear that you know there is an alternative!
September 26, 2007 | Registered CommenterStephen Parker

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