I got to thinking today about how I am feeling emotionally. It is curious to me that the people I know, both directly and indirectly, who eat predominantly raw food seem to be some of the happiest, most lively people I've ever encountered. For the first time in my life, I can see why.
I can't say I've ever pushed through this many days to eat this way, so I never caught the 'joy bug' that people promise you is yours if you will stay the course and eat a high raw diet like I have this time. I've been blown away by the moments of bliss that have hit me out of the blue.
There is no doubt that I am a recovering sugar addict. Sugar is your body's enemy. It is a poison that is in almost all processed foods in some way or another. It depresses your immune system, and it can make you feel sad emotionally. NEWSFLASH: Getting off of the sugar might help you feel happier! I'm experiencing this in spades!
I've decided that I really like having a happy attitude. I think my family is grooving on it, too. There is also a mental clarity and a spiritual acuity side to this that I'm experiencing as well. Everything seems more in focus. I have the same stress load (maybe even a bit more this week) and yet there is an underlying 'vibration' of peace and confidence to face it with grace.
When you read about raw food, you'll hear things like you are eating the life force of the plant, the electricity created by the Sun, a vibration. If that seems a little 'wacka-wacka-woo-woo' to ya', try not to be put off. I've been sprouting some 'salad mix' (a variety of seeds and beans) and have enjoyed watching it really take off (grow!) the past couple of days. I think I've lost something in the translation purchasing all of our food from the store and not growing it myself. It is a revelation to me! Plants are alive! This is hitting me as I am sprouting. God put His stamp of approval on these things back in Genesis. His fingerprint is on this. He is in the process. He IS the process. We get such benefit from eating what He created so perfectly. I love that. I'm humming with His vibration. Lovely.
If you struggle with the blues, consider cutting back on the sugar (i.e. processed foods of all stripes, alcohol, grains) and upping your fruits and veggies. You don't have to go gung-ho 100% raw food diet to get the benefit. But you might find, once you get past the sugar withdrawals (not gonna lie, you'll have them), life could look a whole lot happier.