Raw: Other things to consider…
When people talk about a raw diet, they usually think of people eating plants, nuts, seeds and truckloads of cold food. They would, of course, be right, but a raw diet is so much more than that and there are other things to consider. For instance, why stop at the food you eat? Why not change the products that you use to clean your house? The washing powder that you buy? The food that you feed to your pet? You may find all this a little over the top to say the least, but it is, nonetheless important to consider the overall impact that you have on the world around you and, above all, you yourself. Think about the moisturiser that you put on after your shower. Is it doing your body as much good as it says it does? Or ladies, consider the lipstick that you wear. If it doesn’t end up smeared over your glass or clothes, it’ll end up in your tummy. I now ask how many of you have ever checked the ingredients in your lipstick? Methylparaben is an ingredient used in a lot of US lipsticks (it’s now banned in the EU), and has been linked as a cause of cancer. Or the antiperspirant that you use. Many contain aluminium, named as a cause of breast cancer and parkinsons when inhaled. Or even the cleaning products you put into the water system. Should we really be flushing down our toilets and breathing into our lungs products which have a skull and cross bones on them? I don’t think so.
Why stop at the food you eat? Why not change the products that you use to clean your house? The washing powder that you buy? The food that you feed to your pet?
A useful book that I would highly recommend is “Raw Food, Real World” by Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis (Sarma’s Website is here: http://oneluckyduck.com/). In it, not only does it provide excellent recipes, but also has a section in which it asks the reader to consider the impact that they have on the natural world, and the impact too on their own bodies.
I’d also suggest to everyone, not just those on a raw diet, that they check out the site www.beautytruth.com. It’s a blog by a woman who formally worked in the cosmetics industry and knows all of the harmful ingredients that are put into products, and http://www.vildamagazine.com/ ,a vegan fashion and beauty blog.
I know. This all sounds very ‘hippy-ish’ and ‘Green Fields at Glasto’, but it’s true. It’s about time we took a step back and really thought about the things that we put into our shopping trolley, be it food, cosmetics or your old bottle of bleach.
So, that’s my final post of ‘Raw Month on Mazwo’. I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading my articles and recipes and that maybe some of you have even changed their ideas about raw food, and even better, tried it! It’s been a lot of fun reading up on the subject and meeting people along the way as well. If you have any other queries, don’t hesitate to email me – firstname.lastname@example.org.