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Go Vegan and Raw?

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Go Vegan and Raw?

By Magda Rod

I’ve been on a journey to my optimum health for a couple years now. Two years ago at Worldfest I heard Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson speak about the over fishing of the ocean, while I simultaneously met a community of radiant raw eaters. I was inspired to set an intention for the sake of my health and that of the planet, to go raw vegan. That was two years ago today. I didn’t give myself a time limit. I knew that slow and steady wins the race so I gave myself as long as it would take for me to acquire the knowledge and fortitude to stick with my goal.

Today, thanks in large part to Rainbeau Mars, I’m elated to announce I’ve attained my goal. I’m comfortably enjoying a vegan and 80 percent raw diet. I’m happier and healthier than I’ve even been. A few months ago I, along with about 50 other health conscious people around the world, participated in a group Fresh Start Cleanse led by Rainbeau and Brigitte Mars.

I went into the cleanse thinking that I would learn a few things and get a bit healthier. I was, after all, holding on to a last little nibble of cheese once in a while, which was keeping me out of the vegan category. This cleanse overdelivered in ways that are hard to even explain. Being supported by 50 strangers in near and distant lands, along with daily email support from the Mars, was incredibly powerful. The first week we were asked to eat vegan, so there went that little cheese nibble. With such a strong network supporting me, I easily dropped it, and three months later, I’m still vegan!

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Magda Rod

Magda Freedom Rod is a yogini and health & lifestyle guide based in Los Angeles. She writes about health & wellness and offers guidance for a sustainable lifestyle. Learn more on her website Visionary-Lifestyle.com.

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2:36AM PDT on May 9, 2014

Actually, Cosmic, not in the remotest. Cheese doesn't torture cows, nor does the cheese making process. Yup, the older and more "moldy" the cheese, the better it actually is as far as being "healthy" to eat. I've known what the process is for many, many years, and I am intelligent enough to understand the difference between the kind of "mold" that produces a great cheese and the kind that is nasty and incubates germs and bacteria. Maybe you don't and that is leading to your confusion.

2:42PM PDT on Apr 25, 2014

Thx. Reading a wikipedia about how chz is made or how cows are tortured for it (besides all the bacteria n mold ADDED to it's already moldy substance) will definitely make you not want to eat it.

4:52AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Thank you Magda, for Sharing this!

7:39AM PDT on May 30, 2013

Thank you Magda, for Sharing this!

1:23PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

I went Raw last year for the summer :) it was lovely! and so very yummy! :)

4:06AM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

Very interesting comments.

5:15AM PDT on May 29, 2011

Wow, great comments... interesting topic as always... and 'Rainbeau Mars (heehee) is an interesting name! My logical, thinking brain says vegetarian/vegan IS the way :) Yay.. let's do it! Then my wallet comes stomping in saying "Oi, who's spending all the money around here!! Those veggies are too expensive! NO you CAN'T have organic that's even more expensive!! Only stick to seasonal stuff, you hear?!" (hmmm, that's sometimes the same old 4-5 veggies :( So there's my personal dilemma... "and beans" you ask... HAHA, er, well, thank g-d I'm single is all I can say! :D

9:13AM PDT on May 28, 2011

If you were in the position of over a billion people on the planet...you would eat the butt out of a goat. We are so fortunate to be able to have so much to eat and mince around making luxurious comments about it as pedantic food experts.

12:51PM PDT on May 27, 2011

@Diane. I'm getting the food pyramid perspective from the film "Forks Over Knives". They go pretty in depth in explaining why it reads as it does-supporting the farmers that receive the largest subsidies etc. It's created by entities with an agenda that does not necessarily include the health of the general population. They've been incredibly successful, as has the dairy industry, in marketing it as truth(My daughters school is forbidden to offer the kids anything besides milk to drink at lunch-even water). The powers that be are helping to create a very sick society, that continues feeding the medical and insurance industries lots of patients. I'm not implying conspiracy here, just pointing out that the government can't be trusted to put our health first. Just look at the GMO explosion(Frankenfood) and systemic pesticides(responsible for the vanishing of the bees) that are given free reign and even massively subsidized by the government these days. I advise people to do their own research and trust YOURSELF and do what works for your body. Again,forksoverknives,com spells put and dispels a lot of the myths around a human's need for animal products, and explains how we got to where we are today, with heart disease, which the film demonstrates with hard science, is directly related to consuming animal products, being the NUMBER ONE killer of men and women in the US. And for the love of God let's all pay attention to the next farm bill.

6:28AM PDT on May 27, 2011

I use the USDA Food Pyramid in writing journals (school) and while it is ever changing (every couple of years), it has never changed in the food groups being inclusive of meat, fish, seafood, poultry. The comment made that no where in the pyramid are these foods part of but not even mentioned, I was astounded since the person making the comment claims to be a 'Certified Nutritionist'. It is the outright attempt to mislead that do not lend credibility to an argument. The pyramid does offer substitutions for vegetarians but this group of none meat eaters still get their animal proteins so there is not the same kind of concerns of achieving optimum health.
I said so many times that I applaud anyone who is true to their convictions and that includes their journey of became totally vegan once they have studied in depth how to go about it. It is not a lifestyle that should be plunged into head first without much fore-thought of consequences.

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