Go Vegan and Raw?
By Magda Rod
Iíve been on a journey to my optimum health for a couple years now. Two years ago at Worldfest I heard Sea Shepherdís 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!
The program is great for anyone looking to improve their eating habits and take their health to the next level. You can start where you are with no judgment, no finger wagging. Just show up with a commitment to learn as much as possible and uplevel your own health. This is a crash course in health and nutrition, with group support to help educate and motivate you and keep you on track. The sheer amount of shared information and weekly teleconference calls made me think they left a zero off the price tag, seriously. I learned new ways of eating and acquired tools that I’ll continue to utilize forever. This cleanse is not about limiting portions, or dieting. It’s about learning new ways of eating that better serve your body, mind, soul and planet.
The first week is all about avoiding certain unhealthy things like refined sugars, animal products, alcohol, cigarettes etc., and asks participants to embrace a vegan diet. Week two is all raw, living foods. Loads of recipes come along in the manual and the personal attention to specific questions and concerns people received was like having a personal health and nutrition coach; plus we all learned from each others challenges. The third week of the cleanse we were asked to eat blended foods like smoothies, soups etc.† It taught me a whole new way of eating. One that gave my digestion a break and left me feeling satisfied and empowered.
I felt so inspired and supported by the whole experience I ended up clearing out my house and storage unit during the three weeks too. I found things Iíve been looking for for ages and released a lot of clutter. I now have a clear space to do my sacred yoga practice in, a clean body, and a head full of useful information and new tools to help support me on my path to ever-expanding vibrant health. The cleanse was life altering for me, and I couldnít be more grateful. Once in a while when I’m in certain situations where raw options are not available, I stray from the diet. But, if ever veer too far, I know Rainbeau will be hosting another cleanse every few months and I can get back on track.
Interested parties can email email@example.com for cleanse dates and more information.
Magda Rod is a visionary ecopreneur and independent consultant based in Los Angeles, CA. Magda is the founder of VisionaryActivistNetwork.org and Visionary Boutique Consulting. She is an activist, dot connector, photographer, designer, stylist, blogger, PR/Marketing wiz, event planner, yogini, raw food chef, nutritional coach, eco-warrior, and mom. Magda enjoys writing about topics that move her soul. Her mission is to assist social and environmental transformation to help create a world that works for everyone.
Image: Rainbau Mars – leader of Fresh Start Cleanse