Unless you’re a ‘comments’ reader extraordinaire (I’m not), you might have missed that the lovely Marcia Acciardo, author of one of my favourite raw books, Light Eating for Survival, remarked on one of my early blog posts recently. I took the chance to cheekily ask for any words of wisdom she cared to share for those newer than her on the raw(ish) path. Herewith her fabulous response:
Enjoy your life to the fullest and those who share it with you.
Find work that feels good and provides you with financial independence.
Healthy, natural foods are very important, and have served me well over the years. I am no longer a food purist, I still eat very well - whole, fresh, natural, local whenever possible foods, and yes lots of raw fruits and vegetables daily.
I love to walk, hike, swim, and work out to stay in shape and have been very healthy compared to others my age.
Trust yourself, and know that each of us are unique, and what might be good for one person, may not be right for another.
Be happy, be positive, and always look on the bright side of life. It’s so much better that way!
Thank you Marcia, such fantastic ‘guidance for life’! My personal addendum would be to grow as much of your own food as possible (the picture above is from some dreamy Cambridge allotments I stumbled upon earlier this week), or at least buy food produced within a certain radius ... supremely important for both yourself and the planet. Thank you again Marcia, and if you haven’t yet got a copy of Light Eating For Survival I highly recommend that you hunt one down ...
So, it’s all over. I completed the 30 days as planned ... The last few days, where I shamefully failed to update, were a mixture of water fasting (due to boredom with washing up the juicer 3x a day) and lazing around reading early issues of Get Fresh! (previously known as the Fresh Network News - they had an offer on, 2 for the price of 1, sadly now over).
It was the easiest stretch of fasting I’ve ever completed. Hemp and nettles are a magical combination. That said, apart from a few snatched moments of juicing euphoria, I didn’t really experience the sustained emotional high I’ve experienced from juicing previously. I think work was both a help and a hindrance this time around ...
Life experiences generally don’t come in neatly wrapped packages but attending a Buddhist lecture on the last day of the feast did just that. Everything was brought into focus:
‘The key to revolutionising our state of life is to revolutionise our hearts, our minds. This is most important. Where is the focus of our hearts? Are we striving to become healthier so that we can participate even more in activities ... [for peace, or simply for ourselves?] ... The results we produce are completely different depending on the focus of our hearts’.
Oh, and I spent the same afternoon frolicking amongst the bluebells ... a new path beckons...