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Creating Success Through Food

The one major thing I’ve learned from last year was that what one puts into his/her mouth determines who you are. I know, this might be a “given”, but honestly, how many people actually follow this philosophy seriously?

And in 2007 I found myself in both sides of the spectrum of eating. During the first half of 2007 I had reverted back to a fast food junkie lifestyle, and though I satisfied my (then) fast food cravings, I felt sick and unhealthy most of the time, not to mention fat. And it got to the point where one person mentioned to me that it looked like I had gained 20 lbs. Now that was embarrassing, and I hated that guy for mentioning it, but sadly enough it was true. I gained weight, I looked fatter, and I felt un-healthy.

By mid-2007 I had to do something.

I struggled with eating and ran/walked 5 miles a day. I did weight-training but then I sprained my right wrist (which was bad for me, being a drummer).

I needed to get back on track and back to feeling good about myself. And I’d always been vegetarian and for most of the decade have been vegan.

In the latter half of the year I had thought hard about going back to being a raw vegan, eating ultra-healthy superfoods again, and getting my energy level up again so I could burn more calories.

By Thanksgiving, I think I had gotten back in tune with being a serious raw vegan again. I didn’t succumb to eating Turkey, and people seemed to respect the fact that I was a raw vegan.

Now here we are in the new year of 2008.

My seriousness and dedication to the raw vegan lifestyle has really paid off, I feel. My energy level has dramatically improved and I feel like I could do a LOT throughout the day. I’ve found new energy to do all my chores and housekeeping duties, to do lots of gardening and practicing on piano and drums. The energy level I currently have is quite phenomenal, and being that I will be 50 years old this month!

The one thing I really addressed in 2007 regarding my food intake were my “cravings”. Often times, we confuse what is actually good and healthy for us for our present cravings! This is a very important thing to ponder on, because I feel that we all have cravings that might not necessarily benefit us health-wise.

And, regarding cooked foods… I think cooking not only destroys valuable enzymes, vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. Cooking also destroys our natural sense of taste for natural, wholesome foods like fruits and vegetables. This is somewhat fact, as I know of several friends who don’t eat any fruits and vegetables at all, favoring all cooked foods.

In the book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, his food manifesto is simple:

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

One doesn’t have to be a raw vegan like myself (but trust me it would really help, in regards to one’s energy level). But at the very least… we need to all start eating more raw plant foods, and less processed and refined foods that are more devoid of nutrients than we care to realize.

Sorry to sound so “preachy” again. It’s just that when I get on a roll with topics like this, and I see myself transforming and feeling so much more healthier… I am simply expressing part of that outcome, which is a very positive feeling.

My wife has noticed an improvement in my appearance and complexion, so she’s trying to be more of a raw vegan as well, though she sometimes eats fish and other seafoods. But she mainly eats a lot of raw fruits and vegetables now. I definitely have noticed my complexion improve in the past few months. It’s been a subtle thing, but my wife mentioned that I had a glow about my face when I performed on TV last month. So…

Now I’m discovering the benefits of raw chocolate (cacao powder), goji berries, and agave nectar. For those who love chocolate, you don’t have to deny yourself that if you are a raw vegan. Raw cacao and raw agave nectar (as a sweetener) tastes even better than chocolate candy bars and much more healthier for you. I never could quite believe it myself but all the research online seems to be pointing to that fact. That raw chocolate is actually healthy, is considered a superfood, and contains lots of anti-oxidants, nutrients, and minerals.

Anway, this whole project of going raw vegan has definitely made me more aware that we are exactly what we eat. We need to eat more organic produce to avoid pesticides. We need to eat healthier for performance and for generally feeling great!

The movie “Supersize Me” is another source that drives that point home that we are what we eat…..



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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