Why Wait?

A few weeks ago I was re-watching Alissa Cohen’s “Living On Live Foods” video & was struck by a comment she made about the raw vegan diet being considered “radical”. It put me in mind of a very sad conversation I had with a woman earlier this year about this very subject. The woman, a cancer patient & I boarded our horses at the same barn. She’d just gotten back from a wonderful trail ride with a friend. It was a glorious morning! At the time I was doing one on one coaching in raw vegan food prep & making a few simple foods for clients to help with the trasition. She had heard I was a raw fooder & asked for confirmation of that fact as she untacked & cooled out her horse. I had heard she was a cancer patient looking to go raw months previously & asked her about her progress. What she said next nearly knocked me off my feet. She told me she was researching it because raw vegan living was a radical change. Her prognosis was beyond poor at this point & she’d been doing this research for months as the cancer made its own radical changes in her life. As she was saying this her companion was plugging in the clippers to shave off what sparse tufts of hair she had left from chemo treatments. She was literally dying, at the point where short of driving off a cliff nothing she did could make things worse. She could have found out everything she needed to know about the benefits of a raw vegan diet in an afternoon or in the very least in a week, yet she’d been “researching” for MONTHS. What was the hold up? Her fear. Her fears kept her from making the changes that might have done “miracles” for her just as it had for so many others. At the very least it wouldn’t have done her any harm & she’d have gotten the opportunity to experience some radically awesome cuisine. I’d have helped her just for the experience & the joy of it. We exchanged our pleasantries, I put Pea Pod up & left. It was the first & last conversation I was to have with her. When I returned 2 weeks later I discovered that she’d gone into the hospital 3 days prior to my arrival at the barn & died 2 days later. Friends & family were drifting in & out trying to figure out what to do with her things, where to place her horse & dogs. She never took the opportunity to find out what the raw vegan diet could do to help her. She never lived long enough to see the benefits of her research.

Recently I’ve been noticing comments from people on Facebook & other social networks I frequent expressing a desire to try the vegan diet, get active & improve their health. Always these comments are followed with defetist thinking or excuses as to why they “can’t right now”. Really? Anything else you might want to do – go to the movies, watch tv, call a friend – you think of it then do it. It takes a thought, then a small movement with intention & you’re doing it. Improving your diet & your health is no different. Today, right now you can make small changes that will bring you steadily in alignment with the person you desire to be. Instead of fries as a side at lunch choose a green salad & leave off the animal products. Try a night or 2 of vegan dining per week, or go vegan all day until 6pm. Park further away from the building when you go to work or go shopping. Take the stairs, go for a walk after dinner, get up & stretch during your break to refresh yourself mentally & physically instead of mindlessly reaching for the coffee or the energy sucking super-caffeinated drink when you get up from your desk. You can have the drink later if you still feel you need it, but often the problem of fatigue is a problem of low oxygen intake. Try the good stuff before indulging your habit & see what you feel you need afterwards. While you’re implementing these small changes you can continue your research into a healthier lifesyle. Or you can research heavily for a few days to a week & dive in all the way if you’re an all-or-nothing kind of person like me! Either way you’ll make necessary changes & get the ball rolling in the right direction. If you don’t like it you can always go back to your old habits, but if you never give the new ways a try you’ll always wonder about what might have been. What are you waiting for? If you wait too long you may never have the opportunity to find out. Life holds no guarantees, so go for it! You’ll be really glad you did!

About Stasi

I am the Surrendered Creative, a.k.a. Anastasia Alston, a lifelong empath, intuitive guide and energy healer/worker. Through intuitive guidance and energetic body work, journaling, guided meditations and visualizations I help people clear blockages to living healthy, fully embodied lives. In my parallel life I am an artist (jewelry and small sculptures), author and poet.
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16 Responses to Why Wait?

  1. Stephanie says:

    Woooooow! I mean really, wooow! I can not believe that!
    As you know, I know proclaim to be this raw foodist. Funny thing is month before last, when we were doing our weekly classes, this wasnt even a thought of mine. I one day ran across a youtube video of someone who was a raw foodist and for some reason I was inspired. I didnt do weeks of research. I woke up the next morning, told myself I was going on a 5 day fast, did just that and havent eatten meat, fish chicken or dairy since! I like you am an all or nothing kind of chick. During the week of fasting, I continued to watch videos, read blogs, etc and was so amazed at the medical miracles that came from this change. Im not at the point yet that I dont miss meat. I must say, I really do. I was the person who could eat just meat and nothing else so this is definitely a change for me, but truthfully this is a life change that I am welcoming. Today is easier than yesterday and everyday gets better as far as the thought of meat goes. I can honestly say that the hardest part for me is going out to eat with friends, or smelling food cooking. This is a change that I am loving and embrassing.
    Something else Ive discovered is that you cant tell family and friends about your new life change. Most are not understanding and are truly quite rude!
    Thanks for this post! I think many more need to see this one!

    • anas3631 says:

      No, for some reason friends & family tend to be protectionist about their way of eating/living & try to put their “stuff” on you, accusing you of being “holier than thou” or a glassy-eyed fanatic when in fact they’re feeling threatened. Even if you try to quietly go about your business there’s always that one person who feels it’s their job to “put you in your place”. I like Tracye M.’s response: if they ask you about your diet (almost always at the dinner table or when everyone’s engaged in the business of eating) put them off & agree to talk about your diet after dinner has been enjoyed. The truly curious will seek you out, the merely belligerent won’t bother as they’ll no longer have an audience for their bluster. πŸ˜‰

      Missing meat & cooked foods for most people doesn’t go away over night. I’m guessing I’m just a quirky incidence in that respect. Over time as you gather more reasons, more “Whys” for the lifestyle it’ll eventually become a non-issue. It can take years of flip-flopping between vegan/non-vegan, cooked foods/raw. Just be gentle on yourself. You’ve been living one kind of lifestyle for decades. Slip-ups happen! Get a good support group around you, keep educating yourself & one day you’ll wake up & realize it’s easier to live the new way than follow old habits. πŸ™‚

    • Welcome says:

      Never would have thunk I would find this so iinsdepnsable.

  2. I need to say I am impressed. Very seldom do I encounter a weblog that is both educative and entertaining. Just want to tell you that you have most definatly hit the nail on the head. Your approach is outstanding. Thank you is all I can say .

  3. Anastasia, this is the first post on your blog I’ve read, and I’m impressed with your insights. I’m vegan and *love* (prefer) raw food. The story about your acquaintance is so sad, particularly that she died and never got to see the fruits of her research. I’m like you – I jump into things and run with them.

    With regard to raw food, I’m very easily influenced. My family is vegan but, just like me, they eat cooked food. So the vegan thing is solid, but when I go into a phase of only wanting raw food, I have a tendency to slide back to cooked vegan because of my family’s interest in cooked. But, as I implied above, my body feels better on raw. It’s like I’m feeding my life force.

    Hmmm… maybe it’s time to just prepare and serve raw food to my family. πŸ™‚

    I’m going to read more of your blog… thanks for “liking” my podcast on FB and me on Twitter. πŸ™‚


    • anas3631 says:

      Yup! Vegan rocks, but raw is rocket fuel! πŸ˜‰ In regards to staying raw, I suppose that’s why we so often hear it called a journey. There are so many twists & turns that it feels like we’re going backwards sometimes & leaping light years ahead at others. So long as we remain gentle with ourselves while keeping our goal in view (whatever that may end up being for each of us) the journey stays fun & we reach our destination – only to realize there really was no destination to begin with, just a pit stop along the way.

      I go barefoot as much as possible. All my shoes tend to take a long time to get that well worn look because they’re not very well worn! I don’t much fancy running; speed walking is more my “thing” but the body on raw keeps nudging me to run & I’m sure one of these days I’ll be out there running sans shoes, prolly on a trail somewhere. πŸ˜‰

      Enjoy the blog & thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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    • Stasi says:

      Ooh wow! Shares! Thank you, thank you, thank you! ::bows of appreciation:: I enjoy writing & expounding & hope someone finds my words useful. It really makes me happy to know I could help someone even if it was only to cause a brief positive thought. Helping people to engage with the world around them & (more importantly) themselves is the first step to healing & living a fuller life. Thanks for taking the time to stop by & for sharing! πŸ™‚ <3 <3 <3

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