“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein
As a keen observer, I noticed a number of delightful patterns reoccurring within the raw food communities, since I first joined forums over a decade ago. Specifically, certain ideas go through phases of being born, then embraced as a popular trend, to be completely abandoned in the end. Some of them are recycled from time to time. Of course, it is in human nature to explore. Still, it is inevitable that the lessons that we learn now, someone else might have gone through already. It would be good not to repeat the old mistakes, wouldn’t it? Today, we have the immense advantage of powerful tools of online communication as well as the large body of first-hand experience, and so learning from one another is possible at a level higher than ever before.
- A raw foodist does not need to brush their teeth;
- Just eat raw and everything will sort itself out;
are just a couple of random examples of ideas, which may be simple enough to sound convincing to some. People are attracted to simplicity. Does simplicity imply correctness though? Some of the most compelling theories in science are the ones that are the most elegant. Nevertheless, at the depths of their elegance, there is complexity. Check out the proof of as an example. So I would like to advocate to not confuse simple with simplistic.
Having been diagnosed with a deficiency is what I count as a blessing, because it gave me the opportunity to grow beyond simplicities. To trust my mind more. To trust my body more too. You see, many raw foodists turn back to cooked or standard diets when faced with such challenges. I guess the bubble bursts and illusions are no more. The likelihood of returning to the before-raw habits is even greater for the purists. Purity is a blinkers-on-the-eyes state of mind, which takes a lot of effort to maintain, and so flipping out of it tends to be a major event. I guess I got accustomed to being a less than perfect raw foodist, and so this meant an easier ride for me.
I recall reading about super-foods in 2003, thinking who needs them, can’t we just eat raw? Isn’t the natural diet supposed to supply us with all we need, without the need for any gimmicks? My take on supplements was, they do not grow on trees, so I did not take them. However, as I continued experimenting with the raw foods, it became more and more apparent to me that merely eating raw was not enough. There was a huge difference in quality between the different types of fruit, depending on when and where they came from, and I often found myself unsatisfied, wondering about my fruitarian dream. So having been diagnosed with B12 deficiency allowed me to come to terms with the reality at last.
The environment I live isn’t perfect.
It is a simplistic thinking to expect that everyone should be able to achieve the same. Clearly, everyone’s circumstances are different. There is no need for judgement or separation. It is far better to inspire, isn’t it?