In a message dated 4/3/01 11:26:00 PM, Arvind writes:
I would like to thank you for sharing some of your wonderful recipes. It seems strange not to cook food at first but I can see how it can be very healthy. How did you become interested in "preparing" raw foods? Do you have to completely switch over to raw in order to enjoy the benefits, or can you still sometimes cook food? Thank you both for your wonderful website where you share many great recipes, and especially for your book Hooked on Raw.
I am also currently writing a book: a spiritually-focused book that looks at the journey towards self-healing, and reclaiming and living your dream.
Your mind and soul intuitively tell you that eating raw must be very healthy. When you get more into it, your body will also speak to you and very clearly. There is a period of cleansing and adjustment first, but after that you will be able to listen to your body and it will not want to go back to the lesser energy foods.
In the beginning, just start incorporating more and more of the raw foods into your cooked food diet. At some point (different for every person) you will want to dramatically decrease the amount of cooked food you are eating. As you do that, you will find that you feel better and better with a lot more energy. You will also start to feel joyful much of the time, just for no good reason — except that I think that is the way the Creator meant for us to feel. It is our natural state of being, only many of us don't know it.
To feel the best benefits, 85 to 100% raw is desireable. To feel many good benefits, 70 to 75% is needed, but even if you do 50-60% you will start to see changes, and then these changes might lead you to continue on the course.
I became interested in the raw food diet from reading all of the Ann Wigmore books and going to the various institutes that teach the lifestyle.
I wish you much divine inspiration and good luck with your forthcoming book.
Many blessings to you,