(NaturalNews) Following up from my previous report live from the Raw Spirit Festival in Sedona Arizona, I spent two more days at the event, interviewing vendors and exploring the best of the best in the raw foods community. I found some exciting new products to share with you here:
Paul Mamakos at Everything Raw (www.EverythingRaw.com) has a new raw white chocolate bar called the Yoga Bar (http://www.everythingraw.com/yogabar.htm). It tastes fantastic: Light, energetic, and not too dense or overly sweet. I bought a whole box and handed them out to friends. Look for these in health food stores or get them directly from Paul's website. (Paul's company also has a dark chocolate raw food bar that's worth looking into...)
Transition Nutrition (www.TransitionNutrition.com) has introduced an incredibly delicious new Bliss Mix superfood mix made of raw cashews, goji berries, mulberries, macadamia nuts and other goodies. These aren't just commodity items, however: These are premium, organic fruits and nuts, and you can clearly taste the difference. I dare say it's the most delicious raw fruit-n-nut mix I've ever tasted. I actually bought a four-pound package and lugged it around all day just so I could eat some on the drive home. Get some for yourself -- along with over a dozen other raw fruit and nut mixes -- at www.TransitionNutrition.com (This company is also a great source for Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt, cacao nibs, coconut oil, irish moss, goji berries and much more...)
I was incredibly excited to discover a raw aloe product from Herbal Answers, Inc. (www.HerbalAnswers.com). It's called Herbal Aloe Force and it combines raw aloe vera gel with a potent combination of anti-cancer herbs including cat's claw, "Essiac" herbs and astragalus. I'm not sure yet if there's any of the aloe vera leaf sap found in this formula (I'm working on finding that out), and that's important because I like to avoid the leaf sap and just eat the gel. In any case, I immediately recognized it as a highly medicinal cancer-busting formula that I know would be extremely helpful in preventing or treating various forms of cancer.
By the way, you probably already know this, but nobody pays me to be listed here. I bring you the best products I find, and I earn nothing from these companies or these product sales. I remain in service to my readers, and money cannot buy my recommendation.
Is there a quack in the audience?
At one point during the festival, the main stage featured a panel of keynote speakers from the event. Dorit, David Wolfe, Jameth Sheridan, David Carmos and Shawn Miller, and several other key speakers took the stage. Most of the Q&A was incredible informative, covering topics like how to protect parents from prosecution from ignorant Child Protective Services officials who somehow think that not feeding children processed foods is some form of dietary child abuse.
At one point, an overzealous audience member who was obviously at the wrong festival started getting pissy with David Wolfe and, with microphone in hand, ranted off a series of personal attacks. (Didn't the guy know that personal attacks should be reserved for blogs and websites?) I noticed he had his fifth and sixth chakras all blown out the front, and I actually felt sorry for him, but the audience basically told him to pipe down and took away his microphone, returning the Q&A to topics of interest to real raw foodists who are far more interested in learning how to transform the world than bashing each other over minor differences in philosophy.
And that's a good point to mention: If you gather a hundred raw foodists in a room, you'll get a hundred different opinions on exactly what's the right raw food diet to follow. But in truth, they're all probably 95% in alignment, with only minor variations based on personal experience or nutritional knowledge. All raw foodists agree that returning to a living foods diet is crucial for the future of life on Earth (human life, plant life, animal life, etc.). And all raw foodists also agree that consuming raw living foods is an important foundation for spiritual growth and the evolution of human consciousness.
If that last phrase seems odd to you, I'll ask you to suspend disbelief and learn more about raw foods before deciding what's true about it. I can tell you from experience that it IS true: The more living foods you eat, the higher your vibration becomes. Before long, you find yourself connected to all living things, thinking thoughts of global peace and compassion for all living things. It's not hocus pocus, it's simply attunement to the vibration of living plants (and the absence of angry meat energy or processed foods pollution). People who support war are almost entirely angry meat eaters suffering from chronic, diet-induced degenerative disease.
Raw foods artists, musicians and more...
Getting back to the vendors at the Raw Spirit Festival, one of the featured artists of the day was Manaca from Hawaii (www.ManakaMusic.com), a raw foods vegan vocalist and musician with inspiring lyrics who lives an authentically high-vibration lifestyle.
A world-renowned sound healer, Mark Patterson, also known as The Human Singing Bowl, offered some chanting and overtone singing for the audience. Steve "Sproutman" offered an enlightening lecture on the healing power of living foods nutrition, and Yumi Kukuchi came all the way from Japan to talk about her remarkable sustainable living projects in her home country.
Jameth Sheridan, founder of HealthForce Nutritionals (www.HealthForce.com), offered a passionate speech on health myths and truths. His company is the maker of the exceptional superfood product Vitamineral Green, a favorite supplement of raw foods vegans. He's introducing a new product called Fruits of the Earth which I haven't tried yet, but hope to soon review here on the website.
Viiktoras Kulvinskas, one of the "fathers" of the raw foods movement, spoke twice at the event, and Victoria Boutenko (author of numerous raw foods books and an influential visionary in the movement) also offered her wisdom to the audience. See www.RawFamily.com to learn more about the Boutenko family's journey to health using raw living foods.
Patricia Bragg, one of the most adored senior members of the raw foods community and a living legend in natural health, joyfully toured the grounds, hugging people and smiling her way from one pavilion to the next. You can see her family's products at www.Bragg.com where you'll find the story about Paul C. Bragg, a man who was decades ahead of his time in teaching natural health principles to a nation embracing junk food. (Much like nutrition pioneer Weston Price.)
Astarius blessed the audience multiple times with the droning of his didgeridoo. Learn more about his incredible healing music and available audio CDs at www.astarius.com
Many other artists and speakers participated as well, and sadly, I was unable to be in three places at once to see everybody perform. My apologies to anyone who is not mentioned here, but should be.
Lastly, one of the stars of the show was, without question, the incredible raw foods cuisine created by Bruce Horowitz (www.TheSunKitchen.com). I was absolutely blown away by the living foods meals served at the event. They were more flavorful and nourishing than any cooked food I've ever eaten (no kidding). The fact that they were able to serve this food to 2,000+ people was absolutely amazing. Sure, the food was a bit late, but who cares? This was worth every minute standing in line. I became an instant fan of Bruce's cuisine, and I've made a note to make sure I invite him for a future interview. Bruce trains raw foods chefs at culinary institutes throughout Oregon and California. He's a young living legend in the raw foods community.
What did we learn?
When you look at the event in its totality, it's worth asking the question, "What did we learn at this event this year?" Here's my own observation of the main points:
• We learned that raw living foods is a fast-growing movement. The event attracted ten times as many people this year compared to last year, and next year looks to be even larger.
• We learned that raw living foods people are the healthiest people you'll find anywhere. They're far healthier than mainstream consumers, healthier than processed food vegetarians and infinitely healthier than Atkins Diet followers. If you're looking for people who are genuinely healthy, go hang out with raw foods people! You won't find a happier, healthier bunch of people anywhere except perhaps in the mountains of Tibet.
• We learned that high-vibration living (higher consciousness, compassion towards living things, spiritual awareness, etc.) goes hand-in-hand with following a raw foods diet. Simply ingesting the energy of living plants transforms your body, mind and spirit, with no additional effort on your part. Any person who eats raw foods for 90 days will absolutely, without question begin to see the world in a very different way.
• We learned that living the raw foods lifestyle isn't just about nutrition. It's about being with nature, experiencing artistry, dance, movement, music, and so on. This movement transcends the nutritional aspects of raw foods nutrition.
• We learned that raw foods living is FUN! This event was a blast. Typical natural health events like the Expo West trade show is stuffy and boring by comparison. If you wanna have fun, hang with raw foods people (or go live at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center for a few days www.TreeofLife.nu -- you'll have so much fun with Phillip the raw foods Jedi that you'll forget all about the cooked food you left behind!).
I will, of course, be present at the event next year, and in the next few weeks, I'll be posting a way you can sign up for the event at a discount. We'll bring together a large NaturalNews group of participants who can share this fun, yet incredibly important experience in 2008. Mark your calendars: The event is on Sep. 12 - 14, 2008 in Sedona, Arizona.
I'll keep you posted on the sign-up process and schedule. Hope to see you at next year's festival!
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