(NaturalNews) This interview is an excerpt from Kevin Gianni's Raw Summit Teleseminar program which can be found at (http://www.rawsummitarchives.com) . In this excerpt, Dorit tells us about transitioning to raw foods.
Raw Summit Excerpt with Dorit, a Certified Living Foods Chef, educator for the Chopra Centre, coaches Lifeskills Groups, and is a retreat and workshop leader for medically supervised Cleansing and Detoxification Retreats.
Kevin: Hello everyone. This is Kevin Gianni and I'd like to welcome you to another very special Raw Summit Teleseminar, which can be found online at (http://www.rawsummitarchives.com) . Today I have a very special guest on the line. She is a raw and living foods transition expert and author of Celebrating Our Raw Nature. Dorit, welcome to the Raw Summit.
Dorit: Thank you very much Kevin.
Kevin: Awesome. Well, I want to start by talking a little bit about what brought you here. Tell me a little bit about your story.
Dorit: We have many stories. I'm presuming you mean the transitioning into raw foods.
Kevin: Yes, exactly.
Dorit: Oh well, you know, I actually did not ever know the word raw.
Dorit: I grew up eating mainly raw not realizing it was raw. I always thought of it as fresh foods and that's the only food I knew was fresh foods. I did not grow up in the states or in North America. So I was very fortunate because that was the lifestyle that I knew -- mainly fresh fruits and vegetables and I was a vegetarian. I mainly ate just fresh stuff. Even I ate bread, you know, in Israel we used to go down every morning to the store and you bought your bread freshly made, fresh and also hot. Everything was fresh. It came from the woods that day, yogurt, everything was fresh. And every morning you bought your food, every morning.
Dorit: You never bought something and kept it in the fridge very long and so I was used to food just being fresh. And then when I was in France, it was the first time that I really got very sick. I had bronchitis and that's because the vegetarian food in France was really not vegan and everything had crème fresh in there. Everything was dairy for the vegetarian meals and the doctor in Israel told me, "I think you might be allergic to dairy". So, he took me off dairy. I don't remember the exact time period. I think it was two to three weeks on and two to three weeks off. We did this several times and then he saw that yes, I was allergic to dairy because I was bleeding and he actually...
Kevin: You were bleeding?
Dorit: Profusely, and he connected it with food because at that time the doctors in Israel were trained that food is medicine.
Dorit: And if we have a problem going on, we looked at the food source. So, I was very fortunate for that, extremely fortunate. When I lived in New York City, on the other hand, I could not find a lot of fresh juices. In Israel, we're used to having these push carts and little kiosks with fresh juices and carrot juice and grapefruit, orange juice, all kinds of juices except my favorite juice is a juice in Israel and I know exactly where to find it still and it's made with carrot, an avocado and another kind of juice. It's a fruit that you don't know about here.
Kevin: What is it? I want to know.
Kevin: Sabra, okay.
Dorit: That's where the word sabra comes from. It's a fruit and it's a really, really amazing drink. So I had a hard time when I first went to New York finding freshly squeezed juices and when I did find them they were far and few in between and I got very, very sick and I remember walking the streets of New York City craving dirt and wanting to eat dirt and I went to a doctor and he said, you know, you're very anemic. Are you aware of that? And that's when I got it. That's why I've been craving dirt. That's what animals do when they're anemic. When they're lacking in iron they eat dirt and so do babies. But the problem is that our dirt has become dirty now.
Dorit: We used to have clean dirt where you had the HSO's (the homeostatic soil organisms) in the soil. Where you had the healthy bacteria in the soils and now we don't because we have totally and completely usurped all of the great stuff from the topsoil and we don't leave the land to lie fallow any longer according to the principles of the Bible, which was seven years that the land lies fallow and that's how it replenishes itself. We don't. We're into quick, easy, let's get the most out of this from a financial standpoint. Let's use it to the max, the land to the max, and reap as much as we can out of it; and so all of the foods are really deteriorated, very deteriorated. There's a marvelous author by the name of Thomas Pauley who did a study in Canada and he wrote a book. It's not well known here but it's very well known in Canada called, "The End of Food".
Dorit: Where he demonstrates and shows that even those of us in the raw movement who think we're getting so much nutrients and we're getting high density foods... not really, because the foods do not have the nutrient value they used to because the soil is lacking in nutrient value. And so really we're still not eating to our maximum; even those of us who are raw.
Dorit: Not really, still not the highest form of eating because unless we live in a place that's pristine and we have glacier water and the air is unpolluted and the food just grows in the wild. I'm into wild grafted food and my foods go beyond organics. I get my food from a food source, which is a Japanese farm. It's a place called MOA and their food goes beyond organics.
Dorit: And so...
Kevin: You said beyond organics?
Kevin: What does that mean?
Dorit: It's similar to biodynamic farming. You know, it's not just that they harvest when it's good for them. They also talk to the soil. They let the land fallow for seven years and they talk to the soil and they ask the plant 'is it time for you now to be harvested' and they get the permission and they send love into it and it's really amazing. The difference between eating the food there and eating other organic farmer's food is huge. And I've done this so many times with people where I have a lot of MOA here in Los Angeles, where I have the produce and people are stunned with the brilliance of it and also just the way you eat it because I think we've gotten to the point, Kevin, where we think that food is anything that we can put in our mouths.
Dorit: And I guess just about anything you can put in your mouth really. You could put concrete in your mouth. Most of us do. It has the same nutrient value. Actually concrete might have a little bit more nutrient value. It's hard on the teeth but that's about it.
Kevin: You talked about how the foods, even if somebody's eating a raw food diet, that some of the foods are severely lacking in nutrients. What are some of the challenges and what are some of the things that people can do to get over that and to find more nutrients in their food?
Dorit: Well, that's why in the book, I recommend E-3 live simply for that reason. And a lot of us think we shouldn't be taking supplements because you can get it all from the food. Yes, very true however, not anymore. Not because of the way that food has been manufactured. You know, we're getting food that's manufactured. It's an industry. We don't eat our foods well crafted and even when it's well crafted goodness knows what kind of acid rain fell down there and what else we're getting in there from the air. And I mean bees are dying off in the vegetables that we're getting, these are toxic. It's so amazing that we're killing off ourselves and our food supply no longer has the nutrient value it used to, depending on where you live of course. Unless you live in a country that isn't very polluted and you don't have the geo modes there yet and you have not had DVT and all these other things and experiments that have been done with the land to see how you can get a crop that doesn't wilt and doesn't die, which goes against everything that has to do with nature since dying is part of nature...
Dorit: ...then, you're going to be lacking in whatever food sources you are using to nourish your body.
Kevin: Do you think it is important to associate yourself as a raw, or vegan, or vegetarian, or meat eater or cooked food eater?
Dorit: I think it's one of the worst labels. It's just another label. It's just another label we give ourselves. You know, if you noticed on the book, it doesn't say written by Dorit. I don't write anything. It's coming through me. So I don't attach to that. It's attachment. It's learning to detach. We give ourselves only different labels. If you're a boy, Kevin, I'm a girl. That's not enough, male, female. Now we are going to find many different things, your color and blood, my color of eyes is hazel, your color of eyes is this. Now we've got to go to height then we got to go to skin tones, skin color, and hair color. We just keep on and on. And now we have I'm a carnivore, I'm a meat eater, I eat fish, I eat this, I am an omnivore, I am a vegetarian, I am a vegan, and by the way there are different kinds of vegetarians I just found out about. I didn't even know that vegetarians could be more than just vegan. And then, you're going to now raw. I'd like to hear it. I have so may people who apologized to me but in my workshops, all that I wanted is 30% raw. Why are you doing that to yourself?
Another self-implicating thing that we do, I'm not good enough to be around you. I'm not good enough to be in this class because I am only 30% raw. And how did you get 30% and where did you get this number from? And why are you limiting yourself by that number? And why are you seeing yourself as raw or not raw? How about if you see yourself as a perfect divine being that you are? Experiencing life in all levels and having this eruption as being another experience. That's all it is, another experience. Not attached to it. Now this is going to be a great experience or a bad experience. Just another experience if not good, it's not bad. It's just another one.
So is raw food, just another experience while on earth. Sure, while I'm experiencing this, it allows me to access my raw emotions more and deal with them from a different plain and I have more energy to deal with them now because who in Venuses name can deal with the issues that come up in our lives, which are there to help us to heal, when you are feeling lethargic and tired. You have a headache because of the stuff you've got in your body. If you go in a raw or vegan diet, initially you will be very sick. Yes, and a lot of people don't tell you that. However, that is why you need to transition. You need to go slowly from the cooked into eating some more raw and then adding it directly into the foods. But you've got to transition more I think, from season to season and your emotions.
Kevin: Well, I want to thank you Dorit so much for this call. This has been enlightening, exciting, enjoyable and all of these wonderful things. What we have done is that we set up a page where you could get some more information about Dorit and that page is (www.rawsummit.com/dorit) . Thank you so much for this interview.
Dorit: Kevin, it was a pleasure. Thank you very much for actually inviting me to be part of this and I think that it is great that you are doing this summit by the way. I think it's a brilliant concept with marks and I really am thrilled that I was involved and that also there is a summit now and hoping that this will go to all mainstream and not just the people in the raw community.