David Wolfe Explains the Benefits of The Beauty Diet
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David Wolfe writes,
Beauty is such a precious commodity. The potential of beauty is so great that it is never given away freely. “Something for nothing” is against the flow of nature. “Anything worth having is worth working for” was Andrew Carnegie’s important insight. If you desire vibrant beauty, you must earn it, step by step.
Essentially, beauty is an achievement. To attain it, there are certain things you must do.
Many people are out in the world trying to “get” beautiful. One cannot go out and get beautiful, because beauty is not something you get! Beauty is something you earn by refining the type of person you are becoming. The beautification process is about becoming the type of person who can be beautiful. If you want to become beautiful you have to become that type of person on the inside first and then attract beauty to you. It seems to work this way in all facets of life.
Creating an attractive state of physiology, mental and emotional poise, and spiritual presence (i.e., becoming a beautiful person) results from consistent actions. Our physical beauty and attractiveness are directly related to our actions (habits of behavior). The primary behavior we all collectively participate in is the eating of food. The most reliable and consistent action we can apply to achieve beauty is to eat for beauty. What we eat guides us on our path. Eating determines what level of grace and elegance our body will experience from moment to moment.
The Power of a Decision
If we can maintain excellent eating habits, then we have truly achieved something extraordinary. Consistency is the key. Our actions are made consistent not by strict discipline but rather by a refinement of character. The refinement of character begins when one makes a definite decision to target one’s life toward a specific destination. So we find, at the root of it all, that lasting beauty, elegance, and charm are attracted by a decision—a decision to eat beautifying food.
We begin by adding—adding this fruit and that vegetable, this sprout and that seed. The Beauty Diet is about adding foods into your life. Denial and strict discipline are not part of the program and, for the most part, do not work in the long term. Bringing in nutrient-rich raw foods and allowing the body to shift automatically at its own pace, so that cooked foods begin to lose their appeal and taste (when compared to the superior taste of the beauty foods), is part of the program.
Food Shapes Our Bodies
Some people have believed that food does not affect them. Picture now the fact that eating is about taking an object that is foreign to one’s body, and putting that inside oneself. Food is not just a factor that affects us, it is the primary thing that affects us. If what we put inside our bodies does not affect us, what could? Once we know this, then it becomes easier to select foods that add to our strength, spirituality, and beauty, because each meal becomes part of who we are at the deepest level.
Food is exacting. The face is truly a canvas upon which our food choices paint an accurate picture. The body is truly a sculpture, chiseled and polished by our food choices.
“You are what you eat” is such a profound saying that literally everyone knows it. “You are what you eat” is a concept that has been known in every culture and civilization throughout history. It is written into the fabric of the universe. It is a cosmic law. It is a simple law of nature that one may remember each day, and at each meal.
The logic of “you are what you eat” implies that those who wish to become healthier should eat the healthiest foods. Those who wish to beautify themselves should eat the most beautifying foods.
Nutrition is the one thing that is everything. Becoming conscious of the importance of nutrition allows you to begin to chart the direction of change in your life. Becoming conscious of nutrition means that you are becoming aware that little things add up, that consistent actions taken every day begin to take you in a certain direction. Things you do every now and then do not really affect your life—it is what you do consistently, such as eating food, that controls your destiny.
Quantum physics has discovered that there are no true laws of nature; there are, however, general habit patterns of nature as determined by probabilities. In my research I discovered that just as there are general patterns of nature, of physics, and of chemistry there are also patterns of success and there are patterns of beauty. There are patterns of phenomena that are already in place as part of the set-up.
It is important to get clear on nature’s setup. We are all familiar with a world that is set up in a certain way—the sun rises, the plants grow, the seasons change. If we throw an apple up, the chances are that it will come down. The universe is governed by general patterns (even if we do not know what they all are). It seems that all human progress and wisdom has been about discovering those patterns and coming into an understanding of and alignment with them.
The first of these “habits of nature” is called “cause and effect.” “Cause and effect” means that each action (such as eating a meal) adds up and becomes a cause set in motion leading us to a certain destination. Dietary choices made each day have a cumulative effect; that is why many people have chosen to follow excellent diets. If we are not careful, poor food choices will catch up to us. It is great to remember that if we start feeling the effects of indigestion, poor digestion, or constipation, or lack the feeling of satiation, then we know these “effects” can be remedied by eliminating the “causes.” And if we listen to our body’s messages, we will understand that digestive and other ills are caused by eating the wrong foods.
Many people are becoming aware that the world has been set up with certain dietary patterns that have been ideal for us since the moment we first appeared on Earth. During the first ages, humankind subsisted primarily on raw plant-foods. These included green leafy foods as well as nuts, seeds, roots, herbs, and fruits, because these were—and still are—the easiest foods to acquire.
Consider the implications of the old story. As the legend goes, it was the forbidden food that caused the fall from grace. We have all had the experience of eating “forbidden foods” (at late-night dinner parties that caused our fall from grace for at least a few days!).
People often debate over humans being frugivores, carnivores, omnivores, herbivores, etc. The truth is that human beings will eat anything. Name any plant, animal, worm, insect, or object and odds are that somebody, somewhere, has tried to eat it! When one stops eating “anything,” that is the moment when a startling realization occurs—the realization that what we eat deeply and radically affects the way we think, feel, and behave. When discernment is introduced into one’s food choices, a fascinating physical and spiritual transformation begins to take place.
Someone once said, “I do not know who discovered water, but I can be sure of one thing, it was not a fish.” Some things are so obvious, they are so directly in front of us, that they are difficult to see. The value of real, wholesome, raw plant-based nutrition is one of those things. It has always been here, all around us.
It is nutrient-rich raw food that places a sparkle in the eye, luster in the hair, freshness in the skin, and herbal fragrance in the body.
Raw plant-food is beautiful. Preparing and eating this type of food is an art. Every ingredient is a new color. Each meal is a cloud, a stream, or a flower—a piece of the magnificent painting that you are becoming. Every bite is a detailed brush stroke on your work of art in progress. What we perceive as the world is only a reflection of the work of art we are inside. We find that once we become pure and polished within, everything outside of us also becomes that and more. To me, the raw-food ideal represents not only a way to live in peace, love, and harmony with nature and the animals, it also represents the highest aspirations of beauty in the human spirit.
Take a moment now to imagine the idealized image of yourself. Get a clear picture of the outstanding potential within you. Could such a god-like ideal be reached by eating junk food? Could such an ideal be reached by anything but the most vibrant, most colorful, most juicy plant-foods?
Raw plant-food contains juice! Juice makes your tissues juicier, juice makes you more juiced about life, and juice allows you to squeeze more juice out of every moment. If you desire beauty, your tissues should have a juicy quality about them.
Realize that the world of raw plant-food offers, by far, the largest variety of foods. In reality, 99.99% of all food on Earth, for all creatures, is raw plant-food. Because this food type provides the most variety, it also provides the greatest chance of success because we are all biochemically different. One thing is certain: not one specific selection of food works for everyone. Everybody has a different metabolism, and rarely do two people eat the same foods each day. A wonderful benefit of eating raw plant-foods is the incredible choices that are present; all these choices allow you to access and select any variety of foods that work for you.
Experience has shown that eating raw foods brings you back into touch with your food instincts, thus allowing you to select more precisely which foods your body needs.
Eating raw foods increases one’s taste sensations and the sensitivity of the taste buds. Many people cannot taste properly for two reasons. The first reason is that their taste buds have been dulled by eating cooked foods. The second reason is that they have a zinc deficiency. Eating zinc-rich raw foods over time (such as poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, and pecans) gradually returns one’s taste buds back to normal, allowing for more heightened taste pleasures.
A welcome bonus from eating raw plant foods is that most meals are ecstatic experiences. And when eating high-quality, fresh, raw food that the body needs, it feels as if cells in various parts of the body are having orgasms! What is amazing about the raw food path is that every step along the way is enjoyable and brings forth its own magic.
Excerpted from Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe, published by North Atlantic Books, copyright © 2003 by David Wolfe.
David Wolfe (b. August 6, 1970) is a rising author, lecturer, and personality in the fields of natural health, beauty, and nutrition. Wolfe was among the first to bring superfoods such as raw and organic cacao (chocolate) beans/nibs, butter, and powder, goji berries, maca extract, and cold-pressed coconut oil into general distribution in North America. The author of bestselling North Atlantic titles on raw food and healthy lifestyles, Wolfe has given over 1,500 health lectures and seminars worldwide and hosts at least six health, fitness, and adventure retreats each year at various centers around the world. Wolfe is the son of two medical doctors, and holds degrees in law, mechanical and environmental engineering, and political science, as well as a master’s in living-food nutrition. In keeping with his commitment to a sustainable planet and lifestyle, Wolfe is the founder of the non-profit Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, whose goal is to plant 18 billion fruit trees on planet Earth. David is a health coach to Hollywood producers and celebrities as well as some of the world’s leading business people and entrepreneurs. In 2004, Wolfe starred as “Avocado” in the reality television show Mad Mad House, which aired on the Science Fiction Channel, and since that time he has become an underground celebrity with inspired and informative clips on YouTube.Tags: David Wolfe Raw Foods