Hidden Birthday Dangers


Today is my 41st birthday. Picture of Roger Haeske 6.24.08

Let me tell you a story about what happened to me today. You see a friend of mine wanted to celebrate with me. He called me yesterday to schedule something to do on my birthday. But I told him I wasn’t sure if I’d have time to do any kind of birthday celebration today.

You see I had a lot of work to do and impending deadlines. And I also wanted to play tennis. So I didn’t see how I would have time for any kind of special birthday celebration.

And why should I? Virtually each day and each moment is a birthday for me.

I’m happy working. I’m happy going outside. I’m happy exercising. I’m happy with the foods I eat.

Each  day for me and even each moment brings me great pleasure.

So why should I need some kind of special birthday celebration when virtually every moment I experience is full of joy?

Then I got to thinking about my birthdays as a kid. They were really big days for me. Why would my birthday be so great if my other days were also great? But in fact, my others days weren’t all so great and a big part of that was caused by the crappy Standard American Diet I was eating.

Are you starting to see the hidden point I’m trying to drive at here? As a kid I wasn’t as happy with my life as I am now as an adult. I love my life now but then life was about the next meal or the next big event. The next present, the next T.V. program or the next video game.

I didn’t enjoy or appreciate the little things. I needed one stimulation after another to be happy.

This is the life destroying cycle of stimulation.

When people eat cooked foods their system gets stimulated. It’s like taking a drug. You literally get a change in emotional state.

The problem with drugs is that you only feel good while you are under their influence. You forgoe the long lasting natural high for the momentary artificial high.

This is same exact thing happens to people who eat cooked food.

You live for the moment, instead for each and every moment.

Life becomes much worse for you and yet you can’t see it. You need all sorts of things outside of yourself to be happy.

A birthday party now would not make me any happier than I already am. So why do I need it?

Every day is a joyous celebration for me.

If you want that kind of life, you have to eat a simple raw food diet to begin with. But of course there are a number of other factors. You have to understand freedom principles. You need to master yourself which is the types of things I’ve been teaching for years at Superbeing.com, this blog and many of my other websites.

Its very important to spend time doing what you love. Then you feel like you’re expressing yourself and that is a tremendous internal release of pleasure. Just as I get pleasure by writing this and other articles.

If you can eat raw and do what you love for a living then you’ve officially entered retirement. The work you do becomes pleasurable.


Heck if you eat raw and do some of the other things needed to produce a natural high then even mundane things like changing cat litter and house cleaning can be pleasurable.

So I propose that we stop giving kids birthday parties with all of the stimulating and drugged up foods like cake, soda, chips, pizza and cookies. Stop giving your kids momentary pleasure when they could be experiencing a lifetime of continuous pleasure.

I could just as well call the Raw Food Diet the Pleasure Diet. And maybe I will from now on. Because it turns life on Earth into a paradise. I’m not kidding about this. I don’t know how to explain it but life can be such a joy in every moment.

That is the way life is supposed to be, but if you eat cooked foods and don’t do vigorous exercise you forfeit life’s greatest pleasures.

If you want happy kids and happy adults, they should be eating 100% raw and not only that but an Optimal Raw Food Diet. One in which you aren’t using lots of spices, salt and garlic. And certainly not a lot of dehydrated crackers and fancy shmancy Hollywood raw food diet recipes.

Because those substances are stimulants too. They make you crave your next meal instead of being in paradise all day long.

Many years ago I had to do a spiritual exercise to get a natural high. If I felt stress at work, I’d want to take a break and do my spiritual exercise like a mantra or visualization.

But since eating raw I don’t need to do that anymore. I feel the high almost all of the time now.

Of course, the kind of physical body weight exercises I do also plays a large role in this. You’re not going to feel that incredible high if you don’t move and work your body. It just won’t happen. You can’t just eat raw, you also need to exercise, it’s vitally important.

Exercise is another tool for creating a lasting natural high. You don’t have to do it every moment either. If you eat raw and do daily vigorous exercise, the natural high can stay with you all day long. You can even wake up to it as I do.

Eating raw, vigorous exercise and doing what you love all tie in with living in your own personal paradise all day long.

So what would you rather have, happiness for a few minutes per day while you eat or happiness all day long including your raw food meals?

To Your Radiant Health, Happiness, Fitness and Freedom, Roger Haeske




Hidden Birthday Dangers — 16 Comments

  1. I just want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY and congratulations for keeping in such amazing shape by taking care of your body and mind with raw foods, exercise and following your passion in life!

    I agree 100% with what you are saying…so keep saying it!

    Thanks for having the guts to tell things like they are.

    I also appreciate that you can see the flaws in the raw food diet filled with dehydrated cookies, crackers, breads and salty, concentrated foods. It doesn’t make sense to try to create the same mess with raw foods as we use to with cooked foods. Heavy, salty, ill-combined, high-fat, concentrated raw meals will still lead to ill health and weight problems. I think it is fine to use foods like that on occasion, but not as a daily diet.

    Wishing you continued success and great health,
    Wendy 🙂

  2. Hi Roger,

    I had to stop in and say Happy Birthday! I’m glad to hear that you are having a good one, without the cake and normal birthday “treats”.

    May each day be paradise!


  3. Glad to read “living proof” that a true raw foodie has a balanced body and a balanced mind. If it weren’t for you, Fred and Dr. G, I would have never have known what the true raw food diet really is. I have been pulling my hair out wondering why I wasn’t feeling the natural high (emotional and physical sense of well being) so often described within the raw food movement. It’s because I haven’t been eating real raw food. The more I transition to 100% raw the more my mind resists eating flax crackers, seasonings, lots of fats and dehydrated foods. Honestly, how can anything dehydrated be considered raw food? It seems as though the universe’s life source has been sucked dry from it and what remains is dead food. Thank you for continually educating us and supporting us on our raw journey to the best life we can live. Keep up the great work!

  4. Thanks for rounding out our world in such beautiful fashion. Yeah for you, Roger, today and everyday!

  5. You say it’s your birthday! It’s my birthday too yeah! Happy Birthday Roger, and thanks for all your advice over the yearss.

  6. I agree with you and want to say Happy Everyday Celebration of Life in which you have blessed us for years and will continue to do so. You are like a rainstorm in the desert. Thank you!

    To Your Radiant Health and Mine!

  7. Thanks for all of your great comments folks.

    And a belated Happy Birthday to Susanne.

    Now go and make this day a birthday for yourself.

    Pick a fun goal and go for it.

    Go outside in the sun and nature.

    Give love to the people around you.

    Use your creativity to improve your world.

    Send nice emails to your friends and end them with Cheers or something uplifting.

    Ok then, I’m off to have more fun. Oh I forgot, I had fun writing this comment as well.

    Cheers, Roger

  8. I love what you just wrote!
    It’s very true
    and it gives me energy to become 100% raw!
    Thank you
    and happy birthday!!!
    You look younger than your age.

  9. Hello and Happy Birthday! I am a new graduate nurse and want to let more of my patients know about the benefits of a raw food diet and your Birthday Picture is a good visual to show to others. A picture is worth a thousand words! I have been in transition to the raw foods diet since April 08 and am slowly decreasing my cooked foods to raw foods. It is hard but it should get easier with time. You are an inspiration to us all.

  10. Happy Birthday Roger.

    Thanks for living up to your integrity.

    You are an inspiration to me.

    Keep being You.


  12. Congratulations on feeling everyday that is your special day your emails continue to be an inspirations to me

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  13. Happy Birthday Roger, and may God bless you with many more!!! Thank you for all of your wisdom, joy, and self-discipline which is such an inspiration!

    I am going on my third week of very close to 100% raw and have already lost 6 pounds and have much more energy throughout the day… also I am not craving cooked foods anymore! You have helped me to stay inspired and on track so thank you again!!!

    Peace and joy,


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