Last Friday the 13th (5/13/16) my 4 year old daughter Rainbow did something pretty incredible. So did my 9 year old son Andrew but because he’s older it was not nearly as challenging for him.
She came with us and climbed all the way to the very top of a beautiful twin peaked mountain here in San Carlos, Mexico called Tetakawi.
Yes of course, she had our assistance.
But if you know anything about 4-olds you’ll know that they don’t like to walk long distances. And trust me this was way more difficult than walking 10 miles. And how many 4-year olds do you even know that will do that. Even with Rainbow it has been difficult to get her to walk long distances.
Now this climb up Tetakawi is not even a beginner climb for adults. Actually I’d say it’s on the advanced side.
It is quite steep and there are many places where you have to climb up rocks and cliffs. And it is very scary at times too because we are often close to cliffs and sheer drops. Just some of which you can see in the video at the top of the page.
Normally when I climb mountains going down is about 3 times faster than going up. Because you mostly just walk down and walking downhill takes a LOT less effort than walking uphill. But not so with Tetakawi because you have to climb down much of the top third area of the mountain. It’s not as simple as just walking down.
It’s like a cat easily climbing a tree but having a very hard time coming down.
So even on a good day this is a challenging climb for adults no less a 4-year old.
And to make things much tougher we climbed in the middle of the day when the temperature got to as high as 95 degrees. And it’s a dry heat which makes you a lot more thirsty.
And we did not bring nearly enough water. (Near the top Andrew miraculously found a bottle of water but that’s a story for another day.)
And yet Rainbow still managed to climb all the way to the top. Tetakawi is a difficult 1,300 foot or so climb.
Even yesterday we were at the house of a couple that we are friends with. We invited them to climb with us but the hubby didn’t want to do it. Now he’s a great guy and about my age. But he’s a bit on the overweight side and so something like this would have been a major physical challenge for him. So much so that he didn’t even want to consider it.
Why was Rainbow able to do it when the thought of it scared a grown man?
How was she able to withstand the heat and the very challenging (aerobically) climb?
She was able to do this because she eats a mostly RAW VEGAN DIET.
And honestly eating a nutritionally balanced Raw Food Diet gives you superpowers compared to the average person.
One of those super powers is extreme resistance to heat. Another is the ability to hold your water in your body similar to a camel.
And so what would have been next to impossible to achieve for most other 4 years olds was quite doable for my daughter Rainbow. Yes she did complain from time to time going up that she was tired and that she needed a break and that even she wanted to go back down again.
But we took our time and took breaks. I did whatever I could to block the sun away from Rainbow. And then we’d move on.
At first we weren’t even planning to go all the way up. At least not all of us. I might have continued up myself if Rainbow or the rest of the family got too tired.
Eventually we got higher up and the wind was kicking up in speed while the temperatures where cooling and we finally hit the shaded area. When we did Rainbow was full of joy as she really enjoys climbing. She was having the time of her life and loving the adventure and beauty of it.
But had we been eating cooked food she just would not have had the natural endurance she already has. And she would have been a lot more thirsty. The average person who eats dehydrating cooked foods with sodium in it would have needed triple the water we did when climbing up the challenging Tetakawi.
We know this because we have lived in the very hot and extremely dry Arizona and see how much more water cooked food eaters need than us. They’re always talking about the ridiculous amounts of water they need to drink. Well we need to drink a lot less because we hold our water much better because we’re getting Nature’s structured water from high water content raw fruits and vegetables.
For some reason the human body absorbs water from raw fruits and veggies much better than it does by drinking water directly.
For instance, I can go outside for over an hour in 115 degree heat with less than 10% humidity and even do a workout at the park and not drink any water whatsoever. I did that many times at our local park in Arizona.
Eating water rich raw fruits and veggies is WAY better for lasting hydration than drinking tap, filtered or reverse osmosis water. They just don’t compare. Of course, we still drink water when necessary but need to drink a lot less than the average person who eats the poisoned crap they call food.
So in a sense I and we have super human powers compared to cooked foodists. But that’s because when you eat cooked food you’re literally tearing down your own body and putting things in there that just don’t belong.
By eating cooked food you’re literally handicapping yourself and thinking that the taste is worth it. But that’s the delusion of the addict.
Being raw gives you so many advantages over someone eating cooked food.
If more people understood how easy it is to go raw when done properly and how enjoyable it is they’d give up cooked food in a heart beat. Because how can you even call it food when it’s actually poisoning your body, making you weaker and making you unhappy?
Remember… You are what you eat.
If you eat cookies you’re turning your body into a cookie body. And as you know cookies crumble.
Your Radiant Health, Fitness and Infinite Potential Coach,
The 48-Year Old Teanajer
Your Raw Food Diet Mentor
The Savory Raw King
P.S. A vitally important secret to succeeding with the Raw Food Diet and doing so without willpower is having food for dinnertime you absolutely adore. That’s because dinnertime is when the strongest cooked food cravings come up in at least 98% of the people I’ve coached.
I recommend having 3 to 5 raw (and low fat) savory or dinnertime recipes mastered before you even try going raw. That means you should make each recipe at least 10 times to get a sense of mastery.
And I think you’ll really love our new “Beefy Bone Builder Stew” (I’ve made it over 100 times) which we’ve recently added to the Savory Veggie Stews program.
In my opinion Savory Veggie Stews makes it at least twice as easy to go raw because you’ll actually feel satisfied after dinner without resorting making yet another fat laden guacamole.
But don’t just take my word for it…
Ok, I have been contemplating going raw for quite some time now, but was never sure how to go about it. I have made many green smoothies but, frankly, the thought of drinking my way raw wasn’t all that appealing. I also bought a raw “cook” book, but the recipes were so involved with all the soaking and pre-planning that went into them that I considered them too complicated and time consuming.
Then, I found your site about Savory Vege Stews and that got my attention, so I decided to purchase the recipes. At first I was afraid to try them, although I purchased all the ingredients and also the chopper. I was afraid they wouldn’t be as good as you kept saying they were. Sorry. I am skeptical. But today I made my first SVS the Pizza Variety. DELICIOUS!!!! My husband even tried it. He concurred. Ok, I’m sold and on my way to becoming 100% raw.
I just made my second savory veggie soup. The first one I followed Rogers instructions and was more than delighted, it really hit the spot for something savory and chewy after a day of eating only fruit. The second I did from memory and made a few additions to my likeng, I also warmed it up to about 100 deg. F. which for me rally improved it and enhanced the flavor quite a bit. Nice on a cold winters evening.
I’m a 2-year colon cancer survivor. Eating raw seemed a natural healing choice, and I have loved the journey. Recently I’ve struggled to stay about 90 -95% raw. I found SVS two days ago. What a difference, in both my mental attitude and in palate satisfaction! I’ve had several variations of SVS by now, and am totally satisfied and confident that this was the next step for me. Thank you for easy-to-follow directions and suggestions. Guess what I’m taking to our Raw Potluck next week??!!
Hi Roger, Naren here, I just wanted to make this audio as a way of thanking you wholeheartedly for sharing your Veggie Stew recipe with me. Before, before I learned it one of the biggest problem I had with the raw diet was having to eat tons of vegetables on a daily basis. And so what I would do is try to make these massive salads everyday, because I knew I had to get calories in. I would add nuts and seeds and sauces just so they would taste good.
The problem was they didn’t taste good. Even if I was adding all of these different things, the quantity I had to eat was just crazy so I could get the number of calories I needed. And so what I was doing is eating this out of willpower, not because I really, really enjoyed it. And after a while I gave up because I thought, you know, food is all about enjoying life—I mean the fast food I really enjoyed, and when I got your recipe I was kind of taken back by the claims you made because I didn’t really believe them.
How can you get simple vegetables and blend them together, you know tomatoes. I can even remember the first time I made it and followed through your recipe after getting it. Put the tomatoes in, put the cucumbers in, put the celery in, I was like, you know, this stuff tastes really bland by itself, I mean how is it going to taste amazing?
Really skeptical even as I made it, and I thought, you know what, I’m probably going to be asking for a refund real soon because this isn’t going to taste good.
And when I had the first spoonful, Roger, I was taken back! Seriously, um, no lies it was amazing to taste and I didn’t even make the best one.
I remember it was kind of runny, and I didn’t really use the best vegetables, um, some of them were kind of almost on the verge of being out of date and but I was just kind of so so eager to make it because I just bought the recipe.
And now of course I use organic stuff and I use different kinds of vegetables, I have my own ways of changing the recipe, but even that first time I tried it it was so amazing so I just wanted to thank you for sharing an amazing recipe that has really changed my life.
It’s given me something that tastes so amazing, and just changed the way, the way I view raw food. It tastes so good, I know I keep saying that, but listen you have really changed my life, you have helped me find a way of eating that is so beneficial.
And you know, just life in a bowl, is what your stews are to me.
So thank you again Roger. Take it easy.
Savory Veggie Stews are indeed the ultimate solution to cooked food pollution. And we’ve got many more raving reviews on our website.
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