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Overcome Adversity And Thrive On A Raw Food Diet

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Are you tired, fat, and miserable? How about depressed or stricken by disease?

Many think they’ve got bad genes that curse them to a sub-par life, or that they’re just not good enough, or smart enough to get what they want.

Yet when we’ve fallen very far, when we’re backed into a corner with nowhere to go, we have our greatest chance of doing the utterly amazing.

History is filled with examples of outcasts, the maimed, and the oppressed achieving things that seemed impossible by those relying on rational predictions. The badly burned, wheel-chair-bound boy becomes a champion track star and olympic athlete, the exile from a communist dictatorship with pennies to his name starts a million-dollar company in the United States.

We are quick to bemoan our handicaps, complaining that life hasn’t given us a fair shake.

Some seem cursed to always be fat. Others have poor memories, were born into dysfunctional families, or develop an intestinal disease which tortures them.

But if you’re miserable and your goal seems unobtainable, I assure you that you’re closer to greatness than all the “blessed”, and “normal” people around you, to which life seems to come so easily.

Suffering: The Forge Of Greatness

Cheetahs are the fastest land animal in the world, but are they all equal?

Interestingly, no.

In the wild, cheetahs have been clocked running at 65 miles per hour when chasing down prey. Their zoo-raised cousins, though, are much slower. Researchers haven’t been able to find a zoo-raised cheetah that can run faster than 40 mph.

Why? Researchers think it’s a life of never having to work for anything, of always having their meals thrown to them by their caretakers, that leads them to never develop the full extent of their abilities.

Those zoo-bound cheetahs have never missed a meal because their prey got away, and never had to go hungry as a consequence.

In other words, they never had a burning need to run fast, so they were content to trot.

Lucky, Healthy Humans: Not All They’re Cracked Up To Be

When it comes to humans, it’s very much the same.

Why is it that 1st generation immigrants to the United States are three times more likely to start a business and become millionaires than the children of US citizens?

Have you been keeping track of who becomes valedictorian at your local high schools? I was formerly a newspaper reporter and occasionally wrote stories about valedictorians, and I can tell you that the vast majority are immigrants or the children of immigrants.

It’s not that these immigrants and their 1st generation children are naturally smarter, but they are very much like the cheetahs in the wild.

In many cases they are people who have had nothing their whole lives. Raised without political rights or economic freedom they arrive in the United States with little in the way of money or social connections, but make up for it with burning desire to make it.

They get here and they work, refusing to be discouraged by setbacks.  They’re willing to put in more effort than the native born in many situations, and their results are telling.

The Sick, The Fat, The The Defective: Our Drive To Succeed

I spent the early part of my life overweight and suffered from numerous health problems like severe headaches and colitis. I was also “learning impaired,” in the lingo of the education system, and was stuck in a number of special education classes.

So I know a thing or two about the desire to just be “normal”.

Why can’t I just be thin? Why can’t I be healthy? Why did I get cursed with this dysfunctional body and mind?

It is incredibly tempting to just throw in the towel and curse our genes, accepting that we’re doomed to a sub-par life.

Some will unfortunately give up and accept their dysfunctional status, but like those immigrants who make it to the United States against all odds and the the hungry leopards who have to run to survive, many will refuse to be satisfied.

They’re going to go after a better life, and they’ll do what they have to to get there. They’ve tasted real suffering, and they’re not going to put up with it anymore.

My Own Life

I don’t consider myself to be greatly accomplished in the grand scheme of things (I generally feel like a slacker because I don’t try as hard as my mind tells me I should) but when I tell people where I was and where I am now, they’re generally impressed.

Here are some of the changes I’ve brought into my life:

Before After
Fat: 220 pounds at age 17 Thin: 158 pounds a few years later
Horrible colitis symptoms, regular migraine headaches, painful back No colitis, migraines, or back pain
Special education classes. Couldn’t read beyond a kindergarten level in third grade, couldn’t master basic math concepts Graduated college as an English major on the dean’s list.
Feeling like I wasn’t good enough to do anything well Worked as a successful newspaper reporter after college.
Sedentary Marathon Runner
Weak Strong
Feeling like I couldn’t do what I really wanted to do. Starting Raw-Food-Health.net in my spare time, which has grown into my full-time occupation.
Convinced I would never be able to travel freely and see the world as I had dreamed due to financial and time constraints. Just finished two years of traveling around southeast Asia.
Depressed through most of my childhood and teen years. Despondent over my future. Happy most days and never depressed. Excited about the possibilities of the future.
Rarely remembered facts, dates, numbers, and names. Now remember about 50-65 percent of names and have vastly improved my recall of a wide variety of info

The techniques I’ve used to find and achieve the solutions to my problems are quite varied.

Mostly, I rely on two things: A complete refusal to put up with less than satisfactory results in my life, and a series of 30-day trials to test solution after solution until I find one that works.

I’m far from perfect in many area. There are dozens of compartmentalized areas of my life which I’m trying to improve, and I continuously seek satisfactory techniques and ideas to bring about the changes I want.

I’m imperfect, pathetic, even, in a wide variety of areas, but I’m not giving up on myself.

You see, my own suffering over the years didn’t break me. All of these disadvantages I was born with only fired in me a desperation to do better.

I never had life handed to me on a golden platter, so I’ve learned to work hard for myself until I achieve my goals.

The end result is that I’ve surpassed, in many area, the “normal,” “average” people I envied for so many years.

Desperate Raw Foodists Become Successful Ones

It’s no secret that most successful long term raw foodists come from a background of suffering.

Survey the field and you’ll find the formerly fat, sick, depressed, mentally ill, and disabled now thriving at a higher level than their “normal” counterparts.

These people have suffered, and so they understand desperation and how good feeling healthy feels; they’ll go the extra miles just to experience it.

Of those that don’t fall into this category, you’ll find that they none-the-less have developed an impressive desperation and drive index score, one of the two factors you really need to succeed.

Adversity, really, is not the negative that it appears to be at first glance.

I would never have explored a raw food diet if I was never sick, so my pain has brought me to an end result that I consider far more enjoyable and beneficial than the what I’d be dealing with had I been “normal”.

So If you find yourself, like many, faced with a health shortfall, realize that you are blessed in a round about way.

That suffering will bring you farther than you would likely go on your own.

Stop delaying and start eating a healthy raw food diet today

Dealing with depression over your problems, or unsure of how you can get onto a better track? I highly recommend you check out The Raw Food Lifestyle, where I talk about what I did to get free of my depression and achieve some impressive results.

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