This past Friday night, July 31 Gnosis Chocolate brought in two dynamic raw food speakers to share their knowledge and experiences with the community. Matt Monarch and his recent bride, Angela Stokes Monarch spoke before an intimate crowd at Bonobo’s in Manhattan before a laid back chocolate party at The Suffolk.
As Matt spoke, he emphasized a couple of major points. First, is the importance of colonics; vital no matter what kind of diet you follow, but especially for raw foodists. For raw foodists, he suggested getting a colonic once per month, and for people who follow a healthy whole food diet, getting a colonic four times per year.
He also mentioned a thought-provoking environmental fact when illustrating what happens to our bodies as we detoxify them with healthy raw foods: If we stopped polluting the planet today entirely (no car exhaust, no cigarettes, factories, etc), it would take 30 years for the planet to completely detoxify and return to its complete natural health. We humans would be detoxifying our “urbanized selves” along with it.
Matt mentioned that once he started to eat raw foods, he never again ate cooked foods. For someone thinking about eating a 100% raw food diet, it's important to listen to your body and perhaps get into raw foods more gradually. You don't want to go from the Standard American Diet into 100% raw, because this will likely be too much detoxification for your body to handle at once. While Matt went raw and never looked back, Angela went raw more gradually, over a period of a couple of years.
Angela’s personal journey into the raw food lifestyle is an inspiring one. Her 160 pound weight loss was featured on CNN and she is the author of five books, most recently Raw Emotions. Along with Matt, she does a daily Web TV show, and on her blog she chronicles everything she eats each day to inspire and teach others about eating raw. There is a wealth of information on her website, Raw Reform, but in case you become distracted I must clue you in to her absolute top read (which inspired her to start her current new journey): the book series Anastasia. It is about a woman in Siberia who is living now, 100% wild. See Angela's newsletter for more about this fascinating woman.
Keep exploring and learning, you healthy chocophiles!