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After Years Being On A 100% Raw Food Diet, Eating Cooked Food Again


This is a response to a video we recorded in January 2010 regarding eating cooked food again.  It was a major changing point in our families diet.  And as this is one of the most viewed videos from us on Youtube with more than 200.000 views (March.2013), with hundreds of comments, we want to put it up on our blog here as well, together with our Rawfoodfamily Food diary playlist, so you can see how our diet developed from this point of time in January 2010, Ko Phan Ngnan, Thailand, South-East Asia.

 Katie (pregnant with Joa) , Me and the kids 2010
Eating Cooked Food AgainAs you all well know, we are eating a mostly raw food diet together as a family.
Ronja – our youngest- has never, ever eaten anything else in the first years of her young life. (She will be 7 in some weeks)
Even during her earliest days here on earth, throughout the whole pregnancy, she was raised completely on raw! 

After we went to Thailand in 2010, Benny told me that he was interested in eating cooked food again and wanted some rice again.

This was a magical moment.

I was so proud of my son, that he was expressing this desire of eating cooked food again so openly.  He knew how important this diet is for our family, as we were so lucky to heal his little brother Jaro, of diseases with the help of this natural diet.

So in full trust of him we both said: “Yes of course, if this is your wish!” and went to a restaurant with him one evening. 
He was just tasting some spoon-tips and was amazed by the sensation of  hot food he had to cool before putting in his mouth.

This is an experience he had not had since he was a little baby-boy.
As most of the people and “experts” have been sharing horror-stories about toxic reaction, becoming sick for many days and such things after eating some cooked food for the first time again, we were concerned.  But as we so deeply trust our kids, and also as we want to support them in their wishes, in what they ARE, we felt that we must honor his decision.
Eating Cooked Food Again
We want openess and honesty in our family. And we also want to do our part maintaining a safe place where you can share with your loved ones whatever is important to you, being heard and seen with whatever it is.

If you put too much pressure on your kids and judge them for their choices, they will start to feel bad about their desires sooner or later.

First, they will try to ignore and fight what they desire, and as that doesn´t work on a long-term, they will stop sharing it with you.

The older they get, they will be off with their peers as often as possible, but later also doing it in dark spaces to hide it from you, and not disappoint you.

This is not an option for us!
Our children deserve and need our trust and support.
This is the only way for them to explore and experience, build confidence and find out who they are and what they want.
Eating Cooked Food AgainWe have to take them very seriously and double-check as often as possible, when we really see and feel them for what they are, and when we are forcing our own personal projections and structures upon them.

What then happened is something you would not believe!

This was somehow shocking news, and it affected our family in a profound way.
Now after some years, I can appreciate my son speaking up, letting Katie and me know that he was interested in eating cooked food again, as it has opened up our minds to a wider view.

We have less stress with food, are less dogmatic, more whole and… healthier than ever!
No one in our family has needed any doctor yet, as we are simply not getting sick.
Almost 8 years and still passionate about healthy, natural living!

Have you also been on raw and then went back eating cooked food again??

Here is a playlist including our Rawfoodfamily Food Diary.
We started this in 2009, and have been recording and reviewing our exact diet from time to time in between and are still uploading new videos as we go…
Just click on the link below to access this frequently updated playlist on youtube



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  1. I really appreciate you sharing about the bread. I live in America but we have a local bakery that makes a vegan, sprouted wheat, flourless, sourdough, date sweetened bread. It is very good. I think even a German would approve. The bakery is called Alvarado Street Bakery, in case you are curious about it. Thanks again, peace!

  2. Ka do u mind if i ask u which part of thailand you are in? im in tamai in chanthaburi town. any thought on malaysia or if its much more expensive? thanks brother. blessings :)

  3. thanks for the video Ka. i enjoyed it. nice to see your happy free healthy children. i feel WAY better here in thailand than the harsh cold dull irish weather! lol.:)

  4. We are down South on the islands (right now on Ko Pan Ngan) Malaysia is about same same, but different (LOL) I recommend Penang in the north, or the North-East of Malaysia. Love to you Owen!

  5. thanks Ka you really made my day. i just told my partner Sally, and we were only just thinking of going to Penang, especially since we hear there is an organic durian farm there that’s suppose to have durians out of this world, fresh and delicious! 😛 i dont watch too many youtube videos, but have enjoyed some of yours lately. love to u too Ka! and your family. take care :) thanks!

  6. I’d love to hear more about how you’re making your living out there to INSPIRE me for 2013. I know you did a video on this sometime ago, but an update would be helpful if this isn’t too personal to ask?

  7. They have sprouted bread in the US…there is a popular brand called Ezekiel bread made completely of sprouted grains and the like. There are lots of off brands of it as well, and you can aways get it at health food markets…at least in Texas.

  8. Hey Ka! Würdest du in Indien auch Salat essen? Dort ist der hygienische Standard relativ niedrig. Würdest du den Salat mit gekauftem Wasser waschen? Würde gerne wieder auf Indien, jedoch nicht auf Rohkost verzichten. Hast du einen Tipp? Besten Dank

  9. Vegetables are great but when you boil them you cook some of the nutrients and enzymes out of the veg. Steaming is much better than boiling IMO, try not to heat anything over 118 degrees. But don’t get too stressed out over this, obviously raw is best but if you like steamed veg then go for it!

  10. Ka, this is David “Davy Roy Six Pack” … I found you from Dr. Robert Cassar web site. He has your and my video up at the same time. I am 50 and really just getting started. I enjoyed watching your video from Thailand.

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