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‘Food is Meant to Nourish, Not Entertain’

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Stories from Arnold's Way by Arnold Kauffman - Fruit-Powered Digest

I speak of raw food. I speak of staying on a mostly raw vegan lifestyle. I speak of health. I speak of happiness. I speak of being the owner of a raw food café. All these things I speak of in total gratitude for being who I am, having learned so many years ago that being a raw vegan is the way to go.

For those reasons, I have no worries about health. I have no fear of ever getting cancer. It is totally freeing. I have that understanding how my body works. So between all this nonrhythmic wording there lies an answer, a path, a clear road to optimum health without fear of ever having a degenerative disease. Such is the road I travel.

I sit here in quiet appreciation. I sit here in awareness. As owner of a raw vegan café who sees firsthand how the lifestyle that supports our presence is destroying our soul. These are my thoughts on a quiet day with nothing to do but chill. These are my thoughts on a superbusy day, where every second counts—and each minute spent chilling is another minute from getting things done.

Multicultural children in unison, depicting world peace

Between these absolute truths, I am driven for world peace. I am driven to live in a world where each person speaks of love, of peace, of being free of material wants. To find the passion within. It is that world I live in. I want to share that world I speak of.

So, my mission begins, just as it always has been: “To create an energetic movement for the transformation of a disease-free world.” It’s so easy to create this, but so hard to happen based on how I understand the way of life. The way of people being who they are. So I begin my work, my way of spreading love to change what is to what could be.

I created a 30-Day Raw Challenge geared for everyone who wants change. It’s a deal that no one—and I mean no one—could refuse. I offer one meal a day, anything off our menu, and one green smoothie a day for the low price of $3.33 a day. This agreement is based on their becoming a vegan for 30 days. Each participant must give up meat, chicken, fish, dairy and eggs. This is an easy thing to do once you have the understanding what these foods do to your body. Once you have the experience of eating a raw vegan diet for 30 days, changes do occur in one’s body.

Cheezeberger Sandwhich from the menu at Arnold's Way
Participants in the 30-Day Raw Challenge at Arnold’s Way receive for just $3.33 a day a menu item such as this Cheezeberger Sandwhich and a 16-ounce green smoothie.

It is with this understanding that things do happen, people do change. In the 15 months that the program has been in effect, about 300 people have participated. It is with these words that I begin my love of a new challenge. In my opinion, I have given everything I’ve got to change one’s life forever. The reality is, of the 300 people who took the Challenge, maybe one in 10 have stuck with it. I look at the program, and I meditate. Even though the program’s been successful, it’s not good enough. I did not create 300 Arnold’s, just a few. The Megans, the Brians, the Silpas, the Sals [Editor’s note: All these people are featured in Healing Success Stories from Arnold’s Way by Arnold Kauffman] who in their optimum health are sharing their truth on what it takes to be on that path.

As I sit, I ponder. I think: “What the heck—I have a goal, a plan. Any my every thought, every action goes into making this happen.”

To change the world one person at a time, I have a plan. It’s a simple plan but it is working. I created the 30-Day Raw Challenge and executed this day after day, month after month. At the present time, it’s 19 months in a row. The percentage of people who can go high raw vegan is still very small, but the reality is that even though, in my heart and soul, I know that a high-raw, low-fat diet is ideal, this diet is not ideal for the average person who still has their struggles, emotional attachments to food and peer pressure. It is on this note that I tell what it takes to break the chains of destruction.

Food is meant to nourish, not entertain. It almost takes a new mindset to break free. How can anyone who is sick and tired on a slow train to degeneration change? What words, what actions are necessary? I wish I knew.

Silhouette of people eating in a restaurant

Every moment is a loving, caring moment. Even if someone did have the strength to override the system, to literally change every aspect of his or her life to eat according to our biological design, meaning a fruitarian lifestyle, is that enough? Does the fact that you gave up the processed food, the grains, the meats—is that enough of a change to free oneself from the institution of life? That, also, I don’t know.

There are so many variables on determining what’s important and what’s not.

What I know is that my life works. I see life as just moments. The question is, “Why is that so hard to grasp?” I don’t know, for the average person, for most people. I think and ponder. I try to see the other side, the obstacles on why people continue to fall back on the old ways of eating cooked foods. So I end in this manner confused about others and unsure of any answers. But I’m aware that I have to continue pushing the raw lifestyle—no matter what.

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No matter with the confusion, with the lost souls seeking their truth. The people who go raw and can’t stay on it, back and forth for years. I have found my truth, my passion by not getting caught up in the day-to-day routine of continuously deciding what to eat.

My passion, my truth, my purpose allows me to bypass the everyday thinking and put everything into proper perspective. I have been raw continuously for so many years and have seen so many success stories of people who were eating a standard American diet and having major illnesses—including brain cancer, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis—and having major overweight conditions. By simply changing their lifestyle, all their symptoms went away. This gives me the drive to continue pushing the raw lifestyle—to give hope where there’s no hope.

Each person has a moment-to-moment choice. In my opinion, there is no right or wrong, so I stop on that note. I listen to my body’s wisdom to show me the right path.

Wow! I love my life.

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