The Raw Foods Evolution

Monday, January 09, 2006

Minerals and Rumi

I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.

Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die as Man, to soar
With angels blest; but even from angelhood
I must pass on: all except God doth perish.

When I have sacrificed my angel-soul,
I shall become what no mind e'er conceived.

Oh, let me not exist! for Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones, To Him we shall return.

"I Died as a Mineral", by Rumi, as translated by A. J. Arberry

Variant translation: Originally, you were clay. From being mineral, you became vegetable. From vegetable, you became animal, and from animal, man. During these periods man did not know where he was going, but he was being taken on a long journey nonetheless. And you have to go through a hundred different worlds yet. ~ as quoted in Multimind (1986) by Robert Ornstein

Stay tuned for an important discussion about how to eat a mineral rich raw foods diet.

Mike Snyder

Rancid Raw Nuts

Occasionally when purchasing raw nuts and seeds, you may find that they are rancid and / or moldy.

Sometimes they are stored in the grocery store bulk bins for a long time. They may go rancid and moldy after a few months of sitting there.

After eating fresh nuts for a while, you will be able to pick out rancid nuts by their taste, texture, and appearance. I buy them from a local health food store and they usually look good.

Always store them in the refrigerator to keep them fresh and prevent mold.

Brazil nuts are harder to find fresh. I often find them rancid in the store. You can usually tell the difference in taste between fresh and rancid brazil nuts.

You could buy nuts / seeds on-line and they will usually be good. A couple years ago I purchased macadamia nuts on-line from a reputable store and they were all rancid. They had bugs and spider webs in the shells. I sent them back and received a full refund.

Another thing to consider is that nuts / seeds stored in bulk bins for a long time may have mold and yeast growing on them. This is usually the case with walnuts.

The mold can be killed by soaking the nuts / seeds in food grade hydrogen peroxide. Put one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide in a bowl of fresh water. soak the walnuts in this for 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and rinse then continue soaking the walnuts in fresh water for the required time, 6 to 12 hours.

For on-line ordering, this is a great source of seeds:

Flax seeds

(Gabriel Cousens says the golden flax and slightly more nutritious than the brown flax)

Hemp seeds

Green Pumpkin seeds

Sunflower seeds

Raw Almond Butter

Raw Cashews