It is Passover soon, and I’ve decided to write something about freedom, since it is considered the holiday of freedom. Something which puts together choices, nutrition, and using your strong mind.

Often times I am asked: don’t you miss cooked food, the flavor, the taste of it, the comfort. And I’m not going to lie. There are many days when I do miss it and crave it very much. And once in a while, I allow myself to steer away from the path I have chosen of eating only raw, CLEAN, beautiful foods. And I also choose in that moment to forgive myself, not dwell too long on it, and just move on to eating better.

But in general, I do have a secret weapon which I use to gain freedom in my life, in my food choices, and just in general in choices that make me happier and stronger. I have a very strong mind, since I was a child, and I think many people, if they wish, can find a strength in their mind. In the willpower to make a decision and stick to it. I think the strength comes from the decision itself, and from the reasoning that we have behind it. If we can find that one thing that moves us to make a choice, regardless of how hard that choice is, we will stick to it, I am sure. Think about the many things that you do daily: brushing your teeth, going to work (that’s a big one that I think is driven by a primary choice that we just stick to, many times for our whole lives!), and many more… I think we all make a choice at some point, and that choice actually provides us with freedom: it allows us to pick our path, and not look to the sides. It allows us to walk in one direction, with strength.

I think that when I saw my mother healing from very serious health problems, my mind and heart synced and I was able to make a very clear choice. Of course, there was a build-up. In the beginning, I remember that I always was attracted to raw food, but I always thought to myself that there is no way I could give up the foods I love for this. But I do remember that ATTRACTION: wow, how clean, how beautiful, the colors, the idea of being so close to nature, and so PURE. And I really wanted that.

But then my mom got very sick, and healed herself. After 8 years of insane suffering, she was able to overcome through nutrition. And that nutrition, which was always so attractive to me, became AN OBVIOUS CHOICE that I now made – this is what I want to do. THIS IS IT! And I really felt it so strongly. I didn’t have a network around me who did the same (though I had my partner – who was a huge help!). It wasn’t easy, and I sure promise you that even now it isn’t easy.

But I swear, when I take a bite of a juicy tomato or oroblanco (my favorite winter fruit!) I feel this freedom all over! My soul sings, and I feel so proud – I made a choice, I used my strong heart, and I am sticking to it. And it feels so freeing to be able to eat how much I want and when I want and to enjoy every single bite and to know I am doing something good for myself.

So that is what I will be celebrating during my raw Passover dinner! My mind, my inner will, my inner strength, which I am not ashamed to say I am so proud of and appreciate so much about myself. This strong mind which I’ve had since I was born (even when I was 2 years old and already was speaking very well, my opinion was always asked at home), is what guides me in so many decisions in life, and is a great tool for my success.

Regardless whether you celebrate now or not, I wish you all freedom in life. Freedom, to me, is one of the most important values, and I will be remembering those who are more limited than I am in their choices (whether freedom of movement, thought, action, etc.). We are all limited in some way, always. But it is up to us to find the freedom within those limitations, and to set our own freedom for ourselves.

Have a beautiful, refreshing spring 🙂

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Marina Yanay-Triner is a wellness coach and recipe developer through Soul in the Raw. Marina creates easy and delicious vegan recipes and writes about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, focusing on evidence-based nutrition information. She loves to help clients go and stick to plant based eating through her powerful coaching program, combining nutrition and cooking education along with transformational mindset work. Marina adopted a whole food, plant based lifestyle over 7 years ago, inspired by her mother's incredible healing story of reversing a crippling bladder disease. She has reversed PMS symptoms and encourage emotional healing from trauma as a result of this transition. Marina is incredibly passionate about the vegan diet for human health, animal welfare, and the well-being of our planet, all of which she envisions as co-dependent.