Yesterday, I had a lovely conversation with one of the most inspiring women I know.

My grandmother was a great doctor when she was younger, and is now a raw foodist. In Communist Russia, she was still able to read a lot about nutrition, and treat most illnesses through herbs, teas, and foods. When I would get sick as a kid, my parents always sent me to my grandmother’s house for 3-4 days. Without the use of a single pill, she would cure me. For more on natural cures for cold and flu, see this post

It’s very inspiring to know that I had such an upbringing. This upbringing set in me the basis for eating, breathing, living, and loving this way. My grandmother always taught me that positive thoughts can cure everything. I remember seeing information on raw food when I was maybe about 15, and thinking, “I want to be like those people”. Those people were emanating positive, radiant energy. I wanted to be that way. I was always attracted to people and things by their energy.

It makes me sad to say that raw food does not cure all. There is a lot more work to be done… It makes me sad not because there is much more to life than eating raw food, but because I am one to still suffer from constipation and a lacking digestion, even after over 3 years of raw. This makes me understand that there is more to life that what you eat… there is stress, emotional, mental, spiritual… there is the people you meet, the opportunities you have, the things and people you get to see and meet, the energy you receive from others and from the earth, the work you do on earth, and most importantly, your general attitude in life.

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So yesterday, as I was speaking to my grandmother about my digestive issues, she said, “but don’t you think that a doctor can solve this for you. You are your own doctor. A doctor doesn’t see and speak with you every day, but you do.” It made me remember why I always believe that I need to trust my own inner voice. It made me also understand that this is a journey, and it will take time and lots of work! 

I hope that you will feel empowered by this. This is not to say people should not go to doctors to get diagnosed. I definitely think you should, and I think diagnosis is extremely powerful and important. But solving the problems you will discover that you have – that is your part. You, with your body, mind, soul, heart.

 

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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.