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(Sicilian proverb)
Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
(Elbert Hubbard)
You can always tell a real friend; when you've made a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.
(Laurence J. Peter)
Friends are family you choose for yourself.

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7th December 2009

Perception is everything. How I perceive myself directly affects me. The way I perceive myself defines who I am, and so by making a decision to see myself a certain way, I decide who I become. How I perceive the world and its processes, directly affects not only my interactions with it, but also what is really going around me. By making a decision to see the world a certain way, I decide what the world around me becomes. So, make no mistake - I create my own reality.

There exist differences of perceptions, or perhaps even distortions of perceptions, and I've seen examples of these in the context of health. One, an overweight person calling a healthily slim person - too skinny. Another, a person eating cooked, dead, dehydrating, tasteless unless filled with spices and condiments, void-of-nutrients food, calling the habit of eating fresh, nutritious, hydrating, delicious, luxurious food in the form of fresh fruit and veggies - a deprivation, an ascesis. Or, an over-eating person calling the healthy habit of eating only when hungry - an unhealthy restriction.
Or, an over-training person calling a healthily active person - sedentary.

Last week, and not only then, I was wondering about my problems with lack of rest. At some other times I was pondering about my attitude towards fasting and my apparent disinterest in refraining from eating during the several years since I went raw. I was also wondering about how this relates to my instincts, and my approach of following them. The answer came, unexpectedly, as it usually happens in the universe that always delivers the answers, and I shifted my perception. In the last couple of days I suddenly developed a sore throat, a sign of detox, most likely from some substances that I once ingested in my life and that are still stored in the fat tissues of my body. This morning I decided to take a sick leave, which is something that does not happen very often (it never does ha). I did so because I realized the lack of thirst or hunger and a strong desire to lie down. So I took Julia to school, came home, and then went to bed. :) I closed my eyes and lay like this until about 3pm in the afternoon (I had to go and pick up Julia again). The term fasting is completely and inappropriately corrupted. When people talk about fasting, they mean deprivation, abstaining from doing things that they would otherwise enjoy doing, self-discipline. This is so wrong. So I am not going to use the word fasting here, I will say I was resting instead. This was a totally luxurious, delicious experience. I enjoyed every bit of it, lying in a cozy bed, with my eyes shut, completely relaxed, feeling how my body was doing a million little things that it could not when I was active, understandably so. I thought of the cells of my body which, instead of chasing the millions of processes that occur when I drink and eat and walk, could finally do the overdue maintenance. This was a repair and cleanup time. I felt good. I felt my body regenerating. Make no mistake - listen to your body.


I closed my eyes to relax completely, to switch off as much of the external noise as possible. I did not make my thoughts drift completely away, and when lying down like this, managed to come to various conclusions, including one mathematical proof of an idea that had been on my mind for some time. But I did drift away several times, each time feeling slightly clearer, stronger, more energized than before. When I finally got up, I brushed my whole body with my skin brushes, the little one for the face and the big one for the rest of the body, then had a shower and then another lie down, eating a lovely, red, juicy watermelon. Now tell me this it not a total indulgence!

I finally overcome my mental blockage about resting. I finally got it. Good. All it takes is to listen and respond to the signals of the body, which I had known, of course. I look forward to doing it again. In fact I am going to do it tomorrow, to give my body a complete rest, and my throat a chance to recover completely, because I felt like I wanted to keep going today. I did not want to get up or eat or drink, but once I got up, I felt like eating something juicy again. So I am going to give my body a chance to rest. This prospect feels as good as a prospect of going away for a dream weekend in Cairns. :)

9th December 2009

It's clear to me. I now think that the lack of rest might have largely contributed to my detox. Rest is needed for repair and cleanup, and so lack of rest leads to various problems which over time might accumulate to something more serious. This is why people can get a cancer from lack of rest. Stress kills. Oh, and eating only when hungry approach makes even more sense to me now, for similar reasons. Why put food in when the body is busy doing something completely different, and gives an obvious sign of it, lack of hunger. Going against the body signals is going against the perfectly set processes, disrupting the harmony, body struggling to overcome the extra burden, chaos, and in the long term, repetitive patterns resulting in manifestation of problems, a disease.

Sharing with you my little secret:
Ever since my teenage years people used to comment how much I look like Mona Lisa. Even strangers on the street would call out after me "Mona Lisa!". I guess I do look a lot like her, not exactly like her, but a lot, the bone structure, the smile, the hair. This is as far as the external image is concerned. As far as the mind, I am a scientist, an explorer, an inventor of ideas, a mathematician, and so perhaps my mind resembles more Leonardo than Mona Lisa. Due to that long-time resemblance connection, I feel in some ways very close to her and to Leonardo in particular.

13th December 2009
A very passionate and cute video by a rawesome beauty queen, which brings a smile to my face:

29th December 2009

The recent dietary patterns I observe is eating 3 or 2 larger meals per day (as compared to grazing all day in my earlier years of raw), and having my first meal after 12 noon (I am not hungry in the morning), and fruit mono is my preference as usual with some salads sometimes. This all has to do with being more in tune with my instincts than ever before (true hunger for example). I feel good, grounded, calm, balanced, relaxed, energetic.

The plants I planted are getting bigger. Observing them grow brings me joy.

31st December 2009

My short article at 30 bananas a day forum:

In response to



Dear Lighty,


The trouble with most books on empirical sciences is that as soon as they are printed, the information in them may become outdated. This is why reading most recent papers in (internationally-recognized) scientific journals is a more accurate way of learning about the current state of science.


Wrangham argues that human ancestors learned to tame fire and cook food 1.9 million years ago [1], which changed our appearance (small jaw etc) and made us human. His book was published in May 2009. However, in October 2009, the scientists announced the discovery of Ardi, the humanoid and our ancestor from 4.4mln years ago, well before the invention of cooking, that already had the human-like features, including the ability to walk upright, small face and small canines [2, 3].


When browsing through those recent papers on Ardi, it is evident that the scientists still speculate about the details and there is a number of various hypotheses, which is the standard feature of empirical sciences in which hard-core proofs do not exist. Nevertheless, some conclusions emerge, such as the raw diet consisting of less hardy matter. This makes sense, for example, bonobo have less prominent jaw when compared to common chimpanzees, and their diet, besides the soft fruit, consists of much softer green matter than the tough vegetable matter present in the diet of common chimpanzees. Also, bonobo are also far less aggressive than common chimpanzees [4].


It is worth mentioning here that an interesting theory explains the evolution of human brain through the lenses of our frugivorous origin [5]. 


(A minor note, as far as the mathematically flawed calorie model, its inaccuracy has been explained extensively at other posts on this forum.)








2.     “Ardipithecus ramidus and the Paleobiology of Early Hominids”, Tim D. White et al, VOL 326 SCIENCE, 2 October 2009, page 64

3.     “The Ardipithecus ramidus Skull and Its Implications for Hominid Origins”, Gen Suwa et al, VOL 326 SCIENCE, 2 October 2009, page 68

4.     “The Social Behavior of Chimpanzees and Bonobos: Empirical Evidence and Shifting Assumptions”, Craig B. Stanford, Current Anthropology, Vol. 39, No. 4 (Aug. - Oct., 1998), pp. 399-420





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