Raw food girl cleansing toxic world

​Nigerian- American raw food expert Esosa Edosomwan has launched her third book about raw food and health. We talked acne, sneezing of crackers, low energy, intoxication and the prejudice that black people are not healthy.

Esosa Edosomwan was born in New York to Nigerian parents and resides now in Cape Town. She is perhaps maybe mostly known for her role as Ngozi in the hit web series “An African City.” With her fingers in many projects, it is hard to believe that the award-winning producer, writer, actress, fashion designer, and health expert used to suffer from borderline chronic fatigue. Esosa’s personal crisis and acne problem led her to change her lifestyle to eventually become raw food vegan. A raw food diet consists of unprocessed, vegetables that have not been heated above 49°C/ 120°F. Raw vegans believe that food cooked above this temperature have lost much of their nutrition and is therefore less healthful for the body.

Esosa says that she believes in the saying ‘You are what you eat’ and that eating mistreated animals would affect her own “own mental, emotional, and physical well-being.” She became vegan at the age of thirteen. ”I had to develop thicker skin because friends and family would make fun of me all the time. Or forget about my dietary restrictions altogether. As time went on, I ended up influencing most of my family in some way because they witnessed first hand the benefits. People pay attention and if you stick to your convictions, sooner or later they'll be asking you how you do it.”

Not a white thing

She adds that she also became involved in health issues because of the misconception that Africans are not healthy and that raw veganism is a ‘white’ thing.

“It’s not just Africans that may believe that, but people of all colors. When I was living in New York and still learning from some of my mentors I would go to these raw food conferences and there would only be white speakers on the panel. Some of them actually looked extremely unhealthy. My motto is never take advice from people who are not a living example of what they preach, and the people that influenced me the most when I started on my heath journey were youthful---appearing many years younger than their age, healthy, extremely knowledgeable, and also happened to be black.”

She thinks that eating healthy comes naturally for many Africans. “When my parents grew up in Nigeria, everything they ate was technically "organic" I had to explain to them to be careful in the U.S. because there is a great difference and most things are not organic unless labeled. I find it incredibly disturbing that being unhealthy is something that people associate with black people in general and I hope to put a face to the fact that it is simply not the only case. It is however true that many black neighborhoods in major cities worldwide do not have access to fresh healthy produce and foods. Instead you find liquor stores, fast food, and convenience stores with processed foods. If you are aware of how much food can affect your spiritual, mental, and physical environment, you would realize how critical it is that all people have the right to the best food possible.”

With her third book, Got Veg? How to Thrive on a Plant-Based Diet, she wants to show the benefits of a vegetable-based diet. Alongside with over fifty recipes, the book contains research that supports how a raw food lifestyle can heal many diseases and ailments. “I started with raw food around 2008. I had a horrible acne problem and decided to go raw to heal my skin. It worked within a month and I decided to stick to it afterwards for almost two years. Now I eat very high raw, but still incorporate some cooked vegan meals.”

Holistic consumption

Esosa says that she always has had a sensitive body but is grateful to that, as it has made her more cautious with what she eats. “My body gives me immediate signs that something is toxic for me or just isn't real food. I consider this a great thing. I meant that if I were to buy a box of processed crackers with salt on them and start eating within a minute or two I would start sneezing. Many people are sick with chronic diseases because they go years eating junk food and can't hear what their body is telling them. So they wake up one day with cancer or diabetes and wonder what has happened.”

She adds: “For me its a daily struggle to ensure that my mental and spiritual consumption is as pure as my food intake. I think it’s mostly about being completely aware of what you allow yourself to listen to, watch, and even the company you keep. You have to feed your mind positivity and make a habit of it.”

Esosa admits though that it is hard to achieve a toxic- free world but pushes for more motivation. “ It's impossible to live completely toxin-free. When you start living a more natural life, get rid of processed foods, you realize there are so many other sources of toxins day to day. I've gotten rid of most of the major beauty products that have cancer causing or toxic chemicals, and I buy cleaning supplies that are environmentally and health friendly. But then even your physical environment can be toxic.”

She thinks that we should not just see food as survival but understand it from a holistic view. “People are so used to the excess sugar and salt used to mask the fact that processed food isn't real. Once you start eating whole foods, you start to enjoy the flavors of the food along with herbs and spices, and realize you do not need refined sugar or salt to feel satisfied.”

She hopes that the book will work as an introduction to a raw food diet, but stresses the importance of listening to one self. “Explore resources from people who practice what they preach, but remember you are your own best health guru. Make sure above else you listen to your body and adjust your diet based on your unique needs.”

More about Esosa at http://rawgirltoxicworld.com/

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Sumbu Temo

27 years old journalist student and dreamer from Stockholm