The thing about raw
The first thing about 'raw' is that it isn't a lifestyle - but a way of life. People can get confused about lifestyle choices and categorizing themselves into one thing or another i.e. vegans, vegetarians and 'raw'.
If being 'raw' or being classed as 'raw' were a lifestyle choice, how would it be measured? Would a qualification revolve around whether someone is 100% raw only, or around an intention or desire? If it is a classification then surely there should be a club, unspoken or not, where only certain people are let into i.e. 100%.
The thing is that there is no such classification and being raw, as mentioned, isn't something you do; it is something you are, regardless of what you eat.
We are all raw by our very DNA and genetic make up, despite what scientists under industry/government payroll may say. Simple fact - we aren't built for meat. We don't have the teeth, stomachs and despite the path we've taken, the natural capacity to kill. We are not hunters or even hunter-gatherers. Meat and killing meat may have become a necessity when humans moved north to colder climes where fruit was in less abundance, but this wasn't part of nature's plan, to force us to kill any animal for empty nourishment.
Fire is also a recent invention with regards to the evolution of humans and although technology wouldn't exist without it, neither would McDonalds or Burger King.
Being born raw is a gift and we all have the right to reconnect with this knowledge and therefore ourselves, but the fact that we have to struggle dependent on external factors and the extent of what we have eaten/drank in the past to achieve great health, this can be very difficult. The difficulty required will naturally make us think it isn't natural, because doing what's natural should be easy, right? Not so in our case, simply because of how we have evolved.
Raw isn't something exclusive to people who don't eat cooked food. Raw is our natural way of life, and to a more specific extent - 'fruigivores' is the term that defines what we are born to - not 'omnivore', 'herbivore' or any other 'vore'. What animals or species other than humans worries about a 'balanced diet’? Eat optimally as we were born to do and we will get that balance through natural whole foods.
It sounds simple but the practice can be far from it with such conflicting advice and theories. Yet instead of feeling isolated and alone, there are always opportunities to reach out and make waves with meeting new people, and no qualification or certificate is required to do so. People naturally qualify through their DNA structures and genetic build up; despite what lifestyle choices are made in all areas.
Everyone is unique through their personality alone, and eating naturally can amplify certain traits, as others and I have personally found. And sometimes knowing yourself and your personality and feeling grounded in yourself before you even consider re-tuning your life can benefit more than rushing into eating naturally overnight. I also believe feeling grounded with work, money and social aspects can also work hand in hand with high/all raw.
As the old cliché goes - 'Your health is everything.' And with good health, all else follows.