I often ask my readers to complete a quick online survey in order to help me to create content which I hope is relevant to you.

One survey question is “What is the Number 1 obstacle standing in the way of you reaching your primary health goal?” One of my readers replied, “My husband, who does not want to go raw”.

This is a good point I’d like to expand on.

It’s all too likely that you’ll tie the knot with someone who has eating habits different to your own. This shouldn’t stop you from eating the way you that want, while at the same time trying to influence your partner in a positive way.

One of the worst things you can do is to try and impose your views on others, whether it is your husband/wife, your parents, friends, brothers, or even your children, because it is not likely to work.

I believe there are two more effective options you can focus on:

  1. Lead by example

When you start to show the great health benefits of eating more raw foods, your partner will soon take notice.

They’ll have a very hard time holding to their objections if they’re seeing wonderful results with their own eyes; the improvement in your skin texture, fat loss, increased energy and so on.

And you don’t have to eat 100% raw from the start. This is the biggest misconception when it comes to this diet.

Even increasing the amount of raw food you eat by small amounts – while doing it correctly, means you can achieve important health results in a matter of days.

  1. Learn Natural Health

Natural Hygiene is a wonderful science that will show you how to make practical changes to your diet and lifestyle, in order to recover your health and lose weight at a much FASTER rate than trying to implement random nutrition tips, picked up here and there.

Don’t bombard your partner with the same old vegan/vegetarian arguments you hear elsewhere, because they’re probably sick of hearing them. Everyone is.

Explain biology and natural laws on the other hand, and you’re likely to see a different response.

For example, I was in London for a BBC Radio interview recently and stayed at some friends’ house for a couple of days.

As with many of my old friends, they asked me about my raw diet. Usually I’m reluctant to talk too much about it, because I don’t want to be seen as pushing my agenda on anyone – and they appreciate that.

But this time was different, my friends were insistent, so I had to reply.

My answer was short and I explained to them why raw fruit digests quicker than most cooked foods, and how this affects energy levels and overall health.

I also used some colourful, everyday life examples to further illustrate this point!

My friends were so impressed and convinced by what I explained to them, that they immediately went out and bought themselves some fruit and start eating it, literally!

They also suggested I give the same explanation of the benefits of raw food, on the BBC interview I was giving later that day.

A similar experience came about with mother. I knew that eating a raw food diet – or mostly raw, would definitely increase my mother’s chances of overcoming cancer, and it did.

But I didn’t tell her what to food to eat at any time during those years. Instead, I concentrated on explaining the various aspects of natural health that made my mother decide by herself to change her diet, and not because I was pushing her to do so.

My point is that explaining natural laws is not about throwing facts around and intimidating people into doing something, but demonstrating principles and practices that are in accord with biology, are difficult to deny, and that make common sense to most people.

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Ariel Belloso

Ariel Belloso is a writer who transformed his health through the power of raw food. The former DJ and music producer's life changed forever in 2001, when his mother was diagnosed with leukaemia. Already a keen nutrition researcher, Ariel calculated that eating a raw, plant based diet could help his mother overcome her cancer. This became his motivation to learn more about natural health and the raw food lifestyle. Following her son's advice, not only did Ariel’s mother beat her cancer, she recently celebrated her 85th birthday! Using the knowledge gained from his years of ongoing study into natural health, Ariel has also managed to overcome several serious health issues himself, as well as helping many others regain their health and improve their quality of life. Ariel has written 5 books on the subject of natural health, nutrition, and fitness.

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