By Bob McCauley, ND
People often ask me what they need to do to be healthy and I always tell them the same thing, drink ionized water, and start eating raw fruits and vegetables. When they look at me as though I’m insane I tell them a great way to get started is to go to the raw-food potluck the first Monday of each month if they’re from Lansing. If they can’t make it then they can attend the other raw-food potluck on the third Saturday morning of each month. The fact that there is a store in Lansing, Michigan like the Watershed Wellness Center is amazing. And the fact that I have somewhere local to send my customers if they want to start eating more raw fruits and vegetables is nothing less than a blessing.
Lansing, Michigan has been the center of the raw-food movement in Michigan for more than 15 years now. There have been a handful of key personalities in the Lansing area that made this happen. It is amazing, and quite ironic, that Lansing, Michigan would actually have any raw-food awareness at all, given it is a blue collar working class town that is currently in a deep recession and has been for many years. However, Lansing survives and it is all the better for having a raw-food awareness community that reminds us that the raw-food diet is the healthiest diet possible. Just look at Cricket Lott and
One of the pioneers of the raw-food movement in the greater Lansing area is Hiawatha Cromer. I was made aware of raw foods when Hiawatha introduced me to sprouting. I ask myself why I wanted to eat sprouts and I realize it was because of the enzymes. I read a book by Dr. Edward Howell called Enzyme Therapy and I knew instantly that I should only be eating raw fruits and vegetables. Hiawatha arranged for me to speak at the Raw-food potluck run by Cricket Lott in the First Christian Church northwest of the Frandor shopping mall. It was the first time I ever had a chance to try raw foods that have been prepared as though they were cooked foods. I remembered eating raw spaghetti and raw pizza. I was intrigued that anybody could make food like this that was both tasty and healthy. Taste and health does not always go together, to say the least.
I have been invited to speak at the Raw-food potluck every few years for the last 15 years. Each month they feature speaker that talks about some aspect of health. There really is nothing else like it in the entire state of Michigan that I am aware of. A tremendous difference has been made in the Lansing area by two women who have been dedicated to holding a Raw-food potluck 12 times a year. Those two women are Cricket Lott and Beth Bechtel. Here is the largest collection of Raw Food recipes to be found in the internet, which is impressive unto itself.
The other Raw-food potluck is held at Saint Stephen’s Church, just next to the First Christian Church, where the Monday pot luck is held. Mozell Lang has run this pot luck for many years herself. Her raw pizza is to die for. She also has a speaker each and every month at the pot luck.
Hiawatha Cromer now runs the Assembly of Yaweh Wellness Center, which offers raw-food retreats and counseling. It is located at 7911 Columbia Rd, Eaton Rapids, MI, 48827, http://www.assemblyofyahweh.com/rawfoods.htm http://hiawathaslivingfoodslifestylecoaching.blogspot.com/
Hiawatha also has helped to run the Creative Health Institute in Hodunk, Michigan for more than 20 years. http://www.creativehealthinstitute.com/. This is another great Raw-food retreat center you can stay at anywhere from 1 to 10 days, much like you can at The Hippocrates institute in Florida. http://www.hippocratesinst.org/
Hiawatha Cromer, Cricket Lot, Beth Bechtel, and Mozell Lang deserve great kudos and thanks from the Lansing community for making it a healthier place to live. It is their dedication and their consistency doing this month in and month out that has made them so successful. I was born and raised in Lansing and I am so very proud of what they have accomplished and that I have been a part of it.
A couple other great contributors to the Raw-food community of Lansing, Michigan are Janice Welsh and her daughter Danielle Anwar. They have a fantastic website, they do demonstrations, and they teach Raw-food classes. Together they make some of the most delicious raw foods you ever tasted in your lives. Watch out for their raw pizza. Yummy!! They have a television show locally on raw-food preparation and the raw-food lifestyle. Both are incredible testimonials to the power of health that is achieved by living on a diet composed mainly of raw fruits and vegetables. http://www.eatfreshfood.com/
First Monday of every month – 6:00PM HIHO Potluck, 1001 Chester, Lansing at First Christian Church. Bring a raw-food dish to share and the recipe. Contact: Cricket Lott Phone: 517-449-6902. Speaker Each Month. http://www.livinghiho.com/event
Third Saturday of every month – 11:00AM St Stephens potluck 1007 Kimberley, Lansing, MI. It is free, bring a raw-food dish to share. For more information contact Mozell P. Lang, firstname.lastname@example.org Speaker Each Month. Phone: 517. 214.7450. http://www.livinghiho.com/st-stephens-wellness-group