View Full Version : Dh Has Agreed To Go Raw For 14 Days!!!!!
YIPEE!!!! He's given me til Wedneday to get him started. The deal is *I* have to make all meals. He has agreed to eat it, altho he told me "most of what you make is utterly disgusting!" :p
Anyway-I really think this may cure him of several problems he sufferes from:
*hypersomnia (the need to sleep ALL the time)
*general crankiness and little to no patience
*achey legs (they ache all the time :confused: )
He has agreed to this, if I "allow" him to come up with a work out schedule for the both of us.
We shook on it. :cool:
02-20-2006, 09:02 AM
That's fantastic Purl!!! Hope you win him over by the end.
02-20-2006, 09:08 AM
What will you be fixing for those 14 days? My husband will eat the salads and fruit, but not too much of the "meal" type foods. I wish you success!
well, so far I have planned: carrot-pecan burgers, pizza (easiest crust), mock salmon pate, tortilla wraps, pizza bread, swiss "cheese", pear, beet and jicama salad, hijiki yam medley, pesto-stuffed mush room caps, butternut squash patties, kale chips, zuccini and marinara, date nut torte, banana carob "ice cream" and crepes.
His breakfasts will be green smoothies (which he's been drinking for a week or so, along with a nuked veggie burger smoothered in mayo and a large cup of coffee :eek: :p ), his snacks will be nuts and fruit, his lunches with either be leftovers or a large salad, his after noon snack will be 2 dates, and then the dinner of my choice :cool:
It all started because he had ANOTHER headache. I told him that I didn't mind rubbing his neck, but that it kinda seemed silly that what HE was doing was bringing such PAIN and misery into his life. I told him that I understood if he didn't want to go raw, but I recalled that a couple of months ago I was getting CRUSHING headaches. They were awful. I felt sick to my stomach and all I could do was curl up in bed and not move a muscle. Then I asked him to think about when was the LAST time I had a headache....and he realized that I have been virtually free of headaches for the last 2 months (excpet 2 detox headaches weeks apart). He also suffers from a feeling of utter exhaustion 24/7. The doctors could find no reason, except to dx him with "hypersomnia". He took prescribed methanphetamines with very little results. So after a few months he stopped taking them.
He was RAISED on Wonder bred and white sugar. He can go weeks without eating vegetables!!! This will be a nice change. :D
02-20-2006, 10:43 AM
It all started because he had ANOTHER headache.
Make sure he knows that sometimes during detox you get bad headaches too. . . it's important that he knows this so he doesn't get discouraged and think that raw isn't having any effect.
Other than that, GREAT!
Especially the asthma part. Being raw has really helped my asthma, I hardly ever take medication anymore and I used to be on two different kinds of steroids. Ditto with headaches. I used to get headaches 3-4 times a week, and was constantly reaching for the ibuprofen.
02-20-2006, 11:08 AM
My husband and I have been incorporating raw food into our diet in increasing amounts. Haven't yet gone 100% but have days where we're close. My DH is open to the idea and really likes the food however it doesn't fill him up and that's where he "cheats". I have bought some stuff this weekend to make crackers, breads etc so that he has raw snacks for when the meals aren't as filling as he is used to.
So my only suggestion is to have lots of variety available for your hubby to eat!
Other than that... way to go! I'll enjoy watching your posts for your progress and cheering you on!!! :D
02-20-2006, 11:28 AM
His breakfasts will be green smoothies (which he's been drinking for a week or so, along with a nuked veggie burger smoothered in mayo and a large cup of coffee :eek: :p ),...
It all started because he had ANOTHER headache. I told him that I didn't mind rubbing his neck, but that it kinda seemed silly that what HE was doing was bringing such PAIN and misery into his life. :D
Since your DH is doing at least one morning cuppa he probably has a caffiene dependency. Caffiene withdrawal brings some pretty gnarly headaches too. Perhaps anticipating this and offering some raw cacao or even perhaps some green or white tea in the mornings to help his transition away from the joe.
My DH agreed to a 30 day raw challenge when I was a few months raw. He felt great, lost a good chunk of weight, had better energy and definitely had a better mood. You could have been describing my husband with many of those symptoms except for achey legs, asthma and daily migraines, my DH has headaches sometimes but not all the time. In some ways I suspect your DH is at an even better advantage to really notice the benefits of raw since asthma and chronic pain are so quantifiable. I suspect the absence of acne and irritability are more noticeable to the spouse. ;)
After a few months of totally raw my DH decided he wanted to return to a mixed diet with some raw and some cooked. I would say the hardest thing for me is letting go of his food choices and accepting that he needs to do this his way not mine.
If there are any things that I could offer from my own experience with this whole process it would be:
1. Plan lots and lots of snacks and finger foods to send with him during the day. If he has trail mix, flax crackers, bags of baby carrots and other raw goodies to grab when he is hungry during the day, he'll be much less likely to break down and buy his favorite SAD snack.
2. Take the actions and let go of the outcomes.
3. Keep it Simple. (I think at times I became so ambitious with the uncooking that I couldn't sustain that level of raw gourmet and still have a life.) And if you can't keep it simple, stay organized and plan ahead.
Oh yeah and be prepared for your grocery bill to expand for the next few weeks, if your DH is anything like mine he will eat a lot more produce and nuts than you or I probably need to being raw alone. Guy sized handfuls of nuts for snacks are huge! We keep a glass jar of raw cashews on the bottom shelf of the fridge and he grabs at least one handful nearly every evening.
IMHO, your enthusiasm, willingness and tasty meals is what will help you both to thrive.
Good luck and have fun!
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