View Full Version : do you wish you went raw sooner??
03-20-2006, 09:28 AM
just two seconds ago, i had a flashback of a time i was in paris and was staying at this 5 star hotel with some friends of mine. the memory that popped into my head was one when we woke up for breakfast and went down to the complimentary breakfast. hello!!!! enough food to feed an army! everything was sooo delicious! we just ate and ate and ate. this was at a time when i was quite thin. but eating all that food made me feel like a heiffer. so for about a second after i had that memory, i thought, "oh man, i wish i could go back to that time." then i remembered the feelings i had AFTER i ate all that food and how much mental and emotional pain food has caused me in the past. it makes me wish i had gone raw a LONG time ago. i wouldn't have put on all this weight and gone through depression and turmoil and all those painful stomach aches. i will never go back to that. it was horrible. at least i know those feelings and what i DON'T want to go back to. i love how i feel on raw!!!
03-20-2006, 09:40 AM
Yeessssss! I would have saved a lifetime of depression, constipation, overweightness, food struggles, and emotional ups and downs. I would have been much much happier, gotten better grades, etc. PLUS I would have invested that much more time in preventing any illnesses and diseases.
03-20-2006, 10:21 AM
Yes, I do. I think that starting at 16/17 helped since I wasn't that old, but I still wish I always knew of this way of life. My food issues, depression, and other things may not exist.
03-20-2006, 10:46 AM
I'm jealous of those that are doing this in their mid 20's. I hit this at 30 & I was sad to realize I didnt do this sooner. But, it's not too late to LOOK like I'm back in my mid 20's, haha. Cause, ya know, age halts & reverses when you're 100%
03-20-2006, 11:02 AM
I wish I'd known about raw when I was younger. I'm now 42 and it is very hard to get rid of over 20 years of bad eating habits.
Ljannise - your weight loss is astounding!! Surely you didn't lose 130lbs in a year???? Have you any 'before' and 'after' photos - I would love to see them. I'm on a constant weight loss challenge and would welcome the inspiration for moments when I crave something unhealthy and un-raw!!
Any tips on how you lost the weight?
03-20-2006, 11:08 AM
I lost 130 in LESS than a year. And I'm ot the only one. There's NO big secret... 100% RAW vegan. I'm not a gourmet though.
I WISH I had good before/after photos. Back then, I wanted NOTHING to do with a camera.
03-20-2006, 11:09 AM
Read this person's diary.
She is an astounding testament to what this raw lifestyle can do too.
03-20-2006, 11:31 AM
Yes and no. If I think I could have done it earlier then yes, however I don't think I was at the point in my life to accept this way of life until now. I don't think I would have been strong enough in my beliefs and my acceptance of myself to be able to not cave to the pressure from others to eat normal food. My husband doesn't say anything, my father does, and then people who don't know what I'm doing offer me goodies and such fairly often. I have the grace to be able to say 'no' much more often than 'yes'. Is it a journey, most assuredly, but now I feel strong enough to complete it. Earlier in my life I would not have been. I'm content to be able to do this now instead of continuing on that other path. Learn, grow, love. That is what counts.
03-20-2006, 11:40 AM
I read Arnold Ehret's book in 1970. I do wish I would have kept eating raw then but I fell off. I didn't have the money or good produce at that time though. I did after that always eat all the raw foods I could get so I'm sure that helped. If only..........
I didn't know about sprouting grains or soaking and eating nuts. That would have been better than cooked foods. There is so much more info out now than there was back the. There's more now than just 5 years ago.
I wish I had stuck to raw a year ago when i first tried, but at least i know the pitfalls now.
I wish I had come across it earlier in life, but probably wolud not have managed to stick to it.
Im pleased that i know about it now and am enjoying every moment of it, despite detox! :)
the only unraw thing in my diet is an occasional herbal tea, i trust my body will wean off soon!
Yes, yes, yes -- although I've eaten what I thought was healthily (vegetarian/vegan) all my life, raw makes SUCH a difference.
But -- regret is a waste of energy -- I'm just so thankful to have found it now and hope I'm getting younger every day as a result!
03-21-2006, 12:47 AM
I don't wish that I was raw before b/c [before], I was VERY obsessive and compulsive........I would have taken raw to th extreme and twisted the very heart of its purpose. I am VERY content with meeting raw durng this time of my life......I cannot ask for it any other way. Today is leaving and tomorrow is coming so [right now] I am happy to be raw. ;)
03-21-2006, 12:50 AM
The main reason I wish I had gone raw sooner is because I could have brought my oldest children up that way! But I also believe that all things happen when they are supposed to happen and so, I found out about raw when it was time for me to. Who knows what may have resulted had I gone raw before the time I did.
03-21-2006, 02:40 AM
That would be my main reason too Cherie. The older they are, the harder they are to turn.
I'm glad I went through the process of becoming raw though, in the last year and a half, and the trials and slips I had only taught me that I only feel my best at 100%. This was the point in my life when I was ready to accept raw, I'm not sure I was ready before. It's been a great journey! :)
I would say NO because I may have not been ready to embrace it and do it for the right reasons. One thing I try very hard to avoid is looking back. Everything happened in the best divine timing and I am happy to be where I am now.
03-21-2006, 12:37 PM
Ljannise, thanks for the link. Some of the journals are truly amazing so have strengthened my resolve to stay on track.
I'm sure 'the medical profession' would have said losing 130 lbs in less than a year was dangerous. In England, we are told that 2 lbs a week is 'safe and healthy weight loss'. I think anyone who has more than 50lbs to lose would prefer your route plus the healthy life that comes with it.
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