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03-21-2006, 10:43 PM
I should preface this by saying that I am in a not-so-great place right now with life and trying very hard to deal with some significant stressors, but: This is really hard for me. I am not creative. I have no idea how to make food taste good. I am bored to death with plain fruit and veggies. I feel undeniably better raw, but I'm finding that I am lacking the mental energy to keep it up. Alissa's book should be here anyday-and that should help. I wish I had the $ for the DVD, but don't right now. The book was a MAJOR splurge for me. I just need motivation big time. Intellectually I know this should not be as difficult as I am making it, but that doesn't help in the moment-you know? Detox isn't really the problem-it's more like, well, life stressors. Any words of wisdom on making it through? It's very important for me to stay on this path.
03-21-2006, 10:54 PM
First, you ARE on this path, so you are way ahead of the game!!
And you are not alone, please KNOW that we all have life stressors, and there is always something going on.
Yes, some have more challenges than others, and some have biggers stressors than others, but we do all have them, so we can try to help you.
Life simply is.
sometimes it seems easy and breezy, and fluffy and nice, and wonderful and everything is coming up roses.
other times it seems challenging, and problematic, and a hassle, and "let me get off this earth"
but it really is no different, life is just life.
the ONLY difference is our belief of what is going on around us.
So, you can choose to be a victim, or you can choose to change your perspective and your outlook.
When I was younger, I remember my friend coming to me and she told me all of these really terrible things that were going on in her life, her mother was dying of cancer, and her brother was sick, and she had no money, and she had just lost her job, and she was getting a divorce, and she was gaining weight, and her car didn't run, my gosh all the problems, But, you know what?
I had every single problem she had and then some.
but she was all upset, and I was living a happy life.
because I understood even at that young age, that life is what YOU make it.
so, make it beautiful to you.
03-22-2006, 04:07 AM
Something really stood out to me in her book. The person that was so die hard at being/remaining 100%. She dealt with life's stresses so amazingly. She never broke down from raw no matter what was going on in her life. When questioned about this, she simply replied that it was BECAUSE of raw that she was able to deal with those things in her life. I LOVED THAT!!
And it sounds like you're ready for gourmet. By all means WOMAN, break out your dehydrator & get to....ummm... dehydrating!! Yeah that it!! LOL!!
I'm not gourmet, but I do get my flax crackers already made. That's the only thing I have aside from fresh busting fruits/vegs.
If a recipie would help there are quite a few tasty and simple posted on the net, http://greenchefs.tv/
Do you exercise?
It may be the last thing that you feel that you have time for or want to do when life's stressors hit.
Even a walk can help!
Im a bit of a water babe, so i get in the bath or shower lots!
Infact my family actively encourage me to do so when im stressed! :)
Im under two months into raw, just over one month totally raw.
I just want to say, hang on in there!
ljannise mentioned the Woman in Alissa's book that dealt with life's sressors so amazingly.
I can honestly tell you that even in my short time on a raw diet i have experienced what it feels like to be able to cope with significant stressors and not break down. Its fantastic!
Somehow, raw has helped me to connect, ground and feel at ease.
The tenseness and pressure has just floated away.
The difficulties and daily struggles are still there, but Im not so tied up in it all anymore.
You are on the right path doing the right things, stick with it, I would love to hear how you get on! :)
03-22-2006, 08:32 AM
You're all right. Thank you. It's just one of those desperate feeling moments...closing one of our businesses (the one that makes the $) moving for the 6th time in under three years, being pregnant with two kids that are so young and HIGH needs etc.etc.etc. RP-thanks for your words. I know I have to just realize that this is where we are right not and what IS in my control is how I react to it. My dh tells me this, but somehow I get defensive when it comes from him.
ljannise-I am getting a dehydrator from my parents for my birthday so I can't wait for that! Right now I have a small round one that is okay, but I have been so resistant to using it. Don't really know why. I'm not a cook so I need concrete recipes. That's one of the reasons I'm so excited for Alissa's book!
Indi-thanks for the link. I'll check it out. I will keep you posted. I have a pretty strong resolve when it comes to healing, so this should be a piece of cake (raw of course!)
Thanks everyone. Time to start walking on the sunny side of the street.
Ya know what I've learned-when I'm feeling like life is really stickin' it to me, I give myself the day off and go to bed earlier than usu. 99% of the time, just taking the day off and getting more rest makes the following day SOOO much better. The things that seemed overwhleming yesterday, are puny after a day a rest. Don't beat yourself up or wallow, just give yourself a break. :)
03-22-2006, 09:20 AM
Go to the library. and check out some different cookbooks on raw food. I know that in Tusla we can actually just go online and do a search for the subject raw food or raw food diet there are about 10 books available and we can request them to the branch of our choice so no running around. Also, if your library doesn't have the books in stock go check out their magazines. Libraries always have a great selection of magazines including ones for raw food life style. Look at Living World I believe it was had great recipes.
The price on these options are right up all of our alleys.
I wanted to add-I don't think the food is as much of the problem as that you feel overwhelmed. I think if you give yourself a break you might be able to think more clearly tomorrow.
03-22-2006, 09:34 AM
Purl, that's true for sure. But when I get in that place where I'm hungry and just don't want another banana it gets really hard. Or my kids are cranky and don't want what I'm offering them-it's so stressful. Eating is a BIG deal around here. I have posted before one of dd's major symptoms is reluctance to eat at all. I get so stressed about it. I'm going to have to go to the library if my book doesn't get here today. Making/preparing my food feels great to me so when I can DO something (following a recipe) it will be easier. They actually both liked the raw chocolate cake!
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