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05-25-2006, 07:29 AM
I still haven't been able to stay raw for any length of time. I know raw is where I need to be. If I'm so positive of this, why is it so hard to do it? I have a lot of stress in my life, but that will be there for quite a while. I have to get beyond that. I know if I can go raw and stay that way it will help the stress.
I know this is Alissa's sight, but has anyone found other ways to make the transition? What about Dr. Graham's program? David Wole and the Sunfood Diet Success book?
This yo-yo-ing is playing heck with my weight and body. I am also having problems with my stomach. May be gall bladder or something else. The rest of my body is hurting all over. I am a massage therapist, and I am finding I have more aches than before. Also less energy.
I welcome any ideas. Thanks
05-25-2006, 08:04 AM
With me, going raw is a mental thing. I had to condition my mind and reach my breaking point before I could go raw. The doctor saying you have pre-cancer and if you don't take these pills (that will give you cancer later) you are going to get CANCER, cancer. That did it for me. I never dreamed at 24 years old I would have put myself in such a mess. That weekend I went and bought up produce and I started on Monday. I slipped up over the next weekend and saw how bad it made me feel and vowed to commit to 2 weeks, which I just accomplished that goal. Now my goal is to make it another 2 weeks which will make me 1 month 100% raw. I think its important to set small reasonable goals, not large overwhelming goals that set you up for failure, even of that means starting your goal at "I am going to eat this meal 100% raw, and tommorow I am going to have two 100% raw meals". Transition yourself in away you feel comfortable doing so. Also when you do go raw, ride out the detox, its worth the rocky ride.
05-25-2006, 08:13 AM
If you bust life style ad heci shedule pos a problem then I would definately say be prepared.
keep raw snack items available from online stores or dehydrate in bulk. Buy lots of variety and prep foods ahead freezing some and cold storeing others. I've yet to go 100% raw but am transitioning. BBeing vegetarian and makig it to vegan is a big deal for me, due to convinience.
I do a smoothie every Am and evening as a part of my routine. This way I get in more fruit then I would normally chew.
I also use to set small goals, like avoiding french fries one week, sodas he next etc...
My next big goal is to rid myself of O'charley's honey mustard dressing and stick to Olive Oils an other homemede options.
Once I get cookie preparation don I will stop with the packaged cookies too. I love fig newtons but I now there has got to be a raw and healthier way.
Best of luck and life to you!
Nancy from Portland
05-25-2006, 08:46 AM
I noticed you said that you know you need to go raw. What if you changed the language to say 'I want to go raw'? I agree with the advice given to have lots of food around you that is raw and at your fingertips at all times. Of course, Alissa's book is wonderful, but there are other ones out there that are good as well. Planning ahead is also important. I liked what Gator.. does when she sets a small goal and, when that is met, makes another. It is your life and you get to choose what you put into your body and mind. There, really, is no right or wrong here. It sounds like you know the path you want to take, and it is your journey. Have the best day ever!!!
05-25-2006, 09:28 AM
When I first went raw, I was rigid, I KNEW I HAD, to eat raw, and I did for 3 weeks, then I ate one thing cooked, then it took me years of struggling with raw to get back into it. and the reason, is that I felt I had to be perfect, the next time I finally was able to go raw, I had Alissa's book and her DVD, I watched that DVD about a gazillion times, and made the food on it, everytime I wanted to eat cooked, I just said, well, I'll do that tomorrow.
I've gone the raw/cooked/raw/cooked thing too, and THAT is what makes your body crazy, not the raw part, it's the cooked part,
It's like the smoker who finally gives up cigaretts, and their lungs say, "Hey, there's no more smoke coming in here, maybe I can clear out this tar" so you start to cough, and expell all this gunk, and you think "Hey, I didn't cough when I was smoking, I better go back to smoking."
Our bodies have infinite intelligence, when they know they are in a stressed state, they protect us, when they know they are toxic, they stuff it into our fat, when they know we are eating great fruits and veggies that have no preservatives and are good for us, they know to release those toxins, so we can HEAL, and that is what detoxing is all about.
Our bodies healing themselves, and they do it without us telling them when or how or what to do, release the most deadly toxins first, and only when you can handle it.
Now, you may say, "I can't handle this now, I've got this schedualed", but your body knows when it NEEDS to start releasing those toxins, so it is best to take a look at the big picture, not just what is happening in your life today, but how you want your entire life to look.
YES, detox can be inconvenient, it can come at what we think is the worst time, it can come on us way too quickly, but if you have faith that your body is taking the very best care of you, you will welcome detox when it comes, and get excited, because, by detoxing today, you will be closer to healing tomorrow.
05-25-2006, 10:10 AM
I just make sure I never get hungry. As soon as I do and I'm in a position where there's no raw food around...I fall right on my bum.
For example, two weekends ago I went for a walk with my mom. It was only supposed to be a short walk, but we got talking and kept going until my blood sugar suddenly dropped and I felt sick and started to have a cold sweat. So we turned into this restaurant and I found a raw salad on their menu. MMMM.
Then, the waitress brought out my mom's really yummy-looking non-raw salad and my son's yummy-looking, cheesy meal. But, "I'm sorry, the chef didn't tell me until AFTER the meals were made that we don't have the main ingredient (spinach) for your salad.
I told her I would wait until I got home to eat, but my mom put up a big fuss and I was so embarassed that I just ordered the king crab salad and ate a little of it.
Okay, I strayed. My point was that if I carry lots of raw food with me all the time, never have cooked food in my house, and if I don't sit for too long doing nothing (getting bored...thinking of cooked food...) then I'm good.
Whew. Sorry. That was long! :eek:
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