View Full Version : How raw foods have changed my life!
09-08-2004, 03:55 PM
I just wanted to write a few words down and share my experience with others of how raw food has changed my life. I grew up in a pretty healthy environment when it comes to food. Both of my parents were vegetarian about ten years before I was born so I was raised a vegetarian and have remained so my entire life. I have always been pretty health conscious but unfortunately I am very curious. About five years ago I was attacked in a mall which led to a string of events that would change my life forever. When I went to see a chiropractor (for the TMJ which developed as a result from being slammed hard into a brick wall) I fainted and/or had a seizure of some sorts. I don¬ít remember everything but I remember my head went numb for a few seconds and the next day I had a horrible headache. Ever since then I have constant migraine headaches 24/7. My headaches were even worse in the mornings and school was unbearable. I attended high school on and off again for the first year or two a long with some home school and after that went to the JC and had many different wonderful job experiences (everything from working in an organic juice caf√© to selling computers to selling drugs to glass blowing to landscaping to starting my own small computer consulting business and many other interesting experiences). Throughout the last few years I have gone to see a variety of doctors too numerous to count. I saw an acupuncturist, an acupressurist, a neurologist, worked with cranial-sacral healers and experimented with bio-feedback professionals all of which seemed to help to a point but could not get the headaches to go away entirely. All traditional medical doctors could do was prescribe drugs which I refused to take at first and later when I decided to try them just made it worse! When I was about fifteen years old I started experimenting with drugs. I tried everything from marijuana to cocaine to acid to ecstasy (and just about everything in between). I never really did anything more than a few times until about several months ago I started getting into crystal meth. I don¬ít know how much everyone knows about this drug but it is very powerful and extremely hard to stop once you start doing it. I think I was pretty depressed but I knew what I was doing was not healthy so I decided to stop. I took a few Bikram Yoga classes which really seemed to help a lot and cleared my mind. I didn¬ít eat anything and slept very little for around 7 or 8 days and drank lots and lots of fresh raw organic juices. I was still doing crystal at this point but after the fast I stopped completely. After a couple of days of recovering I felt like I had really learned a lot and I knew what I needed to do was eat raw food. Somehow I just knew this was key to getting my life back on track. I knew I would be moving out of the country soon though so I decided to wait until after I transitioned to the new country. I have been eating only raw food for the past few weeks and I feel unbelievable. It has been one of the only things besides drugs which really helps significantly with reducing the headache factor for me. Although I still have headaches all the time I am able to deal with the pain in a much more healthy way. I am trying now to look at it as a gift instead of as something terrible. I haven¬ít used any drugs now for about two months and for the first time in a long time I have absolutely no desire to do drugs. It is a wonderful feeling to learn how to be content with myself and to experience all the new wonderful taste buds I am getting! I am really enjoying the creativity and inventive aspect this way of life supports for me. Feel free to post any questions/comments etc and I would love to hear about other people¬ís stories of personal growth and how raw food has changed your life!
09-08-2004, 10:50 PM
Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I know it is hard to open up about the past but that is usually the first stop towards healing! My story is on the link right under my name.
Good luck on your continued path to good health!
09-09-2004, 02:50 AM
I just wanted to echo Kristi
T H A N K Y O U for writing and trusting and opening - I am inspired and awed by your story, WOW
Lots of love and peace
09-09-2004, 08:56 AM
Thanks so much for your comments Kristi and Thunderdancer. Thanks for sending the link to your story Kristi, I just read it and I am so amazed! I am glad to know that you are doing better now. It sounds like you went through an awful lot to get to where you are now! I really admire your courage and strength!
09-09-2004, 09:19 AM
Thank you Analeah for sharing your story and hopefully we can all encourage you to continue on your road to great health and well being. :)
09-11-2004, 07:28 AM
Thanks for sharing your story Analeah! Please keep us updated on how this goes for you.
12-15-2004, 05:18 PM
This may sound a little bit out there but i have a strong belief that any illness no matter how small is manifested directly from ourselves and is connected to a belief that we have or tied to something emotional in ourselves. When i read your post about headaches it inspired me to share this little bit of advice i have. Which is do you have a history of not feeling deserving of good things in your life? Headaches i have found are always directly related to me not feeling worthy or deserving of good. When i focus on positive affirmations there is a total shift in my body and my heachache magicaly dissapears. I know your headaches are a more serious medical issue but my point is that no matter how small or big a illness is you have control over healing it. It seems you have gone to a lot of different healers and not found a cure and maybe the cure is inside you and you have to find it. No one else has any power over you and once that is realized you can unleash your healing abilities! They are just waiting...I hope that this comes across to you as words of love because I only say them from good intentions! Take what works for you and leave the rest! Good luck and much love
12-16-2004, 02:03 AM
Wow thanks for your wonderful advice Safire! I have thought about this a lot, whether it something only I can heal rather than an outside source. When I eat only raw food my headaches do get a lot better so I am thinking it has partially to do with food but I know this is not the whole issue. I know my headaches respond very well to aromatherapy and massage and that they are better at night and worse in the morning. I think they are emotionally linked to a point (as I am sure all headaches are) in that if I am really happy or I am distracted I don't notice the pain as much and if I am upset or stressed out it seems to be much worse. One underlying thing seems to be that they are always there which makes me thing maybe it is something more but I hate not knowing what! I definately understand what you said about not feeling worthy or good and I know I often feel this way but I never thought about it being related to the headaches. I am going to think about this some more and try to observe in myself if there is a relation between the two. Thanks again for your thoughts!
I just read your story, wow, I had no idea you have gone through so much already, and at such a young age (god, this makes me sound like i'm 63, lol)
But thank you so much for sharing this with us, it must have been difficult to open up to everyone here...
I hope that the headaches dissapear entirely in the near future, and that you can find more ways to explore what is causing them and what makes them go away...
Best of luck, :)
12-16-2004, 12:01 PM
I wanted to echo everyone else's thoughts . . . it is an honor to read your story! How much courage you have and such an open heart! Thank you!
12-16-2004, 04:20 PM
Awwwe thanks guys you are all so sweet! :D :D
12-17-2004, 04:37 AM
Analeah, congratulations on taking such a huge step in making yourself well! You have been through a lot! Your story is very inspiring. I hope eventually the you will be headache free!
12-17-2004, 06:38 AM
WOw, thanks Karen that is so nice of you to say! I really hesitated to post my story but I am glad that I did :) I feel like my whole body and mind are getting more pure the longer I am eating only raw food and with that comes more and more relief from the headaches.
12-28-2004, 10:08 PM
Wow Analeah I just read your story I am still sick in bed and reading like this whole site. I have never even been under this topic before. Anyway I wanted to cry when I read your story. I just wanted to add to all of the comments above that you must really be a strong person with real willpower and strenghth. I know how powerful drugs can be regardless of the reason you start to take them. You are to be commended as well as encouraged to carry on. I hope with all my heart that the living food lifestyle cures your headaches completely. You should make that an affirmation you tell yourself everyday. Wow I am really impressed. Also wanted to tell you that all of your photos that you post are so inspirational as well. Take care.
12-30-2004, 01:17 PM
Hi Lisa I just wanted to say how much your words touched me! I'm still working on the headache thing and I'm not going to give up hope that somehow I will be able to get rid of them completely. Thanks so much for your comments about the photos, I'm glad you enjoy looking at them and I know I certainly enjoy taking them :D
12-31-2004, 03:01 PM
I never knew your story. Thank you for sharing!
Hope that your headaches soon disappear completely!
01-02-2005, 04:15 PM
Annaleah - you're awesome. I too have chronic pain, though it's not headaches. Sometime ago I read about the concept of "secondary gain". What that refers to is the possibility that when we are sick or have chronic pain over a long period of time, it kind of becomes part of our identity and, though on one level we want to let it go, on another level, we don't because we have become used to being "disabled" and fear that without the justification for any special help or treatment we've gotten, we won't get that special treatment anymore and then what would we do? Does this make any sense. I'm not saying it applies to you. But when I first heard about it, I thought "well I'm willing to consider the possibility that I'm afraid to give up my condition, but what on earth do I do about it". Only lately have I come to be fully willing to let go of my illness. Being ill has made me think of myself as being unable to do so many things, it's scary to let go of the explanation and change my self concept back to what it used to be. It's been so long, I'm not even sure what that was. I hope this all makes sense and isn't just babbling. You have traveled a long, hard road, and I'm so glad that you are starting to see some benefits in your journey! Rebecca
05-28-2009, 05:04 PM
I felt that this post should be bumped up so that others can see what raw foods can do for a person.
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