View Full Version : Still in transition
03-18-2007, 03:24 PM
I have attempted to go raw many times in the past without success. My son went raw a year ago. His health problems dramatically improved. He is so enthusiatic about raw foods, I decided to try it again. The support of Raw Food Talk and this web site has helped me tremendiously. I am still in transition. I consume approximately 60-70% raw food daily. My health is so bad that when I try to eat the other way, I become deathly ill. I have fibro, tmj, multiple chemical sensitivities, non-milignant tumor prone, anxieties, eczemas, allergies, rashes, hypoglycemia, chronic, severe sleep deprivation (no sleep 72 hours followed by little sleep and the cycle repeating itself over and over ad naseum) and a whole host of other painful and close to unbearable health issues. I began by fasting on water for 6 days and on juice for 4 additional days which was so difficult I had to remain bedfast. Oddly enough, my health problems were actually better during the fast and shortly after the fast. Currently I am having severe problems with sleep deprivation and horrendous pain. Lately, I admit to feeling discouraged. Has anyone had similar problems and can tell me that there is indeed a light at the end of this tunnel and not the headlights of one more oncoming train?
03-18-2007, 05:33 PM
I am glad you have the courage and desire to begin your Raw Journey again!
I don't have experience with the symptoms that you described, so I can't be of any help there. I just wanted to write a note of support to Welcome you back to a path that is certain to lead to greater health for you!
I had gone back and forth on raw several times, myself. I was able to stay raw the last time for almost a year before I moved to (the arctic tundra of;) ) Northern NY. I found it 100 times harder in this climate, and culture. I am still in Northern, NY, but this time, I am not letting the cold or the lack of a variety of fresh produce nearby, stop me from taking care of my greatest possession, my health!
I am in the middle of the 30 day raw challenge. RFT has been such a supportive place for me to begin the journey toward my well-being.
Many blessings on your journey, and may your symptoms be healed and your energy be vibrant!
Best of luck,
See you on the boards!
03-18-2007, 05:34 PM
Hello and Welcome! Glad you're making the attempt at hanging in there, my heart goes out to you. What a blessing that you've been exposed to a solution at all. I think a lot of suffering people just don't feel like they have any options outside of the Western medical system. Yes, there's hope and healing waiting for you. I respect that you've gotten your Raw intake as high as it is. What are you eating? Do you have Alissa's book? Do you like reading? I'd highly recommend Green for Life and Raw Family by Victoria Boutenko; they'll inspire you as well. Can you afford to get to a healing center by any chance? Not that I could; I've had to work my way towards being Raw since last summer after first being exposed to this new lifestyle. Now, after dealing with some serious SAD addictions, I'm enjoying being wholly Raw and not quite out of the tunnel myself but can feel progress. Stick close to this board. There's so much love and support for you here. Feel free to e-mail me personally at any time for extra conversation! love, Stina from the beautiful Oregon coast
03-18-2007, 07:44 PM
Welcome RawEyes. The pain you describe humbles me. Though I am not presently experiencing anything near to what you feel, I am so glad you've posted. Discouragement is a subtle foe. Keep coming back to these wonderful forums and absorb the stories shared by so many others who have felt relief from pain and enjoy genuine healing from embracing a raw foods lifestyle.
How wonderful you have discovered the benefit of incorporating raw into your diet! My suggestion would be to focus as intensely as possible upon something positive and joygiving that takes your concentration away from any feelings of discomfort. Do one small thing, daily, to surpass your current accomplishments. When you feel down, use these forums for refreshment.
Be good to yourself and thrive,
03-18-2007, 08:10 PM
The 30-40% that's not RAW is it meat or any animal product???
If raw is to difficult try being strictly vegan with cycles of fasting maybe just 12-36 hours at a time, so you don't have to be bed riddeb, but yet still experience needed healing.
Then just =focus on being RAW one day at a time.
Start an apprecition or gratitude journal with specific attention to the symptoms and illness that disappear.
The good days and feelings of well being alone could be enough to motivate you one bite at a time.
FOOD IS JUST FUEL:)
03-18-2007, 08:48 PM
Thank you for all your wonderful, supportive replies. Soulstar, I suppose that you already do a great deal of sprouting. If not it would be a great way to get some variety into your raw diet. What I eat is basically fruit, nuts, salads, avocados, coconut and coconut oil, olives, oils, kale chips etc. I eat a great deal and incorporate a big variety of raw plant foods. I do still eat some cooked foods such as beans, peanut butter, roasted nuts,whole grain crackers and occasionally soy milk. I cannot tolerate bread or any of the other foods without getting deathly ill where I have to stay in bed. I do not have Alissa's book though I understand that it is about the best. I do little reading due to the fact that it increases my pain level and my eyes are so blurry. I cannot afford to go to a healing center since my funds have been depleted due to countless unsuccessful attempts at seeking medical help and various cures. Stina, I tried to e-mail you, but it stated that you were not taking personal e-mails. Feel free to e-mail me anytime. I started raw food journaling about a week ago. Thank you everyone for the welcome and needed encouragement. I will hang in there and draw strength from the forum.
03-18-2007, 11:15 PM
I wish you everything you need to Stay RAW....Welcome to MY World.......
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