10-29-2007, 08:46 PM
I wnet for my well woman check today--the first I've had since going raw last Dec. 27. I've lost 37 lbs., but my bp, which has been well controlled by 3 different medicines, had not gone down much. Well, some, but I was looking for a plummet. Today my doctor, who turns out to be very supportive of the RAW lifestyle, said we could take one of the pills away. I'm going to do that, monitor my bpand get back to her in a month. A victory, yet again, for RAW!! :D :D :D
10-29-2007, 10:31 PM
wow! fantastic! let us know how it goes!
10-29-2007, 11:46 PM
10-30-2007, 12:41 AM
That's excellent! Keep at it, I was on bp meds for over 10 years and now I'm happy to say I've been off them for almost 2 years. Raw is the ONLY thing that works for me. Although I'm not necessarily always 100%, as long as I stick pretty close, my bp is perfect. :)
10-30-2007, 09:59 PM
That's encouraging, Ireland. Thanks for the boost. I really want this to work!
11-12-2007, 06:49 PM
It must be contagious! I just came back from the Doctors and my medication has been cut in half. Because my pressure is a little to low. I am having blood test tomorrow because I may be able to also cut or come off of my Lipitor at my next visit (3 months away but just in time for my birthday). They are so quick to put you on medication but vey reluctant to take you off. I have time. I have been raw for amost 4 months and have lost 24 pounds. Hip Hip Hooray for us.
Congratulations Blazin'Jane and Lucky Lady!! It's so empowering to be able to take back control of our lives! I'm right with you. Once I lost some of my weight, I was able to get of my meds. Well, I did it anyway. I feel so much better than I did on bp med, diuretic, and Effexor XR(anti depressant). I do know that I was supposed to slowly wean myself off my meds, but I got impatient. Maybe that's why they like to go so slowly. Of course, they never expect us to heal ourselves. Again, Congrats!!
11-14-2007, 09:08 PM
Thanks, all! I'm monitoring my bp for a month as my md requested. So far, two weeks into it, my good numbers are holding. It feels great!
11-15-2007, 09:13 PM
I'm very happy for all of you. That's really inspiring. I am also hypertensive and my goal is to get out of the medication as soon as possible because I am still young to be hypertensive. I just hope I end up like you all...to get my bp in control and better than normal.
11-15-2007, 09:24 PM
That is great Jane. I celebrate with you. I've been raw since March 19th,2007 and by bp was 206/104 (scary). It was 132/80 on my checkup in August. I hope you feel as good as I do. Keep Rawkin'
01-31-2008, 11:42 PM
Hi everyone - am just starting on raw food, but I'm afraid my health situation is complex - I'll try to explain it simply, and any insight you could offer would be wonderful!
I'm a 54yo female, peri-menopausal, slim, fairly fit - jog 5kms 3X/wk - and never fall ill with colds, flu etc, but have been very pressured for lengthy periods during the last few years due to intensive studies.
For about 4 years, I was on a 100% organic (and almost-paleo-style) diet - breakfast was raw grapefruit, then blueberries with coconut flakes, then lightly steamed tomato & spinach with wild salmon or occasionally eggs; I had no lunch (the idea was to burn fat all day rather than carbs, but this may have been stressing my system unduly without me realising it) but drank green tea all day, but had lots of water when at gym 3 x/week); dinner was generally snacks of walnuts, almonds and celery, followed by a very large salad of watercress, purple cabbage, carrot, red capsicum, avocado and nori, with dressing of garlic, yoghurt & flax oil. Sometimes I had grilled kangaroo steak or wild salmon with the salad. Occasionally some berries with yoghurt for dessert. We would eat out occasionally (very rare when I was studying) and I would just try to eat fish, avoid starch and have plenty of veggies and/or salad; very small amounts of 1/2 glass of red wine.
Initially this diet was fantastic - no more carbohydrate cravings, much more energy, skin and muscle tone was much better, IBS almost a thing of the past.
However, after about 1 year, I started to get a slight neuropathy (tingling and numbness) in my right foot - this was initially thought to be due to stretching of a nerve in my leg due to a bad ankle fracture. About 1 year later, I injured my neck in the gym, and a few weeks later some neuropathy symptoms started in my right arm and hand - these were thought to be due to the neck injury, but scans showed nothing obvious (disc problems etc) so again it was put down to a stretched nerve. In both cases, I tried stopping all exercise for a period of time, but this made no real difference - there was a little improvement over time.
However, 1 year ago (after about 3 years on this diet, and a tough year of study) I started to have neuropathy symptoms in my LEFT arm, and waves of tingling on the right side of my face and scalp - these would wake me at night. I now knew this could not be due to injuries, so had a thorough medical checkup - all blood tests and brain scans showed nothing, so medically it was just a "wait and see" approach.
I began to suspect the diet (as there is no history of MS or such symptoms in my family - and I was also starting to feel very cold during the daytime, with fingertips losing circulation and starting to "tent" badly) - so I decided to start eating some Essene rye bread at lunchtime (instead of fasting all day on green tea), and some rolled flaxseed and banana at bedtime so I wouldnt be woken at night - this helped somewhat with the neuropathy, very gradually. So grains in particular - not just any carbohydrates - seem to have something do with the problem (I could eat LOTS of bananas or other fruit and still need to eat a piece of rye bread to settle down the symptoms).
Then 6 months ago, virtually directly after very stressful mid-year exams, I started to be awoken at night with a very strong and localised numb feeling in my upper left arm, which made the whole arm feel "shaky", followed by palpitations and then a sense of pulsing in my neck, followed by strong pressure behind my eyes and a feeling of "fogginess" in the entire left half of my head. I would have to have some flaxseed and a banana in order to settle it down enough to get back to sleep. These symptoms, with occasionally some vision disturbance as well, would gradually dissipate over the morning.
I immediatley saw a doctor and it turned out my blood pressure was high (140/80, then 150/80 at its worst). Blood tests and ECG showed nothing, so I was told it was anxiety causing the palpitations and high blood pressure, and was meant to go back to the neurologist for the neuropathic symptoms.
It was suggested I do everything possible to alleviate stress, or I would have to eventually take blood pressure medication. So I cut down green tea to a mximum 1 cup/day and started to drink as much water as possible, eliminated all salt, stopped nori in case it contained mercury which was causing the neuropathy (a naturopath consultation early in 2007 supposedly showed a lot of heavy metal toxins, but at the time I couldnt think where they could come from). This seemed to hold things at bay enough to get through the final exams.
After the exams, I saw the neurologist, who reviewed the symptoms and said since the brain scan had shown nothing, it must be migraines causing the neurological symptoms, and anxiety causing the palpitations and high blood pressure. I was prescribed something, but decided to first try homeopathy and acupuncture instead. I had several treatments through January but they really havent helped, so I'm not sure if it's worth continuing. In fact I probably got worse, and for 2.5wks have been travelling with no access to the flaxseed or Essene bread, so in desperation decided to abolish all thoughts of a "paleo" diet and start eating a lot of cooked brown rice at regular intervals - this has helped a little bit but it's variable. The cycle of symptoms (maybe made worse by the homeopathic tretament ? - it was supposed to make things worse for only a week, then better, but this hasnt happened; he said that was a bad sign and gave me the last treatment by inhalation only - he just gives ONE dose then sees what unfolds over several weeks) comes at any time of the day or night, and I have to eat some grains and banana to calm it down : numbness in left arm, then burning/pulsing in carotids, then palpitations, then left brain fog or pain, then finally get very hot, especially face and neck (I dont get "hot flushes" at any other time except at the end of this cycle of symptoms, this seems more like a sympathetic nervous system response to feeling my heart and circulation to my brain are threatened).
Before going away for the last 2.5wks, and after reading somewhere that "if you are ALREADY sick, you should eat 100% raw" (and I clearly have SOMETHING wrong with me, even if it doesnt have a name) I decided to start trying a raw diet, for a week before going overseas. I replaced the cooked veg and protein for breakfast, with
(1) a green smoothie (cucumber, celery, greens - watercress/spinach/broccoli/bokchoy) and (2) diced tomato, avo, sprouted mung beans, soaked pepitas and sunflower seeds, ACV and olive oil.
I was having another green smoothie and a banana at lunchtime to try to avoid the need for Essene ryebread, but generally still needed 1 piece. For dinner, I was having my usual favourite salad (described above) but with some added mungbean sprouts and using ACV/lime juice instead of yoghurt, followed by a dessert of raw apple tart. I was trying to avoid having the flaxseed at bedtime, but this often resulted in waking up and having to have it during the night anyway.
Anyway, I ordered some raw recipe books and have been reading as much as possible, because if the "paleo-style" diet CAUSED my problems I sure dont want to make them WORSE with the wrong approach to a new diet/lifestyle.
I think there must be nutrients in grains which I was missing (possible IP6, inositol hexaphosphate is one, it's apparently only found in the outer part of grains, and I wasnt getting any of it for 4 years!), so I now feel I have to eat a LOT more grains than average, to make up for all those years - so I think I'll have to take some sprouted oats for lunch (or swap them with the breakfast veggies), and some sprouted rice for dessert. Probably 3 days/week I'll have time to make a fancier dinner from some raw food recipe books. Does this seem a reasonable diet plan? Is it important to minimise fruit - if not i could blend apple/banana/raisins with the sprouted grains, and have them with some sunflower/almond milk?
I think I have a hormonal imbalance, maybe caused by all my hormone production being diverted to cope with stress and daily "starvation" (I even wondered if my 8-hour daytime fasts were causing the neuropathy due to starvation ketoacidosis!) - it's a bit hard to tell because at my age my periods are likley to be stopping anyway - basically my periods were regular but light for many years, then started to become irregular and only to occur when I was on holidays and relaxed - that last point and the fact that my sister was still having regular periods, made me think it was something other than my age that was involved. Also, i came to notice that I had some blond downy facial hair on the sides of my face (NOT around jaw and mouth), which again I thought may be more of a "starvation"-type hormonal imbalance rather than menopausal, because my sister and mother never had facial hair and nor did I.
I was having sage tea (supposed to be good for brain - for my study!) every morning and using a lot of essential oils suposed to be good for brainpower, exercise and perimenopause : 6 drops of rosemary oil all over my wet skin EVERY morning for the last 6 months (coinciding with the blood pressure and palpitations!); prior to that, 3 drops each of rosemary, eucalyptus and thyme all over each morning, and at night 2 drops each of lavender, geranium and clary sage on my abdomen and breasts. I think these oils may also cause high blood pressure and possibly upset hormones!
I only JUST realised 10 days ago that the oils may cause problems, so have now stopped all oils.
That's it! Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated, and sorry this was so long, it's a complex picture and probably several things have interacted over a few years to cause this situation - thankyou SO much for any help, anyone!
02-01-2008, 05:44 AM
You have sure had a time of it. I don't know enough to offer any advice...just wanted you to know I read this though and am thinking of you and hoping you find your way thru this. You certainly are proactive toward your health and well being and that's great.
There is no reason to limit fruit on raw unless you personally react badly to it...fruit makes up a large part of the raw way of eating for many, if not most raw foodists. Wishing you the best.
02-01-2008, 09:34 AM
Yeah, what a story. Hormones can do weird stuff to you. I can't give you much advice either except to keep experimenting until you find what works best for your body.
Fruits shouldn't be a problem. Fruits should be very helpful in fact.
02-01-2008, 10:16 AM
You mentioned that you bought some raw food recipe books....just wanted to know if you have Alissa's book. It really answers so many questions and then answers questions that you didn't even know you had. It has stories of several people who have had success on raw and living foods. I'm sure you'd find it very helpful....that's if you don't already have it. Judith:)
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