View Full Version : Raw WA Newbie - 11th day Raw
02-29-2008, 05:14 PM
Wow...what an amazing gift to have this forum!!
My name is Rhonda...I'm from the beautiful state of Washington. I'm 44 and started raw for health challenges and weight loss.
I have done raw breakfasts and lunches before, but this is my first time doing 100% raw.
I just had a 2-week period of 10 (classic...and icky < technical term..LOL) migraines. I've been feeling nudges from Spirit for quite a while to go 100%, and haven't had a migraine in the last 11 days of doing all raw food. I'm definitely detoxing and don't feel that overall energy boost (yet) that everyone talks about, but I have had a few moments...LOL
I'm really looking forward to partcipating in this forum. I generally just browse forums, but I'm committed to this process and know that the partcipation will assist me. And hey...if I can help someone else out too along the way with my experiences in any way - that would be an extra added bonus!
Thanks for reading this and for all of you being here on this journey...:o
03-01-2008, 03:49 PM
Welcome and glad to have you here. I live in New Mexico but have visited your beautiful state and loved it. There is a wealth of information on this site and the people here are more than willing to help you on this path. Please feel free to ask questions and you will be deluged with good will, answers and a ton of information.
03-01-2008, 07:13 PM
Wow....even if you haven't had a boost of energy, not having migranes is incredible.....way to go. Do you have Alissa's book and DVD? They are more than worth what they cost. You will really benefit from them as you start out. Good Luck.
03-01-2008, 08:18 PM
I wish you everything you need to Stay RAW......Welcome to MY World.
03-01-2008, 10:40 PM
Thank you all for the warm welcome.
Jacsam: No, I haven't yet purchased Alissa's book & DVD, but I'm going to do that very soon. (Savin' my pennies...hee hee ;) I hope to place the order in a week or so. Thanks for the suggestion. I know it will help me tremendously!
Right now I'm mostly keeping it very simple. Eating fruit, veg, nuts and seeds rather than recipes. Okay...maybe a FEW recipes...LOL Sometimes I just gotta have something different, right???
I tried one of another Raw Chef's recipes today. Not that I'm as into her philosophy as I am into Alissa's, but I found a raw 'donut' hole recipe online by Ana Phyo and just HAD to try it. I had a friend over today that is a big sweet-eater and major carnavore and tried them out on her. They turned out terrific, and she loved them! She even rated them an 8 out of a 1-10 scale! I was thrilled! Now I cannot wait to get Alissa's book & DVD and try many more recipes!!!!
Also Jacsam, you're absolutely right about it being incredible that the migraines haven't come back. That is the MAIN reason I'm sticking to this because the detox is not so much fun. But, the idea of keeping migraines at bay is very motivating.
Thanks again Pamparred, Jacsam and Spicyfull for your responses... I appreciate your time and support more than I can express. Looking forward to seeing you on the other threads.
03-04-2008, 12:42 PM
Hi ! So glad you've joined our group!! :D This forum truly is a blessing, it's an amazing gift!!
I too started the raw lifestyle because my husband and I both felt prompted to. It took me 14 months of researching before I could commit to it, but that was about how long it took for my husband to be ready anyway!:rolleyes:
03-04-2008, 03:02 PM
Thank you for your welcome!
Wow... that's about how long it took me to commit to this as well! I researched and researched. Kept dragging my feet... did some breakfasts and lunches completely raw, but I 'knew' I needed to take the plunge and go 100%. I know it's not for everyone, yet I feel that it is great for me!
I checked out your blog and photos...wow! What a magnificent transformation for both of you! Very impressive and inspiring. Thank you for sharing all of it!
I think it's wonderful that your husband is doing this with you!
03-04-2008, 03:32 PM
Welcome! I hope that you visit this forum everyday--it is a great source of inspiration and information!
PS. I'm jealous of all the gorgeous apples you can pluck out of the trees there! :)
03-04-2008, 04:00 PM
Thank you very much for the welcome... I do try to check in on the forum every day. I appreciate the suggestion. I have found it to be very helpful.
Can't seem to always find things easily (like specific recipes, etc. when doing a search)...LOL... but I'm here and willing to learn and stay open.
Yes, there are wonderful apples here. My last house had some apple trees, but I just moved a month ago. The new place doesn't...:mad: ah well.
Hey...you've got those wonderful oranges in your area, right??? :rolleyes:
03-04-2008, 04:10 PM
Congratulations about your new baby!!!
03-04-2008, 04:22 PM
Thanks Rhonda!!! Wow, 14 months for you too huh? You know, for me, I think part of why I took so long, learning & reading all along the way is because I HAD to be ready. I knew this was going to be my lifestyle, and I could not fail. I'm one of those all or nothing people & if I failed at this, I knew it would be a struggle for a long time. Yes, I am so very thankful that my hubby is doing it with me, it's been a huge part of our success, truly!
So glad your making yourself at home here! It's a wonderful group, really.
The news about your migraines is so incredible!! I never get tired of hearing about the amazing things that raw does for our bodies, or allows our bodies to do for themselves!
Have you checked out GoneRaw (http://goneraw.com/)? Great recipes there for you try out, till you get Alissa's book. It's still the only book I need!
Thanks again Rhonda!!:D I look forward to seeing you around the boards! Much success to you on this journey!!!
03-04-2008, 04:52 PM
I feel similar to what you've described for yourself. I had to be ready. Emotionally ready. I also wanted to make sure I would succeed at this. I had done various changes to my diet already, and even a year ago, there would have been no way I could have stuck to 100% raw.
I think it went in stages for me. And, in retrospect, it was exactly what I needed to do. (I just didn't realize it at the time...LOL..isn't that always the case?)
Yes, I can understand that doing this lifestyle change with someone else can be supportive to both of you. When one feels a bit off, or wants to quit, the other can be more support at that time and visa-versa.
I'm on my own, yet I feel very supported. I have non-raw friends that are very encouraging, and I feel blessed to have found this forum. It's all divine timing...IMHO.:D
Not having migraines since starting the raw food 'way' has been sooooo encouraging! That reason alone keeps me focused. Truly... And, I too REALLY love reading about others that have healed themselves by raw foods. It blows my mind and makes perfect sense at the same time!
Thank you very much for the link to GoneRaw! Wow! Some cool recipes. I look forward to trying some of them! I think I'll be ordering Alissa's book and DVD by the end of the month. YES!!!! Excited about that.
Thank you so very much for your time and support!
03-04-2008, 09:18 PM
Welcome from a fellow Washingtonian! I'd also had migraines before I went raw (and yes 100% makes a ton of difference!) and feel so much better.
There is a very strong raw network in the Seattle area (I am west of Seattle so I haven't attended any of their events) but hopefully Erin on this site will respond to this post with further information as I know she has been attending potlucks and other events. Fun!
Best wishes to you and do enjoy this site, so much support and valuable information!
Laura in Poulsbo, WA
03-04-2008, 09:45 PM
Thank you Cinnamon, for the welcome and the information.
It's great you are in my neck of the woods...almost anyway. I just moved from Sequim to Monroe. I used to go to Central Market every chance I could get.:D
I look forward to getting to know the raw network in this area. I'm a bit of a solitary person, but it is good to know that a strong raw community exists.
Do you mind if I ask you how long you've been raw, and how long you had migraines before you went raw? I agree about 100%...I too think it's makes a difference. I love knowing that something so natural can help people with health challenges. The thought of never having to worry about migraines potentially is very liberating indeed! They really were a problem for me, and it hasn't been very long since I had one, yet I feel like I've turned a corner from a VERY long block.:o
03-06-2008, 05:02 PM
Aloha and Welcome to RFT!!! So glad you have joined us! You have such a joyful and light spirit!! Blessings on your journey -- You'll definitely love it here on RFT... this is an amazing and supportive forum...
RAWk on.... enjoy the ride!
03-06-2008, 06:17 PM
Thank you StarFire! (shucks...very nice of you) I'm so happy that I found this forum! Yes, I have found it to be very supportive and helpful. I sort of feel like I have a Raw Family out there somewhere...:D It's a goooood feeling!
03-06-2008, 06:18 PM
Welcome to this forum!! It is so great to hear what raw has done for you in such a short time!! I started raw back in 2006. I started the year with a 21 day fast and then went raw from there. I felt so good eating pure natural foods from the earth.... BUT... then, in October of 2006, I started spiraling- and not in the right direction. The emotional detox got too intense and then my mom came to visit- and the rest is history.
Raw truly is a journey though and once your spirit experiences it, there is a part deep inside that refuses to let go of a very deep spiritual truth of what is right for our souls- eating raw virtually raises our vibrations!
As you said, you had to reflect, research, ponder.. for 14 mos. All part of your journey. and an amazing one at that! And now, almost 2 years later, I feel MY spirit has shifted and that I too am ready.
I look very forward to getting to know you. I am 41, live in CO, and have a sis in Washington. I love your state!
enjoy the ride!
03-06-2008, 06:34 PM
Thank you for the lovely welcome and info about yourself. I would be delighted to get to know you as well! I have a good friend in Denver. What part of CO are you in?
Wow! A 21-day fast! That's fantastic! I can't even think about one day right now...but I'm working on (& percolating) the idea of a Master Cleanse. At least for several days in a row anyway. Gotta be mentally and emotionally ready for it.
You laid out what I feel about eating raw so eloquently. It is very empowering for me to eat this way, and I definitely feel my spirit and vibration shifting higher.
It's easy to slip back into poor eating habits...especially when stress rears its little face. (Or when family is around...LOL) Really....I totally understand... and, I'm happy for you that you have pulled yourself back up and re-started your raw journey.
03-06-2008, 06:38 PM
HOW DID I MISS YOU????
Welcome and Hello!
I live in Bellevue... so we are not so far from eachother are we???
03-06-2008, 06:41 PM
Thanks, rawgreenyogini, for the welcome!:D
No we're not far at all...about 30 minutes tops! I'm in Monroe. Just moved from Sequim.
03-06-2008, 06:42 PM
No we're not far at all...about 30 minutes tops!
On a GOOD traffic day.....:p
03-06-2008, 07:09 PM
EXACTLY!!! LOL...it's so true. We get a lot more traffic out here than I anticipated. I'm used to the slow pace of Sequim...snail pace really.:rolleyes:
03-07-2008, 11:18 AM
Oh yes! I have three orange trees in my yard--I love them!
03-07-2008, 11:47 AM
I'm here I'm here Cinnamon!
A BIG welcome! Where in Wa are you? I am a fellow transplant to the area from the UK. I am on the Eastside.
I attend the Seattle meetup group 1-2 times a month and have been blown away by what has opened up for me - got to see David Wolfe last month! The Seattle branch is run by The Raw Network of Washington headed by Monika; have a look -
There is a meetup this Sat 3/8 at raw cafe Chaco Canyon perhaps you can come and we can meet :) KayBee will be there too :p
Again welcome you have joined a GREAT AWSOME forum!
PS: I remember my first migrain was in 2nd grade:( ! I have not had a migraine in four months! I did suffer from detox headaches for the first 4 weeks but no longer!
03-07-2008, 12:18 PM
Kaylene- I have VERY fond memories of having a huge orange tree in my backyard (right outside my bedroom window in fact) before I was 5 yrs old. (in CA) I loved the way it looked AND smelled...! I'm envious... Hey, if you'll pick a few oranges for me, I'll pick a few apples for you (next time I go back to my previous house to get the next load of stuff)! LOL Hope you see you around on the forum!
eachpeachpearplum- Thank you for the welcome...I'm originally from CA (SF Bay Area) and moved up to WA over 10 years ago. LOVE it! Lived in Redmond, Woodinville, and then up to Sequim for almost the last 7 years. Now I'm east of Woodinville, in Monroe.
Thank you for the info about the raw food network - that's GREAT to know! Sounds like there is a HUGE support network in place here. I appreciate you sharing the info.
I'm a bit of a solitary person, but I'm sure I'll go to one of the gatherings at some point. Not much for big groups anymore. I used to thrive on it, but it just makes me feel really off balance these days. Perhaps a few months from now when I'm more along on my raw journey, I'll feel like I would like a bit of an adventure. Always up for that!
Wow...so, you had migraines since 2nd grade? I was around that age too when my first one hit. And, I've only had one big headache since starting raw over 2 weeks ago, which was the first day (wasn't a migraine, but was a whopped of a headache!). I'm sure the detox will come in layers though. How long have you been raw? No migraines since going raw at all???
Thanks again...I look forward to getting to know you.
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