View Full Version : How long...?
03-11-2008, 02:06 PM
I know that everyone's journey is different and we all experience different levels of detox. I'm just hoping that you would all share with me some time frames... so I can see how I'm doing... or if I need to be doing something else.
1) How long until your skin stopped being dry and iritated? (still very dry for me).
2) How long until you felt your energy increase (I've just completed one month and feeling pretty tired all the time... granted I am still getting over a cold).
3) When did you start to notice your brain being able to function well again... i.e. brain fog left
I know not everyone will be able to answer, as not everyone has these issues... but for those who did... I'd love to hear from you!!! Also any suggestions are very welcome!!
03-11-2008, 02:55 PM
It's funny that you post this now...I was just about to post this too with the same exact questions plus the addition of is dandruff normal during detox?
I wish I could answer, but hopefully someone will soon shed light on our questions!
03-11-2008, 03:17 PM
Most of the changes occured after 60 days - first 60 were rather unpleasant - lots of ups and downs.
Skin is in much better shape - moist, even.
Hair improved, nails too - less brittle more shiny.
The fog thing lifted much earlier, but i was in denial - i think more clearly and see reality better, but i need to detoxify more. Steady improvement after 60 days.
Energy - great improvement after 90 days on raw (i had some euphoric days but i do not count them because i also spent some days in bed lifeless)
I think i need to wait longer for deeper changes, my transformation started with mood changes, than mixed emotions, than flat stage, balancing and sense of calmness - it is a process. I started crave meat ( vegan for many years) after 60 days also. What will be next....
03-11-2008, 03:20 PM
Brain fog! Sometimes I can't even remember my name, loose my vocabularly, can't remember a thing. Who are you again? Have thought am I gonna have to break out the gingko biloba? Thank you so much for posting your questions and the reminder about the brain fog phenomenon.
My detox is mostly experienced as the brain fog mentioned above and being tired, then having massively massive smelly eliminations from every bodily orifice and then a burst of energy, like superwoman.
It's happened like 2-3 times in the past year.
The most notable detox was last week when I felt like bricks were on my back from morning till night for 5 days straight. Then Saturday I cried all day and felt like a million bucks on Sunday, zooming around the house with a huge amount of energy.
That's my detox cycle. I've learned to recognize it...this bone tired...melancholy, than bursting with energy stuff. Pre
03-11-2008, 03:33 PM
I noticed within two weeks my energy levels going up. The first month of raw I got pink eye but went to the Dr to get medication for it. It took a couple weeks to get rid of it. I wondered if part of it was detox but pink eye had been going around. I think I noticed a big improvement after the first month. Especially when I was able to sleep again. Before raw I didn't sleep well at night and that can affect your brain. It's good to reflect on all the good eating raw does for us. I havn't done a diary but when we talk about it, it helps us to remember.
03-11-2008, 08:28 PM
Raw apple cider vinegar will cure that dandruff - Apply it so that you saturate your scalp and wear a shower cap to bed (with towel on pillow). Repeat the next night. There are little microbes that cause it that hate ACV. Maybe as you detox the microbes like your scalp?
03-11-2008, 08:40 PM
Many of the changes took about 30 days. I had experienced about 80% of the changes after 6 months...with steady progress after that.
-David Z. Mason
03-11-2008, 11:14 PM
Well, of course it is all individual. I felt considerably better within six weeks or so and felt completely healed of all my many chronic health conditions by year two of 100% raw.
03-12-2008, 12:51 AM
I'm glad you posted this. I've read so much on this board, and the testimonials in Alissa's book and elsewhere, about people who see amazing results from eating all-raw in just weeks -- tons of energy, dropping lots of weight, etc. -- and I've been wondering if I've been doing something wrong. I've been eating all-raw for just over a month, and haven't been experiencing this. My energy's certainly a bit better, and I've lost 11 pounds. But my mood is still generally bad (a little worse than before, actually, depressed and anxious and frustrated and not someone you'd probably want to be stuck in an elevator with).
My skin's always been a bit dry, and I think it's the same. It doesn't bother me... I use moisturizer. My energy's increased a little -- I used to be exhausted after work, and would sometimes even take a nap in the early evening (not great for a good night's sleep!). I don't feel exhausted like that anymore. As for brain function... I still feel pretty muddled, and haven't noticed any moments of clarity so far. Looking forward to that! :)
I really am eating all-raw, trying to drink enough water, and excercising most days. I drink one or more green smoothies daily and at least one big green salad. I eat flax and hemp seed most days. I think I'm getting a reasonable amount of fats and I eat lots of fruit. I've just started taking a vitamin B and D supplement, since I'm not getting a lot of those and I've read that a lack of those can affect mood.
The benefits I've seen so far are really worthwhile, and I'm continuing on, but it's hard to not be a little impatient.
03-12-2008, 09:36 AM
Hi Parsnip, If I remember right that I was moody off and on for the first few months too. Part of the problem might be if you don't go to bed at a decent time. The body especially needs to sleep between the hours of 11:00 to 5:00.
I use to stay up late too and noticed my moods got better when I went to bed earlier. Keep up the good work.
03-13-2008, 03:02 AM
Has anyone else experienced tremendous aching and joint pain throughout the detox? I'm into week 2 and my knees are killing me! I love eating this way and I'm totally committed. My knees have ached and cracked for years, but it seems worse now. I'm only 34 years old! It would feel so good to know someone else had the same experience and that it got better! And how long it took!
03-14-2008, 10:31 AM
I've experienced achy joints while in detox, much like when you have the flu and ach all over.
The fact that it's concentrated in that one area for you, where you have had previous trouble, could very well mean that your body is really cleansing and working hard to heal that particular problem.
I also have tendonities, and when detoxing, it seems it often flares up for several days.
Hang in there.
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