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03-24-2008, 12:45 AM
so i really want to start raw tommorrow but i was just wondering if it is dangerous to go completely raw from one day to the next, (because of all the toxins that are in my body currently). I know it sounds silly but i just thought it might be dangerous to start detoxing so quickly, do you guys think i should jump in slowly and go raw after a couple of months of adding more raw-ness to my diet? :confused: or do you guys think its okay to just jump-in tommorrow??? :confused:
03-24-2008, 05:15 AM
I jumped straight in and I had no detox. Do you think that you may be very toxic.
03-24-2008, 05:36 AM
It is perfectly fine to jump straight in. If you find you are detoxing too fast there are ways to slow it down and still stay raw...wishing you the best...and welcome~:)
03-24-2008, 07:22 AM
Salt baths and exercize will help you with the detox. Drink lots of water and go for it! 100% is much easier (in my opinion) than portioning it out.
03-24-2008, 10:43 AM
I went from junk food SAD to raw overnight, and I'm glad I did. I'm an all or nothing kind of girl, and 100% is much more doable for me than a slow transition.
If you do go into intense detox (that wasn't my experience, but some people do), we are here to help you through it.
Good luck and get ready for your whole world to change for the better!!
03-24-2008, 11:35 AM
I started raw the same day I read a really great book about it. Today is 3 weeks :D (Yay, me!) and there's no looking back. The first few days I felt pretty grouchy, then funny detox symptoms here and there, but totally live-able. Finally noticing my skin is looking really glowy and clear, and the pain in my knees (on and off since I was 12 - that's 22 years!) has been easing slowly. Cravings are getting less and though the scale doesn't seem to think so, I think I'm losing fat pockets.
I tried being vegetarian a few years ago and just couldn't stick it. From my experience, this is WAY easier!! It's about feeding yourself pure fuel, what a gift!
If you don't go 100%, you'll always be feeding your unhealthy food cravings and making it slower and harder for yourself.
You can do it!
I jumped in -- got rid of coffee, lots of meat, dairy, my previous birth control method. Had some hard-core detox with headaches, dizziness, felt like I might need to go to the hospital.
Based on the "Geez, I might need to go to the hospital" level of awfulness on Day 2, I broke down and had a sip of coffee but no cooked food.
Next day, kept moving toward the full jump. Then (within just a couple days) it was a big "HALLELUJAH!" -- all the clouds lifting, the sun shining, feeling fabulous, skin clearing, stomach feeling normal for the first time in years, etc.
Just less than two weeks later, stopped taking Ritalin as I was prescribed to do for years.
Haven't looked back, although I've slipped (and gotten right back up) a few times in the last 13 months.
Still not taking Ritalin, off coffee, feeling fab! :)
If you're really looking for advice, mine is to jump without caution but reevaluate if it's smarter for you. But don't tip toe in the water. That's more shocking and much less fun compared to the jump!
03-24-2008, 07:30 PM
I went all raw in one day, but I was already a whole food vegetarian.
I had detox related to asthma. I coughed violently for a month. That was intense, but worth it! After all that coughing, i rarely have asthma anymore. I've read that caffeine can be very hard because of the headaches involved. You might want to taper off of coffee or tea drinking. People sometimes say that eating alot more roughage is a big change for their digestive system. You might want to go easy on raw cabbage,cauliflower, or broccoli at first. It is a learning experience and only by doing it will you learn what works for you! Go for it !
You will love it! Drink water and be understanding towards yourself!!!!
03-24-2008, 07:59 PM
I think it really depends, some say it isn't safe and some say it is. I wasn't even raw when I was detoxing and it was not fun so I think you'll have to see how it goes. If detox is to much you can always include some cooked foods so that your detox slows down.
03-24-2008, 08:50 PM
so I fiddled around for about 8 months slowly working my way to 100. It took about 2 weeks for detox to set in. Alissa says people that start slowly usually never make it to full raw.
When I got into raw, I had seen David in California and came home to Florida and was the only one around interested in raw food. So slowly did help build up people I could communicate with while I figured out what I was doing. Things went much faster after I discovered Alissa's website, found a instructor close by and took Level 1 & II. Everything clicked into place and things are moving along quite rapidly now. I go 100% and then I get heavy detox - bronchitis. Had to go to a doctor and take pills. But it is now fun and this forum really helps out a lot.
03-24-2008, 10:29 PM
Nah, I did it, and it felt great, but as far as jumping in, just make sure your pantry and fridge are well stocked for cravings...
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