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05-16-2008, 02:11 PM
I am on here for help. I have been on this site several times in the past 4 months and it's so amazing to see how everyone is doing a great job.
I have crohn's disease and very unhealthy. Before I was vibrant and happy 127 5'3 and over the past 5 years of taking medicine and having surgeries I am very overweight and unhappy. I just a baby boy last April and dropped 20 pounds but bouts of depression and overeating is what caused me to put me back to where I was when i pregnant and that was 206lbs.
I am a single mother of two and I try my best to do what I can for them. I hear my daughter say mom when never do nothing. And she is right we don't because I found myself shutting the outside world. And it's so unfair to my kids. I don't want to die young and I know my kids need me. Can someone please help me?
I have tried over the last 4 months trying to go raw getting fired up and say I am going to do this and then something happens and I run to eat the fast food or whatever that has put all this weight.
I open to any type of feedback I just want to working on adopting a better lifestyle.
Thank you all
05-16-2008, 02:31 PM
Two words: GREEN SMOOTHIES
Try being more positive. Go raw. Each day look in your FULL length mirror and tell yourself how healthy you are feeling and how much better you are looking and before you know it? You'll be there.
05-16-2008, 02:40 PM
so many here have been successful with this...you can too!
05-16-2008, 02:46 PM
Welcome and I wish you the best of success. You can do it and you will.
If you like to prepare food, you can make fun and easy raw recipes with your kids and share with them. They will soon keep you on track!
Raw can be a lot of fun.
All the best,
05-17-2008, 05:46 AM
Just wanted to pop in and say hello
I am an EX crohnie! now.. been medication and flare free for 15 months!! You can do it, welcome to this super supportive forum.
Feel free to drop me a line whenever
Warm welcome :D
05-17-2008, 08:15 AM
Welcome!! I wish you the best of rawesome health!
05-17-2008, 08:24 AM
Welcome. Reaching out and being totally honest is a huge first step. Read as much as you can about the raw diet. Get Alissa's book and DVD if you can and just dive in. Eat plenty to start and absolutely start with Green Smoothies. Your children will love them as well and get healthy with you. And whatever you do, be gentle on yourself. Start a journal, record your food, your thoughts, and keep a few pages just with reasons why you are going raw. I sometimes find I need to visually stare at what I have written down if the past years of temptation sneak up on me. You will fell amazing on raw yet it is the years of American life that will try and sabotage you. Just try and focus on the juicy sweetness of raw!
Keep involved on this site ~ so many supportive people are here and we all have the same goals to be healthy, happy and at peace with ourselves and food.
05-17-2008, 08:35 AM
Welcome and best of luck on your rawesome journey!!
05-17-2008, 11:59 AM
i think being raw helps infinitely with my depression. that said, i'm on and off the raw wagon and totally get how hard it is to make changes.
my raw experience has also been an emotionally intense one; i'm dealing with a lot of things i didn't think were issues.
so hang in there! make the commitment or start with smaller ones. be prepared to be surprised!
05-18-2008, 11:45 PM
I wish you everything you need to Stay RAW..........Welcome to MY World.
05-19-2008, 11:29 AM
Definately get Alissa's book and DVD, then REALLY us them. WELCOME!!!
05-20-2008, 09:25 AM
Thank so much for the advice. What do you mix in green smoothies, what about the green smoothies in the stores like in whole foods? Do you think those are good?
05-20-2008, 12:07 PM
You were created by the Master's hand - so inspite of the things that are going on now in your life - You are the Master's creation and there is nothing too hard for the Master.
I live not far from you, so please contact me for support of if you need too.
Green Smoothies - Got a Blender? Get to Getting!
And of course there are several here on Raw Food Talk.
Enjoy your day - it is your gift!
05-20-2008, 03:00 PM
You CAN do this, one day at a time! When I have IBS symptoms flaring up, (only when I don't stay raw) I can't be too far from a bathroom, but still, am learning to push myself to get out, even if it's only in the yard, or on my block...I ALWAYS feel better when I do, & so does my daughter! & getting sunlight helps with lotsa things, especially sleep & mood!
So just start with moving more, taking your kids for walks to the park, playing with them (not just watching them) & making plans for activities you can do with them...one at a time...even if it's just in your yard...check community centers, parent support groups/centers, play groups, whatever you can find, & ask her what she's interested in doing, trying, learning...how old is she? She may not get to do everything she wants, but letting her know you're open, & working towards being able to do more can help her be latient, & understand, & be thankful for what you CAN do...
...and don't worry what others are thinking of you, besides, we think people think about us much more than they really do...they're usually thinking about themselves! & if they judge, well, that says more about THEM than you, right? Just allow it to be like water off a duck's back!
Something that's helped me to stop isolating myself is I decided to be prepared to be a blessing to someone I meet whenever I go out, in whatever way I'm led...could be a smile, a held-open door, giving an apple from my bag to someone who looks hungry & in need of a blessing, whatever, but it really helped me stay focussed on others rather than myself...& taught my daughter to do the same...(if self-consciousness is part of the isolation...don't mean to assume...)
Just eat more raw, one meal at a time...don't stress over it when you don't eat raw, but as the Bible says, "Make no provision for the flesh"...in other words, stop buying the junk, don't have $ on you when you go where you're tempted, have accountability about it with someone you can trust, talk to your daughter about food choices, & how they affect your health, & teach her as you learn...& teach her not to beat herself up around food by not doing it yourself! Cleaning out my cupbards of all that doesn't support me in this lifestyle is always an indicator that I'm truly serious about getting healthy, (& feeding my daughter healthy!) & indicates the depth of my commitment level...
I'm a single mom, too, & quite obese, & every expected my daughter to have weight issues, but I've always been honest with her, & she pays attention to how she feels when she eats junk, & prefers raw (most of the time), so just know that you don't have to change or tackle everything at one, sometimes making one or two changes at a time is easier to maintain...do what works for you!
Let us know how things are going, feel free to keep sharing with us, both your struggles & successes! We're here for you!
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