View Full Version : seriously raw in North Queensland
05-23-2008, 09:30 AM
I live in North Queensland, Australia and have "dabbled" with raw before, but usually stopped when life gets too busy and complicated.
I've browsed so much information and videos on the web recently about raw food that I've been inspired to try again. I have been going raw for about 11 days, 100 % for about 6 days. The first week I was probably 95% raw (but still having one vegan organic coffee or organic decafe a day) which I have stopped but still miss.
My health challenges are to lose my sinus and congestion which has haunted me on and off for many years (no sign of this happening yet), to improve my skin in some parts of my body, get more energy, better circulation, have get up and go and enthusiasm, to concentrate better, it would probably be nice to lose a little weight - but weight isn't a priority.
Any ideas on how long I should expect some of this to take will be helpful. Plus, if I have a cup of dandelion tea with sunflower milk and agave nectar sometime, would this be too bad?
I wish I had a quick answer for how long those improvements will take, but it really does vary from person to person.
For me, some things were improved but not perfect within just a few days (concentration, mood, skin, stomach pains, bloating).
I also lost a good amount of weight around my midsection considering that I didn't even realize I had weight to lose. The rest of my body has not changed much, just my waist.
I've been completely raw less some spices and about 10 "episodes" since early last year... I find that the longer I am fully raw without an "episode," the better I feel in every way.
I don't really crave tea these days, but if I have a hankering for it, I have it! Many raw foodists do the same, but some don't.
05-23-2008, 07:05 PM
Yes, I am a bit worried because I am going to Victoria for a week in a couple of weeks, the climate is much colder than Queensland and I will be visiting my sister. Normally we have hot drinks galore when I am there, so this will be a big challenge for me.
If I keep feeling really bad I might have a vegan dandelion sometimes, but I wanted to give the 100% a chance to have an affect. Since you mention it, my belt may be a little bit looser too.
Wow, you are doing really well staying raw for so long. How do you feel? Is the change so fantastic that it is worth all the work in being raw?
Ah that's right -- it just clicked that you're (hello!) in the Southern Hemisphere! So I guess it's starting to get cold there, huh?
I haven't been all raw the whole time, though! My episodes of not eating all raw food have lasted a few days at a time or even a week on several occasions. I always come back to all raw. It just feels better raw! And yes -- it is ALL worth it when I am all raw. Every day I am all raw, I feel better and better. I get to the point where I think that life is just divine, and the world is a beautiful place, and I can do ANYthing, etc. [Then if I have one or day days of cooked, before I even realize it, the world is gloomy and against me! -- by comparison anyways]
I know there are a bunch of people on here who have been all raw all the time for WAY longer than me, though!
You do what's right for you while you're gone -- the worst case scenario is that if you make the decision to pop off the all raw idea, is it will be a learning experience and your health will take a temporary hit.
05-23-2008, 11:10 PM
that helps me keep it up, hearing someone who is doing it and reaping benefits is great. I want to feel like I can do anything as well!
Plus, I just had my first home made choccy snack which was rawsome!
I don't think I know how to use it properly yet and just experimented with a date (chopped it up), coconut flakes and 10grams or raw cacao - the results were 2 miniature chocolate crackly look things that taste pretty nice. I might make some more later.
I hope to try raw for 30 days at 100% (maybe regressing to a dandelion tea here and there) at least, before chucking it in if no results. I think I would definitely still be partially raw later, even if I stop the 100%.
I like the fact it has helped me move from vegetarian to vegan, which I definitely want to keep up.
05-24-2008, 02:37 AM
I wish you everything you need to Stay RAW............Welcome to MY World.
05-24-2008, 08:00 AM
Welcome!! I wish you the best of rawesome health!
05-30-2008, 02:29 AM
Aloha and Welcome to RFT!! it's really hard to tell you how long it will take for your body to respond or heal... we are all so very different... and our bodies are so unique and as such .... we all heal at different rates... Our bodies change at their own paces.... and well... we just gotta be patient... and trust the process....
You're gunna do great!
05-30-2008, 10:26 AM
Just wanting to say welcome!!!!
07-23-2008, 06:53 AM
thanku everyone 4 your kind words... I've conquered the coffee cravings a lot now! Unfortunately still have sinus, but I have lost a few kilos, without really trying (haven't had time to do much exercise)
07-23-2008, 08:42 AM
Welcome! Get Alissa's book and DVD if you don't already have them. Excellent tools to help one understand and go raw. Also, read, read, read and search this forum using the search key up top.
As far as the nasal thing going on? Get a Neti pot and use it every day. It works wonders!!!
07-23-2008, 08:42 AM
Like some said above, I felt different within days but I beleive it does vary from person to person and I think it really depends on what your are eating.
I started out eating a lot of salads and green smoothies and some times I did have some cooked vegan and still felt a difference.
Green smoothies help a lot at least for me they did.
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