View Full Version : Body adjusting to raw diet
07-17-2012, 08:55 AM
I'm sure the detoxing processes varies for each person, but I thought I was past all the withdrawals and feeling really great when a few things happened. The rest of my family eating a regular diet were all fighting nasty colds. I didn't get it until one morning I woke up with a runny, itchy nose. I had to blow my nose all day long and my eyes watered. But the next day it was gone. A week later the same thing happened (I still had kids with some green noses) but it was gone the next day. Around this same time, I've developed rough patches on the inside of my cheeks. They are oval and low, starting just above my lower teeth level and going all the way down to the gums front to back. I can tend to chew my cheeks when nervous or stressed, but the rough patches are lower than I can chew. Google searches turned up scary cancer threads so I thought I'd ask here if anyone has had anything similar.
And oh my goodness. My bowels! I'm wondering how long it will take for my body to adjust to real and living foods. I have been chronically constipated for as long as I can remember but now I am going 2 - 4 times per day. When I used to only go once a week! Nothing is solid, and there is so much! It is very green. I googled and searched the forum and read some funny poop threads, but still wasn't sure if this was okay. Is my body not assimilating anything I'm giving it?
I worry that I've had a gluten sensitivity for years and maybe have damaged my lower intestine by eating the gluten. But I feel so much better, and everyone says I have a glow, so my body must be able to utilize some of what I'm giving it.
Raw Angel Mom
07-17-2012, 10:12 AM
If you go that often to the bathroom, i can tell you that finally your guts are working normally and find your self lucky that it is repairing so quickly,lol.... because i wished. It took me a while an even fasting to have this area working right. You are detoxing but make sure to chew your food really really well. If you do smoothie or juice, make sure it is mix with your saliva. If you have suffer constipation all those times, it is perfectly normal that you react this way.
Be patient with your body. The green color will normalize to the typical color. This mean that you need to continue with your greens.
You will reverse everything, just be patient again.
After doing a long time with raw food and researching two years with water fasting, i finally took the plunge and it was the best thing that i have done for me. You need to research to find out first if this is safe for you, how to brake the fast and how to gradually do it. In the mid time, consider juice fasting, to give a brake to your guts.
As for the stuff appearing, this is detox. You want that stuff out, it was in you. Can you share you list of food for the week?
All will be well!
p.s 100% Raw vegan food and live food is the way to go for you. Your body deserve all the greatness you can offer.
07-17-2012, 12:50 PM
you will adjust. You just need to relax and wait while your body heals. It will happen :)
07-17-2012, 05:11 PM
Thank you both! The frequent trips to the bathroom are so very different than what I am used to. I have had to take psyllium husk for years to help, but no more!
A typical food day looks like this:
Green smoothie for breakfast and lunch. I'm going heavy on the greens, at least two cups. I'm rotating between kale, mixed greens, collards, chard, and wild edibles (purslane, mallow, lamb's quarters). All of these grow in my garden.
For a snack I will spread hummus I make in the vita-mixer on organic romaine leaves with slices of tomato and avocado.
For dinner we have been doing raw blended soups with veggies from the garden: squash, tomato, red pepper, banana pepper, more greens... etc. I vary the spices to make it tortilla-soup-esque and add some corn or head in the curry/Asian direction. Trying a tomato basil one tonight.
We're also munching on raw nuts and seeds and a few dehydrated fruits like apricots, raisins, dried cherries, etc.
Sometimes I'll really crave a salad so I pile up a big bunch of mixed greens, nuts, homemade dressing (oh I've been meaning to ask if balsamic vinegar is okay? I also have raw apple cider vinegar but am worried about the acidity?), seeds, dried blueberries.
I would think I could be 100% raw except that I'm so new I realize a little late that something I've used in a recipe might not be raw like nutritional yeast or toasted sesame seeds. Or I blended in roasted red pepper the other day in my hummus without thinking about the 'roasted' part, ha ha!
I'm eyeing sprouters... they really range in price! $14 all the way up to over $200. Would love to add in more living greens, but do love that most of our greens and veggies are coming right from the garden as well.
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