Emotional Detox - Yuck!
Well, the heat finally broke and instead of feeling better I feel aweful
I woke with what felt like a little cold but worse than that was the overwhelming feeling of sadness.
I ate an avocado, walnuts and flax crackers for breakfast hoping the fullish feeling might make me feel better and It has a little.
I can tell that I am hitting my first real emotional detox.
Thoughts and memories popping up left and right and I feel so sad and I can't get away from them so I am trying to face each one.
It is amazing how food and feelings are so closely linked.
The worst one is thoughts of my mother. She died 15 years ago July from a vast number of medical problems ALL brought on by eating the wrong things and smoking. I miss her and I wish I could tell her about RAW eating and show her my life now but, it is also sad to think that she probably would turn her back on it like everything else.
The one thing that I an pleased with is, that in the past when I have gone into the blues, I have taken comfort in all the wrong foods and I haven't this time and that is a blessing.
I come here and I feel like either someone will understand or at the very least be supportive and that means the world to me.
Thanks for listening
Oh HUGS, HUGS!! I'm sorry you have to feel this way but just think of how much better you'll feel after you get it all out of your system. Just let it out and cry when you feel like crying... I hope you feel better soon!
Originally Posted by Graciebeliever
More hugs! The emotional detox has definitely been the worst for me. I've barely noticed the physical since the emotional has been so intense.
The statement I quoted above is SO true! You should definitely take comfort in that new blessing, because when you stay raw and stop stuffing your feelings back inside yourself, they release once and for all. When we ate SAD and got some semblance of temporary relief, all we really did was ensure that those same feelings would come up again to be let go. The more we turned to our comfort foods, the more we were sentencing ourselves to being stuck with those feelings and memories!
I'm finding that on raw, I am able to watch the movie from start to finish, so to speak. I don't leave things interrupted or hidden away and the freedom is something I've never felt before! It's not that I forget them - it's that they lose their skewed perspective once I've dealt with them. That's why I don't have a problem staying high-raw. Yes, I am trying to lose a large amount of weight, but the spiritual and emotional lightness is something I've searched for all my life. Now that I've found out how to attain it, I'll never go back.
Lots of gentle hugs to you as you go through the hard patches. There's so many of us who understand here! :)
Started high-raw June 6, 2006 ~ 27 pounds and 24.5 inches gone after 122 days ~ working to release another 97 pounds.
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You are doing the right thing by seeking support. It takes a lot of bravery to feel our feelings and deal with them without turning to cooked food for comfort. Congratulations! You are doing great! Give yourself a huge pat on the back for that. We always criticize ourselves when we feel we've messed up, but we rarely praise ourselves enough for doing well. Be extra gentle with yourself while you are going through this emotional time. Think of some non-food related ways to comfort yourself and indulge in them. Really focus on putting yourself first. Nurture yourself as much as you can. You'll find that the more you allow yourself to feel your feelings, the quicker they will pass and the sooner you will feel better. I know you will feel better soon. If you can, getting some physical activity (especially if it is in nature) will definitely help. Take care!
All the best,
many (((((((HUGS))))))) I have went through a couple of emotional detoxes and they aren't fun, but oh how free you feel when it finally releases and you are able to let go of sooo much. Embrace it all, as you have began to do so. Before long you will be back on your toes in better physical and emotional condition.
also getting a little sun may help.
Hi Grace, i've been there.
When mine passed i didn't grieve, i guess i couldn't but several weeks ago i had an emotional day. I thought about it and other things and i cried and cried, it was like a wail, it was so bad my husband left the house, the neighbors thought who knows what was going on.
It lasted for several hours into the evening, i couldn't explain why and still can't but it has not happened since and i feel so much better.
It cleans you from the inside so to speak. :)
I think this is what is holding me back from going 100% on a consistent basis. The emotioal detox keeps knocking me on my butt, and I revert back for a few days, but I still think I am making SOME progress....
Start:July 12/06 (adding raw) weight: 136lbs height:4'8
Start raw only:July 19/06 weight: 131lbs
An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.
It is very good to seek support, I notice when I don't I go back to my old ways of eating to cope. I have been noticing the same thing about how I had used all of the wrong foods to cope with my sadness. I am so glad you are hear talking about it. Now, you will be able to deal with these feelings and find peace over them. We will be by your side! :)
To ALL my Very Special Raw Friends,
Since the day I began my Raw journey, I have been able to be totally Raw and I have not gone back even once for the same reasons Pomegranatebliss stated. ¬ďthe spiritual and emotional lightness is something I've searched for all my life. Now that I've found out how to attain it, I'll never go back".
I have spent 49 days as of today 100% Raw and I have never felt so good and I have found the freedom I was looking for all my life, and even though I know I will now need to go through these emotional trials, I will NOT go back to the prison I was in before. I took a quote from David Zane Mason here on the board because it is something that I feel intensely ¬ďA Deep motivation wins over a shaky discipline¬Ē. I am DEEPLY MOTIVATED.
I went to work after I posted and I looked at the trees, flowers and the lakes that are near my house, and as I loaded the little children on my bus, I looked at their little faces and smiles and heard their laughter and i watched the sun come out from behind the rain clouds. My darkness lifted and I came home and cried my eyes out. I would be a fool to think that it won't happen again, but I have ridden out this wave and with all your kind words and amazing help, I feel so much better!
You are such a healing and strengthening support to me. I don't doubt for one second that if it wasn't for all the people here that I would not have had the success that I have and I thank you all for sharing yourselves with me.
I celebrated with a bowl of cherries and I enjoyed the taste of every last one of them!
Thank You :)
Thank You :)
Thank You :)
Graciebeliever, you should buy yourself some flowers! 49 of them! You deserve it!
-- "God will give you everything you need for your spiritual development. Hold on to nothing."
I'm so glad to be a part of such a wonderful group. It is our willingness to be loving, attention-giving, and understanding to our most deeply held...perhaps even painful emotions....that insures our wholeness and character unity.
Gracie: Your spirit is inspirational! :)
mmmmmmm.....cherries! Glad you are feeling better! You are so RAWSOME!
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