Hi Rawpriestess and thank you!
Yes, I do hope they realize I'm doing this because I care and not to punish them or anything. I mean, we've talked about it and talked about health and things like that for a while now, leading up to this point. I think they all knew it was eventually gonna happen, it was just a matter of when!
Even my oldest son said one time before, "I want to go raw, but I wanna wait until we move back to WA." I was like, "Why then?" and he said something about not being around all the temptations such as the store that's walking distance that carries all the junk foods and other people who are not raw. I told him unless we live in a secluded, commune-type place or an all-raw community, he's gonna have unraw people and temptations no matter where we live. So, I think the desire was always hidden in his heart, but like his momma, he has his favorites that would be difficult to say goodbye to PLUS the fact that he's a picky eater (like I was as a child and even somewhat into adult-hood).
But so far things are still going well. I know for a fact that they did have some junk yesterday while they were out. But that's cool, it's a process and they'll have those moments less and less as time goes on.
I know everyone has said this by now, but I am incredibly happy for you and your family!
When I read your story, I thought "Just like the Boutenkos!" Now that the kids are grown, they are so happy that their parents got them eating raw.
It sounds like your family is doing well so far. I've been reading your journal. Please keep us posted!
Thanks Bethany! :)
Yeah, we're moving right along. The stove, she's a GONER!!
Son tried butter pecan ice cream recipe...gave it the thumbs up! He also told me that he'll be more inclined to eat raw recipes if HE gets to help and use his own ideas...like he mentioned making a raw pie but using some kind of grain instead of nuts for the crust...so we'll give it a go. (Peacelover, you were right and you too Sweetlips in a previous thread about your young prince! ;) )
Everyone is doing fine and starting to get used to this :)
I know this sounds silly probably but hear me out.
My son is at the age where he is really feeling that he 'has' to do things that others want him to do but that he does not reallywant to do.
Like school, chores, homework. He wants to work and make his own money and cannot do that yet. I remember this age...because of that he gets to make tons of choices many kids do not get to make and still. I recognize that free thinking spirit in him that wants to 'do his own thing'.
When I trusted him to make good choices and gave him the info to look at and did not interject my opinion he choose healthy things to eat...
it is as if what he eats is one of those areas that he IS going to have control over. When I laid off from the 'mom talk' and let him choose and get involved in the food prep he was in control. I think not having to do it from me forcing has allowed him to feel in control of his own 'stuff'
I am so happy to hear your son is making good choices for himself...you are a great mom to be there to help him with that
Love and Light
I was so thrilled for you and your family that you are all raw!!!!!!!!
And you got rid of your oven!!! That is so extreme it's wonderful. Great idea! I'm getting tired of wiping mine off all the time when it rarely gets used by the family.
I admire that you listened to what your "quiet time" with God led you to. There is NO place better on this planet than the peace that comes along with being in His will! Sounds like you and your family will reap much from that one moment in time you chose to be obedient and move forward. I think I am just beginning to understand the influence of being a wife and a mother. You are a great example for me.
Thank you for sharing what led you all :)!
"Tommorrow is what you BELIEVE and DO right NOW"
Thank you Peacelover and Mishka!
wow!! you got rid of the stove?!?! you are so BRAVE. i admire your (and your hubby) dedication! i can not help but wonder...what did you put in the hole the stove left??
Hi Heather and thanks!
My dh built me this nice counter and I have my dehydrator, juicers and blender. It's like a work area for me. I really like it! I can do chopping and cutting, etc.
He's not done with it...gonna put some shelves so I can have a better place to store nuts, seeds, etc. Under this area are stackable basket shelves that I keep my apples, oranges, etc. on.
When it's finished, I'll take a picture and post it!
hi Rawkin (Cherie? pretty name!)
Congrats on your new raw adventure with your family!
You mentioned Trader Joe's (I have one near me). Do they sell raw items, like raw almond butter? Where do you get your raw granola, or do you make it yourself?
Hi Emmablue (yep it's Cherie and thanks!) :)
Thanks for the congrats! TJ's has "some" raw things, but not a lot. I mean, of course they have the produce...but they do have raw almond butter.. LOVE their raw almond butter. They have their own brand and they sell both organic and inorganic (I get inorganic cause it's cheaper for my family size). Only $4 a jar compared to $12 a jar (Maranatha brand and I didn't even really LIKE that one ) They also sell nuts and seeds (raw and roasted) but I don't buy them from there because the one's I get from the other store I shop at are cheaper. Let's see, I've also seen sundried tomatoes there. Oh, TJ's is the only place around my area where I can get raw macadamia's from, so when I go, I usually stock up on about 4 jars of almond butter and 2 bags of mac nuts and I sometimes get seasonings from there since they're cheaper.
Oh, and I make my own grawnola in the dehydrator (usually it's sprouted buckwheat, soaked oat groats, nuts, raisins, maybe diced apples and bananas, some honey (or agave) and cinnamon. But lately I've been making it using that Honey Nut cereal sauce...it's really good!
Thanks Cherie. My health store charges $16 a jar for almond butter, so I will definitely buy it at TJ's from now on. Also, I have not been able to find raw macadamia nuts anywhere, so glad to hear that TJ's has them. I've been wanting to try Shazzie's macadamia cream, which is 10 macadamia nuts, 1 orange and 2 medajool dates. :)
Rawkinlocs, I'm so happy for you! I know it has to be difficult at times with the children but you're having an impact they will never forget. I read a post recently where a girl said her parents were health nuts when she was growing up. She resented it at the time but guess what? She is now grown and has chosen on her own to be 100% raw. Plus, what you are doing for your children's future health... wow, I cannot even imagine being brought up like that. And you got rid of your stove??? Now that's serious!
You go girl!!
@Emma - yep, it's a MUCH better deal!
@Deb- Thanks!! I, too, am hoping that as my kids get older that they'll stick with eating healthy. I realize there is the chance they may stray away for a little bit out of rebellion, but then again, they could end up being raw spokesteens like the Boutenko kids! :)
I really like your applausing smilie...I wish I weren't such a chicken to download those cute smilies, but I'm always scared of spyware, viruses, etc. (being married to a "techie" is sometimes no fun)
Thanks for that reminder and you're right! I'm not sure, I mean, I know that my daughter definitely feels it when she eats something non-raw now...she'll complain of her stomach or head hurting. But that's usually junk, not like steamed veggies or healthy cooked things. They haven't really said and I hadn't asked them how they feel in comparison, but I will.
As for the smilies, I'm not sure. They're probably okay, but I'm not sure. I'll ask my husband what he thinks.
Yeah, it's sad, those Yahoo, Google, etc. little bars that they have you download, Comet Cursor with all the neat little cursors, my kids used to have that Bonzi buddy...all that stuff is some kind of spyware or a way for a hacker to get in. It was really scary, my husband did a scan on my computer and he went in and physically checked areas of my computer and someone had hacked in and was collecting every single keystroke...I mean, passwords to different places, IM chats, a LOT of stuff was recording in a file in Notepad and thankfully I had protection to stop them from actually OBTAINING the information! But it was being collected!
So, I don't even do IM chatting anymore unless I'm on my MAC as dh says they are more protected than Windows/PC's