i have been asking a lot of raw food gurus about detox symptoms and no one can tell relate to what i have been going through, so i was interested if any people can relate to me.
I have no energy, i am weak, fatigued, can barely work or even take a walk outside. No weight loss. I have had lightheadedness, extreme dizziness, problems with my heart. All this has lasted 3 months.
Now over summer when i first went raw i didn't have any problems, but then when i went raw again back in november all these problems came up. I have been 90-100% raw but probably a total of 10 days with cooked food out of the 3 months, and that was more in the beginning thinking i needed to try and slow down the detox but nothing changed. So can anyone relate or does this sound a little too sever to be detox?
Because right now the doctors are saying i have a mystery illness. All my blood came back okay but i am waiting to do an ultrasound on my heart and see a neurologist. So just some input would be great.
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In my 1 year of raw this was my experience:
Slowly increasing energy over about 3-4 months with episodes of detox here and there. (also started exercising at the 2 month point). A little less sleep needed, more energy for projects around the house getting done in the evening. Beginning of month 5 I was feeling really great for about 3-5 days. Then the clouds went back over me. No episodes of "detox", just feeling kinda run down, occasional negative mood, tired, listless, watching TV in the evening rather than doing things. Eventually leading to the same energy level and sleep requirements I had before. This lasted about 6 months. I'm well into the 1st month of year 2 now.....
Despite this - I do believe that I'm healing - in some way at some level and I have to stick with it. I can't explain how I managed to continue on at 100% raw through all this. Pigheaded, stubborn, refusal to be wrong, I can't imagine.
But - I think I may be picking up a little bit, now quite sure yet. I said if I didn't feel better by the 1 year mark I'd go get a full work up by a doc. Not quite sure if I'll cash in on that (or cash out given the expense, lol!) but I'm just kind of seeing where this is going right now....
So yeah - a long slow unremarkable detox, rather than feeling great followed by the classic "flu-like symptoms. I think that's what I've been doing, maybe you too?
Are you eating enough.
Perhaps you could use fitday.com and put your food in to see if you are getting enough calories.
Are you getting enough water.
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I'm so sorry you're going through this. I would definitely not write off those symptoms as detox, especially if heart problems are involved. IMO you're doing the right thing to get this medically investigated.
What kind of blood work did you have done? Did they test for nutrient deficiencies and electrolytes? If not, get that done ASAP -- it sounds like it could be severely low iron or even a B-12 issue, if nutrient related.
There are so many possibilities. Extreme candida, diabetes, a parasite, chronic undereating (although that's less likely if there has been no weight loss, unless you have insulin resistance or PCOS)... Is your current weight in a healthy range? Did you have any health conditions before coming to raw, or did these problems all crop up only when you switched your diet?
Also, could you post what you typically eat in a day? (Including the amount of all foods -- ie, "2 bananas and an orange in a smoothie").
I hope you can get to the bottom of your health situation! What a mystery.
THank you for what you asked, i am pretty sure i have pcos which i think is part of the weight loss. i don't know about the under-eating i mean maybe i am but i haven't lost any weight and i am bloated all the time. For blood work, i have done everything im great on iron and all. Tomorrow i am actually going to the doctor to get my pcos results, and do an ultrasound on my heart.
Originally Posted by DeniseM
I am posting my food on the raw challenge this month, i will be more specific so people can give me advice on it. I don't count calories and won't try because it just messes with my head too much. I try and just listen to my body.
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PCOS could definitely be playing a role in some of this... still quite a mystery though. Let us know what the test results are for that, and what's going on with your heart! Hang in there -- things WILL get better and you'll eventually get to the bottom of this. :)
Originally Posted by kileyc
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