Day #2 being 100% Raw Vegan
After about 16 years of false starts, now I am 100% raw vegan!
Date: 8/25/2007 1:04:39 PM ( 15 y ) ... viewed 1879 times
Since I didn't get this started on Day #1, I'll record here what I ate yesterday:
Early in the day: 2 organic Fuji apples
Midday: 4 (short) organic celery sticks blended with 2 small bananas and 1 cup water
Dinner: A salad made with 1 large organic cucumber, mostly peeled and sliced thin, 1 organic carrot peeled and also thin-sliced, some shavings of white onion, alfalfa and clover sprouts, and a little bit of iceberg lettuce. Dressed with black pepper, Celtic sea salt, about 1/3 of a large lime, and (generous) olive oil. Usually I add sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds to this salad but today I forgot and decided it was not a terrible thing to go one day without protein.
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Morning: 1 small Fuji apple and 1/2 of an avocado
Midday: Smoothie made with 5 (kind of short) organic celery sticks, 3 small bananas, 1 (small) organic Fuji apple with skin and a handful of alfalfa and clover sprouts with about 1 3/4 cups water
This evening has not arrived yet, but I plan on having the same salad I typed up above, only with the addition of the pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
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The first time I went raw my only health problem was obesity. (I was in my late 30s.) I lost over 100 lbs. in a year on raw, but it was a bumpy road and those closest to me were not as supportive as I wanted them to be. It really had gotten to the point, within the first six months of being raw, that it was EASY to stay raw. My big downfall was not dealing with emotional issues. In an emotional fit, after I had lost 120 of the 160 lbs. I needed to lose, I "gave up" and began to slowly take on the SAD (Standard American Diet) again. That was 11 years ago. Since then I have yo-yo'd back and forth, with SAD winning most of the time.
Now I am in my early 50s and health problems have popped up like crazy. I lost 80 lbs. on 90% raw about 4 years ago and have kept my diet just raw enough to maintain 60 lbs. weight loss. (That is, I now have approx. 100 lbs. weight loss still ahead of me.) However it has now become much more of a "must do it now" kind of thing, because in the past couple of years I have been ridden with painful edema (known as dropsy in the old days), which is swelling and pain in the joints -- for me, it's in my feet and on bad days every step is very painful -- and my feet can keep me awake at night just because they are throbbing in pain. I also have just this year gotten a shockingly severe case of what I think is psoriasis. This is both painful and itchy and prevents me from wearing closed shoes and looks bad and also causes me to lose sleep due to the pain. In addition, I got angina last year and this year again, (or what I think is angina), with severe pain in my heart area especially if I took deep breaths or had the teeniest of coughs. In the past couple of months I have been trying harder than I have in a long time to go raw. Although it took me 3 months of trying hard to go and STAY raw vegan, and has been frustrating, I should definitely mention that the pains in my chest are gone now. I have not had the angina for nearly 2 months now. Also, my edema though still here is much better (though the last time I ate some chicken I could barely walk after that due to major pain in my feet, starting about 2 hours after I ate it and continuing through the next day).
It has not been easy for me, both because I am in an area where good organic foods are few and far between and even pesticide-laden produce is very expensive (example: avocados 1.99 each, organic arugula $1.00 per ounce, organic greens rarely showing up at all in this town), and because I am living with a family that eats all the worst of my old SAD foods and has no desire to change -- and I'm the one that fixes dinner most nights! Just having the synthetic, refined, non-vegan and non-raw foods in the pantry and refrigerator have been a great challenge for me. Yet my body has made it clear: It is time to go all-raw and all-vegan, and NOW.
I know I will feel SO much better once I have been all-raw even for just a few weeks, not to mention months and years. For me, it is all-vegan and all-raw or BUST!
I hope you will join me in some way on my journey.
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