No rigid rules, labels or dogmas.... just REAL food, for your body, mind & soul!
The following video is very transparent and I'm sharing directly from my heart. I know how busy you are and the 13 minutes of your time that it will take to listen/watch it in its entirety is deeply appreciated.
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Ditto. :-) And ditto. :-)
YOU have been there every step of the way. Always the trusted, dear supportive friend, confidant and backbone. Much more than the wind beneath our wings. xoxox
Susan : ) said:
This is a very reflective video...remembering everything that has been happening here at the Hab since it's beginning...and looking forward to the future!!!! : )
First, my thoughts are with you and I am sorry for the loss of your father. I have read a number of the comments that people have left and can relate to a lot of them! I tried to transition to raw food for health reasons and weight loss being the major one, BUT it is so hard when the rest of your family will not eat raw and the temptation to eat processed food and meat is always there. It is a struggle to find a balance between what I want to eat and being around others during meal times. I am also battling those very strong food addictions. I have decided that trying to raw for the first 2 meals of the day and having a good, well-balanced vegetable dish, even though it would be cooked, is probably the best route for me to transition away from processed food and meat/dairy products. I am now trying to find some good, easy recipes that would be fulfilling and satisfy those cravings, so your timing is just perfect for me. I am not too active on this site, although I do read the comments, and I know that if there would be another room for cooked meals, I would be here more often.
Keep up the wonderful work and a huge thanks to you for all your efforts.
As you know, I was all in for raw food all the way and saw it as best for my body. I still believe it.
However, when I began my adventure at the worlds largest nutrition school, I saw a different way. I got educated in true nutrition! WOW!
Raw is not for everyone, as each person is an individual.
Now I coach differently , educating people where they are, although recommending fresh yes, I teach a gradual process and big things happen!
I am currently loving black bean soup and brown rice, avocado, fresh green juice (a lot of it) and fresh fruits and smoothies.
Balance/ Moderation and there is no wagon nor limo nor police in my life nor my clients! The whole concept itself can create the feeling of "failure". So yes, they retreat and never feel "good enough".
It is powerful and amazing. I took raw out of my website and email and identification as a coach, as I too thought it would turn many away.
Great move, go for it Penni!!! If we are not growing and changing, we are stuck and stopped. Moving forward!!! Good for you! You go girl! I am so sorry for you in the loss of your gem!
One of the 1st things I liked about rfr was that there was NO judgement. I have been on other raw sites where they would kick you out if you mentioned animal products. As you point out when a person joins, we are all at different places in our journey. I joined 3 yrs ago on thr Friday after Thanksgiving. Yes, I had turkey that day but knew I had to make changes if I wanted to be healthy.
I pray that you will remember to take time for Penni in 2013. We ALL need that private time every day to meditate, read the Bible, or to pray. When I don't take time for Joe, it's a very stressful day.
My lifestyle is similar to yours. I eat very high raw every day. I also eat brown rice almost every day. I will have pizza 2x a month & eggs once a month. My weight is higher than last year when I was more raw, but I haven't exercised in a while because of the demands of a new job.
Our lives are comprised of many different 'seasons'. If we can realize that, we won't panic when we slip.
I think the RFR site is AWESOME. There are so many discussions that no one should be at a loss to find someone else who has or is going thru what they are.
God Bless You for all you do. This site is safe!!!
Couldn't agree with you more. Thank you.
Thanks so much for sharing! In a world where we have families and growing teenage boys, some of us have to cook food every single day. I am like you, I try to make it as healthy as possible and always include a huge salad- which they all love-
I feel better on 100% raw and that is my goal- sometimes I make it and somethines not= but I LOVE your comments about not even going there on the "falling off the wagon" that is a crash diet mentality that we need to leave to the Middle Ages
I just sent you an email to your yahoo email with my request!
Thank you for sharing from your heart, I love this site and I love the Upgrade Your Plate site on facebook. I have been vegan for 2 years now and I still have to cook meat for my family because they refuse to eat anything vegan and it was either that or get a divorce. Lately, due to major stress, I have not been working out and have been eating more processed foods, still vegan, but vegan junk, and I can tell in the weight I've gained and the crappy way I feel that I need to get back to eating more of a high raw diet. When I did the cleanse americas, I felt Great, but always came off of them with intense cravings for carbs - baked potatoes, homemade wheat bread, brown rice, pasta, etc. I didn't like the last one being on facebook and I didn't really participate in that one, but the first 2, I did great on. I'm looking forward to the year year and I hope it is better than this year has been, I really want to be free from my food addictions and to experience true freedom in all things.
Hi Thank you so much for this, Penni.
So sorry to hear about your Dad and well done for making that decision to be with him. Please do take some time for yourself now. It does take time to heal. My dad died at the age of 48 from the same illness so I can empathise with what you went through with him.
I disappeared from the site for a long while and went for it alone. I had become so ill with my pre raw diet, which actually wasn't a bad diet by most people's standards, and it became so that I could not even eat a lot of what was posted on raw food websites.
I have something call Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Histaminosis (severe histamine intolerance) and a form of reactive arthritis akin to Rheumatoid. My immune system is basically shot to pieces. I had weird choking at night so I would wake up not able to breathe, skin lesions and hives, my hair came out in clumps (I shaved it all off in the end), I reacted badly to hair dye that my hairdresser had been using for years, I had immense joint pain... the list of symptoms went on and on. I reacted so badly to food - all yeast and fermented foods, so breads, alcohol, cheese, meat, fish, aubergine/egg plant, avocado, ... and I started to put weight and in fact joined your inner circle for an 11 week weight loss. I lost a few pounds but I felt so ill all the time as i just could not work out what I could eat. I reacted so badly to medication too and I started to react adversely to all body products and household cleaning products. Going out to the cinema or theatre became a nightmare as other people's perfume made me react adversely and I could often go into a slow form of anaphylaxis. I have been mugged twice when travelling as the air conditioning on trains and planes makes me fall into a deep sleep. I have not washed my (now silver hair) or my body in anything other than water and epsom salts for 2 years.
In the end my then doctor (now sadly retired) said I had to work out my own diet as there was nothing he knew that would help me. He suggested raw food was the way forward and I started to do my own research. I started a blog called "The Reluctant Raw Foodist " - I was reluctant as I was forced into it by circumstance -and I will now post about it in your blog section.
I now eat a high raw, no shop bought processed foods, low fat, vegan diet.I eat some very simple cooked foods too. I get cravings but I work on those. I don't regard eating something I shouldn't as falling off the wagon. I just learn from it and move on. My body is healing but slowly and I cannot return to my old way of eating as when I do my symptoms return almost immediately. I am feeling stronger every day and I can go out and about again and enjoy life once more.
I came back into Raw Food Rehab to see what was going on and found your video. Thank you for being so honest. I have felt I don't really belong anywhere on the web diet wise and health wise (hence going it alone) but now it seems I can settle here once more.
Wishing you all health and happiness..
I love you Penni, I love your authenticity and your real Love.