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Will eating raw reduce my physiological dependence on illicit substances? Or will it merely increase my drug problem, since I will be taking my addictive tendencies out of food and channeling them all into other things?
I think that great nutrition is not a cure in itself. I see it as providing our bodies with the building blocks to allow it to heal, repair and grow. Often, great nutrition leads to more energy, better hormone balance, a healthy weight, less risk of disease, and the desire to let go of what no longer serves our best selves. If we are also taking in toxic things, then our bodies have to deal with those. I do think that as part of a complete drug recovery plan, raw food nutrition can help detoxify the body.
Addressing our thinking process is another important aspect of recovery from addictions. Our thoughts create our feelings. We can learn to stop complaining and think about things that are hopeful, good, pure, kind, peaceful, and beautiful.
So I think eating raw can help us to be nourished and detox. as long as we are not taking in more toxic substances, and gives us the building blocks to begin healing our body, mind, soul, and spirit.
This video has been really powerful on my journey - hopefully it may speak to you......
Hello For the Prophet:
I don’t think there is an either or answer to your question. Overcoming addictive tendencies includes creating a balance in all aspects of one’s life. That balance can only come with the hard work it takes to honestly get to know ourselves, change ourselves where we can, accept what we can’t so we can love our entire package. People want a quick fix in this modern world but change does not come by quick fixes. It takes hanging in there to make the moment by moment commitments necessary to exchange old bad habits for new healthy habits in our spirit, mind and body. Then balance will come bringing peace and serenity. I found all the drama that comes with the addictive tendencies can be like a drug. It takes time to accept the absence of drama and find contentment in living a calm balanced life.
I wish you well on your journey and have great hopes for your success. Love & Hugs Too.
Personally, just raw food was better to me than the SADiet- so there was nothing to "give up" really. I was just exchanging gross stuff for good stuff- you can still have sweeteners and nuts/seeds, salt... all kinds of stuff on a raw diet. Raw food to me tastes way better than "normal" food now (and that didn't take long- just a few fantastic recipes). What has been hard is the Frutarian diet- no fat, no salt and basically no sweeteners except for dates and other fruits. Strangely enough I want alcohol LESS, not more. I also have a prescription for anxiety- want that less too! As I've given up coffee/caffeine and sweeteners that spike blood sugar levels I think it's kept me pretty even and feeling really clean- I don't want to mess up that clean feeling. However, I am also prepared to deal with whatever comes to the surface in terms of life changes I need to make and personal issues that I haven't dealt with properly that have led me to want to drink or take anxiety meds. I think it's wise to realize that there are probably emotional and psychological reasons for addictions- once you deal with those issues the reason for staying addicted is removed (then you have to deal with the physical addiction- which is probably a lot easier once the emotional has been dealt with). I've not heard of addictions getting worse- only better. Raw food has a way of detoxing not only the body but the soul as well. I commend you for owning it and posting your question/concern. I truly wish you the best on this journey... instead of being knocked down by life's curve balls we need to learn how to hit them! I pray you find the healing you seek.