Adding LIFE to your years and years to your life!
As you can probably see, my name is Alice and I think I'm about to join the raw food revolution! Here are my reasons why:
1. I've done enough research to be convinced that by converting to atleast 75% I can make significant differences to my phsyical and emotional health. According to my doctors I am overweight (although this is based on BMI, which I regard as B/S, I do actually agree with them). Alongside this I have significant health concerns which I want to try to iron out once and for all. Emotionally, I am very explosive and therefore I drain easily. I am working on healing myself spritually and psychologically, however, the more research in to holistic treatments I did, the more I came to realise that you really cannot detach the mind from the body - a lot of the illnesses that I suffer from are the direct effect of my psychological wellbeing - I suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome and have done for some years now. This, in my belief, is due to my past traumas and the effect that they still have on my energy levels (but this is a different story altogether). I started to think, 'if my mind can effect my body physically, then surely the body can also affect the mind'. Further evidence can be seen in my emotional state for days after a night on the town drinking - it is not only my body that takes the battering from this blatant self abuse, it is my mind too.
2. I realised I wouldnt feed my dog the food I feed myself. Literally. My dog is on a raw food diet and I didnt even consider it for myself until a few days ago. So, with that in mind, it is an issue of self respect and self love. I respect and love my dog too much to put anything in to her body that will cause her direct harm and shorten her life expectancy. I have now vowed to treat myself with the same level of love and nurturing.
However, I have some concerns, which I wouldnt mind a little feedback on, if people have the time. Basically, for whatever reason, I'm PETRIFIED. I'm not a huge fan of change - it could be as simple as this. But aside from that, I'm panicking about being ostracised. My boyfriend (who i live with) is really interested in changing his lifestyle too, and is more than up for "trying out this raw food thing". But, what if he finds it too hard to peel his fingers away from the sausage sarnie? what if I end up alone in this? I'm a hugely sociable person, and I dont want to end up not able to attend meals or dinner parties, unable to go to the pub for a drink with friends (where does alcohol even stand with this issue?) or focusing all of my time and attention of finding and preparing food. My only real concerns are that my social life is going to be turned or on its head. Or, in worst case scenario, completely obliterated. Does anyone have experiences of this?
Also - how do you guys get through winter?! HOT soup! Tea! ROOOAAAASSSTSS!!!
I'm working myself up in to thinking that I'm going to find it amazing eating raw, go 100% and be unable to turn back... you're probably wondering why this is a concern for me... let me explain something to you. my favourite food ever is potato. in any form. except raw, because I'm pretty sure thats inedible.
So. after that "brief introduction" which actually turned out to be a freak out, would be really nice to hear back from some people, let me know some words of advice - maybe hear some stories, if people went through similar freak outs. I look forward to hearing from you!