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Well I am thankful to have found this website. I already have gotten a lot of inspiration from this website. My journey with RAW has not been easy. I have felt isolated and at times have thought WOE is me. I have thought about the foods I am leaving behind.
I am doing RAW to reverse arthritis. On my path to RAW I was bouncing around from RAW to JUNK food and picked up about 35 extra pounds. Not fun. I actually have been attending 12 step meetings (for food) for nearly 20 years and was on a plan that kept me at a healthy weight. The arthritis has shown up in my left small finger - actually distorting my finger. My doc said that I will get it in all my fingers. I say NO I am not going there!!
So started my search for ways to reverse this process/disease. Anyway from what I have read RAW was the way to go. So I have been reading all I can and trying different recipes. Got tons of books from the library.
I then found a naturopath who was to have helped me with the arthritis using RAW. She put me on a rather heavy duty detox :( and then told me to eat RAW (that was a pretty big order) and then she charged a hefty fee. Also the naturopath said to eat NO Cocao, NO coffee, NO meat, NO dairy, NO tofu, etc . . .
Anyway I then was back on the internet looking for HELP. That is when I ran into the website . . . "The Rawtarian.com" She is totally sweet and she had a 30 day challenge. So I took the challenge and succeeded and did this after the 10 day detox (prescribed by the Naturopath).
Then I continued to do RAW perhaps another 1/2 month to a month more or so. Then I weighed myself and found that I had gained 5 pounds (prior to this I had lost about 10 lbs with the detox). Anyway I was very upset to be restricting myself with all the above NO's and I got mad and went out and ate almost all the NO's for a about 4 days.
Then I got to thinking where was that going to get me. I actually was praying about it in the middle of the night (as in HELP!!) and then the next day a resource showed up via my work where weight coaches were made available to anyone over a certain BMI - which is me right now. So I called them and got very excited talking to this one woman, she gave me HOPE. I do not want to be doing RAW and excluding all the NO's and gaining weight!! Anyway I called back the next day wanting to get a specific plan so I could eat RAW and NOT gain wt. Well that call did not go well, the woman said you can not eat raw and have a healthy food plan, you would be eating too many fats, not enough protein. I was pretty discouraged after that call. I then called someone in former 12 step program, but RAW does not fit in the plan. I was beginning to feel like a beat up - ping pong ball.
Then searching once again on the WEB I found "Spark People" which allows me to put in my RAW food plan to actually see how much I am eating. Anyway today I am in HOPE. I feel like I ate lots of good food, feel satisfied, etc.
Since being back on RAW this time I am feeling like my body is again Detoxing. Before when I started the 30 day challenge, I did not feel like I was detoxing, probably because I was detoxed out (with that 10 day DETOX). One thing that has been going on with me eating RAW is sometimes it feels like I am having hot flashes in the night, but it is different from what I remember when I had hot flashes. So I am thinking that it actually is my skin detoxing, like a mild sweating at night. Now if only someone would come change the bed linen on a more regular basis :)
Just want to mention a friend/acquaintance gave me a RAW book (by Jennifer Cornbleet). He said he will never do raw. Well I love it, it is a great book!! Anyway . . . enuff said!!