Adding LIFE to your years and years to your life!
I absolutely LOVE reading all the successes folks are having here in the 'Hab. Keep on keeping on; you all haven't seen anything yet. And be patient. We all didn't get heavy, or unhealthy, or our illnesses/dis-eases didn't manifest overnight, and you won't cure them overnight, BUT they can be reversed. I am living proof. In case you don't know my healing story, here it is:
I am a Raw foodist living the best life I know how.
"For the past 50+ years (my whole life), I have had migraines. Pre-Raw I was at my wit's end. I was so sick with these life debilitating monsters, I literally would start my day chewing up about 4 Excedrin P.M.'s to cut the "edge" off the daily migraines. I felt that I barely existing/living with these massive headaches. Surely death had to feel better. Trust me, I thought about it. Then it got worse....my thyroid was diagnosed as non-functioning. A thyroid specialist was recommended and I went to him for 6 years....up and down on all doses of Synthroid.
Since I made the choice to try a 100% raw lifestyle, I immediately started showing improvement in my thyroid numbers and not ONE migraine has surfaced. I kept waiting for it. Every day I would think, this is the day I will get a headache. But nothing. My thyroid was also showing incredible improvement - quickly. The specialist kept saying it couldn't be the foods I was eating - that they, (foods), have nothing to do with the numbers, as he would shake his head every 2 months of my improving, not knowing HOW I was doing it. It's truly a shame that doctors aren't trained more in nutrition. I would tell him what I was eating, but he felt that wasn't improving my thyroid. HA! Some specialist!
11 months after going 100% Raw - both dis-eases have been cured/healed/GONE....all in LESS THAN A YEAR! Unbelievable! I'm totally off all medications for the thyroid and no more Excedrin P.M.s in the morning! I am in awe of how are bodies can regenerate, and how quickly they can forgive and heal!
All of that was six years ago.
Losing weight was another perk. If by going Raw I were to remain heavy, but not have the migraines and have my thyroid working proper, then it would have been worth it. I didn't go Raw TO lose weight. The more I read about it, the more something "clicked" with me and made sense. I had been Vegetarian for over 30 years and Vegan for 3 years, so the transition was easy for me. My tastebuds adapted very quickly too. I didn't miss the salt. I didn't miss the sugar; as I was satifying thse needs. I didn't miss the so-called healthy Vegan (fast) foods.
In addition to being completely Raw, I incorporate daily some type of sea green to keep my thyroid functioning; whether it is eating some sea veggie or I make what I call Sea Tea. What is also amazing about eating Raw foods is that I do not deprive myself of anything. I have a sweet tooth and if fruits and their natural sweetness doesn't satisfy that desire, I will make a decadant dessert usually using cacao! I love my raw chocolate!
I also have made another recent change as I gained some weight back during a very trying time last year. I spin 3x a week and I LOVE IT! On other days I either lift weights, workout with kettle bells, or play on the Wii - Wii fit or Wii sports - gotta love the tennis! And recently - Jane Fonda's 1982! And water - don't forget to drink half your weight in ounces of water...
I encourage everyone wanting to make changes in their life to give Raw foods a try. This is how we were meant to eat. Mama Earth provides for us. THOSE are the ultimate fast foods - the berries, the seeds, the fruits, the vegetables. How cool is that?
I want you to feel free to contact me to discuss anything and everything about the Raw living/healing lifestyle. I love to share, encourage, help anyway possible. Raw - it does a mind, body, soul good!
In 2009 I feasted/fasted/ whatevah'd (Green Smoothies and fruit/veggie juices) for 100 days. OMG! It was the most INCREDIBLE time of my life. It should have been the most stressful. Working a second job at a health food store. That store was moving, so we were cleaning the new store and packing up the old store. The house I was renting? The landlords decided they wanted to sell; this was after I spent 2 weeks in one room of the house as they were having the hardwood floors done (after I had pulled up all the carpet). So I had to find another place to live. Put a contract on a house; turned out to be the house from hell. Moved the HFS. Had to get a lawyer to get out of that house I put a contract on. Found another house. Moved me. All while fasting and you know? It didn't bother me. I totally got "it". Whatever "it" is/was. I resonated with the Buddhist monks, and I know nothing of that religion. I KNEW why the sky was blue. I KNEW why the grass was green and I KNEW what the birds were singing. Life was so spiritual. It was THE best experience of my life, besides giving birth to my two children. BUT I broke the fast wrong, and ended up putting back on all the weight I had lost going Raw. However, I am currently juice fasting again, day 34? 35? Losing count, but will continue until ??? and have dropped all the added weight and gained back my energy, stamina, mental clarity, awesome sleep - MY HEALTH. Our bodies are VERY quickly forgiving IF we fuel them proper.
This totally proves we are what we eat! I wish everyone a wonderful, fun, healing, healthy Raw journey!"
Forgot to add, if you wish to share my healing story with anyone, please do! This DVD? I won here. How cool, eh?Also wanted to add that we are all human and WILL falter and not be as successful as we wish. I thought after 4 years of being 100% Raw I would never "go back", but goofy life circumstances that I ALLOWED to enter took over and I was making poor food choices, BUT I learned. THAT is key. If we learn...and it's not the end...it's a stronger beginning.
BTW - I am going to be 58 in December!