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No rigid rules, labels or dogmas.... just REAL food, for your body, mind & soul!

Okay.  Here goes.  Nothing but honesty here.  I blew it - sort of.  I ended up eating meat for supper with lots of salad after having lots of fruit earlier in the day.  I feel I am going nuts.  All I can figure out here is that it must have been the fruit that made me so hungry most of the afternoon.  Nothing satisfied me after that and I had quite a bit of salad with a few seeds and nuts and some oily dressing.  And I didn't overeat.  This morning I felt awful - just awful.  My skin is so itchy.  I feel like it is an allergic reaction to the fruit.  I know that two health practitioners told me to avoid strawberries and oranges, neither of which I had yesterday.  But I did have lots of pineapple.  I am also starting to feel pain in my hands again.  And I am tired all over and even felt dizzy while I was freezing all the fruit.

I'm throwing up my hands here and have decided to give up the effort to go raw and switch to low carb - "The New Atkins For a New You" and to try my very best to stick with it.  I don't know what else to say.  I feel so badly about this.  I figure that I must have wrecked my metabolism over a long period of time - since I was 12 - by dieting and binging - back and forth, back and forth.  That's what my mind feels like this morning - like it's in a frenzy.  Can't stand this feeling anymore.   Maybe, from time-to-time I'll blog about how it's going.  I know a few here opted for a lower carb way of eating and that they included meat etc.  And I have quite a few friends who have done extremely well this winter on low carb under their doctor's supervision - they all have the same doctor who monitors them closely. 

So I'm going to sign off from here for now.  I am sorry.  I still think this is a wonderful site for discussions about healthy eating - tons of information here and lots of fabulous recipes and photos. 

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Comment by HippyDaisyChick on May 30, 2014 at 11:39am

I wish I had some words of wisdom. I am finding that low bad carbs, high veggie/dark leafy greens and a little protein a little fruit works best for me. I can only go 100%raw for periods of time and them I have to incorporate other things. I feel more grounded if I stay away from too many animal proteins and include a few cooked items, like quinoa or a sweet potato. I just stay away from adding bad choices into my quinoa or sweet potato. Veggies is key for me, cooked and not cooked. btw...don't know if you have thought about it.....but your itchy skin can be due to your water source. I have found that when our water company has higher chlorine levels...my skin stays dry and itchy. Maybe you could use coconut oil on your skin for relief.

Comment by Linda Ann on May 26, 2014 at 8:57pm
Our bodies change you have to see what works for your body and go there. I wish you good on finding what works for you. Don't be so hard on yourself.
Comment by Mary Kathryn Wykes on May 26, 2014 at 1:47pm

I am currently being coached by David R.,  Penni - and he says that MANY people - after a long stretch of healing on raw vegan foods find that it is in their best interest to re-incorporate some animal products.  He wants to have some kind of a get-together with people who are on this page . . . and have them, as a group, present their views.

Comment by Islegirl on May 26, 2014 at 9:08am

Penni, I remember that you mentioned a name or book which you were finding helpful recently.  Would you please repeat it?

Comment by Islegirl on May 26, 2014 at 8:56am

Thank you Penni.  That's what I'm doing - or trying to do.

Comment by Penni on May 26, 2014 at 7:26am

I know how you have struggled with diet related issues - the truth is - so have the majority of all of us who have found our way to this web community. 

As I shared openly at our Upgraded Eats project, I am not 100% anything, other than human. I try all kinds of different methods of approaching diet and as my tag line at the top of this page states: "No rigid rules, labels or dogmas.... just REAL food, for your body, mind & soul!" 

So I personally encourage you to do what feels like the best fit for YOU! I currently follow a very low carb approach to eating that includes some animal protein and I finally feel so much better. My hormonal issues, anemia and hair loss warranted a complete overhaul of everything that HAD been working for me 5 to 10 years ago. 

So I pray that you can release yourself from any guilt or preconceived notions of "what you SHOULD be eating" and just explore what makes you feel the best. Sending you lots of love.

Comment by Islegirl on May 26, 2014 at 6:04am

Thanks for the clarification Mary.  Hope it's working for you.

Comment by Mary Kathryn Wykes on May 25, 2014 at 10:15pm

The produce I came up with that I believed would not cause any problems was celery, leaf lettuces, cucumbers, lemon apple and carrots.  Then someone on another site told me pears were even better in that regard than apples.  So today I used pears.  So today was day 3 of restricting myself to these items.  Tomorrow I will add something new . . . maybe bell pepper, as I have some in the fridge.  Or, maybe beet.  If the weight does not go up with that addition, then I will include that item on my safe list.

Comment by Islegirl on May 25, 2014 at 12:05pm

Great, helpful post Mary.  Thank you.  Did you mean that you are still having leaf lettuces, celery, cuke, lemon, apple and carrots - now - to see what happens?  Or did you mean that you've cut them out for a while?  Sorry, but I am not quite sure what you meant.  I am presently eating 2 types of salad with a bit of chicken.  Yum.  That's amazing how you dropped 5 lbs.  Wonderful!  I may check out the work of the person you named. 

Comment by Mary Kathryn Wykes on May 25, 2014 at 11:00am

I'm glad you're still here, girl!  I just went back and read your previous post - and it seemed pretty obvious that the low carb deal was NOT working for you. 

You might be interested in the work done by Lynn Genet-Recitas.  Her work is all about how we are all biologically different, and thus a food that is super healthy for one person doesn't work for someone else.  I had not lost hardly any weight the past three weeks, so decided I must be reactive to something juicing.  I cut my juices back to foods I know from her work are foods that hardly anyone is reactive to, and voila - down five lbs. in two days.  Obviously that is my body's release of fluids related to an inflammatory reaction . . . at least that seems obvious to me.  I'm doing one more day with those same foods, and will then begin testing, i.e. adding in only one new food at a time.  How will I decide that it is a reactive food for me?  If my weight goes up - that's the main clue - but also things like mood swings, digestive upsets.  If you are curious - what I've cut back to for a few days are leaf lettuces, celery, cucumber, lemon, apple and carrots. 

Also, I am using all organic produce.  If you are not doing this - it is entirely possible that your body is reacting to pesticides/herbicides as opposed to the fruits/vegetables themselves.

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