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I saw my hormone doctor the other day and he was asking how I was doing and I mentioned that I'd been juicing and incorporating a raw food diet into my daily eating for the past couple of weeks, and that I was feeling less sluggish, and my sleep patterns were greatly improved, and I just thought it was a good choice for me (not always easy, but something that seemed to make a positive change for me).
Much to my surprise, he pointed out to me that this was not a healthy way of eating. I tried to explain to him how I have a friend who is raw vegan who is completely healthy (even confirmed by her medical doctor's blood tests) but he let me know that he also has a friend, another doctor, who is a vegetarian, has been for his entire life, but told him that even he would not recommend a vegetarian diet. And this is supposedly a man who runs marathons. So what could he possibly mean that he wouldn't want others to eat the way he does?
It disheartened me a little and I found that night I had a major food fest, nothing good for me, and I woke up the next day feeling like a slug. I got back on track the following evening and enjoyed some raw vegan spaghetti and a fresh fruit smoothie, slept like a baby, and felt better this morning.
I don't really want to quit seeing this doctor - he's helped me with other issues, and I only see him twice a year anyway, but I find that I don't feel completely supported and always thought I'd want a doctor who is treating me to know ALL about me, including what I eat.
So I guess for now I'll just calendar my next appointment (which isn't until January) and continue to work on improving my diet health and hopefully be able to show that I really did know what was best for my own body, even without a medical degree.