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A couple of months ago, I made a mistake that I am paying the price for. I had some friends over and I wanted to make sure I had a variety of food to serve. I had a healthy assortment of organic fruit and vegetables along with raw nuts and seeds. Some of my friends were very open to my raw food lifestyle while others require cheese, bread, and deli meats. being a good host, I made sure I had something for everyone to enjoy. The party was a success and I was happy that all were satisfied. The next night I was invited to a party. My friends know my lifestyle so I assumed there would be some fruit and veggies I could munch on. To my surprise, there was nothing and I hadn't had my usual cooler bag of raw foods for "just in case" situations. I was hungry and my first decision was to eat nothing. After a while, I became uncomfortable watching everyone eat while I just sat there. I then proceeded to the table to see if there was anything that I could possibly eat. I decided to eat some crackers. Now a few crackers may not seem harmful to a "normal person" , however, I am not a "normal person". Food and I have a dysfunctional past. For me, eating was like being addicted to drugs or alcohol. I am a food addict. Those few crackers at a party turned into a nightmare of which I regret. I started craving crackers and found myself buying them and eating some everyday. I justified them by buying organic, whole grain from the health food store. The next thing I know, I have graduated to bread. The result of my straying has now become a habit and is now a major problem. I have been 100% raw for four and a half years and I have been proud of my success. Now my train has derailed, I'm ashamed of myself, I have gained twelve pounds and my digestion is suffering. I'm not blaming my friend's party for my relapse. I made the decision to not take care of myself and now I need to make the decision to correct my mistake. Today is the day I turn it all back around. I am a 100% raw vegan and I am sticking to it.

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Comment by Tuliza on June 24, 2010 at 9:35pm
Thank you Veganforlife,
You are right. I didn't undo all the health benefits I have gained in the last 41/2 years. Thank you for reminding me. No more shame!
Comment by Vegan♥for♥Life on June 24, 2010 at 9:26pm
Oh girlfriend? Please don't be ashamed? It's ok. Really. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again! Your are MORE healthy than unhealthy if you've been Raw for 4.5 years! It's NOT a big deal. Join in the Vault and get back to where you need to be mentally and physically.
You learned more of yourself and that's a good thing. Being ashamed uses too much energy anyway!
Comment by Mary M. on June 24, 2010 at 5:21pm
Tuliza, looking forward to seeing you in the next Vault. It's not just for those who want to lose weight. Those who just want the extra support in this way of eating seem to like the Vault, too. I want to go back to the "all!"
Comment by Tuliza on June 24, 2010 at 3:54pm
I think that would be a good idea. When I first joined RFR, I didn't need to release weight because I had reached my goal and was maintaining. Now that I am 12 pounds over my goal, I think it's time.
Comment by Tuliza on June 24, 2010 at 3:06pm
When I began my journey on the 92 Day Juice Feast, I was a little scared that I might fail. What kept me motivated was the online support and the determination to release 49 pounds. When I released 49 pounds, I felt such a high. I was cleansed both physically and spiritually. You will benefit whether you do a juice feast for 24hrs, a week, a month, or 3months. Go for it.

You are so right. Everyday is a new day. I knew it, however, I would not allow myself to listen to my own voice of reason. Addiction is powerful and I gave myself over to it.
"Just DO IT" is exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you.

Mary M.
Moderation has never been my strong point, not even on raw foods. I have always lived in the existence of "all or nothing". Maybe that is why going 100% raw came so easy for me. I now know that 100% raw is my healthy "All" and juicing fasting/feasting is my healthy "Nothing. For me this moderation. I do deserve it. Thank you!
Comment by Mary M. on June 24, 2010 at 2:35pm
I can so relate to what you have to say, Tuliza. I, too, am a food addict. People constantly tell me something is wrong with me because I won't eat meat, cheese, etc. in moderation. For me, there is no moderation. I do so much better when I'm 100% raw. But don't be ashamed of yourself or beat yourself up. You don't deserve that. We just get back on the horse and continue to do what we know is best for your bodies.
Comment by Anastazia on June 24, 2010 at 2:28pm
Every new day is a chance to have things be the way you know they can be! I can relate to a lot of what you've written...but even pounds gained back & health issues returning have a purpose, a message, & can be a strong motivation when we're just gettin' back on track again!
Let's just do what the Nike commercials used to say, & "JUST DO IT!!!"
Today is, after all, the 1st day of the rest of our lives, right?
(Preachin' to the quior here, by the way...)
Comment by Tuliza on June 24, 2010 at 2:05pm
Thank You Susan, Gracie Chris and Jill,
I am so blessed to have you all here to support me. I have put so much stress and pressure on myself because I have been so dedicated to my raw lifestyle. Two years ago I completed a 92 day juice feast and felt better than I did when I was a teen. I know have what it takes to take care of myself like that again. Being here is what helps all of us.
Thank you again.
Comment by Jill Worden on June 24, 2010 at 1:52pm
Don't beat yourself up. Look at what this has taught you that your body functions better on raw. Like Susan says below I believe in you and everyday IS a fresh start. Keep moving forward. I have been through this eating raw food then cooked food up and down several times. I just keep starting over. Beating yourself up just does more harm.
Comment by Chris "Dude Raw" (aka Duke) on June 24, 2010 at 1:45pm
What better way to get back on track then a delicious Green Smoothie! :D MMMMM! Yum! Does a body good.

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