September 29, 2011
I have 4 children ages 16, 13, 11, & 7.
I have been doing a typical raw food diet since Oct. 2008.
My children eat a mostly vegan diet since 1994 when I was pregnant with my first child & sick with constant UTI's. My friend told me about the book "Fit For Life" and I immediately read it in 3 days, threw out all of the crap in my kitchen and within a week I lost 10 lbs. my UTI went away and I have NEVER had one since!
My diet was a junk food vegan diet for sure! Everything was free game as long as it didn't have meat or dairy.
Then as years went by....we started including fish, chicken and occasionally a little bit of basically everything....
What happened?? Well, on July 20, 2008 my expiration date came up!
My body kept wanting to pass out...I did all I could to stay conscious...my heart would race...I had numbness in my face, arms, legs. Chest pain. I had a cold foot and a hot foot...I was dying...and the doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong. They just gave me anxiety meds and sent me home.
I later learned that I had Lychen Schelorsus, high cholesterol, and dangerously low levels of cortisol.
I read Breakthrough by Suzanne Somers and doped up on $$$$$Supplements....I went to $$$$$doctor after doctor, $$$$$$snake oil scamers after snake oil scamers, more $$$$$$, then a neurologist who had an acupuncturist in her office who put me on more $$$$$supplements...
By October I was looking for an herb my acupuncturist told me to take called Eleuthero. I went all over town to every health food store and herb shop there was and NO ONE had any??
I ended up at a place I'd never been to before and a delightful, radiant woman asked if she could help me. I told her I was looking for Eleuthero. She told me that they sold no herbs or supplements and asked me what was wrong? I told her what was going on and she said, "Well, I had Hodgkin's Lymphoma and I healed myself with food."
Seriously...at that moment it was like the Heaven's opened and a surge of electricity went through my body and told me that that was it! This was it! Food. Plain and simple. :)
She gave me Paul Nisson's book "Raw Life" and I became raw overnight!
10 months 100% and then emotional/family issues had me eating cooked again in July 2009.
I have since then been STRUGGLING to stay raw. On the wagon....Off the wagon...over and over. Always CRAVING bread, pasta, rice...carbs.
I did a 60 day juice/water feast in March of 2010. Only THEN did I start to see improvements in the Lychen Schlerosus...but I developed an eating disorder towards the end of the feast. I still had to cook food for my family and I started to chew and spit food. I KNEW I had to stop the feast...sadly...
After that it was backed to eating bread, pasta, rice and trying desperately to be raw....
This last attempt to stay raw started in August 2011. I didn't want to keep track of the day because I was tired of counting days...
I don't even know how I found out about 80/10/10??? (I'm so bummed about that..) But I think I've now been doing it for 4-5 weeks.
The greatest thing has been the amount of detoxing. I never experienced that before. Detoxing with ENERGY! I am also seeing improvement in the LS!!
But...the topic of this discussion was suppossed to be my KIDS, so I will explain..
When I would make all of the HFRV gourmet meals my kids would gag..except for some of the treats I would make.
They didn't like vinegar, they didn't like the nuts, they didn't like seaweed, they didn't like any of the supplement/superfoods, they didn't like a lot of the vegetables.......
But they LOVED fruit!
Hmmmmm????? Why didn't I PAY ATTENTION to that?????????
My oldest son would pig out on bananas and other fruit and I would be all worrying that he was getting too much sugar, that he would be acidic, that he wasn't getting enough nutrients, etc. etc. etc.!!!!!!!!!!
I sat him down the other day and said, "I was wrong...eat ALL THE FRUIT YOU WANT!!!"
How could I have been so disconnected to Nature??
All of the things I complained about are now gone:
"It's too hard."
"It takes too much time and effort."
"It takes too much planning ahead."
"It's so expensive to buy all these nuts and seeds and supplements and super foods."
"Why are so many of the raw food gurus not eating 100% anymore and are now using animal products?????"
Why don't they LOOK better??"
"Why I am not thin?"
"Why can't I stay raw?"
"Why am I not cured yet?"
"Why am I craving carbs??"
I GET IT NOW!!!!
I should have observed my children better...they KNEW it all along! :)
I am SOOOOOOO grateful to have read 80/10/10!
I am SOOOOOOO grateful to Dr. Graham.
I am SOOOOOOO grateful!!