I just thought I'd stop by and write a quick post on where things are at for me right now. I like to keep a record here on my blog for myself as I so easily forget the ins and outs of my days... just ask me at the end of any given week what I've been up to and I draw a blank! This blog is in many ways an on line diary or journal - I find physicially writing things out in a diary like I used to do as a teenager too time consuming & I never seem to get around to it, so this is the next best thing.
Lately I have been on a pretty intense journey with regards to what I put in my mouth:) It's amazing to me just how powerful our diet can be. I am learning an incredible amount about all the healing qualities of fresh vegetables and fruit and all the medicinal aspects of whole foods. I find it quite incredible that these days the pharmacy has almost been replaced by the health food store! Not all health food stores are like this of course, but I find your average health store retailer has the same old 'pill for every ill' mentality as the pharmacist down the road! I am really moving away from using supplements and moving towards a completely natural, stripped back to the basics diet. As the well know Hippocrates quote goes "let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food". I am inspired to eat in a wy that we are biologically built for. Our bodies just aren't equipped to deal with todays 'technology food' and 'Junk food'. To think that I ever put something called "JUNK food" into my mouth and still wondered why I had chronic dis-ease!
At this stage in my health/healing-evolution I am extremely excited to be experiencing all the wonderful health benefits of going raw. I wrote a little while ago about my transition from vegetarianism to a more traditional and animal protein inclusive diet which was inspired by the nourishing traditions book. I have given that a good amount of time I feel, but it just hasn't been working out for my particular issues. My body just doesn't appreciate having meat and animal products being put into it I'm afraid! So here ends that chapter:)
After reading about a freind's adventures with going raw, I was inspired to look into it myself. I am gearing up to going 100% raw at the moment and am starting off with a juice feast. I discovered there is a good reason it's dalled a juice 'feast' and not a juice 'fast'. I was SO FULL the whole time! I actually found it somewhat difficult on occasion to finish off the whole juice based on the recipes I was using from the wonderul book Raw Food Clease by Penni Shelton. I guess what I've been reading about how our body processes food must be true - apparently our bodies register the nutrient value of food and not the calories. This is why we can chow down on junk food and feel like we need more, more, more - the body is searching for something it can use - but with nutrient dense food we feel fuller more quickly because the body is satisfied that it has been truly 'fed'.
I juice feasted for two days this week and can't even begin to describe the amazing results I've had! To put it simply, my body, mind, and spirit is just working for me now! I no longer feel betrayed by my own body and I have more energy than I did even as a child. In this week of cranking up the rawness of my diet I lost 3kg over night and lost another 1kg over the span of the week. That's 4kg in one week! I have been placing extra emphasis on detoxing my system in any way I know how to as well, which may have also contributed to this weight loss. I have been using my neti pot, oil pulling, ingesting all sorts of wonderful intestinal enzymes (from Eden Healthfoods based only on the professional advice of my bioresonance practitioner and energy healer) to clean out the system, getting as much sunlight as possible in the middle of winter, exercising every day, getting back into my old favourite passtime - yoga, drinking litres of water, going to bed a couple of hours earlier than I used to, meditating more often and with more focus - and I'm also about to begin dry skin brushing. Basically I'm giving this lifestyle shape up a really good hot go!
I'm finding that the more raw food I eat, the better I feel and the more momentum I gain which propells me further towards my goal of complete health and healing. Besides 'devouring' some wonderful books, the internet is also an amazing tool for which I am constantly grateful:) I have joined many raw food sites, found many inspirational channels on youtube, discovered lots of wonderful documentaries, subscribed to news letters and joined an online community where I am inspired and supported. And, of course, I've also begun to find some amazing blogs! I am still constantly amazed by the generosity of those who give their time and energy to share recipes and techniques that heave worked for them. There are some truly loving people out there despite what the popular media will have us believe!
My sister has also been upping the percentage of raw in her daily intake of food and we have been comparing notes most days. I'm very grateful to have a sister who I am so close with and who shares my interest in living the best life possible! My little brother (well, he's not that little any more at age 19) is coming over to stay this coming week and will be participating in a full on life overhaul/detox with me. It will be fantastic to go into this juice feasting week with somebody else to share it with!
There are many, many more amazing resources out there, but here are just a few of those that I've found helpful:)
Raw food rehab - the most wonderful and supportive on line community hosted by Penni Shelton. There is a wealth of information on this site.
Sarma's raw food blog
Russel James of The Raw Chef fame has some really useful videos and delicious recipes.
Some must see films:
Simply Raw - a very inspiring movie which follows 6 Americans as they reverse their diabetes by going raw for 30 days
Supercharge me and her video channel http://superchargeme.blip.tv/
Anyway, I guess that's enought of a rant for now. Maybe I'll write some time about all the health benefits I am experiencing as I embark on this raw - whole foods life style choice. I am in two minds as to wether it might just be too much information for some! So on that note I'll just say that I hope everyone is having a beautiful and nourishing weekend.
With love and light