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My Journey to a Healthier Life

Raw Discoveries –Day 2

One thing that is certain to eat healthy is far more expensive than your cheap drive-thru restaurants.

I completed Carol Alts book entitled “Eating in the Raw” I am glad I read if only for the reason she does emphasizes the philosophy of starting gradually. It was nice to read that it enforces my approach and makes me feel better about it.

Back to the finances of eating raw, I am hoping it balances itself out with the fact I will be using far less house gas and far less electricity. Currently I have none of the kitchen appliances she speaks of, personally I am not sure I even  will have a great need to purchase any of these right away. I do have a Kitchen- Aid  Food Processor  and I feel that will do for now.

Upon waking this morning I was pleased when I tested my blood sugar and it had dropped by 59mg/ul that is a start, however I definitely have a long way to go in that department. My weight was down 2 lbs from yesterday. I conclude all in all a positive start to my new way of life.

One of my common sense discoveries about eating raw is when purchasing raw entries as I did yesterday, it is helpful to keep a notebook to keep track of the brands I try. I am also putting a little note by the brand name after I have eaten it. This way I will know which I liked and did not like.

A great example is this morning for breakfast  I decided to have raw falafels and raw sauce from amongst the selection I bought yesterday. I gagged when I put this certain brand in my mouth the taste was just horrid and oh yuck I  felt I was eating sand.The sauce was way too vinegary. These went into the trash. I usually do not waste like that,and even more so being that their cost was $6.39 for a package of 4. Having mentioned the price that gives you an idea of how bad they were. Hence my discovery is all future purchases of falafels will include the Back To Life brand not the other. Their raw falafels were smooth and tasted similar to flash fried falafels from one of my favorite Greek fast foods restaurant. Also Back To Life’s raw “Tihini” sauce actually tasted how regular Tihini tastes.

I need to find time and get over to Whole Foods; I believe if I remember correctly their prices use to be a little lower than Mother’s. But I do need to comparison shop and get to know the raw foods at both Mother’s and Whole Foods better.

My lunch consisted of a cabbage casserole I made. It was a cooked meal and I included my raw salad.  My dinner was a slice of  sprouted bread that I keep in the freezer so it takes true to itself. I thawed the bread naturally only took a minute or two with this heat. I then placed a slice of  raw cheddar cheese and  a slice of  the raw “roast ‘  with a few sprigs of raw spinach and tomatoes.

This raw cheese is the most wonderful cheddar I have ever had. And I have had a  lot of cheddar in my life. I am so amazed it is so remarkable tasteful. I will have to be careful with product I could see myself  just munching that in no time.The raw “roast” is made with lentils beans and I am also surprised how delicious it is too.

I am looking forward to discovering more brands and different raw foods. Next stop visiting other blog site on others who have chosen this lifestyle of raw eating.

I am pleased you are along for my journey as we continue to learn that …………………………..

The Greatest Wealth Is Health

Debra

August 2, 2009 Posted by | Raw Discoveries | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ready for Raw

I am sure the title is what brought you to my site. Let me say this is not a site where you will be seeing me in the raw ever, never ever! Nor would you want to at this time.

Purpose: To document my journey on becoming a raw food eater. Or as close as I can become.

Goal: Gain control over my health

Get off my medications

Loose Weight

You may be curious as to why one has chosen a journey like this…………………………………………

A  little history about me will answer that question.

I am in my 50’s and have been overweight for about 25 years. I have tired every diet that Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Overeaters Anonymous, Nutrisystem the list could go on and on, but you get the idea.

Sure I lost weight on all of them, 20 pounds on this one 30 pounds on that one. But in the end I ultimately regained the weight I lost back, plus several pounds more. Through the years I developed serious problems from my weight. I have been a diabetic for the last 11 years, most of the time it has been uncontrollable even with medication.

Since 2003 I have had 7 heart stents placed in my arteries. The cause was because of blockage. So yes folks that cholesterol does do damage. I think most folks feel these sorts of things will never happen to themselves. I know I thought that, even though my father had his left leg amputated because of gangrene setting in. He also had open heart surgery in his 40’s and several heart attacks through his remaining years. My father died an early death at 61. I have had aunts on my mother’s side die from diabetic complications. On my fathers side his 2 brothers both suffered heart disease. One died of a heart attack the other one at 75 is miraculously still alive after 4 strokes. My father’s parents died of heart attacks, both before the age of 63. Obviously the heart disease comes from my father’s side. One thing I will say having disease on both sides of the family does increase ones chances of developing the same. But I do not believe just because your genetic make-up has disease in it means you are going to develop the same. It is all about choices . I could have chosen my food intake in a healthier way. And in my 20’s I did however once over 30 I had trouble committing to taken better care of myself, and I do believe that is why I was never successful to make it a final and better way of life.

I mention all this because you would have thought all this illness on both side of the family would have at least scared me into making correct food choices. It is this evening that I start this journey of changing my life style. I am going to commit to eating raw foods.

To help me on my journey I am reading several books. The first one is Carol Alts’ book “Eating in the Raw” This book is going to guide me through the introduction of eating raw. Like Carol states in her book. You want to gradually move towards this way of eating. Thank God for that, because I know  I could not wake up tomorrow morning and only eat raw. I think baby steps can be a good think towards any journey in life. My other reinforcement is the “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw” Since I am an idiot for having allowed myself to become overweight and unhealthy. I think this is a good choice of reading material for me. It claims to have 150 delicious recipes. I sure am hoping so. The third book is another Carol Alts called “ The Raw 50” this book has 10 amazing breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and drinks.

I will be blogging about my journey into  “The Raw” The Raw  foods, my emotions, my ups and downs, my successes and failures and my overall struggles into becoming a healthier me. My commitment to me is to take one day at a time, to have the success which will enable me to grow healthier as I grow older.

I invite the world to share in my journey.

Talk to you all on Saturday to recap how my first day went and always remember…………………………………

The Greatest Wealth Is Health

Debra

July 31, 2009 Posted by | Introduction | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment