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My Journey to a Healthier Life

Raw Recap – Day 7

Today ends my first week of eating raw. I found this week easy to commit to. I also have felt better than I have for a long time. I will continue this way from now on. I am still doing baby steps towards this new lifestyle, and  I am not beating myself up if I decide to have a cooked food.

What I learned this week is there is so much knowledge out there about eating raw. Any question I have I easily find a answer for. The Internet has been very good tool for learning , also the books I purchased. An IT man I know has been transitioning for  the last 3 months. He was so kind  and  dropped off  quite a bit of  information for me. Plus  he  inviting me to a weekend raw workshop/seminar. Not sure if I will attend it.It is going to be held in Irvine this month. But the hours are quite long. Friday is from 6-10, Saturday is from 10 a.m.- 9p.m. and it concludes on Sunday from 10 a.m. -6p.m. It is a lot of hours and it costs $3,000.00 but he will get me in as a guest and there will be no charge to me. That is pretty cool. Though I do not  feel I am able to give up that much time for the session this month, I might be able to attend the October session.

Let me now recap about  my first week of moving towards of being raw.

1. The most important thing I learned is that eating raw does not mean no calories , fat or sugar. It is important to continue to read labels. That being said I know eating raw calories, raw fat, raw carbs and raw sugar is far healthier then  cooked and processed ones. The proof is in the fact is I am still  loosing weight.

2. Which brings me to the next wonderful benefit about eating raw. Though I am probably consuming more calories , I believe I have lost about 5 pounds this week. That is such a great extra benefit.

3. My blood sugars are on their way down. It will be so amazing when my blood sugars are back in the normal range.

4. Knee pain be gone! And  it has been since I have been eating raw. I continue to be so pleased that such improvements are occurring in such a short time. I believe the addition of drinking raw milk this week is what really has improved my arthritis.

5. This past week I have had extra energy and my mental alertness has improved by at least 90%.

I am excited about my raw journey. I awake every morning thrilled to get started on my raw way of life  looking forward to how much better I will feel.

My food intake today:

Breakfast 3 raw falafels with raw Tihani sauce. Lunch: 8 cherries, 8 strawberries and 1 handful blueberries. 1 slice sprouted bread. Dinner: 1/2 Yam and 3 oz steak 1/8 inch thick. Snack: Raw hummus w/1 8 inch flat bread.

Now that my first week has ended and I am closer to that 21 days to developing a good habit I will only be posting about 2-3 times a week.

Thank you all for following my journey.

Treat yourself to a raw meal today!


The Greatest Wealth is Health



August 7, 2009 Posted by | Raw Recap | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Raw Milkiness – Day 6

This evening I attended a seminar on Raw Milk at the Mother’s Market in Costa mesa. The speaker was Mark McAfee, of  Organic Pastures Dairy located In Fresno, Ca. It is a family owned and operated dairy. This gentleman was very passionate about raw milk. The knowledge he shared was balanced and not overly self-promoting. I enjoyed what he had to share. I by coincidence had purchased his brand of milk as my first raw milk purchase earlier in the week. If I understood him correctly there are only 2 raw milk producers here in CA. Raw milk has so many health benefits, I am glad I started drinking it.  What I learned foremost tonight is that raw milk is truly a whole food that is not processed. What is great about it is it still contains all of it’s pro-biotic bacteria, folks forget that there are beneficial bacteria that is good for us. Raw milk also has all of it’s enzymes and fats.  What makes it raw is that it has not been oxidized by heat. What made Mark a good representative on the subject of raw milk is his experience also he stressed the importance that not only should we drink raw milk but we need to intake all whole foods.

When I got home this evening I had myself a nice cold glass of raw milk with my first slice of raw pie. Oh it was so delicious made by Nude Foods it was a luscious Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake pie. One must remember just because it is raw does not mean it is calorie free. It was so delicious I ate the whole 5 oz. Only to read the nutritional facts after consuming it. This 5 oz is  2 servings. Which I do not see how 5 oz is nothing and it was only about 2×2 in size. It had 600 calories, 44 grams of fat. 38 carbs. 20sugars and 16grams of those 44 grams of fat were saturated fat.  In the end this just does  not  sound all that healthy to me.  But it has made me more aware that I can not stop label reading just because I am eating raw.

My food recap for the day:

Breakfast : 5 strawberries, 8 cherries and one handful of blueberries. Lunch: 1 slice sprouted bread, 2 oz raw cheddar cheese and 2 oz raw roast. Dinner: 3 small El Pollo Chicken Legs.(I know I was overly hungry on my drive to the seminar.) Baby steps , baby steps.

I decided not to weigh myself every morning. I think that creates such an obsession.  However this morning as I do every morning I have to check my blood sugars. I was shocked to see it had gone up about 20 mg/ul. Don’t know if I may have over done it on the nuts or the cherries. Either way I decided not to have any of the nuts or seeds today. I will test in the morning to see if  my blood sugars are on  the way down again or not.

I feel learning as much as I can about raw milk or any raw food is a reward for me in my journey to a healthier life. I hope those of you who have been following my journey also benefit from the information I post.

Until tomorrow , I wish you all peace, happiness and plenty of  whole foods eating.

The Greatest Wealth is Health


August 6, 2009 Posted by | Raw Rewards | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reveling In Rawness – Day 4

Today was uneventful in the respect that eating raw has so easily become an adaptable way of life for me. No other “diet” has ever seemed like it was second nature. I starting thinking about this and I believe the easiness is because I have always preferred my foods cold anyway. Everyone basically likes cold pizza, but I have been one who waits for my food to cool down before I important t is that I am looking at this as a lifestyle and not a diet.

Through my reading I have learned as long as you do not prepare anything above 116 -118 F it is still considered raw. This is nice to know if and when I do miss a warm food.

Today I introduced fruits into my raw food plan. I usually stay away from fruit because of the high glycemic index it usually has.  But as I read the “Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw” their explanation of the importance to include fruits is to assure I will be getting all the vitamins and minerals that my body needs  I will have to be careful in my choice of fruits and stick to the low glycemic selections. I have always been aware of the 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables,but because of the sugar in the fruits I have avoided them most of the time. I guess it is time to bring the fruits back into my life. I have no doubt my blood sugars will be higher tomorrow, but as my system adjusts to the fruit hopefully it will drop back down.

Breakfast today was 4 ounces of Slimfast (I usually have the recommended 8 ounces.)

Lunch consisted of my yummy raw cheddar cheese and raw roast with 1 slice of sprouted bread.

I had a snack today of raw Brazil nuts and raw silvered almond. Fiber , fiber, fiber !

Dinner consisted of spinach sold, cabbage roll, raw broccoli, 5 strawberries and 5 cherries.

It is hard for me to believe I am actually full. I also had another 1 pound loss. According to my reading, with all the fiber and water in what I am eating is the reason I am loosing the weight. I think it will slow down and what I am loosing now is the excess water in my system.

One thing is certain; I do need to start using some of these wonderful recipes in all 3 books that I purchased. I want to make sure I do not bore of the foods and the only way to do that is to start preparing others foods. I think next week will be the first chance I get to go over to Whole Foods and get my grocery shopping done. Thursday evening after the seminar at Mother’s Market I will pick up a few items to get me through until I decide on my menu choices.

Today has me feeling I am reveling in rawness and wow is it a great feeling.

What I have noticed after 4 day are my legs . They do not look as swollen as they often do after a day of being on my feet. Most people have their ankles swell, not me my calf area swells. Weird I know but that is how it has been for a while. I also continue to have more energy each day. Sure can’t complain  about that, considering I am basically the  lethargic type. This new found energy is something I am embracing to the fullest.

Something new for me is I did buy my large diet coke today and here it is 9:20 in the evening and there is still half of it left. That is so amazing to me. I usually can drink anywhere  from 2-3 glasses a day. Not sure why I have not drank it all and really need to trash , the ice melted ions ago. Yesterday I had about 1/4 of it left. Maybe the desire is leaving me  to have my usual fix.  I will see how it goes tomorrow and dare I brave it and only buy a medium?

It is time for me to relax now and continue my education on raw foods. I bid you all goodnight I am off to read my book.  Hold on to the thought that………………… The Greatest Wealth Is Health and if you do, all of us who are reaching and getting closer to our goals will have what we so desire and deserve!


August 4, 2009 Posted by | Reveling in Rawness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment