Debra in the Raw's Blog

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!

Because……………..

The Greatest Wealth is Health

Debra

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