i have been a bit MIA as I have been away at my mom’s for august so hi again! I also wanted to save $$ over the month, and so I let my mom shop for me and my boys. My husband had mentioned something about how much money I was spending on my high fruit diet and I felt badly, so anyway…while she did shop a reasonably healthy grocery list, she definitely wasn’t buying enough fruit etc, so I began to eat some grains and legumes over the month. I would say I was about 50-75% raw for the month, as opposed to my 90%+-striving-for-100% self that I’d been over the prior 4 months. I wasn’t eating my morning smoothies (didn’t want to wake my mom up, and by the time she was up, I didn’t feel like making it) which was a HUGE negative also.
Let’s hope I learned my lesson this time around. My PMS was WICKED awful. My mood has been a roller-coaster, my energy flagged TERRIBLY over the month-it was back to needing a nap for me, which I hadn’t needed during the 4 months I had been 90%+ raw. My irritability and moodiness was back. Even my husband, who was supportive of my rawness but was skeptical that it was responsible for improving my mood, is now 100% supportive of me going back to eating the way I was before (very high raw, striving towards 100%) because he sees how important it is to my mood. I was on anti-depressant meds for 16 years as some of you know, and went off them when I went raw—-and now the ‘old me’ is coming back (and that’s not good LOL!). We agree that raw may not be the answer, but it very well COULD be the answer, and it certainly was benefiting me before.
Back to raw I go, hopefully with my lesson learned. I am back in my own home again, which makes it so much easier. I have all my nuts, my nearby whole foods, my dehydrator and blender. My husband and I were saying “look, if some doctor said he had a drug that would save your life but it cost $1000 a month, would you take it?” and of course, we don’t want to take drugs, but of course, we would do everything we could to pay for it. We decided it’s the same way with raw foods. I am not going to go out of my way to pay for the gorgeous exotic 10 dollar melons out there, but if I need to eat 1/2 a watermelon, a carton of blueberries, and 10 oz of lettuce a day, so be it. No more cooked food except for those very rare occasions that come up.
Anyway, just thought I’d check back in and let you all know what’s been up with me. I’ve missed the community here, and I am back with renewed vigor and understanding of how important raw is to my health and mental well-being.