Hi, my name is Angela and I have tried the Raw food lifestyle about eight times in my life, for different reasons and different len ghts each time. I've tried detox, weight loss, etc., and each time I caved-in to peer pressure and food addictions, or lack of will power/ conviction, I don't know. The fact is that it was always short lived, but in the back of my mind I have known that this way of eating is right for me. My main reason is not ethical, and I don't strive or claim to be vegan; I use leather and raw honey. My main reason is the way I feel when go raw- I sleep like baby, my skin improves, tons of energy, I become regular, lose weight, etc., etc. You would think that all these result would be enough for anyone to stay raw, but I guess not for me.
This time, I entertained the thought of going raw for about six months, then I waited for the holidays and my/ my kids' birthdays to be over, then I decided to do the Bikram challenge (30 clases in 30 days), and to go raw before it. The challenge started April 1st, and I started my raw food diet (I hope lifestyle this time) on March 18th. I have had 2 cooked meals since and had nachos and Ice cream last Saturday. I felt like crap as if a ton of bricks hit my stomach. I did not go to the bathroom for 2 days. I have forgotten that feeling already, boy do I have a bad memory when it comes to food.
I am doing a few things differently this time and it hopefully that wil make a difference. I am not hanging out with my old playmates or going to my old playgrounds, where people can tell me"one is not going to kill you," or "oh, you'll start again tomorrow," etc. I have been watching a lot of youtube videos made by rawfoodist, THANK YOU SO MUCH, reading a lot of posts and joining every network, asking for a lot of help, being honest and forgiving with myself. just because I have not been perfect doesn't mean I have to give up and forget about the hole thing.
I have been sprouting, making a lot of green smoothies, making a lot of salads and eating a lot of fruit, I am planning on dusting my Excalibur off and putting it to good use. I ts been sitting in my garage for the last 6 years, pitty!!
Well I am very happy to have found you guys and hope to learn from you.