Hello to everybody! I've been lurking and going over this site, what a fantastic resource. Just what I need, in fact.
I am not a raw vegan, in fact I'm not even vegetarian. Actually, if I had to describe my diet, I'd say it's 20% fast food, 25% conveniently packaged stuff-you-nuke, 10% Doritos and siblings, 30% processed mass produced stuff and about 5% 'fresh'. In other words, I eat what I'm told to by TV. Or at least up until now. Add to these toxins the fact that I've smoked cigarettes pretty well non-stop for the last 27 years.
I'm 42 and recently told by the doctor that I'm 'about to be' diabetic. No surprise given my diet and the fact that all the rest of my family (sisters & mother) have it too. Believe it or not diabetes isn't even the big problem. You see, up until a year ago, I worked at a job that required about 10,000 steps a day (no kidding, we measured it). Now I work at home, and for the last year my exersize program has consisted of going up and down the stairs to pee, which happens alot.
I feel sick all the time, have no energy, have trouble sleeping, and generally can feel everything going to shit. I've gained weight, and even though I'm still not overweight I'm heavier now than I've ever been in my life, and all the weight gain is in the wrong place (all out front). I know what's happening, so I've made a drastic plan.
I need to detox.
My plan is that for 30 days, I'm going to a strict raw food diet. I'm also stopping smoking. Cold turkey was the only way I ever quit smoking before, the only true way that works, I'm assuming the same thing probably applies to raw food. I'm also going to keep a daily blog about the experience, perhaps even a video blog, or at least some video entries. I'm also actually going to exersize and record it, something I've never done. This is kinda like that 'Super Size Me' movie in reverse.
Now, when I set my mind to something, I usually do it, and I'm feeling good about this. Almost like it's going to be an adventure. I'm really curious about the results. I have an appointment with my doctor next Monday, and I'm going to tell her about my plan, may even do some testing beforehand and after to see the changes.
Now, after the 30 days, I may ease off, but will never return to where I am now. Or I may not, equally as likely if the results are good.
So, tell me honestly, am I nuts to attempt this? Or is this the smartest thing I may have ever done? You all are way more educated in this than I, and have experience as well. I'd love to hear any comments on my plan. I will post the blog site when I'm ready in case anyone wants to follow along.