This is my dilemma... I have just "celebrated" being one year 100% raw. I say "celebrated" because while I am totally committed to my raw food lifestyle, I am yet to see any of the real benefits of eating this way. After reading many books by well-known gurus and talking to people at potlucks etc, I was inspired by their stories of dramatic health improvements, and boost in energy, but most especially by their deeper spiritual awakening within themselves , and their connection to others and nature. Alas, I feel like I've been left out in the cold!
While yes I lost some weight, that was not on my list of of priorities. The only other benefits I have experienced is softer skin on my face and more muscle tone. I eat fairly clean, fruit for breakfast, green smoothie for lunch, plus salad and some nuts, then vegie juice and salad and fruit again at dinner. I rarely do the gourmet thing and I run about 15 miles a week. I am feeling disillusioned! Not in a way to make me doubt the sanity of eating raw - but in a way that makes me doubt myself!
My energy levels are no different to when I ate SAD, I need the same amount of sleep, I rarely wake up feeling refreshed, I have not experienced the "clarity" everyone talks about, my intuition is no stronger, my meditation is no richer. I have caught three colds from my children in the past year and have had at least as many cold sores. Before I went raw I had no known illnesses or health or weight issues - people have told me this is why I feel no different - but this just doesn't seem right.
I have also done juice fasts and one ten day juice fast which included 3 days of a water fast and I ended up looking like a POW with hardly enough energy to get out of a chair!
Am I the only one who feels this way or do some of the benefits get exaggerated sometimes or am I missing something important? If anyone has any ideas - I would truly love to hear them. I really believe this is the way we were meant to eat and want to help people discover this lifestyle but I just can't authentically "spread the word" so to speak until I experience it for myself.....