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  • Raw & Abuse

    Okay...I was concerned that this thread would turn into "who has emotional detox?".

    Although you have every right to post where you want, when you want and about whatever you want....that's partly why gone raw is so great....posting about one's emotional detox is not what I intended when I began this thread.

    I was hoping for a place where those of us who have been severely abused could come and discuss our specific struggles with being a raw foodist, especially if you are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because of the abuse.

    Our raw journey is much different, I believe.

    I hope those that have had the experiences that I refer to in the my first post will have the courage to share and will also gain strength from others that share.

  • Raw & Abuse

    Thank you so very much for sharing Melody! I appreciate you sharing a part of your story...you are very brave.

    I come from a similar place. I don't think many others can understand the panic, fear and absolute oppression that can occur in our lives (even though the abuse may have ended many years ago).

    Food can be a HUGE comforter. To me it is the numbing affect that some food has on me.

    Raw food does not give that comfort. Yes, raw food can bring a lightness, weightloss and some healing...BUT I have found that there are some times that the PTSD is so severe that I need to STOP the detox or the intense feelings it brings.

    Several of you have posted about letting the process happen. Unfortunately, it is so much deeper than that. I am not talking about normal emotional and physical detox. I really do not know how to describe it. I think those that have gone through it will understand.

    I know there are others out there suffering too. I hope you will feel comfortable sharing or if nothing else reading and learning from those that do share.

  • Raw & Abuse

    Hello everyone!

    This is a topic that has been on my mind quite a bit since going raw.

    We all know that eating raw, whole and living foods is healing.

    What I am curious about is how many of us out there come from a background of severe abuse (verbal, physical, sexual or any kind of severe abuse) and so we gravitate towards health and healing, but because we "feel" so much more on raw food than on SAD food (because of numbing affect) that life becomes more difficult and more painful. I am speaking from experience.

    I am also wondering if some of us that do come from severe abuse need to sometimes eat cooked food to stop the pain or stop the re-living of the abuse (PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

    Even though we know that raw and living food is the best for us...sometimes because of what raw brings to the surface it is almost impossible.

    I accept in myself that the raw feelings are literally too raw. I do do something about it when that happens...the alternative could very well be suicide.

    I hope for those reading this, especially if you do not come from a place of severe abuse, that you be very careful about your comments. Judging those who may post or minimalizing their experience will just add pain.

    I am mostly wondering if there are those that struggle with raw, not because of will power or cravings, but because it sometimes becomes to painful.

    If you are not comfortable posting, I definitely understand. It took me a long time, many years raw, to even want to bring this topic up.

    Gone Raw has been one of the most supportive places that I have found for all those incorporating raw into their lives and so I felt it was the best place to broach this subject.

    Much love to you all!


  • How many avocados per day is okay?

    I lost 110 pounds in 6 months eating 100%raw foods! I DID NOT limit my fats or calories at all! I ate whatever I wanted as long as it was raw. Avocados were a staple. I would eat as many as three a day. It is imperative to eat what you want when you first go raw as long as it is raw. That is the easiest way to not "fall off the wagon". My tastes have changed since the beginning of going raw, but I still eat high fat. If you are wanting to lose "fat" you must eat fat. The body will not release fat if you starve it of fat. I would say that my fat intake is at least 50% of my calories and I am healthy and fit!

    Above all else, please do not listen to us! LOL! Listen to your body because it knows best!

    Good luck!