On July 1st last year, I made a 180 in my life. After After losing 25 lbs. on raw food dietbecoming more and more ill during the previous decade with various assaults to my body, I decided it was time to get serious about healing and take matters into my own hands. I knew the first thing that had to go was my diet. I began eating a raw food diet; no meat, no dairy, no soy, nothing from a box. Just fresh, raw fruit, veggies, seeds and nuts. I even grew my own sprouts (and still do). I began a journal detailing the experience. Day 56 follows…

July 26, 2006

I had felt so bad there for the past week that I didn’t even bother to write. I did still keep track of what I ate in a notebook. I realized I was stuck in a rut. Eating almost the same thing every day. But for the past week, I’d say I made pretty good choices with a few exceptions. I’m getting some books from the library on making gourmet raw food. Sick of my usual salad. It does take work to keep it interesting and tasty.

Yesterday my energy was so low after my chiropractic treatment that I stopped and got a diet coke on the way home. Man! It did NOT taste the same. I used to have this weird, nerdy mental habit of silently repeating the mantra, “Elixir of the gods,” as I drank my daily large, easy ice, diet lemon coke from Sonic (a local drive-in). It actually tasted rather bland to me today. Amazing how the taste buds can evolve if given half a chance.

After the chiropractor I went to see Dr. Mary, the napropath I’ve been so excited about. She put me on omega 3’s, a nasty tasting immune enhancing powder, “friendly flora” pills (healthy bioorganisms also called probiotics) to aid my digestion and an “immunoglobin G” combo, which I looked up on the internet. I read on a med site that people with lung problems such as me often have a deficiency of this in their blood. But the whole shebang cost a whopping $288.00! I sure hope it’s worth it. The friendly flora pills have helped a great deal with my stomach pain. Also still drinking aloe vera — it usually gives immediate relief.

I told her that I wanted to try fasting to speed up this hideously long detox, but she said I’ve been too sick and am on too many meds to totally fast. She recommended fasting for half days, instead. This is good, because that’s what I’ve been doing anyway. Juicing apples and greens in the a.m. keeps me going until about 4pm (it’s those enzymes!).

My low energy, poor digestion, difficulty breathing and back and hip pain are the primary problems. What a freakin’ list! I bet the average joe’s detox would be way over by now. This is the 7th week! The back pain is better, the stomach is slightly better and I think the energy has moved from a 2 to maybe a 3. I am just ready to feel LOTS better now. Any day now…