November 13, 2007
What follows is day 61 of my cleansing journey with raw food. But today (hmm, I guess it’s day 531), my efforts continue. Detoxing is an on-going process, I’ve learned. The environmental toxins all around us; in the air and water, our poor food choices, our crazy lifestyles, all of it leads to toxins that eating raw food can help clean out -- mainly through our intestines and skin (the skin is a largely unrecognized detoxing organ. Gently scrub it daily if you want to help it along).
I’ve made poor food choices over the past few days and - wow - do I feel it. I occasionally get a bag of organic chips or some such "for my son." I always feel slightly sluggish when I eat that kind of processed crap. I deal with it by eating plenty of fruit and drinking more water than usual (which is a lot by most standards) the following day. But I don't beat myself up for it. I'm not a food nazi.
Every year, when fall brings those chilly mornings, I have a hard time wanting to juice for breakfast. But, I’ve skipped it before and not felt well. So I compromise by drinking a cup of warm - not hot - green tea to satisfy my need to feel cozy. Then later the in day, I will juice. Sometimes, I’ll eat oatmeal with honey and raisins on those mornings to really warm up.
My diet in cooler months is definitely less raw, and I think that’ the way it should be. I’m no expert. I just go by what my body tells me. In the summer, I’m pretty close to eating all raw. It just feels right. Now, it’s backed off to about 60/40, which is fine by me. I’m not out to fit into someone else’s definition or category, but rather, to simply be good to my body and continue healing.
On to day 61…
July 30, 2006
Not much to say today, I’m basically the same as I’ve been the past week or so. I feel good for the first half of the day – the half I juice and just do the drinks and supplements that my new napropath, Dr. Mary, prescribed. And then I just crash. I thought the St. John’s Wort I was taking might be making me sleepy in the afternoons, so I quit the morning dose. Sure enough, I wasn’t quite so sleepy. And – hallelujah -- my stomach is finally calming. Thank goddess! Cutting back a little on the amount of raw food I was eating and taking the probiotics I mentioned last time have both helped, I’m sure.
It does seem like get tired too easily, though. Since I haven’t been eating meat much (I’m transitioning back to being vegetarian; already not eating beef or pork), I can’t help but wonder if I am getting anemic. Sure feels like it – the weakness. I’ll have the doc check next time. I did have salmon tonight. Tried out Natalia Rose’s recipe for Raw Caesar Dressing (see below) from “The Raw Food Detox Diet.” It was easy and tasty. So far, all her recipes I’ve tried have turned out great, except for the one for hummus -- and that was only because I substituted almonds for the chick peas. I don’t recommend it.
I’ve also been expanding my yoga routine. I hurt my back at first, so I backed off on the harder poses. Now I am doing my usual simple yoga stretches, plus a few more I discovered from a few library books and CD’s.
As long as I’m moving my body daily and eating mostly raw, I know I will continue to move toward that "raw food glow" everyone raves about.
Raw Ceasar Dressing
- ¼ c. cold-pressed olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 4 stalks celery
- ½ c. water
- ¼ c. lemon juice
- ¼ c. tahini sauce (or soy sauce)
- 2 tbl. Sweet white miso
- 5 dates
- fresh ground pepper to taste
Blend all ingredients in blender. (To make a raw mayo, use less H2O.) Makes 3 cups. Keeps for 10 days. Enjoy!
-- From "The Raw Food Detox Diet," by Natalia Rose.