Well we made it last night and did do some unpacking! Although the laundry pile just grew…we slept in a little bit this morning. It sure felt great to sleep in my own bed again!! I have taken it pretty easy and slow this morning though did manage to get to the store first thing in the morning to come back here and make a few rounds of our raw “green” onion breads that we had to get dehydrating for an order tomorrow! Welcome back to work – Lori says! No time for sitting around here anymore.
As I was finishing up the onion breads Lori was gracious enough to make our green smoothies. I sure have missed my large morning green smoothie! And boy was it a “BIG” green smoothie. We each had two cups of it! Lots of double fisting going on this morning.
It was delicious!! I wanted more : )
Now I am about to discuss a topic Lori and I have debated over and over if we want to talk about here on the blog. We have realized it is important to us and feel if we share our story maybe it will help someone, which is why we started the blog in the first place.
So here I go…
Ever since Lori came to visit me in OKC, we have been realizing our bodies were still telling us we are not done detoxing….breakouts, constipation, bloating, tiredness, depression…which we have discussed some of the issues before here and here. We know you might be thinking doesn’t raw foods heal all of these issues?? Well here is why we are still suffering…
First I read a book (The Living Foods Lifestyle by Brenda Cobb) while in OKC that I got from one of my fellow classmates, which opened my eyes to something new….even though I was eating everything I should be (lots of greens, no sugar, no caffeine, no meat, no dairy) and exercising…there were still two things I was not taking care of….my mind and my colon. Brenda did a great job in explaining the importance of having a healthy colon and why you should care how important your mind can be. Now looking at my struggles going into a raw foods diet it all makes sense. Since I have struggled with constipation my whole life (my core problem) everything I was eating was just getting recirculating back into my blood stream…therefore the problem remains. Then my mind would come in and I would say things to myself like, “I will never go to the bathroom,” “I will always have ugly skin,” “I will never get better.”
Hello Michelle!!! No wonder my body kept fighting me…I was not doing the one thing to help it…cleaning out my colon. Brenda mentioned how this is one subject no one talks about….they are to embarrassed, which was exactly my problem. All growing up I did not want to tell people my problems, so I become depressed! I believe things happen for a reason, so reading Brenda’s book came to me at the right time, because I was just getting to a point of getting into deep depression again but this book re-focused me.
Now back to present, Lori and I have come to realize our problems still a issue due to eating mostly a 100% raw diet lately. So we have decided to do another “cleanse” to finish up our detox and finally clean out. But this time do it right! We learned a lot from talking with Ani, Anthony, Philip, Karen, Tim and Courtney at the live and learn event. They each shared with us some tips, so we ready to give it a go…DETOX! In addition we have also talked with friends and nutritionist…I have seen doctors and no one could tell me what was wrong with me, so I pretty much decided I will figure it out! And my gut tells me I am getting close to healing : ) finally.
But before I begin on what we plan to do for our detox, Lori and I want to share our story of how we came across raw foods and why we love it. Please keep in mind this is our experience, our struggles…everyone will and has experienced detox differently! In our past cleanses we thought we were doing it right, but we have learned we were not doing everything!! It is important to work with someone as you journey into this lifestyle, since everyone will be doing it for their own reasons, you need to make sure you are doing the right things to heal your body! If you need help please contact us, firstname.lastname@example.org and we can recommend some great people that we have recently come across.
The reasons Lori and I are embarking on this cleanse is for these reasons:
These 3 issues have been health problems we have dealt ever since we were really young. Now a lot of raw transformations we have read have been around other health issues like weight loss, IBS, Crohns disease, cancer, diabetes. Hearing all these inspiring stories really gave us hope that we too can be cured because to tell you the truth I am sick of feeling tired, sad, bloated, blocked-up (both mentally and physically). Lori and I struggled finding others who had similar issues because most blogs/research we were finding were related to weight loss and other health issues. Not many talked about acne, depression, constipation, and detox for that matter.
As we were reading one of our favorite blogs, Susan from Rawmazing, she just discussed her issue with what the typical raw foodie is supposed to look like. Well I can tell you I am not, neither Lori and I feel we look like raw foodies. Now we are fortunate not to have weight issues, I would not call us skinny, just in shape (which we work hard at) but we do not have the glowing beautiful skin and abundance of energy….although we know we can achieve this over time.We believe raw foods is the way we will nourish our bodies back to health.
Why do we have to have labels on everything? Why do we have to feel like we have to look like someone else? Why do we let society pressure us to think we have to be a certain way?
We are all different…we are all unique…frankly, if we all looked the same it would be very boring. We feel everyone should be supporting one another and wish the best for someone as they conquer the task they set out to attain…instead of judging or creating unnecessary drama.
Whew…okay enough of my rambling…our story will be continued….
I did end up having a pretty good day. I managed to get a 3 mile run in, did my laundry, cleaned the place, went grocery shopping and ate a glorious dinner
Time to get some more work done.
Till next time,
Michelle and Lori