Cleaning out

by Lori and Michelle on October 6, 2009

Hey everyone,

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.

water, granny smith apples, hemp oil, lemon, lots of swiss chard, basil, turmeric, and stevia

water, granny smith apples, hemp oil, lemon, lots of swiss chard, basil, turmeric, and stevia

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 hereWe 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, 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:

1. acne/breakouts

2. depression

3. constipation

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

Kale, dandelion leaves, avocado, herb crackers, nutritional yeast with a creamy tahini dressing

Kale, dandelion leaves, avocado, herb crackers, nutritional yeast with a creamy tahini dressing

Time to get some more work done.

Till next time,

Michelle and Lori

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike Lieberman October 6, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Great post. Everybody is different. Learn what’s worked for others and find out what will work for you.

All the best.

Pure2 October 6, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Thanks Mike!! We know we can always rely on you for support : )

Katy October 6, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Thanks for your post. Your honesty is inspiring. I am glad you decided to share. Good luck on your detox. I look forward to reading the rest of your story.

Rawmazing October 6, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Way to go girls. I know what you mean. I thought long and hard before I put up that post but I was just tired. So glad you liked it. Love yours!

gina (fitnessista) October 6, 2009 at 8:41 pm

for the record, you two girls are GORGEOUS and definitely look like raw foodies to me 😀
and you know i’m super interested in this detox. can’t wait to see which one you do and how it works
miss you!!!!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 6, 2009 at 11:01 pm

I wish you both the best on finding solutions that make you feel healthy!

GirlonRaw October 7, 2009 at 5:42 am

Great post gals. I know what you mean about looking like a raw foodie. One of my main reasons for going high raw was my skin and lack of energy, I have had moderate success but I am still learning too, so I look forward to seeing what you girls come up with. Welcome home :)

Chocolate-Covered Katie October 7, 2009 at 7:20 am

Thanks so so much for your sweet comment on my blog. I’m glad you found me… because now I found you! :)


Lori October 7, 2009 at 9:28 am

It has been said, but Great post!! 😉
I would love to share the journey with you two! I also eat mainly raw, and have struggled with constipation my whole life. I have also struggled with weight issues since I was about 5… and finally loosing 50 lbs when I was in high school. I was anorexic for a long time but raw food has helped me regain health. I love food now and eating raw has allowed me to eat what I want (raw, living, healthy foods) and not feel bad about it. I have done colonics a few times and have had positive results. I have would love to cleanse with you twins! I’m sure a lot of readers would! Can’t wait! Keep bloggin! :)


Katie October 7, 2009 at 11:53 am

AWWWWWWWWWw that salad (and green smoothie) looks KILLER

elizabeth October 7, 2009 at 3:55 pm

you two are beautiful and DO have that raw glow! but i’m interested in hearing more about your detox-i’ve been wanting to do one for awhile and am thinking after my marathon would be a good time. i’m still afraid of colonics though-i don’t think i will include any sort of enema in my first detox!
good luck and thank you for your frank discussion!

Kasie@~The Art of Life October 7, 2009 at 7:30 pm

I truly appreciate your honesty. I think you both look healthy and amazing. I’m very interested in learning more about cleansing and detox so I’ll be following along with you two.

Pure2 October 7, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Thanks Kasie!!

Pure2 October 7, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Thanks girl, ya it is probably best to wait till after your race!!

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