On June 18 I started a 30-day challenge to stay 100% LFRV, and yesterday was 30 days.
I basically did it, except for one very minor slip-up. It happened at a pot luck I attended on the 4th of July, where I enjoyed a large portion of a spinach-mango salad with too much olive oil.
The reason for this challenge is after doing 811 for 2.5 years, I can't tolerate cooked food at all anymore. It tastes great going down, but then there is a very severe reaction about 4 hours later.
Unfortunately I still have a lingering addiction to cooked food, and I realized it's going to take a major effort to overcome the addiction. The amazing thing is that for the first 2 years of 811, I stayed 100% with only a few very minor exceptions.
The problem only started at the beginning of this year with a work situation, where I was expected to join with my colleagues for meals. It turns out my addiction to cooked food was just lying dormant - all it needed was encouragement from my colleagues, who were all too willing to see me break my raw food diet.
The last 30 days, however, were relatively easy, since I'm in my slow season for work right now, and there were only a couple of work or social situations to deal with. So for now I'm concentrating on staying 100% LFRV and also building myself up mentally for when things get busy again.
Here's one last quote from Richard Blackman's article Cooked Foods-The Real Weapons of Mass Destruction! (thank you Richard!):
" . . .if there’s one thing I’ve learned is that cooked food never gives, it always takes, so while you may be thinking that your getting away with it so far, it’s going to bring you down, maybe not now or tomorrow but it will bring you down eventually way before your time."