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30-day challenge to stay 100% LFRV - Part 3

On June 18 I started a 30-day challenge to stay 100% LFRV.

My problem is this: after doing 811 for 2.5 years, I can't tolerate any cooked food. The slightest indulgence in even the best cooked vegan food (rice, steamed veggies, etc.) gives me a terribly painful reaction. I get these intense pains in the intestines about 4 hours after the meal, and sometimes they keep me up most of the night. This must stop!


When I'm at home, everything is fine - easy to stay 100% raw. It's the social and work situations that cause problems, usually due to lack of proper planning. So I have written a plan of action for the next time I will eat a meal out, which boils down to bringing a cooler with plenty of fruit and a green smoothie. 


Days 12-17 were uneventful until last night.

Our meditation group has a vegetarian potluck dinner once a month, and my wife I came prepared with a large bag of fruit, along with another large bag of romaine leaves and a few other lfrv items. The problem happened with someone's mango and spinach salad, which looked great, but had some olive oil in it. Even after I realized this, I still continued to eat it because it tasted so good. This was not a major deviation, and didn't cause any stomach pains.

However, it taught me a lesson - you need to be prepared mentally in addition to being prepared with your own food.

My plan is to continue reading as much as I can about the problems associated with eating cooked food. Richard Blackman's article continues to be an inspiration. Victoria Boutenko's book 12 Steps to Raw Foods: How to End Your Dependency on Cooked Food is another excellent source. While I would not follow her specific dietary recommendations, her information about the addictive nature of cooked food is excellent.

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Comment by magicreative on July 7, 2011 at 6:28am
Wow - That Richard Blackman article was great - very down to earth and inspiring.  I just saw his before and after pics on another thread - the guy is buff -
Comment by Windlord on July 6, 2011 at 6:55am
Agreed on Vic's 12 steps.  One of the few resources out there that deals at all with the mental side of this lifestyle.  As you say, dietary specifics aside, it's well worthy of bookshelf space.


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