After a long time on 100% raw and 100% organic, I fell into some major financial issues. Fortunately, I have a wonderful family who was willing to help me out with feeding myself and my son. Unfortunately, they can barely afford food for themselves, so we have had to settle for less than optimal food choices (always vegan, always gluten free, always natural and homemade, no junk!). After just a few days of eating conventional produce instead of the usual local organic, I am now sick for the first time in a very long while (since I had a tb test closer to the beginning of my raw journey, which made me incredibly ill) and have had a headache for four days straight! (I was exposed to a sick kid, but I usually don't catch anything). After eating cooked potatoes, I don't feel my usual vibrant self, but instead feel tired and sluggish.
This experience has truly been a blessing in disguise. When we feel so wonderful all of the time, we tend to forget what it feels like to feel anything other than great. I ate a jack fruit the next day and felt AMAZING :) I had more energy than ever and I was actually able to really appreciate it because I had again experienced what it felt like to NOT feel as great as I am used to.
This is a reminder to everyone who struggles to stay raw or can't afford it or has a slip up every now and again. Don't beat yourself up, LEARN from your experiences, LISTEN to your body, and make your next meal a meal that makes your body feel great! Without the downs, there are no ups, so every time you trip, stumble or fall, just pick yourself back up and keep climbing. Use it as an opportunity to learn from your mistakes and allow it to remind yourself just how beautiful the view is from the top of the mountain.