I wanted to share alittle of my journey over the last two years as I hope it will encourage and strengthen people who will (as part of life on earth) have to deal with life's "challenges".
The last time I was raw vegan for any significant length of time was 2010. Over the last two years I have had time to step back, re-assess and reflect on different areas of my life. One of those areas is diet and lifestyle. I realize now that the LFRV way is the best one that I know in terms of overall health. One major mistake i was making in the past was not including enough greens in my diet. I believe this contributed to my strong urge for salt. I tried to use celery to combat it and it appeared to work for awhile but soon it was not enough. I really love greens when they are cooked but cannot stand them raw. But now as I am preparing to go back to 100% raw I realize I must take the attitude of greens as medicine. Medicine is not usually thought of as something that is pleasant to the taste, but nevertheless, necessary. I have targeted baby spinach and romaine as my greens of choice to eat plain and kale and mature spinach for green smoothies.
In the past I did raw for stretches of time purposely. In 2010 i was 100% raw for about 7-8 months, but that included some gourmet salads that in retrospect I feel set me up to fall. In 2009 I did 100% raw for 7 months with 100% fresh fruit. I felt my highest level of health then but the lack of sufficient greens did me in (in my opinion). I have a strong addiction to fats that I feel the LFRV way will greatly aid me in overcoming. This time I plan on partaking heavily of fresh greens daily and I do not want to use any condiments at all.
By way of background, I have been married for 28 years and have 4 children (ages range from 32 to 17) and 2 grandchildren (8 and 4). I had run my own financial services business from 1995 to 2010. I supported my wife and children (the oldest got his own place in 1998) as my wife was a stay at home mother and we home-schooled our children. I am a devoted follower of Jesus of Nazareth.
In 2010, my business, which had been on a steady decline from 2006, finally collapsed. It was good in a sense that I knew it was obviously time to move on. But in the interim we lost our home to foreclosure and up to this present time, are homeless. We are fortunate that we have very loving christian brethren who have temporarily opened their home to us as we seek our next move.
I went from making a six-figure income to making whatever donations our ministry produced (Raw Remnant Ministry was founded in 2004) which is small enough to make us eligible for food stamps. Quite an economic descent I must say. It takes a steady source of income to be 100% raw with a family of five and we just did not have it.
Not that I did not see the writing on the wall. It was about 2009 that I knew we would eventually lose the house. So after prayer and council with my beloved wife, it was decided that I would get an advanced degree and join an establised company. The good thing about being real poor is that I was able to get the full amount of financial aid for school as did my son and daughter, who both started their freshman years at state universities. Also was I was able to pay to have them both get CNA training which has been invaluble to help them keep alittle money in their pockets.
So I went back and got a second bachelors degree (applied math) and will be doing an executive MBA (hopefully with University of North Carolina) online. I have applied for 60+ positions since the beginning of May and I have some good prospects. I hope to be working by July, which is why I am planning a return to 100% raw by August (if not before).
During the last two years I have went raw for very small spurts as we could afford enough fruit for everybody. We bought things that would last and be economical, life large quantites of rice, beans and flour to make bread. We used potatoes and oatmeal heavily as well. Usually no more than a few days to a week at a time. I tried to make sure I had at least one all fruit meal per day (which I usually was able to do thank the Lord). I have been able to step it up a bit more since May. I have had two 6 day stretches of 100% raw and at this present time I am seeking to get 1000-1500 calories per day from raw fruit. This has been tough for all of us but the grace of our Lord has kept us and we have grown much from the experience.
Of the positions that I am in the running for, all of them will require re-location to another part of the U.S. We are excited about that as this offers us a new start and a clean break from the recent trials. I have begun to scout out wholesale fruit places and asian markets as part of our preparation. I wanted to share a couple of the scriptures (of many) that kept me strong and gave me hope during this period.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
All human beings on earth will deal with the challenges of life. If we can accept these challenges as part of life and embrace and learn from them, we can be greater blessings to humanity. I hope this is the result with me.