Ok folks - I know I'm a bit unusual compared to most people on this site but by committing to this blog I'm hoping to get the support I need to keep me on the raw food track and quit the fags!
A bit of background first - I'm 51, live in the UK, been married for 25 years, got 2 grown up kids who don't live at home and now am a foster mum looking after a lovely little girl at present. I've always been into heath and fitness so fortunately my diet has always been high in fruit and veg and almost all meals have been home cooked rather than fast foods or take aways. I started running in the late '80's and did my first marathon in 1992 and have done 5 so far with loads of 1/2 marathons and 10k's.
My raw journey has been progressing since 2005 when I first heard of it but is far from ideal. The was little info available back then and it was either sprouting or gourmet stuff involving hours of dehydrating to make replicas of the food I didn't eat anyway!
In November 2009 I went to the doctors with stomach pains and didn't get home until 3 weeks later - the surgeons found a mass and removed half my colon - I was finally diagnosed with Crohn's Disease after 6 months and tried to eat raw following Dr David Klein's method for this disease but most raw food made me sick-and lots of cooked stuff too but I ate what I could and when I finally got the correct medication this year I was able to increase the amount of raw food I ate gradually.
Until last week I ate mostly raw all day but was neither veggie or vegan and ate whatever I was feeding my hubby and foster daughter because it was easier for me and I couldn't think of things to prepare for myself - lazy really. The food I ate wasn't SAD in the high fat fast food way and was as healthy as it could be - lots of veg, grilled meat etc. and I gave up alcohol 6 weeks ago, and I am training for 2 more marathons next year.
Something clicked this week and I've eaten almost entirely raw only picking at a couple of bits of the family's meals, I also still love a good old English cup of tea with milk but it's worth it at the moment if it keeps me eating all raw. The next big step for me is to give up smoking - it's proving tougher than the food or alcohol. I know all about the bad stuff - credit me with that please - but it's proving hard. I can't take the medication stuff for it, I tried and it made me suicidal, the patches and other nicotine replacements don't work for me - I take the patches off or just decide to have a fag instead of sucking a lozenge.
I'm going to a raw food gathering tomorrow organised by Dr Doug himself so am hoping to gain even more inspiration and motivation from that :-) My hope is that soon I can post that I haven't had any cigarettes today and have been 100% raw and getting pb's for all my runs (I'm up to 8 miles now).
Thanks for reading, Denise