I created this blog, Simple, Raw and Natural, to share with others in my journey towards a more simple, natural lifestyle. I don't want to focus on illness so just a short history. My raw food journey began about five years ago when I became ill. My illness, like most illnesses, was never diagnosed, but I did receive many prescriptions for symptoms. I only became sicker. I made three trips to the emergency room. The last time I stopped at the emergency room on my way home from work because I had a sensation of not being able to swallow. It was very frightening. I realized that the hospital personnel didn't know how to help me, so I got up and went home. I began to look for an alternative in earnest. I prayed for a solution, and the next morning I had a strong impression..."Get out your Fit for Life books". So that is where I started.
At this time, I was too sick to go to work, so my dear husband, Travis, stopped at Walmart and got me the most expensive juicer they had. I began to juice fruit in the mornings and vegetables in the evening. The first night I fixed the carrot-beet-celery cocktail within twenty minutes I felt like I might could get well. I was able to sit up on the couch for a few minutes before going back to bed. That juicer only lasted a few weeks. Then I upgraded to an Omega. Now I use a Breville.
I began to look for Natural Hygiene practitioners to help me find a way to get better. In the course of time, I found Dr. John Fielder who has a healing retreat near Cairns, Australia. I flew to Houston and met John in 2007 when he was lecturing there. In 2008, I began to study the Lifestyle Consultant's Course in Natural Living that he teaches. Even though I was eating healthier than anyone else I knew, I again got very sick. At this time, I began to consult with Dr. Fielder on a weekly basis. His suggestions to me were the following:
Eat only raw foods. Drink only water. Be outside in the fresh air every day. Walk everyday if possible. Be in the sunshine everyday. Avoid all stress. Pray and/or meditate and expect to be healed.
For almost a full year, I followed this prescription as nearly as I could. And, I began to get better.
So that's enough of talking about the sickness....Let's talk about the journey to simple, raw and natural.
I am having a terrible time with my knees. I feel like bones in my legs are broken. It all started because I want to get fit before I go to Australia in June to Dr. Fielder's farm. So I started trying to do the Couch to 5K program. About midway through the second week, my knees began to hurt. At first, I tried to push through the pain, but finally realized this wasn't working for me. Then I switched to the Pedometer program and walked 5k one day. But right now I am totally out of commission. Somehow I have injured my knees and ankle. I'm serious about thinking the bones are broken. Will bones split? That's what it feels like.
My food for today was yummy. For lunch I juiced oranges and mixed the orange juice and chopped pineapple in the Vita-Mix. Orange-Pineapple Juice. I also made a recipe that I got from Megan Elizabeth on her YouTube Channel. She called it "Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal", but it doesn't have any oatmeal in it. It is 4 cups of chopped apples, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 2 pitted dates, and 1/4 cup raw almonds. Pulse it a few time in the food processor until it is chopped up good. Top it with a couple of bananas creamed in the the Vita-Mix. You can use frozen bananas, but my bananas were not frozen. This made enough for me and Travis both. Thumbs up on this one.
For supper we had a Green Juice recipe I got from Dan McDonald. From the garden I got parsley, cilantro, dill, and kale. From the store I got lemon, lime, turmeric, hot pepper, cucumber, broccoli and asparagus. I juiced it all in the Breville. Spicy hot but really good. Travis liked it, too.
I'm also trying to be more conscious of the plastics we throw away. Now that I have learned about the huge Pacific Ocean garbage dump full of our plastic garbage I can hardly stand to get another plastic bag. No longer can I buy water in plastic bottles. Even trying to avoid plastic, it's impossible to avoid it completely. It is EVERYWHERE! I am carrying my bags to the store now and looking for products that aren't packaged in plastic. I ordered bar soap to wash dishes with once my Dawn is gone. I received the paper wrapped bars in a cardboard box with PLASTIC bubble wrap inside the box. Go figure. I have also ordered shampoo that comes in a bar. I've gone back to buying dishwasher detergent in a cardboard box. And Travis got me a pencil sharpener at a garage sale, so I can use wooden pencils. I still have a bunch of plastic pencils and pens. I'm thinking when we have lunch at church that I will have to stop eating on the Styrofoam plates and stop using the plastic ware. It's crazy.