If your experience is like mine, you grew up eating hot dogs, boxed cereal, grilled cheese sandwiches, and such. In my family, we got Shipley's donuts every Sunday and had Fizzies to drink with our meals. I loved them, but I don't think they loved me back. Fizzies Drink
Even as a child, my body was reacting to this diet. When I was nine years old, I was in the hospital with something that some called pneumonia and some called consumption. I was sick for a whole summer and was given massive doses of antibiotics. My body would erupt with boils which we called risons, and once with a carbuncle on my lip.
During my teen years, I had other dietary issues as my mom struggled to feed us on a waitress salary in our small southern town. During this time, we survived on partly southern cooking, partly Cokes and peanuts, and partly doing without.
But it was as I got older that the accumulation of uneliminated toxins began to manifest as disease. The doctors never gave a name to my symptoms, but they were legion. I had lower back pain and a stiff neck for months. I could not sleep. I had plantar fasciitis. At various times I would have symptoms of a heart attack, but when I would go to the emergency room my heart was okay. I had a sensation of not being able to swallow. A twitch developed in my eye. My kidney hurt. I had no energy. I was taking drugs for the symptoms, and I was getting worse every day.
My story turned around in the emergency room one day as I lay there, unable to breathe or swallow. The doctor was not any help at all. My daughter had arrived and was sitting with me. I told her, "They don't know". I told the doctor I was better and perhaps the sensation of not being able to swallow was from a medication I was taking. I left the hospital that day and have not been back to the doctor since then for anything other than blood tests. And that is when I began in earnest to look for alternatives.
One particular night when I felt like my kidney would rupture and I would die, I prayed for wisdom to know what to do. The answer came in the form of a strong thought the next morning, "Get out your Fit for Life books. I found both of my books, Fit For Life and Fit For Life II, and began to read. I bought a juicer and changed my diet. I also began looking for a Natural Hygiene practitioner via the internet which led me to Dr. John Fielder, who runs the Clohesy River Health Farm near Cairns, Australia. I have now studied with Dr. Fielder for several years and have interned at his farm for five months.
I sincerely want to help people. If you have a disease, and you are eating a normal American diet, then going low fat vegan will help you improve. If you don't get the results you want then you will need to increase the percentage of low fat raw vegan food. 80% raw is a good percentage to aim for, but if you still have problems you will have to raise that percentage even higher.
Some people make the mistake of going raw but fall into the trap of using too many fats. I have done that myself. You can make delicious, exotic raw food using bases made of nuts and seeds and coconuts and avocados. But for optimal healing, the holy grail is low fat high carb raw vegan. If you want to heal from chronic diseases, including autoimmune disorders, this will give you the best chance of success.
It takes some time. It took the disease many years to manifest with chronic symptoms, and it will take time to eliminate it. But the good news is that you will begin to improve immediately.
I will be sharing some menu plans and recipes with you, although, I do not like to make exotic, complicated raw dishes. For everyday, I usually eat about the same thing everyday, but for our raw food potlucks I like to make something special. I will share those recipes, too.
Don't give up. There is a way to be better. Fruits and vegetables are everywhere. You can order a big salad at the restaurant and tell them specifically what you want on it.
Start where you are and don't worry about comparing yourself to where someone else is on their journey. This is your journey to walk out for yourself. You can change your diet and lifestyle and change your life. No question about it. You have to change your thought patterns and your lifestyle or you won't change at all. All the talk about gradual change and transitional dieting is just a smoke screen for procrastination. You either change now or you don't change at all. The possibilities are here and now, not in the future. So let's do it!
|Walking the dog. Walking is good exercise which is crucial for healing.
To health and happiness.