I have now been on my remarkable journey for almost 5 years which begun quite by accident at age 53. So how did I get here? Let’s backtrack twenty-five years or so . . .
As women in our society, we are told by doctors to do as follows:
2. Add whole grains to your diet. It is known to ward of chronic diseases and help maintain an ideal weight.
3. Eat soy to lower cholesterol, calm hot flashes, prevent breast and prostate cancer, aid in weight loss and to ward off osteoporosis.
4. Eat lean protein such as chicken, pork and lean meats.
5. Eat beans and legumes – another great form of protein.
6. Reduce fat
7. Reduce processed sugar
8. Reduce alcohol
9. Reduce sodium
10. Keep moving
11. Drink lots of water
So I followed the rules.
Breakfast consisted of whole grain toast and full-fruit jam and a cup of coffee. Sometimes it was eggs with whole grain toast. Sometimes it was hot cereal. Heartburn and lethargy usually followed along with being hungry two hours later and on the search for something to eat.
I constantly suffered from heartburns, migraines, gas and was always exhausted. I didn’t get it! I was eating healthy. I was following the guidelines for the Standard American Diet. I worked out constantly. Yet I was gaining weight and absolutely miserable.
Then at age 50 everything tailspun out of control. I had so much pain in my knees and in my joints. I couldn’t get up from chairs without moaning. I couldn’t walk up the stairs that I always bolted up without getting exhausted. If I dropped something on the floor and bent to pick it up – I couldn’t get back up. My blood pressure was rising. Doctors told me that I had arthritis and that this is all “just part of aging”.
Hadn’t Slept in 3 Years!
I hadn’t slept in 3 years. The pain in my knees kept me up. I would toss and turn. They’d feel fine for 3 minutes and then the pain would start again. I lived on Advil and lathered on China Gel.
What happened was my migraines were gone. My bloating was gone. The pain in my gut and joints were gone. My energy level soared. I could bolt up those stairs again. I could get out of my seat without moaning. I could drop things and bend down and get back up. I could workout for an hour straight without getting winded, beat red and having to stop for water. I slept through the night! I was happy again! And it showed.
Raw is Born!
Eventually, I became certified in “Uncooking” . Everywhere I went, people kept asking me what I was doing? I looked so healthy and happy. Of course they all thought I was crazy when I told them that I eat RAW foods. Their curiosity led to so many questions and then to them asking for advice, recipes and ideas. So that’s when I decided to create a website where I could post my hints, tips and recipes to and direct them to that. And that’s how Rejuvenation And Wellness – RAW was born!
The Journey Continues!
I continue to learn about eating a whole food plant-based diet. I do inform people that I do not eat a 100% RAW diet. I eat an 80/20 diet. Eighty percent RAW and 20% my choice and usually only after 6 p.m. or dinner. I still like to keep my choices plant-based but it could be cooked. I will include fish in dinner if I feel like it. And on a rare occasion that I am at a party or dinner and only meat is served – if that meat is “calling my name” and I have to try it – I will. No guilt involved. If I eat something that includes one of the “no” foods or decide to have a cocktail – I know that night or the next day, I will have some sort of headache or heartburn. My choice. My decision. No guilt. It works for me.
As I continue to experiment with new recipes, new products, new workouts, new ideas – I will post them to share. Many times I use other RAW Chef’s recipes in my own home and I like to share those as well. Why not use a recipe that’s already been tried and tested! And if it comes out delicious – I love to share it with other people. I always give credit to the Chef or author! It’s a win-win situation!
So I hope you enjoy what you see. If you have something you would like to share – a recipe, a book, a product, a workout, your story, your journey – feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free leave a comment below!
Looking forward to sharing our journeys!!