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rawrachel
20 June 2013 @ 01:33 pm
Four years ago I was mostly vegan and vegetarian.
In the spring of 2009 I found out I was severely B12 deficient.
I immediately began hardcore supplementation for two months,
and I'm glad I did because immediately afterward I became pregnant with my first child.
My pregnancy was full of aches and pains. I ate a vegetarian diet, with cheese and dairy and lots of wheat
and lots of Mexican foods. I craved cheesey, gooey, milk-shake like things, and I let myself have whatever I was craving within reason.
I gained 85lbs.
I believe perhaps that was a bit overkill.
I nursed my son for 16 months, several weeks into my second pregnancy with my daughter.
Right before I became pregnant with her I started eating meat again.
I broke 15 years of vegetarianism with organic buffalo steak on a beautiful organic salad.
It was exactly what my body needed.
I am still nursing my daughter, she is 14 months old.

This past December my husband and I, under the supervision of our doctor, <b>gave up wheat, dairy, corn, soy and sugar</b> and stopped eating anything remotely processed. Though now on occasion we'll eat brown rice pasta, for awhile we weren't even doing that.
We have stuck to this more or less, and our children have experienced great amounts of vitality on this whole foods diet.
We eat eggs, some organic meats, we make bone broth often, eat goat dairy on occasion, some rice and other heritage grains, and we never limit ourselves on the amount of fresh produce that we can eat, and are growing a garden to supplement our need for organic greens.

As I am contemplating my own health, I have been brought back to the importance of enzymes and micronutrients in my diet,
and have looked at the overarching problem I've had in my diet with grains and sugar.

At this point I am attempting to eat a high-raw diet with a few weekly eggs and monthly raw fish.
I feel like when I am totally done having babies and breastfeeding that I would be open to being raw vegan again.
I wonder how other people's health journeys have played out, what with baby-having shaking things up!
 
 
rawrachel
04 January 2009 @ 07:03 pm
Okay, so a few days in I realized how insanely hard it would be to write down everything I ate, considering how badly I've been eating lately. Since 2009 is supposed to be a year of honesty and self-improvement, and not even a week in I'm still starting and ending my days with junk food, I've decided to document EVERYTHING I eat every day in a small journal, and I'll post it here weekly. I'm only three days in, so I'll get back to you when I've got more to write.

I'm going to have to start praying to Our Lady of Perpetual Health...
 
 
rawrachel
05 August 2008 @ 03:25 pm
Made a make-shift bubble tea by pouring coconut water into a tall glass, and then pouring in frozen blueberries. Krysta called last week to say that 7-11 has giant metal straws for a dollah so I bought a couple and felt like a genius drinking a lovely summer beverage.

Checked my carrots this morning, they're growing slow but steady. I'm grabbing a bag of organic fertilizer later on....

I almost forgot this journal was here.

I've been thinking of watermelon all week, I need my fix...
 
 
rawrachel
15 May 2008 @ 05:46 pm
Steven is still carrying on with the juice feast,
planning on breaking it on Friday night with a raw thai curry. I am happy to forage the internets for a good recipe so wish me luck.

I am not hungry for some reason.

And my cravings do not seem real.

I craved something sweet and bought coconut date rolls,
but after one bite I wasn't interested.

I'm not sure what my deal is. But I feel comfortable and that's what's important.
I ate a few violets today on a walk,
and was reminded of eating them as a child,
your entire face feels like perfume.

It's beautiful!
 
 
rawrachel
14 May 2008 @ 12:07 pm
Last night I decided that I had jumped into my juice feasting too quickly, without enough preparation time. (Especially considering this is the week before my scheduled period) The first day was so wonderful however, that I'm taking it apon myself to do a weekly juice feast, for a higher amount of detoxification and internal stress-release! I noticed when I stopped the feast and had a very small slice of raw sprouted Manna Bread with half an avocado, I felt some cramping in my belly. I will continue to eat light meals to avoid any further cramping, for the best digestion. I have been drinking the lemonade from the Master Cleanse, because I really enjoy the taste, and I value the way that it makes me feel.

I've also decided from this valuable experience that I would like to drink a green smoothie every day. The energy I get from just one glass is amazing.
 
 
 
rawrachel
13 May 2008 @ 02:11 pm
So today is day 2 of my week long juice-cleanse. Steven and I both are eating nothing but blended fruits and vegetables this week, excluding bananas, coconuts and avocados (I know, the good ones) for maximum detoxification. We've been playing around with flavors, but mostly are trying to get every color in every day. I've read that if you try to get a fruit or vegetable of every color in your diet every day, that you'll be reaping the benefits of the phytochemicals that each of those fruits and veggies have (and I believe it's the phytochemicals that give fruits and veggies their individual pigments?).

Anyway, I've been having an issue with yellow, since organic bell peppers have been a bit expensive lately, but I drink a lot of lemon water so that counts I think :)

I feel really insanely good, refreshed, and light.
I hope I feel this way in a few days.
If I do, I might stick to juice/blends for another week.

I've been reading a lot of books including my two favorites 12 Steps to Raw Foods by Victoria Boutenko, as well as the aforementioned Raw Food Factor by Susan Schenk. It's really an excellent read, and quite a huge book, which is what I've been wanting. I love reading almost as much as I love fruit.

Hurrah for juice!
 
 
rawrachel
08 May 2008 @ 10:18 am


this is hilarious.
 
 
rawrachel
07 May 2008 @ 02:22 pm
I have been really hard on myself lately, especially concerning what I eat.
A friend of mine called me yesterday, just to say, [life is a journey, and our journey to self-betterment is a process of slowly becoming who we want to be. It doesn't happen overnight.]

It's true you know.
 
 
rawrachel
01 May 2008 @ 12:53 pm




Mmmmmm. Carryin' a jar full of raw goodness.

Coconut water, a splash of almond milk, strawberries, blueberies, two figs, cacao, gojis.

YUM.