Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sunshine on an otherwise Dreary Day!

I had a delightful afternoon despite the dreay weather. Nature's Corner Market in Marietta offered an "Intro to Raw Foods" class presented by Sunshine Boatright, Holistic Autism Consultant and Advocate who helps families that have children with autism and ADHD.

I wish I had brought my camera as there was a really nice turnout, we had a great time and we got to enjoy some awesome treats. Although I have been raw for almost three years, there were several things that I did not have the inclination to try, such as "Almond Mylk." Well, today I had an opportunity to try it and man-oh-man, was it delicious ... and SO EASY to make too! I'm thrilled, because now when I have my raw oatmeal, I can use almond mylk instead of apple juice. I also learned how to easily open a young coconut. In the past, I've always purchased the brown "hairy" ones and what a challenge to open. With my new found knowledge, I came home with two young coconuts and I'm eager to make my almond mylk and superfood shake! :D

We also got to watch Sunshine make (and then we got to sample) a Banana-Split Chocolate Shake, a Green Smoothie (which I have often, but it was nice to have someone else make it for a change), and a Superfood Shake which was out of this world! And finally, to top it off, Sunshine treated us to her raw truffles ... to die for!!

It was great to meet her and I am so looking forward to future events.

Speaking of raw oatmeal, I enjoyed a fabulous raw breakfast yesterday which consisted of raw oatmeal and a green smoothie.

The Smoothie is Kale and Pineapple with a little bit of water. The oatmeal consists of uncooked whole oats, walnut, sunflower seeds, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, golden raisins and apple juice. YUMMM!!

Okay gotta go make my Almond Mylk now. I was so excited about the class that I wanted to blog about it.

To life!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

UTI Blues...

For the past week, I have been wrestling with a Urinary Tract Infection and have been feeling down and out. However, during the times where I wasn't uncomfortable, I experimented with sprouting buckwheat!

This is what my "sprout system" looks like:

This is what buckwheat looks like after two days of rinsing and draining:

I'm excited about my sprouts! Now I'm going to turn them into "Energy Flat Bread" as a base for my raw pizza! Woooohoooo!!
I also discovered a natural way to relieve the discomfort of UTI's .... pour the equivalent of a shot glass of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (such as Braggs) into a 16.5 oz. bottle of water and drink up. I drank half the bottle and felt immediate relief, so much so that I was able to sleep through the night. YES!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ode to Oats

I was researching oats to see if "Quaker Old Fashioned Rolled Oats" can be considered "raw" and came across this little ditty at that cracked me up ...

A Counsel On Oats...
A tough, old cowboy once counseled his grandson that if he wanted to live a long life, the secret was to sprinkle a pinch of gunpowder on his oatmeal every morning.
The grandson did this religiously and lived to the age of 110.
He left four children, 20 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, 10 great great grandchildren and a 50 foot hole where the crematorium used to be.

Anyway, the "Former Fat Guy" says "The fact is that you can add rolled oats into water that is no hotter than 110 degrees and they will still be considered "raw", i.e. a live food with all it's enzymes intact to aid in digestion and nutritional assimilation." Perfect, exactly what I wanted to know.

My breakfast this morning consisted of a bowl of uncooked rolled oats with the juice of 1-1/2 apples poured over the oats. Then I added blueberries, strawberries, grapes, walnuts and sunflower seeds. MMmmmmmm…..sooooo good.

If you want to read an amazing story about losing weight, you've got to read Rob Cooper's story at and be sure to check out his before and after photos. Whooa!!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Rawesome Dinner

It's been a long time since I made raw dishes. I had a blast today making Papaya Banana pudding which was so easy it was ridiculous. I've dubbed it Papanana Pudding.

Then I made Raw Chili which everyone loved. Finally I made a Date-Nut Torte which also went over quite well. I just love it when SAD-eaters enjoy the raw dishes I make. Below is a photo of today's delicacies.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Weekend Pitfalls

My husband and I attended a couples retreat this Friday and Saturday through our church. The lodge restaurant offered a seafood buffet on Friday night and I am proud to announce that I had a salad which consisted of romaine lettuce, a cherry tomato and some mushrooms. All raw... yeeeha!! Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my "raw dressing" so I had to choose from what they had which wasn't much. I chose 1000 Island and no, it's not raw.

Saturday was a different story. I wasn't as successful. They had a breakfast bar and the first thing I spotted was granola and yogurt. So I scooped two spoonfuls of granola into a bowl and grabbed a container of strawberry yogurt. A little further down the bar was fresh pineapple and cantaloupe ... Yummm. I scooped enough to cover two-thirds of my plate, BUT then I added about 2 Tablespoons of scrambled eggs and then about 2 more Tablespoons of home fries!!! OHHH NOOOO!!! It got worse after that. I should never have put cooked food in my mouth because when I got back to the table, I had two peppermint patties and a white chocolate truffle!

Since getting back home Saturday afternoon, I've been 90% raw, but today ... . The 10% of cooked food that I've been eating is really messing with me. For example, today I had Chicken Corn Chowder for lunch ... DAIRY!!! UGH. I tried to make up for that by having a nice big salad with a dressing of flaxseed oil, lemon juice, sea salt and pepper. But hubby went to Zaxby's and brought home chicken tenders for himself and I ate about 10 of his fries! NOT GOOD! I have had a burning sensation in my esophagus ever since. So I ate an orange which settled the heart burn down for a little while. Then I had some dates and walnuts and a bottle of water.

Tomorrow we are going grocery shopping and I can't wait to get a bunch of fruits and veggies. I just got a new book by Frederic Patenaude called Instant Raw Sensations and I'm eager to try out a bunch of the recipes. Also, I found the recipe for Raw Chili that I used to make the first time I went raw. I can't wait to make that - it's SOOOO YUMMMMMY!! I think once I start making up some raw dishes, I'll be good to go again.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Post Fast

Today went very well. I had fresh squeezed grapefruit juice when I get up this morning. Then I juiced two more grapefruits and blended the juice with a Fuji apple, some spinach and some parsley.

My husband and I met with our pastor for lunch, so I had vegetable soup (not raw) and a salad. When I got home, I munched on some walnuts and dates. Then for dinner I blanched some green beans and added some crumbled goat cheese (again, not raw), lemon juice, walnuts, sea salt, pepper and flaxseed oil. This evening I had a banana with some dates and a glass of orange juice. So today I was approximately 90% raw.

I was very pleased that I felt fine both yesterday and today in light of the fact that I was only supposed to have fresh squeezed orange juice. I need to do some grocery shopping so I'll have the ingredients to make some raw dishes.

Tomorrow and Saturday will be the real test. My husband and I are going on a couple retreat through our church for Valentine's Day. I'm not sure how I'm going to eat since we will be at a hotel, but I do know I don't want to go back to eating cooked. The food I ate today that was not raw was borderline acceptable. I will make an exception from time to time, but only if I know it is something that won't throw my digestive system into a tailspin.

I came across the following recipe and cannot wait to try it. It sounds YUMMY!!!


(always use raw & organic for the best flavor!)

1/2 cup Almonds
1/2 cup Walnuts
1/2 cup Cashews
1/2 cup Pecans
1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 cup Goji Berries
1/2 cup Raw Chocolate Nibs
2 TBSP Raw Chocolate Powder
1 TBSP of Raw Honey
4 TBSP of Raw Agave nectar
2 dashes of Sea Salt
2 dashes of Cinnamon

Chop. Mix.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I made it!! WOOOOHOOOO!!

Yesterday was the 10th day of the fast! I didn't cheat at all until yesterday when I ate 10 blueberries!!

I only lost ten pounds. I'm a bit disappointed as I was hoping to lose 20. Maybe if I had exercised some, like walking on the treadmill, I might have achieved my goal. Oh well, better ten than none! Here are my updated photos:

Today and tomorrow, I'm supposed to drink fresh squeezed orange juice all day to wake up my digestive system. I did well this morning; however, this afternoon I blended fresh parsley and spinach into my OJ so I can start pumping some greens into my system. Then I ate some blueberries and all went well, so I ate sunflower seeds, then a peeled apple, and finally a small salad of mixed greens, carrots, tomatoes with a dressing of flaxseed oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. YUMMMMM! And finally, I had walnuts and dates. Probably pushed it just a wee bit. I am now on my second glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. SO far, so good!

The whole fast was a lot easier than I had anticipated. I did experience a little bit of cramping in my intestines and my thigh muscles were very sore. Not sure if the thigh pain was from the ten lunges I did at the beginning of the fast or from a vitamin deficiency, but it's all good now.

Tomorrow I'll get back to my raw vegan lifestyle and start exercising again so I can reach my goal. I'm not sure if I want to go as low as 105 pounds, but between 110 and 115 pounds would be great! I'll continue to post my progress. Only 25 more pounds to go! Maybe I'll do another fast next month.

On another note ... INSANITY IN THE NEWS

I am very disillusioned by something I read this morning with regard to the newly passed astronomical economic stimulus bill. Apparently, according to Natural News, it "contains a provision creating a Big Brother medical authority in the U.S. government that would track all patient health records in a federal database and dictate the decisions of all doctors across the country?" I don't know about you, but I would prefer to dictate the decision about my health and welfare. This is not good!

Then, yesterday, I heard a radio broadcast that said a recent study concluded that multivitamins are useless in preventing cancer and cardio disease in women. What bull! I cannot believe the insantiy of our government!! If that's not bad enough, the FDA is banning Vitamin B6! OMG! LORD HAVE MERCY ON THIS COUNTRY!!

This is what Natural News reported on the Vitamin study:

The mainstream media has predictably picked up on this story, gleefully running it as "proof" that nutrition is worthless and only pharmaceuticals can enhance your health.

What they're not telling you, though, might shock you. Here's the truth about this so-called "scientific" study on multivitamins:

• No multivitamins were even used in the study! The women followed in this study weren't actually given any multivitamins at all. They were simply asked if they take multivitamins!

• There was no quality control in the study. Since no multivitamins were given to women, there was no quality control at all. Did these women take cheap, synthetic vitamins bought at Costco? Or did they take quality supplements from better sources? Nobody knows because it wasn't tracked!

• Most people SAY they take multivitamins, but don't. If you ask most people, they will TELL you they eat healthy, and that they take multivitamins. But in reality they don't. Most people greatly exaggerate the description of their own health habits.

• Multivitamin consumption FREQUENCY was not accurately measured. There was no ability of this study to reliably measure how often consumers actually took their multivitamins. Did they take them once a week? Once a month? Once a year? Even taking them once a year would have counted in this study as "taking multivitamins." Gee, no wonder the results showed no improvement...

In effect, this study did not measure the effects of multivitamins on cancer and heart disease. What it really measured was the degree to which people exaggerate their own claims of health habits, and the degree to which the mainstream media so easily falls for junk science.

The MSM remains utterly clueless about nutrition, and it simply reprints practically any study published in a medical journal, even when that study is obviously based on deceptive science and a pro-Pharma agenda.

All these attacks on vitamin C, vitamin E, antioxidants and multivitamins have the same source: The Big Pharma-funded mainstream media and its effort to try to discredit nutritional supplements in order to please advertisers.

I highly recommend subscribing to Natural News to stay informed.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Losing weight NATURALLY!

I didn't start my fast solely to lose weight, but to cleanse my body in preparation for returning to a raw vegan diet. I liked the idea of detoxing my body from a year and a half of consuming cooked and junk foods ... or stuff like Velveeta which doesn't even classify as food as far as I'm concerned. It looks like PLASTIC!!

Anyway, a dear friend of mine sent out an invitation to try Tru Chocolate, a weight loss gimick designed with the chocolate lover in mind. The thought of losing weight on chocolate sends up red flags right from the get-go.

Their website claims, "Tru Chocolate™ may be the most healthy and tasty chocolate ever created. This delicious treat is ideal for the entire family; it's a snack that can be enjoyed by everyone at any time. The benefits of eating Tru Chocolate are so tremendous that many call it, "Guilt Free Chocolate". It tastes so good and is so good for you that it is beyond the normal chocolate experience."

I'm sorry, but I just have serious doubts about the validity of this statement so I did some investigating.

The ingredients in this "most healthy chocolate" are Organic Cocoa Liqueur, Organic Cocoa Butter, Xylitol, Proprietary Herbal Formula, Natural Vanilla Extract and Organic Lecitin. A proprietary blend containing Momordica, Charantia, Dehydrated Noni Fruit, Bioflavonoids (Citrus Extract), Ellagic Acid (from pomegranate), Green Tea Extract, Fabanol®, and Bioperine® (from black pepper).

A proprietary blend containing Momordica? Seems a bit vague to me, but what about Xylitol? I did some research and came across an article that explains how Xylitol is made. Check this out from Natural News.

How is Xylitol Made?

A search of patents online explains one process for making xylitol, tell me if this sounds healthy? You begin with some source material containing xylan. One commonly used source is corn imported from China.

1. First the xylan needs to be broken down in a process called acid hydrolyzing. The results of this process leave us with xylose and acetic acid. The process of hydrogenation is carried out at higher pressures and temperatures ranging from 158 degrees Fahrenheit and higher. Hydrogenation needs a catalyst, so a substance called Raney nickel can be used which is a powdered nickel-aluminium alloy.

2. The acetic acid needs to be removed as the material safety data sheet describes it as, "Very hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), of eye contact (irritant), of ingestion, of inhalation. Hazardous in case of skin contact (corrosive, permeator), of eye contact (corrosive)."

3. Then the hydrolyzing acid and organic residues must be removed, this is done by heating the mixture and evaporating it.

4. The resulting syrup, now free of acetic acid, hydrolyzing acid, nick-aluminum and other residues.

5. The syrup is crystallized by stirring ethanol into it.

6. The crystalline xylitol is now separated in a centrifuge from the ethanol and from the sorbitol remaining in solution.

7. Viola, you have xylitol.

I don't know about you, but mmmmmm, yummm... that sure sounds most healthy for my body! NOT!!! I think I'll stick with my lemonade fast!

But there's more. Check out the rest of what
Natural News has to say about Xylitol:

Health Claims

It is obvious to me, as it might be to you, that xylitol, in addition to killing bacteria, will probably kill just about anything. This clearly explains why it is only recommended to be used in small doses. Yet if you go to a health food store, you will see larger sized bags of xylitol on the shelf, promoting its many health uses.

Health Concerns

In lab tests, xylitol will kill a rat 50% of the time in a dosage of 16.5 grams of xylitol for every 1000 grams of rat. Medium rats weigh 100-120 grams, or say .25 pounds. That means, to kill a 100 gram rat, you need only to get the rat to consume, 1.65 grams of xylitol.

A typical xylitol piece of gum contains .7 – 1 gram of xylitol. About half the amount needed to kill a rat. I read of a study stating that humans consumed up to 400grams of xylitol per day without any ill health effects. I find that hard to believe that such a study is accurate in comparison to the lab tests done as indicated on the material safety data sheets. If 1.65 grams can kill a rat, consuming 400 grams would be highly toxic to humans.

A more detailed look gives cause for even more concern, there seems to be no long term safety data about the long term health effects of regularly consuming xylitol. The data sheets state:

"Epidemiology: No information found

Teratogenicity: No information found

Reproductive Effects: No information found

Mutagenicity: No information found

Neurotoxicity: No information found"

Critics will claim that lethal doses on material data sheets are not conclusive proof. But I must ask this question, has xylitol been proven conclusively to be safe or effective?

What About Cavity Fighting Power?

Let's assume you don't mind your liver being poisoned or the diarrhea side effects that are possible from xylitol gum or mints, because you want to fight the cavities. While one would assume that there is a huge body of evidence showing that xylitol prevents cavities, an article published in 2006 in the Journal of the American Dental Association volume 137, states, "Some studies claimed that xylitol-sweetened gum had an anticariogenic effect, though these claims need further study." This basically says that any evidence that xylitol sweetened gums stops cavities is not conclusive and requires further study.

Conclusions About Xylitol

Xylitol is a processed sugar. After being hydrogenated and having toxic chemicals added to xylan from corn or other plant material, and then removed, you get xylitol. For anyone who wants to be healthy, the first thing that is pretty much unanimous about any diet or protocol to restore your health, is that you need to avoid processed sugars. While there is a variety of opinions on what foods to eat in replacement of processed sugar, it is blatantly clear that processed sugars, like xylitol, are extremely harmful to humans. Perhaps, xylitol has special uses in special cases; as a regular part of your diet, it is clearly a poor idea.

Xylitol might inhibit bacteria growth, but so does white sugar. Xylitol's dirty little secret is that even in moderate doses of larger than 15 grams, which is approximately 3 teaspoons, xylitol's own promotional material says it is not safe for everyone to use. Children being smaller and less developed than adults, will obviously be much more sensitive to xylitol's effects.

The way to prevent and control cavities is not with a processed sugar chewing gum or mint, but rather with a good diet. A good diet that is capable of preventing cavities is generally low in sugar, and high in absorbable vitamins and minerals, particularly fat-soluble vitamins in foods like avocado, coconut, the germ of wheat, raw/unpasteurized milk, pastured organ meats, and sea foods.

If you want healthy teeth and gums, you need to avoid processed sugar's like xylitol. Avoiding other processed foods like processed sugar, white flour and other foods not made from freshly ground grains, cheap low quality vegetable oils, soft drinks and artificial flavors and preservatives, soy milk, pasteurized milk, and other non-organic, non-wholesome foods will help increase your immunity to cavities.

I have found that there is no short cut to good wholesome whole foods for health.

Is xylitol safe or effective? The answer is clear.

Amen!! I totally agree with Natural News. I'm certianly not cleansing my body to put Tru toxic Chocolate in it! I love my friend to pieces, but I'll pass on this offer! I've got to go make my herbal laxative tea now and go to bed! Just three more days left on my fast.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Day 7 - 10 Pounds Gone!

Had to "rise and shine" by 6am today in order to attend a Women's Conference. They did not allow drinks or food in the auditorium, so that was a challenge. My stomach and intestines were carrying on big time and I couldn't drink to settle either one down. Not fun. I haven't felt very good today ... not sure if that's because I went to bed after 1AM and woke up five hours later, or if it's due to the lack of fluids all morning. I guess it could be a combination of both.

Overall, this fast has been a lot easier than I originally anticipated. You really need to have the right mindset when you start. I had considered doing the fast for about a year, but just wasn't ready. I started early in December but didn't last long. Way too much temptation, plus I obviously wasn't ready. I was definitely ready this time, because a couple of days ago, my step-daughter made chocolate chip cookies. She left some of the cookie dough in the front of the fridge so that every time I went to get my maple syrup, those little squares of cookie dough were staring me in the face. No problemo. I had no desire. THAT is why I knew I was ready. Even though the scent of chocolate chip cookies permeated the house, I was okay with it. Yay!

It really blows my mind every time I think about the fact that I have gone without food for seven days. Surprisingly, I haven't missed food or been hungry; however, today I was missing my Cafe Mocha for the first time. Oh, and I miss chewing. Just a few more days, and then I get to drink fresh squeezed orange juice for one whole day before I can start introducing whole foods back into my diet. For now, I think I'll hit the sack and try to make up some lost sleep.

Day 6 - Still Going Strong

Well, day 6 was actually yesterday as it is 1am and I need to get to bed. But I have now completed six days with absolutely nothing but lemonade, tea and a little bit of salt water. I'm amazed that I've been able to pull this off, but now it seems so normal. I don't even think about food anymore or when is my next meal. I weighed in at 140 this morning! WOOOOHOOOO!! Eight pounds down.

All is good. I need sleep! I have to be at my church at 7am, so ... nighty nite!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Day 5 of Fast - Half way there!

Today is the mid point of my fast. As I mentioned in a previous post, I implemented the herbal laxative tea in the evenings and tried to implement the salt water in the morning. I managed to consume eight ounces on my first attempt and about four ounces on my second, but that was a no-go for me. so I've exercised my option of drinking the herbal laxative tea in the morning instead of the salt water. That is much more pleasant! And it has worked successfully, I might add. Last night, between 3:45 and 5:30, I visited the "throne of elimination" four times! I sure wish the urge to eliminate would happen at a more decent hour, like when I'm awake! But atleast I'm detoxing and the cleansing process is working.

I tried to do some exercise this morning and I felt it this evening. I did about 10 lunges and some bicept work. Plus, I did do some wallpapering which required a lot of stepping up and down on a stepstool. Every time I stand up to walk, my thigh muscles start burning and contracting. I think I'll skip exercising until I am back to eating.

On to day six....

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Day 4 of Fast - Six pounds down!

Today, I made a discovery. While making my lemonade this morning, I realized that the recipe called for 2 TBSP. of fresh lemon or lime juice and 2 TBSP. of maple syrup in 10 oz. of water, but all along, I've been making my lemonade with 20 ounces of water!! This is probably why I felt so weak yesterday. I corrected the oversight and today I feel GREAT!

I also attempted to drink the quart of warm salt water this morning to clean out the colon. BLECH!! Thank goodness I have the option of drinking the herbal laxative in place of the salt water because, as I managed to drink about 8 ounces, all I could think about was when I was a kid and had a tooth pulled. My mom would make me swish salt water around in my mouth to enhance healing. UGH! So, herbal laxative tea in the morning and night, I can handle.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Day 3 of Fast - Still Sailing Along

I'm amazed that I have gone three days without a bit of solid food. This morning, I weighed myself when I woke up and I had already lost 5 pounds! I have felt a bit weak today with a rapid heartbeat, but according to my handy dandy newly found booklet, "If weakness develops at any time, it is the result of poisons circulating through the blood stream." So, I went out and bought a box of Herbal Laxative Tea as recommended in Stanley Burrough's booklet to assist with elimination. Another reason this booklet was a good find.

I managed to consume a total of 50 ounces of lemonade yesterday and I'm working on my last few ounces for a total of 70 today!

I learned something new about honey. Stanley Burrough's says that "Honey must not be used at any time internally." Wow! That statement certainly raised my curiosity. Apparently, it has detrimental effects on the human body and is deficient in calcium because bees pick the nectar from flowers, then predigest it, vomit it, and store it but add a preservative to it in the process. By being predigested, the honey enters the bloodstream directly, thereby spiking the blood sugar to a dangerous level. The pancreas then kicks in to immediately produce insulin in order to regulate the sugar level and prevent the possibility of death! What's more frightening is that the pancreas could produce more insulin than necessary, thereby causing the blood sugar level to crash, which could cause one to faint or even die if the level gets to low!

All this time, I thought honey was good for you. Stanley says, "The great value attributed to honey is delusive ... honey is only a little less empty and more dangerous than sugar!" If you use honey regularly, it can cause imbalances that will negatively affect the normal function of the spleen, liver and pancreas which could result in hypo- and hyperglycemia. The good news is that maple syrup has balanced sugars and is safe with no harmful side effects.

Okay, that's my golden nugget for today. No more sugar and honey for me. Maple syrup, it is!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Day 2 of Fast - Confirmation!

"Perhaps it is a good thing that medicine and nature never got together - nature could have very easily suffered the many dangerous side effects."

That quote is on the second page of a very special booklet I found today. How true it is.

I'm SO EXCITED!! On my trip to Huntsville today to see my chiropractor, my sister and I decided to stop at Unclaimed Baggage in Scottsboro. I walked over to the book area and started perusing through the books in the Health/Diet section. I noticed two books that had a small space between them and wondered what was in between. What I drew out was a small yellow booklet, dated 1976, titled "The Master Cleanser" and it was by Stanley Burroughs! I about fell off my feet. Now WHAT are the odds of me finding this booklet buried between two large books amongst the thousands of books in less than 3 minutes!! I was obviously meant to have it and it was confirmation that I am doing the right thing being on this fast or cleanse. My prize find cost me a buck. Wooohooo!!

This find has really fired up my motivation to see this fast through to the end. I've never done a 10-day fast before. Many years ago, I did a 2-day grapefruit fast but that was the only other fast I’ve ever done. I so miss the way I felt when I was raw and look forward to getting back to that ALIVE feeling. Cleansing first is like reformatting your hard drive and reinstalling all your software, getting rid of all the corrupt files and viruses. Afterward, your computer runs great! Well, similarly, by cleansing my body first and then eating a live food diet, I will feel great again.

During the time I reverted back to eating cooked food, I always felt guilty when I ate, partly because I knew what it was doing to my body and partly because I knew what it would do to my health if I continued. I was afraid of becoming addicted to fake food again. I tried to convince myself that by having green smoothies everyday, and eating lots of salads, it was okay to consume macaroni and cheese with chicken dogs, potato chips and French onion dip, spaghetti and meat sauce (made with ground turkey) or my all time favorite – Buffalo wings and French fries. When I started to experience trouble swallowing my food, I knew I was already in the danger zone as the cooked foods were already taking their toll on my body. I’m not one to frequent the doctor and when my husband kept saying, “You need to make an appointment to see a doctor” I decided to start with a fast. If after the fast and resuming a raw food diet, I still have problems swallowing, then I’ll consider going to the doctor, but only as a last resort.

So far, I've consumed 40 ounces of lemonade. I feel good and have not felt hungry yet! I still had my headache this morning, but after my chiropractic adjustment, it's gone! Yeeeeha!! I have another 20 ounces of lemonade to go for today. I think I’ll go make up my last batch and go read my new little booklet.