Friday, December 31, 2010

Healthy New Year

"Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see."
 Daniel 1:12-13.

This is the scripture that came to my husband the first time I shared that I wanted to go on a raw food diet.  This is my confirmation that I am doing the right thing for me and my family. 

Changing my family's health for generations to come.

I grew up in a family where eating out several times a day was the normal.  We would only have a sit down meal on Sunday mornings.  This was eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits with chocolate gravy.  The breakfast choice the other six days of the week was a snickers and a Pepsi.  A home cooked dinner would be pot pies, hot dogs, steaks, potatoes or anything that could be microwaved. 
We always had chips, cookies and cokes. 

No wonder I never learned to cook.  

Then the teen years hit.  I didn't learn to eat better,
I just learned how to eat less of the bad
and starve myself to be thin. 
Again, very unhealthy and guaranteed to fail.  

As an adult who now makes the food choices for the family,
I am guilty of raising my kids on McDonald's.  That was until December 1st. 

Now we are a Raw Family.

I wish I knew then what I know now.  Both of my parents have had open heart surgery.  My mother has diabetes, thyroid issues, cushion's disease, sleep apnea and depression.  My father has had several skin cancers removed, yearly suffers from bronchitis and recently found a spot on his lung.   Both take tons of prescription drugs.   My parents seldom visit their grandchildren.
 They are often to ill or afraid to get to far from their doctors.
On the flip side is my grandparents who are in their eighties.  They are in better health than my parents.  They have always ate fruit and veggies that they grow on their farm.  They also eat meat that they have killed.  Seldom do they eat out.  I remember my granny saying white bread was junk food. 
They enjoy gardening, hunting, fishing and going to church.

I can't help but think that there is a definite
correlation between health and food. 

My Ah Ha, Wake Up moment came December 1, 2010
when I was desperate to feel better.   I pulled out my juicer
and got online to learn some new recipes. 
That is when I learned about Raw Food

WOW!  My life will never be the same. 

A raw diet is just what is says, raw food.  No processed foods or sugars allowed.  Just fresh organic fruits, veggies,nuts and seeds....Nothing Cooked. 
No Meat or Dairy. 

I never liked to cook anyways. 

I found that when I juiced veggies I had tons of energy.   I  bought several raw recipe books and have made some of the freshest desserts and meals.  I have lost 16lbs in the first month.  Never hungry and full of energy.  My skin and hair has never looked better.  I can't imagine going back to my old SAD diet (standard American diet).  My hubby has lost 15lbs in two weeks.  We do not count calories. 
We eat as much as we want and never go hungry.  

Eating organic is expensive.  How much is your health worth.  It has taken me 37yrs to learn that not everyone suffers from health issues and that most things can be controlled or reversed by what we eat.   
I am happy to say that I am changing the health future of my family. 

Here's to 2011.... it is already looking good.   

If you would like to learn more about raw food here are two of my favorite sites

My favorite book is The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose

My favorite recipe book is
Raw Food A Complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day by Erica Palmcrantz

I acknowledge that everyone is at a different point along their health journey and
I will respect that this diet may not be for you.   
I hope to be a blessing and encouragement to you to find and make the changes
that work to make you and your family healthy today and in the years to come.

Happy New Year!