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Raw Food Diet – My Detox Symptoms (Part II)

…continued from Detox Symptoms Part I

A most commonly experienced symptom may be stomach upsets in the first 2 – 3 days; I rarely knew anyone or read anything about more than 4 days. And most of them, provided they stick to a cleaner, less processed diet, the stomach upsets are usually replaced by a fresh sensation of cleanliness, and a peaceful, pleasant ‘buzz’.

But then again, because people are different and may react different, don’t panic if your stomach upsets last longer. Just make sure you have been eating the cleanest (check hygienic measures) and freshest produce. Some people, like me last time, could have lived decadent lifestyles for more than a decade! So there is quite a bit of spring cleaning going on!

Your state of health is not an overnight thing. If you had not been taking care for years, then don’t expect it to reverse at your first attempt! Give it some time, the right resources, and the Body knows What To Do.

As I had mentioned in Part 1, my big detox came after 3 weeks on 100% raw. Some people had it just in 3 days, some after 3 months, some may not even have any at all. For myself, and most people I know, they usually come in the forms of colds, coughs, fever and/or other flu-like symptoms.

Ever heard our elders say before :’It is not good to take too much antibiotics for flu’ ? I’m too young to be an elder, but sometimes the elders may know a thing or two which we didn’t. Because they lived in the end of the agricultural age, and coincidentally cancer was unheard of during those times. So were many more other degenerative diseases which are surfacing now.

Of course, it is up to us on how much we want to rely on medical science for our well-being. Over-dependence on anything unnatural, in my opinion, is not sustainable.

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How did I cope with my detox?

Well, I didn’t visit the doctor. I simply rode it out!

1)At the first sign of unwellness, stop what you are working on and rest. Don’t move around so much and lie in horizontal position as much as you can.

2)Eat lightly, and only when you are hungry. If you still don’t feel hungry after skipping a meal, skip the next one too.

“Listen To Your Body. It knows how to ward off illnesses. But you have to be quiet enough to hear the signals and intelligent enough to follow them. ” ED.J , Spokesperson & Naturopathic Physician from The California Association of Naturopathy Physicians.

3)If you are hungry, for goodness sake, try to minimize processed foods. If you have decided to go off the detox, then keep as much as possible to a least adulterated diet. However, it would be wonderful if you can feed your body with fresh juices or vegetables.

For me, it lasted a gruesome 6 days. And after that, I have never felt more alive! In fact, the thought of living anyway otherwise is unimaginable

Behold the Greatness Within You

And Jump For Joy!

© Copyright 2008-2012, Linda Loo, Light Love Laughter

 

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Raw Food Diet – My Detox Symptoms (Part I)

Detox symptoms are one of the most talked-about things in any raw food diet. Regardless of the respective school of philosophy, most raw food gurus have much to comment on the topic of detox symptoms.

Based on experiences about myself, newbies and veteran raw foodists whom I know, most had at some point of time in their raw lifehoods, went through detox periods. These can range from mild fatigue to full-blown colds/fevers.

The key to remember here is that no 2 people are alike, and there is no standard benchmark you should measure yourself against. Your body speaks to you! Always follow your instincts if you feel you are not well enough to carry on, and seek professional treatment if you feel the need to.

Of course if you have been eating totally raw and still experience detox symptoms after a year, it is not normal! You may be following the diet wrongly, or you could be eating the wrong foods.

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For myself, even though I was eating mostly raw for 2 years, my detox symptoms came only 3 weeks after I turned 100% raw. The first 3 days of going 100% was already amazing for me with the following changes:

1) My mental fog lifted and I started to see the world as it is, not as what we have been conditioned to.

2) I felt so full of love for the nature, the eco-life, the animals and fellow human beings I see everywhere.

3) My skin glowed and my eyes cleared.

4) I was eating buckets of food everyday! And gained a little weight

5) My energy level increased by about 50%.

These continued for the next 3 weeks. And then the big detox symptoms came. I felt really lethargic, tired, and suffered an intense cold which lasted a full week. I slept most of the time, drinking only blended soups because no food could make it through the mountain of ulcers in my mouth! I had fever too, and it was simply miserable!

But guess what – after that week, I had been flying till now! I dropped some weight during that sick period (for good!), and had an even more amazing list of experiences:

1) My energy levels shot through the roof! I was literally over the moon with joy because I could run & swim with almost double my speed and not feel tired. I’m usually back to shape the next day without aches or pains.

2) My mental focus sharpened greatly.

3) Intuition improved.

4) My hair started turning black after 4 months!

5) I’m constantly happy for no reason. And when I do get stressed at work, it does not get into me!

6) I need lesser sleep hours and get more work done!

You know what – I could go on for ages. To me, I got these experiences after my detox period and so I thought you may wish to hear about them too! Until today I’m still over the moon, or maybe even beyond the milky way

Keep a look out for Part II!

Join me and jump for joy today, because nothing beats being alive!
Love from Linda

© Copyright 2008-2012, Linda Loo, Light Love Laughter

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Raw Foods Transition – Is this Necessary?

Although Raw Foods have proven to give significant healing and energizing benefits, we must still remember that major dietary changes are not accomplished overnight.

Of course, there are some whom are able to switch to raw foods cold turkey; but remember no 2 humans are the same. We are each unique and our body systems each work differently. Most of us are better off with a gradual transition rather than overnight major changes.

In fact, most of the experienced raw food experts (those whom have been on this lifestyle for more than 10-20 years) encourage us onto a gradual dietary transition rather than sudden overnight changes.

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Why is there a need for gradual transition? Let’s just explore 3 general logics today.

When we change our diet, especially when it comes to raw foods, there are a few things to look out for:

1) The Detox period.

While we are not saying that this will happen for everyone, it is useful to take note and make provision for these Detox symptoms to occur.

In fact, there are many people who eat a heavily processed and cooked food diet, and then switch to healthier ways of eating, and experienced Detox symptoms too! They don’t even need to become raw yet.

Detox symptoms like cold, flu, fever, fatigue diarrhea etc are simply ways in which the body eliminates old toxins. These toxins come from food, water, environmental as well as mental/emotional stress that were built up over years. Due to over toxicity, these toxins are kept hidden within the body, and when the diet cleans up, the body goes on a “spring-cleaning” mode and rid itself of the old junk.

This is in fact good news; we want the toxins to be OUT, rather than stay IN our body.

Therefore, for anyone turning raw, this is definitely a likely possibility. So with this in mind, we want to allow the body to gradually transition, so that the Detox symptoms can be milder, or even non-existent. Since we give the body time to adjust, old toxins can be slowly released through daily elimination.

2) Mind Matters

When the diet cleans up, the Mind starts to clear too. The body will continue to detox, become cleaner, more efficient and energetic. At this time, the Mind starts to become stronger, clearer and focused. This is also what most raw fooders describe as “Mental Clarity”.

It is a good thing to have Mental Clarity definitely. However, we must remember that we are all subjects of conditioning; programming which have been drummed into us both consciously and subconsciously throughout our life-time. Programming begins the moment we are born as infants.

Every response/reaction, word/action and even habits from our parents/guardians/family, school, friends, media etc, forms certain perceptions, beliefs and characters of us. Intentions aside (they are just loving us in the best way they can anyway!), these programming can act as stumbling blocks on our paths in Life.

Many of them unfortunately, may not be supportive of a healthy diet, let alone a raw foods diet!

This is also a time when most raw fooders run the likelihood of feeling or appearing “spacey or confused” because they feel like an isolation from their community.

Of course there are also a lucky few who did it smoothly with suave; these people are mentally strong enough to know whether they are doing the right things. They are mostly in a strong community of like minds; are usually logical people who are used to taking charge of their own lives, being responsible for their choices and know where they want to go in life. These people are comparatively more independent than others, and even when they have doubts, their faith speaks louder.

Being humans, some of us may feel that the Mental Clarity is too unbearable and eventually fall away or worse still, swing right back to the far extreme of junk food!

3) Emotional Anchors

There are so many hidden emotional anchors in food and dietary habits, which are unknown to us. Subconsciously they affect our every food choice, our emotions and ensuing mental states.

Smell buttery donut, and think of the times when we were in school and passing by that bakery on our way home. Smell Asian Stir-fry, and think of Mummy’s loving preparation of dinner. Smell roasted chicken/turkey, and think of Festive or Christmas gatherings where the whole family gathers together.

Sounds familiar?

These mentioned above, are just an introduction to the whole myriad of Emotional Anchors deeply rooted in each of us ☺

Ever heard the popular saying that:” Diet is one of the most difficult things to change in a person!”

Well, it is right in a large sense. Why? Because every human needs to eat; we eat an average of 3 meals a day, and that is more than 1,000 meal-times in a year. Multiply that with our age, and we can see how many times we had an opportunity to program our subconscious minds in the past!

One of the most profound things to happen in raw foods is the eventual liberation of the emotions, which follows after the mind clearing up. While it sounds all exciting and good to be free of emotional toxins and baggage, it has to be emphasized that raw foods DO NOT solve the emotional issues. Raw Foods merely removes the barrier, puts you face to face with your issues whatever they are. In other words, people who have deep emotional baggage will feel the impact 10 times stronger.

Nor do Raw Foods provide the skills on how to bridge the emotional releases. It is not a magic pill; rather, it allows you to face them and uncover the root causes. We can discuss a whole thesis full of content on this topic alone; but for now, the purpose of this article is to bring your awareness to this and take note that this is a valid reason for raw food transitioning.

As the body cleans up, the mind clears, we want to be gentle and allow the emotions to adjust too. Balance in Progression and Transformation is the Key.

Again of course, this does not apply to every single human on Earth. We are talking about most people, and especially in Asia where we are still moving onto a more open-minded, embracing and unconventional way of life.

© Copyright 2008-2012 Linda Loo, Light Love Laughter