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Delving Deeper Into The Raw Food Lifestyle

March 24, 2010
Raw Hummus w/Endive and Raw Corn Chips

Raw Hummus w/Endive and Raw Corn Chips

We’ve had some wonderful successes with the raw food diet, weight reduction being one of the most immediate ones. We are also seeing our skin coming into a healthy glow and feeling better. I have had one area of concern, which I mentioned previously – the elevation of my blood pressure since being on this change of diet. What I am seeing through my research is that many issues crop up that appear worse before they get better, and as the health care practitioner I’m working with told me, the blood pressure medicine I was on is no longer being tolerated by my body. In fact, it is blocking something else that is trying to occur. So, I’m waiting for the new protocol of pills I’m going to experiment with to arrive, and in the meantime, trying to learn all I can about raw food and the why’s of eating this way.

The road to raw is not a straight line. It’s got a lot of twists, turns, and exploration as part of it. Even though we are both very good “cooks”…and food preparers…we still periodically want to return to regular meals and see what happens. We did that last night. We have a favorite Thai organic restaurant, and we had soup and some cooked food, including fish and chicken, and the result was that neither one of us slept very well. I have noted on the nights that we have ONLY raw food, we sleep very well.

I went to Google this morning to try to find some answers to what is causing my blood pressure to suddenly be elevated on this new diet, and found all kinds of links to raw food and videos that show how it has helped multiple numbers of people get off blood pressure meds and how one of the causes of high blood pressure is too much protein in the body. That makes sense. I’ve been a big meat eater all my life. I have never been attracted to junk food, so processed food isn’t a problem, but the meals containing some kind of meat most every night may have been. Plus, until we’ve gone on the raw diet, Steve has been a huge salt lover, and when he cooked, there was a lot of salt in the food, even though we only use sea salt.

The reason I’m even bringing this up is that I see how we can become enthusiastic about something and see results and then see other areas that may not be showing an immediate shift, causing us to question or to become afraid. Unfortunately, there aren’t many physicians around who are raw food advocates, so there is not a great support system for when we question or are concerned about what we are doing. Also, I see that even though we get off most of the things that aren’t good for us, we may go through a period of questioning and trying out things that we used to like to see if they are “okay”. The journey into raw is a process, just like life. We don’t have the magic bullet that immediately brings everything into harmony. It takes time. We didn’t get to the state we’re in overnight, and the repair and regeneration of the body will take time to heal. It has to learn to trust us. After all, we’ve been dumping things into it that are not even real food, so the body wonders if what we are doing is just a momentary fad. Body is extremely intelligent, and is wonderfully forgiving to a very large extent, but there are limits. And rebuilding trust takes time.

I’m taking the rest of the day to read more of the Live Food Factor. I find that rather than being put off by my questions and concerns, I’m wanting to go deeper into finding out about this extraordinary way of eating and being. It has caused me to want to not only find answers, but now also to create a garden of veggies, fruit and herbs that may be a place where other people can also come to work and share in the results of our efforts. In addition, I see that the body is the living temple of the Divine. It is a gift to us that we take for granted, yet if we want to honor our Creator, we need to honor this incredible vehicle we are given. Exploring the questions that arise is only deepening my understanding and commitment to finding the best road possible for continuing excellent health and rejuvenation in mind/body/spirit. So far, I’ve not been disappointed. Now, it’s a process of unraveling the knots and letting the body come into its full potential…one step at a time! (KJ)

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Green Smoothies and Medication

March 18, 2010

Since we’ve been on this raw diet with green smoothies, I found a really perplexing trend. I have high blood pressure, and with medication, my blood pressure has been normal. I assumed that being on green smoothies might mean I would need to change the dosage of my BP medication because I’d read that green smoothies lower blood pressure. Imagine my shock when I found that my BP had spiked to an unacceptably high number seemingly over night. What could possibly be wrong? Was it kale? Was it raw food? Was it the smoothie?  

I have always taken my blood pressure medication after breakfast and continued the same regimen after drinking my green smoothie at breakfast. For the first few days, I felt great, but gradually I noticed that my ears were ringing and I was having a hard time sleeping. I was also agitated and felt wound up. When I took my blood pressure out of curiosity, the numbers had spiked 65 points above normal. I’d thought at first there was something wrong with my BP machine, but the next day it was the same thing. Over the past two days, I’ve been trying to determine what the culprit has been, and finally, after talking with my daughter, she seems to have found the answer. She asked me when I was taking the medication, and I told her. She suggested that perhaps the smoothie was blocking absorption of the BP medication, and so just as with thyroid pills, the need may be to take it an hour before eating anything (including a smoothie).

This morning, I felt especially weird, and went back to bed after Steve left for work. I decided to do what my daughter suggested, and took the BP medication prior to eating anything. As I lay there, I could feel the body tension releasing, and normalcy returning. I took my BP, and it had dropped by 50 points to an acceptable level – close to my normal readings. So, I learned a valuable lesson. The smoothies are very powerful drinks. They are highly concentrated, and probably need to be given time for full digestion.

This situation brought up again the importance of being aware of our own bodies. Just because something may be the answer for someone else doesn’t mean that we can assume it will be right for us – or as in my case, that I could just go about my old regimen with this new food without thinking through what I was doing in relation to my medication. In the long run, my blood pressure might drop as a result of the new diet, but in the short-term, it hasn’t, and I need to take care not to make assumptions based on what happened to someone else.

Point taken! (KJ)