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Raw foods please help!

I recently made a huge life change and i'm a mess. Quit tobacco and starting eating raw foods even filtered water and i feel awful. please help

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First, you are on the right track but

just as a society addicted to safety nets would be thrown into chaos if they disappeared instantly, so your body is addicted to many substances that have altered and weakened your natural systems.

In such a condition any sudden radical change can throw you into disarray, and what is called a "healing crisis" can be awful to go through, especially with no help.

I don't know your physical condition, but if you are weakened and ill you might need a very gentle approach. In such a case I recommend you research the GAPS diet http://gapsdiet.com/ for advice on healing and transitioning. After that the most cutting-edge research, IMO, is the general Paleo approach. But it is an evolving movement and it is important ALWAYS to remember than each individual has unique sensitivities and needs; so slow is better. You will need to re-learn to sense your own responses to substances. That has been blocked by years of smoking and wrong eating etc.

Best would be to find an excellent personal adviser. But lacking that, one empirically-oriented research/practitioner who freely gives advice on developing research is here: http://chriskresser.com/

As the old adage goes, "This too shall pass".....

Unfortunately , the one major side effect of radically changing ones diet from one of toxic foods/drink to a sole healthy diet consisting of entirely raw foods will result in a significant metabolic detoxification of ones body resulting in feeling absolutely horrible for sometime. My recommendation would be to maybe gradually work your way into this radical change by perhaps initially consuming a majority of your diet in the form of juice via the use of a juicer and then slowly work your way into the raw foods. There are many anecdotal stories globally of curing even metatastaic cancers through converting to a sole raw food diet. I recall reading of a well known European physician (unfortunately, I cannot recall her name) who cured herself of terminal cancer by converting to and consuming a sole raw food diet. This was perhaps twenty years ago and she also had written a book on the subject. Dr. Herbert Shelton(circa 1920's through the 1980's) was a well known advocate of fasting and consuming a sole raw food diet. He wrote several books and was mentioned quite often in the popular fitness/weight-loss book "Fit For Life" (1985) by Harvey and Marylin Diamond. In conclusion, give it time for the adverse synptoms shall subside.

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If the minerals are not in the soil plants grow in, the food will be deficient.

Two things can make you feel miserable. A Healing Reaction or a mineral deficiency. A mineral deficiency can also stall a Healing reaction. Sunshine can help break down the toxins the body produces when healing and makes it easier for the body to eliminate them.

Who is Dr Joel Wallach DVM ND? (starts after 1:00 minute.)

Vitamins & Minerals By Dr. Joel Wallach

Good luck!

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I respectfully suggest

You read one of these
The Paleo Solution
It Starts With Food
The Primal Blueprint

or google
Robb Wolf
Mark Sisson

I've known too many people who have ruined their health eating raw vegan.

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
― Albert Camus

The Primal Blueprint - by Mark Sisson

What the hell is this doing

What the hell is this doing on Ron Paul 2012?

Healing crisis

This is what the body goes through as it is clearing out the bad, as it is taking in the good.

You may be doing something dramatic in that your going from a lot of bad to a HUGE swing to a lot of good. Be patient and go slow.

Search out David Wolfe on line, and FB him as well. A TON of good info though is RAW-some network of friends, books, and lectures. YOU tube has a lot of his vids as well.

Make certain your getting plenty of clean water (delusion is the solution to pollution.)Plenty of minerals and plenty of rest, so your mind and body can heal.

Good luck to you

"No army can stop an idea whose time has come"

Watch out with David Wolfe....

he loves to make money selling you things you don't need. Whole foods are the things to eat but David can't make $ selling apples and greens so he sells deer placenta etc.

has no one here heard of Forks Over Knives?

it makes what seems to me a pretty good case against meat, dairy, and oils

    Excellent plant-based diet doc:

    Movie Trailer: Forks Over Knives

    Full Movie: Forks Over Knives

    ~ mod

5 days....

you'll be good to go.

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Been at it for 40 years. Lots and lots of help.

I HIGHLY Reccomend You Watch This Movie

it's called "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead". It's a great documentary about sick people (over weight, diabeties, on pills) and how they went on a raw vegan juice diet to clean out thier bodies. They talked about the things you mention, feeling horrible, headaches, etc.. I watched it on itunes, you could probebly find it on netflix. I promise it will help you, it had a big impact on my life. Once again, it's called "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead".

But basically, you just have to tough it out, it gets better with time.

    Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

    ~ mod


You will feel worse for a bit but you will be better just hang in there

Don't stop

You made a radical change in what you put into your body on a daily basis. Your body is not used to this new diet. Give it time to adjust and trust me you will feel better than you ever have before. Tobacco and most of the processed foods available to us cut years off our life spans. I suggest drinking green tea. I think it tastes great and it's one of the best things you can put in your body. Good luck and please don't give up!

Can you give us more information on the green tea that you drink

What brand do you drink? Do you buy bottle tea or tea bags? Thank you. I have read for years how good green tea is for you.


I buy tea bags, but

If you have time to brew your own tea that's the healthiest way to do it. Bottled can be bad since it can have added sweeteners and other chemicals. I buy Bigelow organic tea bags. At costco/BJ's you can buy a box of 150 bags for less than 10 dollars. Compare that to the three dollars you spend on a Starbucks coffee and you're saving money and going with the healthier option. Any other questions just let me know

On July 16 it will be one year since I quit smoking

cigarettes. So far I have gained 17 pounds. Ouch! Now that I am really over the nicotine addiction, I am concentrating on getting my weight back on track. Of course exercise is key. You absolutely MUST do some form of exercise to replace the bad habits and to keep your body healthy. I have also just purchased all of the ingredients for a cleanse to rid my body of all of the yuk that is stored up in the cells, etc. This is a link to the Youtube video where I found the formula. I have ordered all of the ingredients through Amazon. Kudos to you for choosing to be healthier!


~Your perception becomes your reality~

Its because you suddenly

Its because you suddenly started a radical change in your diet. It doesnt matter if you go from more to less healthy or vice versa, if you do a sudden change, it will effect you.
The greatest thing you are probably going through is a withdraw from refined sugars. These are in everything now-a-days.
What you should do is slowly move to your new diet rather then just jumping in.

I eat healthier than most people(and less than most as well), but I would never want to stop eating candy! I love my candy, Jelly Belly jelly beans in particular; not that I eat candy every day though.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Oh man,

I feel your pain. Something that really helped me was whyquit.com.

When you quit smoking, it changes your blood sugar levels a lot. It's important to drink juices and stuff, the website explains it all. I don't have all the answers to make your life easier right now, but I just want to say good job! I admire you for doing this. Sometimes when you are struggling, you will find it's just a bad day, and right when you're at the point of giving up but you stick it out, it improves drastically. Slug through it one hour at a time, sleep all you can, and the sun will come out brighter than you've ever seen it. ALL the best to you! I hope you start feeling better quick! :)

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

Thank you.

I just got sucked into looking at it from a scientific point of view, I am going to quit today.

fortune favors the bold

I was a Kitchen Angel at Living Light

We have a Raw Food Culinary Institute where I live, and being a American Culinary Federation certified Sous Chef, I decided to explore raw foods by paying to work for 20 days.

One of my peers was very excited about raw foods and the diet she had taken on. She brought this up to the chef at the time, expecting him to be as excited as she was.. I was a little shocked at his response actually, but he was not alone at all, everyone who worked there supplimented their diets with raw foods. None of the pros were on a 100% raw food diet.

For lent (40 days) I use the Master Cleanse and go on "The Lemonade diet". I don't eat any food, no smoking, no drinking.. it's a detox for the organs.. remove liver fat.. give myself a tune up. I am never hungry, I don't know why.. The Master Cleanse is all over the web.. it's 6 oz grade b maple syrup and 6 oz fresh squeezed lemons mixed in the best water you can afford with cayenne powder to taste. I also drink allot of carbonated water.

If you do a diet like this, get rid of all your "old" food. Clean the house out, donate it, and then prepare to begin a diet YOU can live with..

There are allot of frozen food and packaged snacks to count calories.. but what you need.. don't buy a weeks' worth of food.. you are not saving money throwing food you don't eat away.

You like alcohol.. have no more than 2 a day.

If this is about weight.. a nice rule of thumb is if you want to weigh 180#s, eat 1800 calories per day..

If I were you, (I'm being honest) I'd probably binge to make myself psychologically feel better.. I'd smoke.. and go to hit bottom, and I would do this until the next new moon.

Eat all the old food,, sate yourself..

I would not quit smoking, but I would really limit it for 6 months and then I would quit for 40 days.. (you will probably quit if you can do 40 days.. but it's easier to quit, for me, looking at shorter terms than forever.

I don't smoke, I used to chip, meaning I would smoke other people's cigeraette when I was around smokers, help keep the smoke from attacking me..

No matter what you do, I hope you feel better soon! GOOD LUCK with everything.. one day at a time.. one moment at a time.. AA can help with tobacco BTW.


Lawdy....the FEDs would have to come a knockin!!!! :) Pretty soon they'll ban all RAW FOODS too! (codex alimentarius!) We need Ron Paul in the white house IMEDIATELY!!

Loose Moose

Very funny!

I had a good laugh!


Not all at once! The elite have kept us all on an ALL CHEMICAL DIET and stopping abruptly is not good for you!

Loose Moose


Toxin dump from Hades is what you're going through.

Congratulations on quitting tobacco! I'm addicted to cleaning my ears. It's such an insignificant addiction, and I'm having a difficult time getting over it. I don't know how people find the strength to overcome more significant addictions, like what you are overcoming. For what it's worth, you have my support. You're doing the right thing, and even though you feel awful now, it's worth it to hold out.

I don't know how dire your situation was before you changed your lifestyle, because there are times when such a dramatic change is necessary. If you can afford it, I recommend finding a health-food retreat or a local support group.

You're doing awesome. The most important thing is getting over the drug addiction. As for the raw food, it is wonderful, and any step in the right direction is a good step.

If you find that you cannot do 100% raw right off the bat (and it's good and fine. "Line by line," step by step and all that. Attaining perfection is in the journey, not to be attained immediately), then I think that eating cooked vegetables and grains is fine. Cooked foods, being partially broken down, can be easier to digest, especially to someone whose body is used to cooked and processed foods.

Also, this may sound gross, but I'd also recommend enemas if you're getting constipated. Defecation is your body primary way of getting rid of toxins, and if you're plugged up, the toxins have a harder time leaving.

You are awesome for tackling such an important part of your life. Endure, be wise, find local support. I also highly recommend prayer. Appealing to a Higher Power is very helpful, and may be essential. I'll include you in my prayers.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

I know someone means well telling you to go to a doctor...

...but doctors just are not equipped to understand raw food diets. Maybe a homeopath or a naturopath. But why bother if you can get releif by cheating and slowing down? Get the book I suggested and you will find you can push through with considerable ease. It is really worth it.

ok see this is what i was worried about

We really need to make sure RP supporters dont get ill during this critical moment. I really hope you haven't eaten anything that can harm you. You might not be digesting enough calories which is why you feel so shitty. Eat some warm chicken noodle soup and you should feel better. I would seek a professional Doctor if conditions get worse. Dont be afraid to cook your food, its what gave us the brain that made us Human. =)


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two choices

Cut back on your regimen or push through. Those are detox symptoms. There are available remedies within your raw food diet to not feel bad. I did it and bypassed the bad feelings. I used a book available on Amazon by AAjonus Vonderplanitz 'We want to live' . He has a strange style but his stuff works despite tons and tones and tons of criticism fom theorizers who have not tried it.

I suggest get it fast and have relief whiel pushing thru.

I hear you.

Over the past 4-5 months I've moved to a 75% raw food diet and it's great but certainly a challenge.

I am a health food hypocrit because I still smoke but I spend $800 a month on all organic food.

I will quit smoking soon but in your case trying to change your addiction to cooked food and addiction to smoking would be very difficult.

Easy my friend. One addiction at a time.



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Is this a joke?

Do you realize what site you're on? There a plenty of forums for exactly what you need. What the frack man?