It is estimated that 60% of disease is caused by the SAD diet. If food is the culprit, I believe that food can be the answer. Susan Powers, Rawmazing.com
May 22 marked 8 weeks of our new eating plan and the time has flown by, as it always does. Unfortunately, as seems to be the norm for us, we had a few other challenges to deal with in the same time frame, which limited my opportunities to invest in incorporating change into our diet. These included, but are not limited to:
-working on developing my blogging skills, since I only started my blog 3 weeks before deciding to revamp our eating habits.
-going through the process of looking for, then beginning the training of, an aide who is now coming into our home to help care for our cp girl.
-another stage of this undertaking was adapting to having the aide in our house on an almost daily basis. Since we homeschool, most of our family is at home all day long, and adding an outsider to our mix takes getting used to, even though she is a very sweet and kind girl. Our preference would be to care for our daughter ourselves, but after 10 years of doing so, we are burnt out and can no longer do it alone.
-initiating a relationship with another government agency regarding the aide issue as the number of care hours our daughter requires is not covered by the agency we began the respite programme with. This includes multiple in-depth interviews and paperwork regarding her extreme care needs to get the care in place.
-working our way through our spring birthday season, as we celebrate 5 birthdays within the space of 6 weeks. We do birthdays very simply around here, but 5 in such a short time takes some sustained effort.
-having 2 appointments in the city for our daughter. We try to limit the numbers of trips we have to make for our daughter’s medical needs, as they are truly exhausting.
-getting our garden in shape, planting our veggies, fruits, and flowers for the summer growing season. Last year was our first year back at gardening after a few year’s break, so there was still a lot of cleaning up to do this spring. (We live on almost 2 acres of land.) This included trying to start plants from seeds for the first time ever.
-doing our tax returns (x7), and compiling all our homeschooling receipts to submit for reimbursement. (Alberta is the only province that I know of that provides some minimal funding for homeschooled students.)
-continuing to research brain injury, health issues in general, and the world we live in.
My head kind of spins just reading that! Happily, our improving health has made it a little easier to deal with the stuff that comes our way. Even though we have not been consistently eating raw/vegetarian/vegan, both my husband and I have each lost about 11 pounds. More importantly, our clothes are fitting way better (I have dropped 2 sizes in the pants I am wearing), and we are more comfortable being active. And that is in spite of our birthday season, a couple of traditional pasta suppers, our celebratory spring-is-here steak barbecue, and other departures from strictly healthy eating. (Don’t tell anyone but we actually bought doughnuts for the family from Tim Horton’s on our way home from our city appointment! We were very tired!) Our goal is still to reach about 60% raw, but we don’t have a nervous breakdown if we have an off day.
Some of the things I enjoy about our new food lifestyle:
-grocery shopping is a lot more fun, and easier somehow. I spend almost all my time (30 minutes?) in the produce section, bagging fruits and veggies. It takes a lot of time to fill 2 carts full of enough fresh produce to feed 12 people for most of the week.
Our weekly shopping expedition! Kidding, almost!
-I feel like we can occasionally afford to buy some more exotic fruit, because we are not spending that money on dairy (very expensive!), or meat (still buying some, but much less).
-we have much less garbage, and a lot more raw material for our composters, which is a definite bonus to my gardener’s heart!
-I am having fun trying out new recipes with old favourite and new favourite ingredients, like raw baba ganoush, raw ratatouille, bok choy salad (which was surprisingly very yummy, as I had never had raw bok choy before).
-we are all trimming down, and looking healthy.
Problems with this food plan? Just one really. We run out of supplies before the week is up, and either don’t have the time or the money to go and replenish the larder. (An illustration: 12 bananas x 7 days = 84 bananas, or 13 average sized bunches.) That is more of a logistical problem than anything else, though. Overall, we are very pleased, and are looking forward to ever-improving health. The linked articles below are very informative if you are looking for more reading. Wishing you good health!