So yes, I’m a self confessed health junkie. I obsess over only buying organic wholefoods and caning raw super-foods. Alcohol is now a substance I use to make herbal healing tinctures! I read and read and read and read…. quenching my thirst for healing knowledge, and I nag and drill info into my loved ones, even though I watch them roll their eyes…. because they dared to moan about their ailments!
How did it start..
How did I get here? Well… by starting out the exact opposite.
My unhealthy lifestyle started when I was around 15. I developed a body image issue and struggled with an eating disorder. I would drink caffeine and smoke cigarettes to curb my hunger. And it wasn’t unheard of for me to occassional throw up a meal, due to the full feeling making me feel uncomfortable.
I spent my teens and 20’s being very sociable and living extremely hedonistically (it was the 90’s!)… I have absolutely no regrets, I had the time of my life, it was so much fun and I have had some weird and crazy experiences and met some strange and beautiful people. A very surreal era, yet a time of great self discovery and spiritual awakening.
However… what goes up, must come down! So after every weekend, I spent the week suffering aniety, depression, panic attacks and mood swings. I was very under weight, grey and spotty complextion, and I often felt so weak, sometimes I was too scared to go to sleep because I literally thought I might not wake up again! No exaggeration!
So I wasn’t eating very much, then filling my system with toxins, and over exerting my energy.
I suffered all kinds of health issues, very low energy, seasonal flu, regular colds and viruses, swollen glands, heart burn and indigestion and my asthma used to flare up very regulary, mainly as a symptom to a cat allergy. (I had 5 cats!)
My first wake up call to nutrition was when I was around 19 and became a vegan. I didn’t make any special dietary changes, I had been vegetarian since I was 12, so I just cut out the dairy! It wasn’t long before I started suffering nutritional deficency symptoms, one of which was nerve pains.
I visited my GP a few times, he took blood and checked me over but couldn’t get to the bottom of my symptoms. There was no internet then, so I popped to the library and read a few health books, I learned Vitamin B12 was needed for nerve health. Immediately, I walked to the health shop. Within a week my symptoms were gone. Light bulb moment!!!
Such a core memory for me as that was the beginning to now!
So from age 19 and for the past 19 years, I have been addicted to studying nutrition. I spent 5 years eating a strict macrobiotic diet and cut down on the hedonism. The better I was eating, the better I felt. It was amazing. I was happy, full of energy and stopped getting poorly. Then joined the gym and really enjoyed the focus on fit. It felt so good!
The biggest thing I noticed was that if I was around others who were sneezing and coughing, I stopped catching their bug. This is when I realised that the germ isn’t the problem.
Old habits returned
Then for a while, after my marriage ended 10 years ago, I started going out again. Soon I was partying a bit like before. My physical and mental disharmony returned. I was drinking every night, and my life started to struggle a bit again.
I started getting flakey in my job, and illnesses started to occur again.
A new relationship changed my life. I moved to the countryside and the rural more isolated environment helped me really find myself.
2012 was a huge year for changes. I had another baby, organised a festival for the first time, took Archie out of school and began the home education journey, and DISCOVERED RAW FOOD!!!.
The benefits felt from changing our diet was incredible! I thought I ate healthy before, but this was something else! Not just full of energy and happy mood but also brain clarity and focus.
Hanging out in the kitchen baking and cooking was always one of my favorite things to do, but I had got bored. Getting creative with raw food recipes has sparked a new lust for intuitive culinary inventions.
So here I am now, a high raw vegan living a (mostly) healthy life. I am so eager to inspire others who may be struggling with the same or similar issues and ailments, or any health problems.
I have been blown away with just how easy it is to reverse health from bad to good… and vice versa!
Whatever you are dealing with, let food be your medicine. It really does matter!!
And now when I go dancing to trance and techno, I munch cacao!!