Friday, April 27, 2012

Raw to Vegan

So why the change?

First, the day after my birthday, I was diagnosed with pleurisy.

What is pleurisy? (From WebMD)

Pleurisy is swelling (inflammation) of the thin layers of tissue (pleura) covering the lungs and the chest wall.

What causes pleurisy?

In young, healthy people an infection of the lower respiratory system camera by a virus or bacteria may cause pleurisy. Pleurisy usually lasts a few days to 2 weeks. In very rare cases, the virus or bacteria may spread and cause pleurisy in others.

Okay, so on Feb. 28, I developed a sinus infection, which then spread to my respiratory system, which then led to pleurisy. What also happened on March 12 what that my doctor sent me to the ER because I had classic heart attack symptoms (I since learned that pleurisy and heart attack symptoms are similar).

I then experienced my first ever, in life, overnight stay in a hospital. (I delivered my children in a birth center with midwives.) It was not pleasant. I was on the cardiac wing and truly overwhelmed by everything. I could give you all the blow-by-blow, but in short, it was lots of meds, the roommate from hell (think George Constanza's mother from Seinfeld - I do a great imitation), no sleep, stress tests, CAT scans, heavy food, constipation for 2 weeks, 2 different docs, 3 nurses, and a whirlwind of blood work that left both of my arms bruised).

I was sick for a total of 5 weeks.

I had my wake-up call from the Universe.

You'd think I'd stick with raw food, but that's not what I got from it.

What had really been happening with me and raw was that I had lots of trouble sticking to it. When I fell off, I felt guilty about it. Then I'd eat whatever was in front of me. And the stress of figuring out what to eat was, in my opinion, unhealthy. Plus I felt like I was letting you all down because I wasn't blogging at all.

What was more important than raw was to develop a healthy relationship with food.

The other thing was that my metabolism has clearly slowed down. I'm 10 lbs heavier than I was this time last year. I also have the stress of my children's disabilities. Clearly, life needed to change.

I also wanted to be able to share my baked goods with you all (gluten-free, of course. White and wheat flour is a scourge for me and my children.) Although I need to lay of that as well, I just felt like I was cooking and couldn't share that on the blog. I want to live in alignment with my values. There's no point in having a raw vegan blog if its author is not a raw vegan.

But I am vegan, and that is what I'm choosing to share with you all now.

I still believe in the power of raw food. Those recipes will still be here. But also whole foods, vegan and gluten-free. I've made so many things since I made the switch, and I look forward to sharing them will you all.

If anyone chooses to unsubscribe, I understand. Thank you for coming this far with me.




Dr. Rhonda said...

OMG! You have been through a lot lately! I am happy you are on your road to recovery. I don't know about anyone else but I am not going anywhere! Raw, vegan, whatever! I am happy to report that I have been a practicing vegan for 3 whole weeks (whoooo hooo). Gave up lots of stuff to celebrate my birthday: meat, eggs, dairy, white flour, pasta, potatoes, coffee, soda, etc. I got a Vitamix for my birthday and it has changed my life! Looking forward to a healthy life but guess what - I've given myself permission to enjoy the occasional splurge of Maryland Crabs this summer! I am the boss of ME and could care less what others think. So Raw or vegan - you are the boss of YOU! You Go Girl! You are my original inspiration to eat healthier and I am glad we crossed paths!

bitt said...

I am so sorry about the illness. I have some chronic illnesses and you have to pick and choose your battles. Nowadays more raw people are not as rigid as they were, I think realizing similar things to you, that it's about a healthy relationship with food. I am so glad your blog will be vegan and gluten-free as I too embrace those food categories and so this blog will certainly still be useful and interesting to me! I wish you lots of health and happiness and fast healing. xoxo

Halona Black said...

I am so glad to see you blogging again! Raw, vegan, a little bit of both -- I don't really care. I am glad you are doing better. I am sure your sons are doing well also with a wonderful mother like you. I look forward to reading more!

Eleanor said...

I'm glad you're alive, and sharing your wisdom and skills.
Much love!


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