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One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: chilove ()
Date: June 19, 2006 10:58AM

Hello,

I just wanted to share my one year story with you
guys. I am coming up on my one year anniversary of
eating 100% high fruit/low fat raw without any slip
ups! I was about 80% raw for a year prior to that.
I am so proud of myself. I would never have
imagined a few years ago that I could do something
like this. I am so glad that I got as sick as I did so
that I can have the opportunity to feel how we are
really meant to feel!

My body has healed from fibromyalgia (extreme pain), chronic fatigue, IBS, hormonal imbalances, PMS, chronic bladder infections, yeast infections, dandruff, a suspicious looking skin growth (cancer?), depression, panic attacks and probably a few more things that I am forgetting. I was really falling apart after 36 years of eating a junk food vegan version of the SAD.

The changes that I've noticed are: much more energy,
more motivatation and enthusiasm for life, much better
moods, a deeper sense of spirituality, a greater
appreciation for nature and colors, more sensitivity
to chemicals, a greater appreciation of simple
flavors, dandruff has gone away, painful swollen
breasts every month around my period have gone away,
excessive underarm persperation has gone away, bad
breath and body odor has gone away, I've lost 60lbs
efffortlessly, I have no more pain from fibromyalgia
(unless I eat something less than ideal--even if it's
raw--something dehydrated for example), clearer, more
vibrant skin and eyes, whiter teeth. I feel very
optimistic about my future and actually look forward
to every day, which is new to me! :-)


I have noticed that you must keep making improvements
to your diet if you want to keep feeling great, or at
least my body has demanded it. It only wants the
best!! This is hard to accept sometimes when I
occasionaly want to eat less than ideal food (a complicated, badly combined recipe for example), but it's not that hard when you work on the emotional issues that are driving you to eat.

I want to encourage everyone to do this!!! The rewards
are so great and I promise you that if I can do it,
anyone can. As a former compulsive eater and self
acknowleded junk food addict, I am living proof that
anyone can change if you are motivated enough!! :-)

Audrey

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: luna_sky_1 ()
Date: June 19, 2006 05:51PM

CONGRATS! ! ! AWESOME JOB! ! !

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: rawgosia ()
Date: June 20, 2006 12:15AM

Thanks for sharing! smiling smiley
Gosia


Raw Rood by RawGosia

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: Rainbow ()
Date: June 21, 2006 03:44AM

Hi Chilove,

Your experience is soooo amazing and encouraging to me!!! I am on 100% raw almost 6 months and I feel the great change!! I will not go back this time.

Thanks for sharing!

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: la_veronique ()
Date: June 23, 2006 08:45AM

nice

veryyy nice

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: thebigsophie ()
Date: June 25, 2006 11:53AM

TOTALLY INSPIRATIONAL!!

that is just what i needed to hear right now.


im also a comulsive overeater, have chronic fatigue and hormonal imbalances,pms, yeasties and depression... i say 'have' losely though cos im 2 years into pusuing raw. i did have a long relapse over most of last year though.

im noticing some of the effects you mention in the positives and theyre very encouraging..

thanks so much for being so specific and honest. i really apreciate it!

peace

...'the big sophie' (taking care of the little sophie)

[eat.rawfood.com]

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: chilove ()
Date: June 27, 2006 11:13AM

Thanks so much everyone!

Hi Sophie,

Have faith. If you stay raw you are doing the best for your body and it will keep on getting better. You might want to check out www.dyingtogetwell.com.

Take care,

Audrey
www.rawhealing.com

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: rawcountry ()
Date: July 31, 2006 09:12AM

Thanks for sharing. I have FMS too - I've been 98% for 2 months and my pain is almost gone. WHAT A GREAT THING! I'm looking forward to sharing with the FMS communities. Hugs Peggy

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: August 11, 2006 11:47AM

Fantastic. You did great!
I am just starting. I don't know quite how to begin. I am a breast cancer survivor, and I need to change my life. Starting with food. I just don't know how to start. Any info would greatly be appreciated.

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: sunshine79 ()
Date: August 14, 2006 01:51PM

kmartignoli,

for inspiration I would suggest a google search for "raw food before after" - you'll get a list of sites with before & after pics of raw foodists and their stories (I'm a sucker for before & after pics, ha).

Then search amazon.com for raw food books and pick one that appeals to you. Despite my years and years of avid interest in nutrition, as well as going to school for biochemistry, I could not have done this diet without a book. So much of it is the opposite of what we are taught, that it really helps to read a book to get the whole philosophy.

Good luck, and I love your statement: "I need to change my life. Starting with food." That's funny- so true, I've found. When the diet is good, everything else seems to fall in place.

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: chiquita ()
Date: August 21, 2006 06:12AM

wow your story is very inspirational. i am now embarking on a similar diet to heal similar ailments. i hope it works as well for me smiling smiley

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: September 08, 2006 05:59AM

How does one do this with a full time job and other demands/expectations without using all available free time to prepare food?

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: VirtualVegGrrl ()
Date: September 13, 2006 12:34AM

It's a lot easier than it seems. I asked myself the very same question just a month ago, but I decided to just give it a try. What I've realized is, that you don't have to get all elaborate about it and try to prepare all these recipes. I only do that if I'm craving something really badly (which has already gotten less often since I cut back on sugar!) and mostly on the weekends.

Just replace breakfast with fruit, try a fruit salad. Or just grab some fruit if you usually eat breakfast on the go, some apples, an orange, banana, etc.

Take some "fast fruit"(apples, bananas, pears, peaches, etc.) or raw nuts& dried fruit or some sprouted seeds or beans/legumes to snack on at work, or for lunch. (They have sprouted seeds & beans at Whole Foods Markets if you live near one.)

I usually try and have a salad or get more elaborate for dinner.

Basically, just do it!
If you can't help but eat something cooked one day, don't feel too bad about it, just try again the next day. The more you do it, the easier it gets smiling smiley

Good luck!


~Jennifer



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/13/2006 12:44AM by VirtualVegGrrl.

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: VirtualVegGrrl ()
Date: September 13, 2006 12:41AM

Hi Audrey!

I was so excited to read your story! I have Fibro too, which (besides the common sense factor/my interest in whole foods) is the main reason I decided to dive into being Raw.

It's only been a few weeks so far, and only 100% for one of them (though high for the rest) so I'm wondering what to expect? How long until you saw some real progress?

Also, did you have brain fog? And if so, how did going raw affect that?That's my biggest issue right now...

One more question, what type of Raw diet do you follow? I read Shelly's story, and I know she's into the Natural Hygiene Diet. I keep trying to decide if I should cut out the fats for a month like she did on her first month, to detox faster, or if I should stick w/some fat. (I need to get better ASAP to keep working, on the other hand, if I detox too fast I'm afraid I won't be of much use either!)

Thanks for your story & hope to hear from you!


~Jennifer

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: hereami ()
Date: November 12, 2006 10:11AM

FANTASTIC I am happy for you. I also suffer from numerous years of a junk food diet and I am also trying to improve my diet. I was having some of the same problems and I incorporated ESSAICS TEA to my daily routine and I solved my sleeping [insomnia ] problem in a 4 days. It also cleared up my sinus problem and bronchitis within two weeks. I will continue taking it for protection and prevention. Send email and I will tell you where I purchased it, to get the best price and quality. Hereami

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: violetpetals ()
Date: November 14, 2006 09:10PM

Audrey,

Thank you for sharing your very inspirational story. I am new to going raw but not new to vegan. What are your recommendations as resources/books for mean planning. Thank you
Adrianne

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: chilove ()
Date: November 23, 2006 02:31PM

Hi Guys,

I follow a very simple, high fruit, low fat diet and adhere to Natural Hygiene principles as much as I can.

As far as book recommendations I recommend anything that Dave Klein sells at www.livingnutrition.com. I highly recommend subscribing to his magazine. I also recommend Dr. Doug Graham's new book 80/10/10.

All the best,

Audrey
www.rawhealing.com

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: December 04, 2006 12:24AM

I have been off an on with raw for 5 years now. The first time I tried it I loved it and stuck with raw for 9 months. I recently went back to 100% raw because the food is just so damn good and the results it has on my overall being is priceless.

I have fibroids and would like to know if anyone out there has tried vitalzym. From what I read it suppose to shrink fibroids. Please give me feedback. I would appreciate it.

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Has anyone tried Vitalzym for fibroids?
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: December 04, 2006 12:26AM

I have been off an on with raw for 5 years now. The first time I tried it I loved it and stuck with raw for 9 months. I recently went back to 100% raw because the food is just so damn good and the results it has on my overall being is priceless.

I have fibroids and would like to know if anyone out there has tried vitalzym. From what I read it suppose to shrink fibroids. Please give me feedback. I would appreciate it.

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Re: Has anyone tried Vitalzym for fibroids?
Posted by: trinity082482 ()
Date: December 06, 2006 04:02PM

Wow! Congrats.

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: December 28, 2006 04:00PM

GOOD JOB! IM LOOKING FORWARD TO DO THE SAME.

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: Inaia ()
Date: March 27, 2007 05:57AM

Thx for sharing this. very inspirayional. just what I needed to hear (read). smiling smiley

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: fuzzysox ()
Date: April 07, 2007 08:23PM

thakyou so much for posting this it really helps wen im feeling down :]

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: rawcountry ()
Date: May 03, 2007 08:28AM

Audrey, may I use the text from here (your post only) to put in myspace blog? I have several articles in there concerning FMS successes using Fruitarian diet and I would really love to put this information in too. Thanks. Love Peggy

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: islandgirl ()
Date: July 11, 2007 11:15AM

How long would you say it takes to notice an improvement in FMS symptoms with a Fruitarian diet?

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: kimmy ()
Date: July 01, 2008 09:59AM

Thanks for sharing your story it is definitley inspirational... and motivating.

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: July 04, 2008 03:16PM

Audrey,

Thank you for shring your story, you are an awesome woman to have achieved so much :-).
I am currently transitioning to 100% raw vegan, by starting with 100 day raw, so far i am feeling great and more motivated.

keep up the wonder work you are doing in helping others.


[theepicureanrawvegan.wordpress.com]

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: LeslieRaw ()
Date: September 15, 2008 01:32AM

Audrey,

thank you for sharing your inspiring story.

I need to hear successes now and then to keep my motivation up.

Leslie

raw for what, 50 days now? 2nd time around. Loving it.

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: January 18, 2010 02:59PM

Hello Hereami,

I am interested in the ESSAICS TEA you are taking.
Could you please tell me where you got it and how much of it do you take?

Thanks,
Tanisha

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Re: One year 100% raw, Fibro & Chronic Fatigue Healed
Posted by: Maryl_E ()
Date: January 26, 2010 06:06PM

Thank you Audrey - this really inspires me!!!!!!

I am 38 years old - in a year I hope to say that I am 39 years young. I have chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia and some other lesser complaints, but the fatigue is so miserable now that I am not only finally ready to give up my favorite cooked foods, but I am GLADLY giving them up. Doctors and conventional medicine have been nothing short of a massive disappointment. I am taking back control of my life by choosing to put only raw, living foods in my mouth. I'm 3 days into 95% raw, and I hope to write a testimonial like yours someday soon.

Namaste,
Maryl

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