365 Raw: Day 58 with “Bananas”

Can you guys believe I’ve almost hit 60 days of raw?! Can you further believe that I’ve gone almost sixty days without doing a post about bananas? Me neither. I really like bananas. As you guys know, we go through a lot of them at our house (bought 16 bunches at one store alone last Friday). I had six of them today myself. So, I thought I’d list some things I like about bananas:

  • They are sweet.
  • They are filling.
  • They keep things running smooth (digestion).
  • They help me meet my caloric needs.
  • They are nutritious.
  • They are convenient.
  • They come in their own packaging.
  • They are in all the grocery stores around here.
  • They get better with age… to a point anyway lol.

I found a video by FoodnSport that talks about the Top 10 Health Benefits of Bananas. Check it out and see if you don’t fall in love with the benefits too. Another thing about bananas is that it is very important to eat them when they are ripe. This is the only frustrating thing for me where bananas are concerned. Sometimes we can only get them green, so I try to always have piles of bananas ripening in my house. I found another video about how to ripen bananas and tell when they are ready to eat. This proved very helpful.

In case you haven’t had your fill of banana talk today, here’s a banana recipe that is sure to put a smile on your face. Yes, we raw foodies have a good time with our food. My kids have often witnessed me doing a little jig while I’m blending or cutting up my food lol. I hope this encourages you to incorporate more bananas into your day.

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What I read: Numbers 8-10

What I ate:

  • Breakfast -Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 2 bananas, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz spinach, 6 oz strawberries)
  • Lunch – 4 bananas, whole foods mango salsa & raw sea crackers
  • Dinner – My stomach wasn’t happy after the crackers, juiced 8 oranges
  • PM Snack – stomach still ick, celery w/ raw salsa & apple juice

What I did: TKD classes cancelled today due to weather 🙂 Yep, we got our snow day!

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 58:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
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Are you starving?

dietingSo many people in America are dying of starvation. I’m not just talking about the ones who don’t get enough food. I’m talking about those starving nutritionally. If you add them to the number not eating enough, you’ve got most of the country dying of starvation. A person can eat 5,000 calories per day, but still be in “starvation-mode”. Our bodies require vitamins, and minerals to function properly, but most of the food consumed in this country contains very little (if any) of what we need… and a whole lot of what we don’t. Hence, all the dietary disease we’re seeing. When you aren’t properly fed, your body prompts you to eat more in an attempt to get those nutrients. Your body believes you are starving even when you’re eating high caloric foods. This is a defense mechanism that the dieting industry forces us to fight against in order to lose weight. Oh sure, they tell us to “eat healthy” (which means something different to every “expert”), but dieting keeps us nutritionally starved. Most obese people have a ridiculous amount of willpower (contrary to popular belief), but their bodies are working tirelessly against them because they are starving. I’ve been in the obese category. I’ve had 100+ pounds of extra weight, so I do “get it”. We don’t have to believe the lies that we’re weak or lazy. If you’re like me, you’ve successfully done more “diets” than you can count. The truth is, when you add calorie restriction to nutritional starvation, you get a double whammy. Now you are under-eating for your basic caloric needs (you need fuel to function), and you’re nutritionally challenged. This is the main reason dieting (calorie restriction, deprivation) doesn’t work long term. Your body reaches a point where it screams louder than your desire to fit into those skinny jeans, and out come the most calorie dense, fatty foods you can think of. Next, guilt sets in and you begin the cycle all over again. This is what keeps the diet industry alive and well… and makes it a $40 billion a year business.

Of course, this doesn’t even take into account the addictive qualities of many of the foods Americans consume. This is another factor that wreaks havoc on the person desperately trying to lose weight. To break the cycle of addiction you must stop consuming addicting things. Sounds simple, but it’s not. This is the point where we notice that spiritual starvation is also a factor. We feed our spirits with junk TV and trashy reading and gossipy news and negative thoughts. All the while, God’s desire is to renew our minds and renew a right spirit within us. This requires us to seek His face. We can’t keep starving our spirits and expect our lives to be empowered supernaturally. “Garbage in, garbage out.”

So what’s the cure? Well, for starters, earnestly seek God and do His will… not your will, not man’s will, not Hollywood’s will, not the government’s will, not your Mamma’s will… God’s will. Secondly, eat nutrient rich, colorful, whole foods. Not pills or potions or other man-made concoctions promising to meet our nutritional needs… or promising low calories, low carb, low fat, low points… etc. If you add in colorful fruits and veggies, you’ll be stocking up on vitamins and nutrients that will make your body oh so happy. When your body and spirit are properly nourished, you’ll find that obesity becomes a non-issue. So, start feeding yourself, don’t look for the next diet, but rather talk to God and spend some of that $40 billion on foods that work with your body, not against it. I always thought that losing weight was far more difficult, but I’m learning it is quite simple when you set your body/spirit up for gaining success.

After five months without dieting or scale-watching, I can honestly say, this is one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. No, I’m not losing weight at “Biggest Loser” rates, but I’m not starving anymore either. I feel much more balanced since hopping off the diet-go-round and avoiding the scale. The weight is coming off, as evidenced by having to pin the waist of my jeans to keep them from falling down; However, far more is going on besides mere weight-loss. I’m healthier on so many levels because I’m no longer starving.

Are you starving? Well, you can change that today… right now in fact. The road ahead will feel uncertain at times, and perhaps even frustrating, but the light will dawn and you’ll find yourself set free if you press on toward the prize.