I know that as a woman I should embrace the natural cycles that my body goes through, but I hate menstrual cramps. My cycle is just finishing up, and I popped more advils this past week then ever before. In my quest for a cure, I stumbled upon a blog post titled “The Low, Down and Dirty About Cooked Foods” from The Raw Divas site. In that post Tera says that after going raw she stopped having pms and cramps… could she be on to something?? With this in mind, I decided to try their 7 Day Detox. It’s totally free to do and challenging as heck for someone like me who loves cooked foods. I officially started yesterday, and I can already hear my ego voice trying to convince me that I should quit. It’s starting to win. *Sigh*
Hmmm… I think the break from cooked food has got me thinking some more on what may be the real cause of my cramps. Maybe this is my ego’s attempt at looking for a way out of becoming a raw vegan :P… The more I think about it, I’m almost positive that caffeine and dairy are the major culprits. I can give up caffeine and dairy, just not sure I’m ready to totally give up all cooked foods yet. Nice going ego.
Speaking of ego, I also decided to start reading A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle and to follow along with Oprah and Eckhart’s Monday night classes. I’m just finishing up chapter 2 and I must say, it’s a lot to grasp. He speaks quite a bit about the dysfunction of identifying ourselves with our ego and all the many things that it wants and needs. As I read this book, I can’t help but to think that maybe I’m not quite awakened yet. Or maybe that’s what my ego wants me to believe… Nonetheless, I intend to read the entire book and follow along with the classes. I find that I comprehend the book better after I watch the videos.
Anyhow, I gotta go. ‘Til next time. 😉
According to Natasha if you want to avoid taking your favorite food divert your mind in reading your favorite books She had done it and achieved it. Natasha wanted to get rid of cramps which is the root cause of cooked food and diary products. She liked it so much. The trick she has made is she had avoided those food and read books like A New Earth and Oprah and Eckhat's night classes to divert her mind. Anyway she is successful. Do you have any idea to divert your mind.
Those cramps are really the worst that happens in life! As you say, I also feel that diary and caffeine are the worst enemies. If you really want to get away from both, think how bad they are and how badly they affect your health. Then am sure you would keep away from taking both.
If you don’t mind me pointing out, according to Chinese Medicine, a pure raw food diet can be quite harsh on the whole body. Raw foods tend to be cold in nature and your body has to first warm up the food (to the body’s temp), then take more energy to digest it. If it uses all it’s energy to warm the food, there’s little to no energy left to for proper digestion. So your urge for cooked foods is a good one!
As for cramps, as an acupuncturist, I treat PMS and other symptoms with acupuncture and Chinese herbs with great success! It’s all about bringing your body back into balance so it can function the way it’s supposed to. Avoiding foods may help, especially if you have severe food allergies, but to me, it’s probably not the most effective route… And yeah, our minds have so much to do with our health! Thanks for the info in your post.
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I would be able to part with the cooked foods if someone comes and tells me that you can get rid of the cramps by the 7 day detox program.
I am a person who would not bother about my ego when it comes to parting with cooked and delicious food items for the purpose of getting out of pms and cramps.
Will get it a try very soon. Thanks for the article.
Heya all, thanks for the comments. 🙂
Kevin – I think it will get easier also. I’m actually starting to experience some see some of the things I’ve been reading about in my daily life.
Monique – yeah it’s tough to give up tasty foods. heck I’ve already fallen off the wagon…
Barbara – Yeah the classes are cool. They really help to bring it all together, in my opinion.
Hope you’re feeling better.
I am reading the same book, but haven’t had a chance to check out the class yet…good thing they’re available in the video archives. The book is great, now I just have to catch up on the class.
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Those cramps are the worst… but I doubt I could give up some of my delicious foods to prevent myself from having them.
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I don’t know much about the cramp situation, so you’re on your own with that, but the ego thing I have been dealing with for a long time. lol. 🙂 I wouldn’t worry too much about it since you’re only on the second chapter. It will be easier and likely all come together by the time you’re done with it and the classes, I am sure. Good luck !