There are many health benefits to going raw food vegan and while we are not expecting it to cure me (would be nice, but at this point we are only a handful of weeks into the process), it does seem to at least be allowing me to finally drop some of the weight I put on from the health problems and I am actually consuming more calories than I normally would. It also seems to be helping with the IBS. It hasn't cured it and it still switches, but it seems to be staying on the D side more than the C side now which is a huge improvement because C is so much more painful and for much longer than D is and I spent all of my growing up with the D version if my mom's medical history for me is correct so it is the one I view as my normal.
It hasn't gotten rid of the migraines or the joint pain, but we are learning a lot about food and in a lot of ways, my digestive problems. I don't think my digestive system has been absorbing the food properly, probably in part because no matter how hard I try I have a hard time chewing so I have to just take really small bites, try to chew, and then swallow. We have been juicing and blending the foods and I get so much less stomach pain and my skin is getting super soft, probably because I am actually getting the vitamins in the food finally. We did start off with unblended foods and I realized that everything was coming out basically intact, like I could identify what I had eaten, which we figured was probably not good. So we started blending and juicing sooner than we had planned to since I can't chew which helps to make sure I am getting a good variety because I can kill the taste of most foods by adding enough of something I like to it to counter the taste of what I don't like (still haven't managed to kill the taste of celery but I am sure I will eventually find a way).
When I did try eating a whole apple unblended after a week or so on the blending/juicing it caused a lot of pain so I may be blending for the rest of my life if my ability to chew and digest doesn't improve. We have agreed that every once in a while, basically holidays and our birthdays we will break the eating pattern for one meal although if on Kevin's birthday (which would be the first non-vegan/blended/raw meal) I get pain like I did on the apple I may give it up all together. Mashed potatoes might work because you don't actually have to chew that. Still, we will see what happens and I will update in October when his birthday is.
We are taking a multi-vitamin and an omega vitamin just to make sure we get everything we need nutrition wise if we are missing anything from the food. I have found a site http://www.fitday.com that actually tracks the vitamins in what I am eating and so if I ever manage to consistantly get them all above 100% minus the B12 and D I may switch to just taking those two vitamins instead of the multi-vitamin. So far I have about half over 100%, a quarter over 75% and the remaining quarter I need to work on finding foods I can use to get more of the vitamins from.
While I was never depressed before, I actually feel like my mood has improved some, probably because I am finally able to start dropping weight, nothing like seeing that number go in the direction it should be to make someone feel better about herself. I don't really have a goal weight I am aiming for. I figure if I am getting enough calories and enough vitamins and whatnot, whatever weight my body settles at is the one it is supposed to be and I will be happy with that.
Exercise is still minimal due to the joint pain and dizziness, but I am hoping as the weight goes down maybe some of that will become less and I can start to actually exercise like I used to.
Off to try and figure out how to calm down so I can sleep.