It's been a very interesting 8 months! As you may know I've been focusing exclusively on raw, whole foods and have avoided most everything else including raw 'junk food'. This includes high fat avocados, dehydrated foods, processed foods, sauces, oils, bars and other foods that contain raw ingredients but have been processed. Basically I've eaten locally or organically grown fruits and veggies with a very limited about of nuts or seeds.
There have been many benefits to this but the one thing that stands out for me has been the ability to feel how everything I eat affects me.
I was fascinated with what I've learned.
From my research and personal experience, most people can't tell how a specific food or ingredient truly affects them. When you eat a diet of anything but natural, fresh, raw whole foods you have a hard time hearing the signals your body gives you. Your body gets insulated and numbed to the natural signals it sends. Processed and denatured foods do that. Chemicals and toxins do that. These signals are essential to health since they are the only way you can tell if what you're doing is helping or hurting, though most people on our planet can't hear them.
Here's a great example. I often would eat salads with green onions, arugula and similar ingredients. After many months of focusing only on whole foods, I've noticed how foods that some categorize as irritants like green onions affect me. Just after eating a salad containing green onions or arugula for example, I feel a buildup in my throat and often cough a few times right after the meal. I tested this by eating my next dinner meal consisting of only leafy greens of spinach and romaine with a blended grapefruit and tahini dressing and didn't have that reaction. I felt awesome with no effects at all.
A similar test for this reaction was eating a portobello mushroom drizzled with a few drops of organic flax oil and nama shoyu. Before the end of the evening I had a small buildup of mucus in my nose whereas I normally don't, especially now after almost 8 months of eating only whole raw foods. This was quite revealing since I only used a very small amount of both ingredients and the effects were evident in hours. My body was obviously trying to get rid of mucus created by the small amount of processed foods I ate. How subtle!
This experience of clean nasal passages alone is amazing for me since for years I had experienced so called 'allergy' symptoms of runny noses during certain seasons, nasal congestion at other times or just plain buildup of 'junk' that would often be present. Now going through almost a year of different seasons I haven't had any difficulties, congestion or buildup... only when adding processed or irritating raw foods for testing on rare occasions.
By eliminating most of the processed foods and focusing mainly on whole foods I've noticed the signals my body gives me very clearly, often within minutes or within a day if not less. The signals are very evident and clear. I'm amazed by the clarity this provides me in how most anything affects my body. From stress, to different foods, scents, chemicals, people... anything in my environment.
Another thing I've noticed is that I'm never moody. In the past, even after eating 100% raw for a few years I would still feel moods come on at times, although much less than when on a partially cooked diet. Now regardless of what happens I always feel good and never feel my body 'taking over' with moods or unpleasant feelings of any kind. It's a true joy to feel this way.
The experience has been enlightening and in my belief has brought me to a new level of health. Every day is amazing and just continues to get better. Our body is our natural guide... our built in GPS if I may, that helps us navigate away from what is not meant for us and towards pure health, but only if we allow it to by keeping processed and toxic foods out. In my opinion, this is truly what natural health is meant to be.
There is so much on this subject... I've only just begun. Let me know your thoughts and questions!