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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Faith and Food

      Throw back Thursday! Faith and Food was a project Tasha worked on and invited me to participate in last year. I just want to disclose that around the time of the interview, I wasn't a hundred percent vegan, and like I mentioned a few posts back, the insomnia came back in 2014 when I wasn't following a hundred percent 80/10/10 and raw, and I bought a new smart phone. I started craving stuff that I hadn't eaten in a long time, for some reason. I told Tasha this and she said it was ok.

     Update: I've been sleeping really well since I started keeping my smart phone out of the bed room as well as when I started running to prepare for my first 42 k :) :) :) I miss this dress. And I still hate listening to my own recorded voice.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Healing from Anemia!

In early 2013, I was feeling like I needed to change something in my diet.

I had enjoyed the awesome health benefits eating raw the past three years provided, but I was also wondering why some health concerns were not improving. I was hoping that 2 years into raw food, I would see changes, but my health just seemed to plateau.

I then started reading a book called 80/10/10 by Naturopathic Doctor Doug Graham. The principles intrigued me; the book proposed a better way to go about the raw vegan diet, this time cutting out the oil and upping the carb intake by way of fruit.

Starting 80/10/10. I went to this party carrying about 6 bottles worth  of two pineapples blended with spinach. 

Lo and behold, by the time I went through my general checkup in 2013, my red blood cell count had gone up and my anemia had healed! This had never, ever happened before, even when I was a little kid and drank all sorts of drugs called names like Hemoglobin, etc. I also had a meat-eater friend tell me she briefly thought about doing what I was doing if only to get healthy skin like mine at the time (don't judge me now, I'm not completely one hundred percent 80/10/10 anymore and I have been getting insomnia because of some poor health choices).

So there you go. It was such a wonderful surprise! I never, ever thought my anemia would heal! For the first time in my life, I could potentially donate blood!

What an amazing blessing!

Anemia-free in 2013! TGBTG!

My weekly stash the second week of 80/10/10 in 2013. Lots and lots of melons, bananas, mangoes, pineapples, and 2 guyabanos. Not organic though.

Postscript written in 2017: I no longer am on 80/10/10, as I am adding lots of coconut, and other nuts and seeds, as well as probiotics, enzymes and green juice which aren't really part of the 80/10/10 protoco. 80/10/10 is awesome for detox and healing, but I was not able to sustain it due to cravings.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Things to celebrate from the past two years :)

I never got to blog about last year's highlights! Someone complained that I haven't been updating the blog as much lately. Sorry!

Better late than never, though! Briefly, here are some of those highlights:

2013 was an amazing year where I got more into 80/10/10.

I ran my first 5k!

I won a game in my first badminton tournament and improved my standing from the previous year's. (I didn't win the championship but I was super psyched to have started this late and gotten ahead)

I was pronounced anemia-free! 

I went on a road trip in the US with no trips to the hospital :)

I went to a beach wedding allergy-free!

I made dishes for family members without feeling sorry for myself I couldn't eat them. (Yay for taste testers on standby!)

I committed to eating healthy one day at a time.

I stepped in as moderator for an 80/10/10 author while she worked on her book.

In 2014, I was less strict about 80/10/10. I allowed myself some more fat than was recommended and even non-80/10/10 food. I felt like I was missing some kind of source for minerals, so I told my accountability partners that I was going to not be so strict about 80/10/10.

I actually felt less than optimal, even experiencing bouts of insomnia. So I am wondering if maybe I ought to go back on 80/10/10 a little more strictly. We shall see.

One exciting thing from 2014 was climbing Mt. Pulag with friends :) That was an amazing time!

January 5-10, 2014  will be a week of prayer and juice fasting. Aside from my church's suggested prayer points, I will also be praying for personal guidance on tweaking my health regimen, as well as a new health-related business sideline that I am very excited about!

Here's to many breakthroughs and growing more intimate with Him! Here's to being filled to overflow!

PS My mom was hospitalized in 2014 and could not chew her own food for a while. We prayed about considering a food tube for her, eventually deciding on letting her get it, and so far it is helping. Part of what her nurses place in the tube are fruit- and vegetable-based raw smoothies, and many have told us that she looks healthier, and even her doctors are pleased with her improvement. Praise God! :)

I owe God Almighty my health and all these things that I celebrate!


Happy 2015!

Happy 2015!

I am so excited for the new year!

What new goals have you set for yourself this year?

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