Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Listen to Your Body re: What You Eat

A woman writes the following:

We have been raw/vegan now for about 5 weeks. The first 10 days we felt great, but since then we both are feeling extremely lethargic. I am wondering if we are missing vitamins, or is this a detox effect? We are sleeping 10 hours at night, then we nap 2-3 hours a day when we can. This is very unusual for us. Also we have no ambition or energy to do anything other than what is absolutely necessary. We have a veggie juice in the a.m., usually fruit and nuts for snack and lunch, then dinner is steamed veggies with tofu, or raw veggie salad. If you have any thoughts on how to get over this or what it is, please let me know! Thanks.

Here's what I responded:

I would recommend reading the book Conscious Eating by Gabriel Cousens, M.D. He goes over different ways of eating and discusses the ways in which our individual biochemistries are affected by what we eat.

It may be that eating raw vegan food is not the whole answer. We might need to eat raw food according to the tenets of Ayurveda, or even, perhaps, our blood type. Also, there's always the question of whether we as raw vegans are getting enough B-12. And are we getting enough sunlight (Vitamin D)? Another thing to consider is: Are we eating too much of a food that we might be allergic to? This is all food for thought.

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