This website is for people who want to be all they can be, but without having to follow a rigid life path full of rules and regulations.
For most of my adult life I’ve been a healthy eater who likes to keep fit, and I’ve generally had quite a balanced attitude to health. What is healthy eating anyway? One person’s healthy eating is another person’s nightmare diet or allergy trigger.
I started making juices and smoothies regularly about 10 years ago. That led on to green smoothies, and after a while I started eating more and more raw food. I thought I might even go 100 percent raw – I did it for a month, and really enjoyed it. It seemed the more raw food I ate, the more I loved it.
However although I haven’t eaten meat for 30 years, I’m not a vegan, or even a vegetarian. I never gave up fish. While loving the high raw lifestyle, I’ve never quite gone the whole way and become a 100 percent raw vegan. Maybe I will one day – who knows?
I like to be open-minded about health, especially given my recent health story. I felt I was thriving on a high-raw diet, eating about 60 to 80 percent fruit and vegetables a day, but also eating eggs and fish. I started to replace the eggs and fish with rice and beans, going more towards a high-raw vegan diet.
But instead of getting healthier, I found that I was gaining weight that stubbornly refused to shift whatever I did. It seemed to be immune to exercise – and in any case, the more exercise I did, the worse I felt. I was sleeping 8 to 10 hours a day, and after months of allowing myself to do this, taking lots of rest and increasingly gentle exercise, I felt more fatigued than ever, and my two stone (28lbs) of extra weight was still hanging on in there.
At this point I started to question my thoughts about raw food – especially low-fat raw food. I began to read more and to watch online videos about many different aspects of health. I questioned my assumptions about health.
I learned a lot. I began to increase the amount of “healthy fats” in my diet – more nuts, seeds, avocados, coconut milk – and even extra virgin olive oil (a complete no-no for some raw foodists).
My extra weight did not magically dissolve – but I didn’t gain any more weight either. In fact, not much changed at all!
Health isn’t just about what we eat
What I’ve ultimately learned was that health is much, much more complex than eating more greens or doing a bit of jogging. Although eating greens IS incredibly beneficial! And so is exercise. But there’s much more to it than that.
The body is an incredible machine. It responds to everything in life: food, exercise, sleep, sunlight, stress, emotions, the way you think and more. Everything we encounter has a positive or negative impact on our health.
All types of medicine are important, in my opinion – natural medicine and allopathic (conventional). I probably wouldn’t have survived beyond my second birthday if it hadn’t been for conventional medicine and antibiotics, as I caught measles and whooping cough at just over a year old, and then developed bronchial pneumonia, which made me dangerously ill for 18 months. Antibiotics saved my life as a child.
But these days I try to avoid pharmaceuticals, and if my health needs outside assistance, I look for a natural treatment.
If I get a disease that can’t be satisfactorily treated by natural medicine, I will take the conventional option. When I contracted Lyme’s disease a year ago, I took antibiotics. I didn’t want to, and I asked friends who were into natural medicine if they knew of an alternative, but none of them did. Maybe there is one out there – but I knew it needed to be treated fast, so I took the antibiotics. I also took measures to combat the effects the antibiotics might have on my gut flora. You can read more about what I did here.
I am feeling a lot less fatigued now, and generally getting about 7 to 8 hours’ sleep a night, though the weight hasn’t shifted – yet! I think the fatigue problem was mainly due to a slightly under-active thyroid, a chronic condition suffered by many people these days. Many sufferers probably have no idea that they are affected in this way, and may put it down to ageing or stress – but it can develop into a very serious disease. I’ll write more on this subject later.
There’s no “one size fits all” cure
There are many causes of chronic conditions, and there is no “one size fits all” cure. But there are some general pointers that could help a lot of people, and these will be discussed on this website.
I’ve almost come full circle. I’m still a big raw food fan, and I drink two x 500ml green smoothies every day. Every single day. About 60 to 80 percent of my diet is raw fruit and vegetables. But I still eat fish and eggs, and I still drink alcohol, though not as much as I used to.
I don’t think a junk or processed food diet is good for anyone. And I think almost all of us could benefit from eating more raw fruits and vegetables. But beyond that, do what works best for you.
Everyone is different. Each one of us has a different constitution, a different medical history. What works for me might not work for you – but hopefully the ideas and recipes that I’m going to share on this website will be helpful and inspiring.