It’s all a journey…

My name is Kelly, I am 32. This is my blog. My aim is to be honest and open about where I am and what I’m doing with regard to my health. To help myself and hopefully to inspire others; if one person decides to improve their health as a result, then that’s just fab. If not, then I’ve helped myself and you can’t help anyone else before you get your own house in order. So here goes…..

For the past 4 years I have held a passion for health and well-being. My interest was initially sparked due to 2 reasons. Number 1 because my brother had started eating a raw food diet and was raving about the benefits and secondly because I was feeling ill, tired and lacked lust for life.

This was around the middle of 2008; I was nearly 2 stone heavier, I was covered head to toe in a rash and I had no idea where it had come from, I was suffering with anal itching and bleeding when I went to the toilet. I felt like I was in a mess to say the least. My diet was basically anything and everything and I was drinking lots at the weekends. I had never watched what I ate because I was a size 6 in my teens and couldn’t put weight on, however this has gradually increased to a size 12. I wasn’t bothered about that though, I was just fed up that my body was letting me down and the doctor couldn’t do anything to help.

It was then that I realised that my body wasn’t letting me down, I was letting my body down! How can you expect an engine to run properly if you put the wrong fuel in?!! So at the beginning of 2009 I went to a 3 day seminar led by Peter Pure which was full immersion into the raw food diet, with all meals catered for and all 100% raw. I was sold and I changed my diet to 100% raw overnight. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this as the best way to go, but I am a bit of an all or nothing person! Within 6 weeks I lost over a stone in weight and felt so much lighter and switched on, I had lost my brain fog, the rash went and my other symptoms had eased greatly and I was on the way to a full recovery. The following 18 months I managed to keep my diet to around 80-90% raw and I continued to feel great.

I now write to you 9 months later and my diet is considerably more cooked than raw. I got a new boyfriend in December and he makes delicious cooked food I tried it, got hooked and kept eating all the cooked food, we moved to France, decided I would try some local cheese, then some became more and more. Decided to eat out on a few occasions, French mountain food consists of meat, cheese, potatoes, bread, so the choice for a raw vegan is limited to say the least! So I would opt for a veggie pizza, for a treat (there was a green salad on the menu by the way). This happened a few too many times. I don’t want this to sound like ‘raw’ is the ultimate goal, just being healthy and happy is the goal, I just feel that eating so much cooked food and not always the most healthy cooked food hasn’t been serving me. The brain fog has been creeping back, my energy levels aren’t as good as they could be, but don’t worry my bottom is ok!

It’s not all bad, I have been juicing on occasion and I have been pretty consistently having just fruit for breakfast. So that’s at least one raw meal a day! So really my blog is to give an honest, open account of what I’m eating, how I’m feeling and my journey back into eating more healthy food and more raw food – 100% is not the goal, just what feels right. I’ll try different things and report in my blog. But it’s not all about the food, exercise too, which I’ve been pretty lapse at lately and also state of mind… I would like to meditate regularly. Stress is pretty low living here as I’m basically living the mountain dream, but it’s always something to keep an eye on. Lots of fresh air, drinking plenty of clean spring water and living life to it’s fullest potential are also my aims.. hopefully you’ll join me! x