Because some of my favorite fresh foods were giving me untold pain, I discussed the situation with my internal medicine doctor who's simple remedy was to eat nothing raw. Whatever went into my mouth must be cooked. If a green salad agreed with me, I could eat it in small portions. Thankfully, lettuce didn't send me into nearly unbearable waves of abdominal spasms, which on a scale of 1 to 10 was right up there with the labor pains just prior to giving birth.
|What isn't shown is the trash bin on the|
backside of the juicer. All the fiber gets
stored there, ready to be discarded.
But it didn't last. Four intestinal surgeries later and at least a half dozen hospital stays due to a twisted colon, I was at my wit's end, wondering how I would survive when food had become my enemy. It was during my last hospital stay that the attending doctor called in a specialist that I'd never seen before and knew nothing about. He turned out to be a God-send. With descriptions and hand-drawn pictures of what was happening in my intestinal system, he explained everything in great detail and then informed me that if I wanted to get well and live a normal life, I needed to eat a vegan diet.
During the past two years I have lost weight, had more energy, saw a great improvement in my skin, and generally considered myself to be well. I stayed away from many fruits and vegetables that I really liked unless they were cooked. Every so often I'd eat an apple or a handful of carrots and always paid the price. That's when the vomiting would begin again. And the "labor pain" like spasms. And the fear that somehow I'd end up back in the hospital again. I can't begin to explain how thankful I am that that hasn't happened.
|Juicing carrots makes a great drink,|
but the fiber, which my body needs,
gets thrown into the juicer trash bin.
So it was that I began thinking about going "raw." And knowing that I couldn't just sit down with an apple and a bunch of carrots and a dozen or so green beans (a real favorite) or even some fresh snow peas tossed into my salad, I began thinking about purchasing an extractor--a machine that would turn all the fruits and vegetables I loved into a healthy drink while leaving the fiber intact. The more I thought about it, the better the idea sounded. I spent a couple of months considering whether the purchase would be worth while or simply a waste of money. If you've priced extractors, you know they are expensive. So I did my homework and ended up buying a Nutri-Bullet, mostly because Consumer Report gave it such a high rating and it was the least costly of the lot.
|I'm anxious to see if turning whole|
fruits and vegetables into a drink that
includes all the fiber gives me an
added boost, more energy, and a
general feeling of well being. I'll keep
I've decided to take you along on the journey. I'll let you know how things go, which raw food recipes taste the best, how easy the appliance is to use, and if I consider the purchase money well spent. If this subject intrigues you, or if you've had intestinal problems yourself, then come along for the ride. And while there is no way I intend to go completely "raw," I'm looking forward to seeing if amplifying my vegan diet with the liquid of fruits and vegetables I know and love makes any difference in my daily life.