Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Thoughts: Meet Jinjee, "I've been raw vegan for 13 years on and off and 100% raw (not including a few slip-ups) for 5 years!". Jinjee is 39 years old.
Here are some photos of her fourth pregnancy - which she says "Painless birthing and rapid recovery with a Raw Vegan Diet!"
And this is Jinjee just 10 days after giving birth!!!
Jinjee didn't always look like this. This is her, before a raw vegan lifestyle, at 24years old, in 1992, at 180 lbs.
This is Jinjee after, at 34 years old, in 2001, after three babies, at 135 lbs. She looks younger here than she did at 24! It is obvious that weight certainly ages a person.
Jinjee's story: I was 25, overweight and tired, starting to feel pains I knew I was too young to be feeling. Then I met Storm! With his influence I began to eat a mostly raw diet with a few simple vegan dishes like rice and beans and began to lose weight and feel better. After about a year I went 100% raw and after a few months I began to feel the most incredible health! I quickly and easily dropped to my ideal weight and became filled with energy. The difference between 100% raw compared to 75%was like night and day!!
I LOVE food! My Father was a Hungarian-Jew and raised me on rich deli food. I teethed on Hungarian sausage, fattened on cold cuts, cheeses, Westfalian ham, lox, cream cheese, Swiss chocolate and German nougat! When I was 15 I started my battle with weight and overeating, a battle that raged continuously for 11 years! Every day of my life I promised myself that "tomorrow" I would control my eating, and I meant it. But no matter how hard or consistently I tried I wasn't able to overcome my eating problem. I prayed, meditated, and worked out furiously. The workouts helped somewhat with my weight during the year or two that I went to the gym daily. But by then I had also become a complete junk food junkie. I ate chocolate bars every day! I was a big fan of milkshakes, ice cream, pizza, nachos and cheese, bagels, pastries, chips, burgers and fries, chocolate chip cookies, anything with meat sauce, and quite simply anything that tasted good!
Looking back in my journals they are filled with the normal and not so normal events of growing up, but the common thread that runs through each entry over the years is my battle with food. One day I'd tell myself that tomorrow I'd eat no sugar, the next day that I'd eat only 3 meals a day, or that this month I'd loose 5 pounds, 10 pounds, 15 pounds, that I'd stick to a certain meal-plan, or try a new diet I'd read about. But nothing worked. My skin began to break out. I tried cutting out chocolate but it didn't help. My face was starting to scar up, ravaged by junk food. My Father, who was overweight and a very disciplined concert pianist, told me to give up, that I was going to drive myself around the bend. But this only made me more determined to win this battle. I was going to vanquish the forces within me that sought my destruction.
Pursuing a music career at 25 I enrolled in College in Santa Barbara California. I was 180 lbs., my heaviest ever, at 5'9", and young and free. Storm (now also known as "Nutman") was also in the music program and we met in the practice rooms and started playing music together. I noticed there was something special about him, an energy, - he glowed. He was very lean, very muscular, very athletic. He was captain of the fencing team and he was on crew, and also took jazz dance and tennis. Later I also discovered he was a martial artist, sailor, and mountain-climber. Although he wasn't on the track team, he spent a lot of time at the track and would often work out with the college's top track athletes.
I was stunned and appalled when I learned that this man, who I thought was in his 20's, was 47 years old! He never talked about his diet, but I noticed he often walked around with a bottle of water. When we started spending more time together playing music and hiking in the mountains, I observed that when he ate, it was usually plain shepherds salad, sprouts, or grapes that he got at the Farmers Markets, which were large gatherings of farmers who sold their produce twice a week in stalls on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. It was there that I discovered the joys of fresh organic avocados, tomatoes, sprouted humus, fresh squeezed orange juice, dried apricots, raisins, pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds, guava pineapples, strawberries, bananas, smoothies, wheatgrass juice, seaweed, melons, peaches, sprouts and Tom Shepherd's delicious pre-washed salad mix that I could eat right out of the bag. I was caught up in the sensuality of eating these foods uncooked, in their natural fresh state. And I suddenly found myself rarely eating anything else. Between Santa Barbara and surrounding areas Goleta, Montecito, and Carpenteria, there was a Farmer's Market nearly every day of the week!
I was feeling really good and loosing weight, but then I started to get sick. Very sick. I developed a killer migraine, and I had a flu that wouldn't go away. One night, at the worst point of all this, I was vomiting, shaking and very frightened. I thought I might be dying. I called Storm. He asked several questions about my condition and then explained that I was going through a de-toxification of my system. Because I had stopped putting junk food into my body, my system was finally able to begin cleaning house. He said I could slow down the detox process if I ate some rice. But now that I knew what was going on I didn't feel as afraid. I was still a little unsure of the safety of this way of eating. I worried about becoming anorexic and about getting all the nutrients a body needs. But I decided I'd rather die than go back to my former battle. So I kept to my new habit of eating all-live foods.
And then, after a few weeks, something happened! It was like I had passed through some invisible barrier, and had come out on the other side! I felt like my body had been born again. I had reached a level of health that I had never felt before. I was tingling. I was completely in touch with the sensuous universe. Colors, sounds, leaves, smells, thoughts, every vibration had a profound effect on me. I was very clear, very aware, very at peace, very energized. I relished just moving, just breathing. I felt so thankful for each moment of being alive in this incredible living and vital body. The pleasure of it was so intense that the cravings that would soon resurface had very little power. The pleasure of junk food was incredibly small in comparison to the pleasure of my new sense of being truly healthy. I was glowing and high with energy. I was floating on air, walking 10 feel above the ground, running effortlessly up mountains, swimming across lakes, things I'd never dreamed of!
I had gone from eating whatever I wanted to living on a diet consisting exclusively of raw fresh organic vegetation! I still ate large quantities of food and enjoyed eating as much as ever if not more, but I lost 20 pounds in the first two months and another 22 pounds over the next three months. I'm holding now at my ideal weight of 135 pounds. The intense pleasure of good health just gets stronger all the time and I'm finally enjoying my youth.
One of the things that really helped me to never go back to my former eating habits was Storm's gift with recipes. He was able to replace any food I might be craving with an all-live version. For instance, if I craved meat, he made a nut-loaf out of ground nuts (usually pecans and almonds ground up in a meat grinder), with red peppers, tomatoes and onions, with a sauce made from raw tahini, lemon juice and garlic. He replaced milk shakes with nut-milk. He replaced apple pie with raw oat cobbler that tasted better than any pie I had ever had. He replaced rich deserts and sweets with fruit salad texture-blends from heaven. He made Sushi from ground nuts and avocado wrapped in dried seaweed, nut pizzas, smoothies, salads with dressings of avocado, vinegar and honey. For almost every junk food craving there was an even better substitute from the world of living foods.
Since being on this diet, which I now know is called the "raw vegan" diet, I am seldom depressed or irritable, my PMS and menstrual cramps have completely vanished, and I sleep 5 hours a night instead of 9.
The Doctors themselves also disagree as to the right diet. Some say that we eat too much protein. Some say that vegetarian diets don't have sufficient protein. Some say that high protein diets are dangerous. There are so many conflicting opinions coming out of the medical community, that I think we need to start thinking for ourselves. I think when considering a diet, you should always look at the author and ask yourself "Would I want to look like that?".
When it comes to knowing what foods to put into our bodies, perhaps our inner knowing is farther along than science. I believe we all know in our hearts that there is a right way to eat, and that the foods that the forces of nature put here on this earth are good, in their natural uncooked form that they were put here in, and that everything else is suspect. People just don't believe that it is POSSIBLE to eat an all-natural diet in today's society. But it is!!! And once you grab hold of that "golden ring" , as I have come to think of "good health", it becomes the easiest thing in the world. The raw-vegan diet is the only diet I have ever been able to stick to, - and I've tried everything from "Aroma-trim" to "The Zone". With this diet, I went off it one time and tried to get back on it for two years. I had had a major lifestyle shift, moving into a different climate, and didn't think it was possible to maintain a raw diet in Canada. So I went "off the wagon". But fairly soon I knew I had to get back on it as soon as possible. And I promised myself that next time I got hold of the golden ring, I would NEVER let go!
To visit Jinjee's website go to www.thegardendiet.com You can also see photos of Storm, when he was 53 years old with a body of a 20 year old! They have 5 beautiful children, and I must say some of the healthiest, glowing looking children I have ever seen! You can also see a photo of Storm from my yesterdays blog.
Challenges: I too was like Jinjee and every day of my life I promised myself that "tomorrow" I would control my eating, and I meant it! But no matter how hard or consistently I tried I wasn't able to overcome my eating problem. I would eat extremely healthy and then binge on junk food. Thinking I was not in control of myself and what went in my mouth was the worst! I hoped it would someday end and worked out furiously. It was a tiring mess! I know there are a lot of other people out there with this same thing, I know it because I get emails from people about it, plus if I can think it, so can any human being. Most human beings are operating from the one frequency, therefore I can assume that anything I think, you are probably thinking it, or have thought it before, or will think of it someday. The hardest part of being stuck in this food trap is thinking that you will never get out, or that it will never end, and that you will be like this and live like this for your entire life. I thought this. And since The Earth Diet no longer think this. I am free from it. The same as Jinjee. Try eating more raw foods, it will shift your consciousness.
Triumphs: Wow Jinjee's transformation is inspiring and it is undeniable that a raw vegan diet works! I live 75% raw and have absolutely noticed a transformation in my body, health and energy. It absolutely makes sense to eat live foods rather than dead organic matter. Well it does if you want this, "Colors, sounds, leaves, smells, thoughts, every vibration had a profound effect on me. I was very clear, very aware, very at peace, very energized. I relished just moving, just breathing. I felt so thankful for each moment of being alive in this incredible living and vital body."'Wow.
What I Ate Today:
Breakfast: Water with lemon squeezed in it. Beet, carrot, celery and ginger juice.
Lunch: Strawberries, black berries and a cucumber!
Dinner: Eggplant with brocoli, garlic, chilli, onion, zuchinni, walnuts, spinach, green beans and basil, with brown rice and avocado!
Dessert: Black berries... mmm mmm mmm my new favourite fruit!
Snacks: Peanut butter, crushed peanuts :) And some peanuts. They are so much fun to crack open and the reward is the peanut in my mouth! Hehe! Yep pretty much an elephant today.
Recipe: Recipe is in blog day 172 although today I included avocado, it is such a smooth, soft and cool compliment to this dish, as it has a lot of flavours, spice and chilli. The more chiili you put in, the more avocado needed to cool your mouth! ;)
Exercise: A workout in the park! I get very easily bored with exercising if it becomes to repeat machine like. So I like to mix it up and have fun with it! I went for a skateboard, did some sit ups using the park equipment, and some jumps up onto a platform. I sat at the top of the slide and did some pull ups. Did some squats around the outside of the park. There was also a balancing cylinder so I practised balancing and falling off that! Then I did some stretches on the comfy grass! Oh what fun :)
191 days to go!!!