I get this question often about being or getting sick on the vegan or raw food diet. This is a specific example, but it can definitely apply to anyone.
“I have a question. I have been eating raw for 1 year now When I am home it is 100% when I am at my father’s which is every weekend I stray a bit but I do juice everyday, eat sprouts every day, have bee pollen and jelly, take omega fish oil, e-3 live and some more.
My question is. This year I have had 2 very bad and long colds. I never get colds. Can you explain this. I have also gotten canker soars in my mouth which I have never had before.
I look forward to what you have to say.
By the way I have been listening to your teleconferences and they have been great! Thank you”
Thanks so much for your question/comments and here are my thoughts…
I’m not into a raw diet, a vegan diet or an Atkins diet or anything else, really.
I’m into optimum health.
What optimum health means to me is the optimum set of circumstances that will make me feel the best–personally–as well fit some of the common scientific parameters for optimum health.
Now what does that mean?
Here it is…
It means a simple mixture of what works. So exercise, dietary factors, water quality, cleansing, managing stress levels, supplementation and downtime (which I admittedly struggle with 😉 ) are all part of the equation. There are certainly more factors as well, such as satisfaction with your job, great relationships, laughter and personal growth.
These all can be measured in some ways scientifically and in other ways with just how good you feel on a regular basis (a 1-10 scale will usually do the trick).
So I’m not tied to any particular diet as being the best nor any panacea for success.
This is why I’ve always struggled to name the type of diet I personally have. I do what works for me when I need it to work for me. So sometimes that’s raw. Sometimes that’s juicing for a few days. Sometimes that’s some cooked food. Sometimes it’s cleansing.
It always changes and the ability to change has given me a freedom of choice that actually helps me make healthier choices than if I was sticking to a particular dogma (like I used to).
My mission is to eat as healthy as I can in the situations I’m faced with… it’s freeing to operate this way.
So with that said, let’s get to your question.
Sick is not good.
Many people might explain this as “detox symptoms”, but I tend to side with Dr. Mark Hyman who says detox should be easy and you shouldn’t have to suffer.
I think people easily pass of the body’s warning signs as “detox symptoms” far too quickly and go through unnecessary pain and possible harm.
For your specific situation, I clearly would need to know more about what you’re eating, etc. as well as I would recommend you get a nutritional profile test to see if all systems are working properly.
I used to think that testing was unnecessary, but the more I worked with people, the more I found that testing can give you a baseline to build off of and it can also address certain deficiencies that you literally might be able to clear up in 3-4 weeks. This could certainly save you time and money trying to intuitively find the right thing for you.
Canker sores are viral and I’m not sure what your sickness is (bacterial or viral) but it would certainly seem like you’re not getting enough immune support. Garlic, Vitamin C, MSM, oregano oil are clearly the first things that come to mind. Though of course it might be just a part of a larger puzzle… which is why I’m more and more excited about testing for issues instead of just recommending foods and supplements because they are known to work. To me it seems like that type of recommendation is losing its weight due to misuse and plain misinformation.
One thing I would check is to see if the bee pollen is affecting you. This I know through personal experience. I took it out of my diet and immediately solved some of my digestive issues that I now know were due to allergies to bee products.
Testing can be done via mail order or with a local Naturopath. I’ll be working with a few skilled people to bring this service to RenegadeHealth.com readers in the next few months, since I think it’s so valuable, but for now, I’d look locally and tell a nutrition specialist or ND what your issues are.
Whether or not it’s the raw diet that’s making you sick is truly up to you to find out. It might be or it might not… this is why I started off this post like I did. 😉
I will tell you… my 7 step system to optimal health breaks down much of the process for finding out what is the best holistic nutrition, optimum health and weight loss program for you… you can check it out by clicking here!
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