Monday, August 03, 2009

Welcome to the last month of Winter!

Finally, August is here! Whoo hoo!

August always starts with the feast of Imbolc on the 1st and what a lovely feast it is. The feast of renewal

Lots of new stuff happening around here this week.

On Friday I went to the Eye and Ear hospital for an assessment to have my left eye operated on and straightened. The assessment went well. The doctor said they had about a 95% chance of making me happy with the outcome (getting the left eye completely straight). The doctor did say though, that as my eye condition is rather unique. they can't give me any indication about how long the effects of the surgery would last. My eye could turn out again (or even turn in) in 2 months or 10 years. They said it would almost CERTAINLY turn again because it's completely blind and so there is nothing to tell the eye where it should focus.

I have to wait a minimum of three months for the surgery so they can see how stable my eye is. This means they'll do measurements again and see if it's moved in the meantime. But I will have the op some time in the next three to 12 months. Most likely between 6 and 9 months from now...

The other big new thing is that I've decided to go fully raw vegan.

A few things have led to this...

I had a lapse last week and came out of it feel emotionally and physically really unwell. I noticed and recognised that horrible dispairing feeeling I regularly feel when I eat meat.

As well as this I read details of a most horrific case of post partum psychosis that I've ever come across and beside putting me of ever eating meat again, it also just caused me to view a number of other aspect of society and the things we take for granted quite differently. I'm not going to extrapolate on that further because I don't want to enter into circular arguments with people I like and what I'm thinking is very much outside the square for most everyone I know...

I've chosen to do the RAW vegan thing because I believe (and science supports) the idea that cooking destroys most of the nutrients in food and so modern diet that relies a lot of cooked, dense, low-nutrient loaded food actually leads to a lot of malnutrition and disease.

Obviously, *I* don't think eating raw if boring or hard, LOL, or I wouldn't be doing it because I don't like to be bored, or to do anything hard... Boring people get bored, LOL, didn't your mother ever tell you that?

Anyway, time will reveal whether going raw vegan is better or worse for me... Right now I'm pretty excited about it, and am really enjoying all the fresh vegies and fruit and nuts - and I haven't eaten a single carrot stick or lettuce leaf, rofl (though I've eaten plenty of leafy greens!)...

Writing is crawling along. I had big plans for today, but it didn't happen, so I'm going to be up late tonight... Right now, I have to entertain Bryn, because his idea of entertaining himself might get one of Ari's eyes poked out...

4 comments:

Stitch Sista said...

I hear a warning there...in the "I don't think raw vegan is boring or hard" so don't dare say it lol! And I believe you...but I still want to know how you achieve it because there are many things right off the bat that I'd miss and crave and so I'd therefore find it extremely hard!

Keep us posted.

Sif said...

Well, I'm sure there will be stuff I miss... I'm sure when alcoholics give up alcohol and when drug addicts give up drugs, there are things they miss, too...

But, well, I haven't had a good year, health wise. The gall bladder thing really threw me for a loop. It was a wake up call that said, "You're your mother's daughter, you have half your genes from her. She had horrible gall bladder issues, you have horrible gall bladder issues... She also has diabetes, are you up for that?"

I'm not.

The way I eat now is now good. And basically, I don't feel particularly good either. Yes, I'll miss that stuff for a little while, but did it REALLY feel good it eat, and is it worth feeling and being sick over?

High raw is recommended by every health advocate, and that still allows for cooked stuff. I'm going 100% because I have so many poor choices to undo...

Clel said...

Hey Sif, that was Kaje who pretended to be me the other day in FB. His folks, as you know, have been 100% raw vegan for years. They're gonna start courses up soon in Melb (uncooking, lifestyle, health, etc) , I'll let you know details :)

Sif said...

Thanks for that! Kaje does a spooky imitation of you *cue the Twilight Zone music"...

Teenagers and the failing parent...