The turning point in my life was when I purchased a Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre in 1994. I had wanted a high powered blender for some time, as I inherently knew that I needed to include more raw food into my diet. I could see the advantage of blending a whole pile of fruit, leaves, etc and just chugging it down. At that stage I was 40 years old and suffering from various maladies. These ranged from horrible PMS that lasted at least 2 weeks of every month, drinking too much alcohol and popping sleeping pills every night. I was a mess.
I purchased my Vitamix from my daughter’s friend’s mother, Colleen Thornhill. Meeting Colleen and her husband Mike, and purchasing the Vitamix changed my life almost immediately.
I became a vegetarian within two weeks of purchasing the machine and increased my raw intake by at least 70%. I blended smoothies every morning for myself and the rest of the family. I took a flask of the stuff to work and basically just had fruit all day. Supper was a big salad. I lost weight, strangely enough, even though I was already very slim. I dropped from 50kgs to around 44kgs, and kept this low weight for about 3 years – slowly stabilising and creeping back up to around 47kgs, which is my current weight.
For the next three years I still drank alcohol, but less so and still took sleeping pills, sadly, but I felt much better all round and I no longer experienced PMS, which was a huge relief.
In 1997 we left South Africa, and this was another turning point in my life. My husband and I both gave up alcohol. Two years later we moved to Saudi Arabia, and it was there that I decided to give up sleeping pills. This was exceedingly difficult, but since I was not working, it seemed like the right time. Within 6 months I was able to sleep without any chemical aid.
A year later we moved to Dubai. Here I increased my raw intake to around 95-100%, exercised every day on my rebounder (a gift from Colleen and Mike) and felt like I had evolved into the me I was meant to be.
At this point I purchased a distiller and a dehydrator. I wanted to be sure the water I was drinking was as clean and pure as possible. The dehydrator was to add other textures and flavours into the raw diet. Dried fruit is my passion! I eat far too much of it.
I am now 56, and incredibly happy and well. I have amazing energy and never get depressed, even if things do go wrong!
I highly recommend to anyone embarking on a ‘health crusade’ to seriously consider going ‘raw’. Somehow raw food vitalises the body. Every cell seems nourished, content and happy. If all the parts of the whole are well, it stands to reason that the whole being will be well too. The easy way to do it is with a blender, particularly initially. It is so easy to blend and chug. Purchasing a juicer is also a good idea, but I have not yet done so. I tend to only juice oranges and have a cheap little juicer for this purpose.
I also highly recommend exercising on a rebounder (or mini trampoline). I bounce/aeorobicise on my trampoline every morning for 30 minutes to very upbeat, trendy music. It is a great way to start the day and excellent for encouraging elimination, and of course keeping fit and trim. The other benefit I have noticed is that I now have really good balance.