Sunday, 1 April 2012

Catch Up

Well I haven't posted for absolutely ages. Sometimes life just seems to take over. Since my last post we have experienced the eventful birth of our lovely Josiah Benjamin, who is now 3 months old. Most of you will know the story, thanks to my husband's very eloquent Facebook posts, so I won't repeat it here. Suffice to say it was a very stressful time and we are extremely grateful to God that that particular season of our life is over.

It's been a busy three months since I've been home. Initially, my recovery was fairly slow. I would say that it wasn't really until mid-February that I started to feel more like myself. Anyway, I am certainly back to full speed now and am busy juggling the demands of a young baby with a VERY active toddler and homeschooling the two older boys. Did I forget to mention the housework? Well perhaps that's best not mentioned. Maybe I will devote a whole post to that sometime soon. I have so much to catch up on.

Perhaps the most exciting thing to happen of late is my foray into the world of raw food. I have been thinking about going raw for a while now. I am normally such a carb addict that I just didn't think I could hack it. Bread bread and more bread is my diet of choice. Anyhow, all that bread and my fifth pregnancy had caused my weight to rocket. I have no idea how much I weighed when I came out of hospital but it was a vast amount. Even when I had fully recovered from the CS and pneumonia I still felt tired and sluggish and was still wearing maternity clothes. Something had to be done. I tried to eat more moderately but my cravings always got the better of me. It was then that I attended the Above Rubies Ladies Retreat in Sussex. I felt terrible. All these lovely mummies with large families and most of them still lovely and slim. Where was I going wrong?

Browsing the book stall I picked up Serene Allison's book, Rejuvinate - Recipes for Energy. I decided it was worth a try. And here I am three weeks later, mostly raw. I do supplement with free range eggs and goats cheese. And I do enjoy the odd jacket potato still. But that's it. Everything else I've eaten for the last three weeks is raw. I am loving it. Today I've eaten:

Breakfast: nothing, got up too late (oops)

Lunch: spinach salad with rejuvination mayo (blended sunflower seeds with lemon, garlic, olive oil), 2 flax seed crackers with rejuvination cream cheese (blended pine nuts/sunflower seeds with garlic/lemon juice etc.)

1 banana, 2 clementines, handful of raisins

Dinner: haven't decided yet

We went on a long walk today but I wasn't hungry at all. I always feel full and am not too tempted by cooked food, even cake. Eek. I am going to blog on here about how I get on so you will hopefully be able to follow my raw journey. I will blog soon with a now piccie and details of my current weight. Then we will all be able to see how raw affects my bodyweight. Signing off for now but hoping to update you soon.

Jo x


Sarah D said...

Wow - and you are beautiful :-) you may have to do me some of these dishes to try I'm not brave enough to make them myself but I really do need to lose weight too!! Looking forward to hearing all about your raw food journey

Nicky said...

I watched a very interesting programme a while ago on raw pioneers. It was very interesting though definitely not for me. They ate a lot of meat in their diet, and for some reason which they stated, they had to get up in the night for like a yoghurt drink else their bodies would go into some sort of starvation mode. They also made their own toothpaste out of butter and clay i think it was. I couldn't do it but they really raved about the benefits