We are back from a 2-week vacation to visit my family. My son chose on his own accord to eat 100% raw while we were there! I was so impressed with him. Even more so, it was a very significant milestone for myself, to go back home and be exposed to my family's cooking and my previous comfort foods, and not partake. Every other time I have gone home, I have had issues bingeing and feeling unwell. So I was prepared. I told my mom in advance that we were planning on sticking to our raw diet (I said we'd be eating "mostly raw" - I was unsure if I could wholly commit).
I wasn't planning on eating ALL raw there, but it sort of happened - mainly because I was so amazed at my son's streak, that I didn't want to break it! Food addiction is so interesting. Unhealthy foods have always been tempting to him--unless he is far enough removed from them (mentally) that he just doesn't care. He never begged for their cooked dishes, he had already accepted the fact that he would be eating raw. He was making his choices so easily that I didn't want to break it for him.
And so we ate 100% LOW-FAT, RAW, VEGAN for 2 straight weeks.
That is an accomplishment but now I am doing to get realistic. Previously I have raved on this blog about my son being a dream child on the raw food diet. Well, we had a nice time the first part of our trip, but after the first week we started having issues. He was too tired, or too overstimulated, or something--but we had several tantrums, hard time following instructions, hyperactivity, etc. and personally I became very irritable again, aggressive and short-tempered.
I don't know what to attribute that to, but I did realize that I wasn't having my Weston Price special foods - like Cod Liver Oil, raw milk, etc. - Maybe our bliss before the vacation was due to that (the healthy fats, the Vitamins A and D, etc.) and not to eating all raw. I certainly noticed a difference when I started the cod liver oil--seems to help my brain function quite a bit. I don't know, but real life involves some setbacks, doesn't it. And I think I'm sick of overanalyzing it all. So I don't know where I am headed right now, but most likely minimizing any deviations from a low-fat, high-raw, Weston Price sort of diet. I am mostly just trying to listen to my body's signals (as far as cooked and animal foods go) - but I definitely am committed to avoiding processed foods! I sway with the tide as far as eating exclusively raw but you may notice I have NEVER jusified eating processed foods, additives, junk foods, chemical-laden foods, etc. That is one thing I stick to 100% and I am proud of my success at maintaining that.