So a couple days ago I wanted something sweet. I mixed up a quick treat of raw cocao powder and raw agave nectar - Tasted delicious! However, I think I indulged myself a little much, for a small time afterward I began to feel queasy. I went straight home and tried to sleep. That failed though, since I felt so sick I couldn't really sleep. I ended up falling into sleep for about half an hour only to wake again and rush into the restroom.
At around 5am I decided my attempts at sleep were feeble, and got ready for work (I normally don't go into work till 8-9 o'clock). On my way in I just couldn't bare the feeling any more and had to do something. It got the best of me however, and I resorted back to my "cooked-food knowledge" of how to subside a queasy stomach; I bought saltines and ginger ale. This seemed to work, for about mid day I found myself feeling much better, and actually getting hungry again.
Sadly however, I told myself "since I've already had cooked food today I'll just cheat the whole day and buy more cooked food to eat". Big, and I mean BIG, mistake! I ate way too much (cooked food being addictive and all), immediately felt bloated, kinda sick, and so again cut the day short to go home and sleep.
Well woke the next day with the worst headache (actually migraine) I have ever had (which is saying a lot, because I used to get them a couple times a week as a youngster). Tried to go into work, but again left early to try and sleep the migraine away. It kinda work tho it took all day AND night to relieve it. And even now it isn't 100% gone and still hurts a little.
So I guess this was good though, because it was a painful experience I can use as motivation. If I need something sweet I'll just eat dates and the like (since I hear the consumption of cocao being good or bad is kinda up in the air right now), and I wont be eating that nasty cooked food either. Being laid up for a couple days from the resulting migraine is definitely not worth any "satisfaction" of eating cooked food!
For me, everything is a learning process. We get to see what foods work and don't work for us. In that light, Don and I are now eating raw because we've found that it's how we feel the best and the most energized. Like you were mentioning, I've come to realise that the price of eating something cooked is too high vs the momentary satisfaction that may come from it. This doesn't mean it doesn't happen or will never happen again; only that the urge to do so is getting weaker and weaker.
Personally, if I do eat some cooked foods, I prefer to look at it as being all that I have the energy to do at that particular time, rather than in terms of 'cheating'. The latter implies a sense of self-condemnation and judgment which hinders by robbing us of the very energy that we need in order to achieve our purpose.
What do you mean the consumption of cacao being good or bad is in question???
I love cacao. It always makes me feel good
I'm glad your feeling better. now. Boy, I've been there before. Especial the part about "well, since I've already cheated and eat cooked, might as well just go ahead...." it never ends well. How many times do I have to do it before I learn, though? That's the question.
But please don't say cacao is not good for us That just can't be true.
"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly." – Richard Bach / "Whatever you fight, you strengthen, what you resist, persists." Eckart Tolle A New Earth
Sorry Peaches for the disheartening theory. But it is true, I did some research on the subject of cocao (seeing as how it was the only explination I had for getting sick) and I found its pretty controversial. There are some big names in the raw food community proclaiming things like cocao and celtic sea salt aren't as good for us as many may have thought - turns out just because its raw doesn't mean its healthy. I'm not saying those things aren't healthy, I'm just saying facts are starting to rise that indicate that they may not be; more research still needs to be done. Though one article by a Frederic Patenaude states that there are harsh toxins in cocao, the following is an excerpt from his article: " The fact is that what people actually confuse with "alertness" is actually an adrenal response to the stress that the body has to deal with when eliminating the toxins found in cacao beans. What you get is NOT energy. What you experience as energy is actually your body working hard to establish balance (homeostasis) again! It's like whipping a horse. Eventually, it will fall down."... I say until more research is done, its up to us to make our own decisions.