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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Agave Adversity and More

This is not a shocker for me. I started noticing that I felt spun out after having agave. Something within me... that little voice said, this was not as healthy as it is touted to be. However, it was all over all the raw communities & I went with it. That's what I get for ignoring my intuition.

Watch this video for more info:

Here is another great article that goes into more detail:

So, honey seems to be the next option or just the sweetness of the fruit itself. I know I have used dates in the past as well. I am not too sure what to think about yacon root syrup or maple. Perhaps, it is best to avoid all things in a bottle or box and just go with the fruit itself.

This is not the only thing that I have had issues with. Have you noticed that vinegar has a warning label stating that it contains lead? What is up with that? I stopped using balsamic vinegar well over a year ago after noticing the label. I thought it was only that type of vinegar, until last week I stumbled upon my "organic" white wine vinegar. It had the same warning. I was pissed. I felt like a fool. However, after I cooled off I realized I am thankful I now know.

I used to use vinegars in salad dressings. Now it will be lemon juice. I have not seen any labels or warnings on raw apple cider vinegar and I am not to sure how it is made in comparison to the other vinegars. Back to nature is the safest. The less that has been done to it the better.

A few months ago I switched from vanilla extract to vanilla bean. I also realized through my own experience that cacao was detrimental to my health. It had a mind speed like response to me. My heart would race and then I would crash. I felt that this was a legal drug. Now, I know it is huge in the raw community, but I need to listen to my own heart and not be swayed by what others are doing.

Recently, I have been weaning myself off oils. Yep, it's the same thing. I would rather eat the fat in the whole form such as coconut, avocados, bananas. I have mixed feelings about olives. I have seen some articles saying that lye is used during the process. That doesn't sound too healthy to me. I need to do more research, but this is how I am feeling now. I also have mixed feelings about nuts and seeds. I just feel "down" when I have them. Maybe I am eating too many.The perfect balance is quite a journey.

I am so thankful I took on the raw lifestyle. I am becoming more aware of what is going into my body. I am more in tune than I ever have been. I can only imagine where I will be in 5 years from now.

Here is a video I made not too far into my raw journey where I was questioning the integrity of raw products.


Sarah said...

I'm thankful that I didn't get into the whole agave, cacao, etc part of the raw world. I just rely on my fruits to be my sweet. Dates are perfect for sweetening any dish.

Vinegar is another item I avoid, except for the purpose of cleaning. Vinegar, no matter what type, is toxic to the human body. They do have warning labels on it. A little more than a year ago, I found out that when vinegar is in its true form in any type of research lab, it has a skull and crossbones on it and is labeled as poison. The diluted form is sold on the supermarket shelves with warnings so small that most people don't even realize it's toxic.

It's best to listen to your own intuition and avoid all the hype. Your body knows what it needs.

Sarah said...

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving

Lori Painter said...

I have so much to learn.