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I introduced myself yesterday but I think I need to clarify some things.<br><br><br><br>
First of all, I've dabbled in vegetarianism for years. I have several cookbooks, tried several different recipes and have gone out to all vegan restaurants. I've read about and studied vegetarianism and quite honestly it makes perfect sense to me. However, I'm not one. Lazy, scared, overwhelmed - all reasons why I've never just jumped the fence and gone over there. Besides, I'm a married mother of 4 children - all of whom glare at me and my "wierd" food ventures as they call it.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, I just wanted to clarify that I am not under the assumption that vegans eat nothing but salads.<br><br><br><br>
I mentioned a book by Harvey Diamond talking about monodieting. This is by no means a way of life; it is a cleansing he suggests doing from time to time. It is supposed to allow the body the ability to focus its efforts on cleansing the lymph system and getting out toxins. It is not limiting your food to one item but to one group. He suggests eating (only on occasion) all raw food which still contains its living enzymes. In other words, all fruits and veggies and nuts and seeds, but raw, not cooked.<br><br><br><br>
Along with many other suggestions, he claims it helps in reducing or eliminating the pain from fibromyalgia. Does it work? I don't know. I'll get back to you in 6 months to a year and tell you how I feel.<br><br><br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> welcome to VB!<br><br><br><br>
There's a few on this board that have fibromyalgia and there's a few threads that deal with it. <a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=56915" target="_blank">This thread</a> is among the most recent, though (though I think the older ones might also have some good info in them).<br><br><br><br>
I have RA which is sort of a cousin to fibromyalgia and I manage it with a real foods vegan diet. Nothing processed, nothing with chemicals of any sort in it (preservatives, flavour/colour enhancers, etc) and no 4 deadly whites (sugar, salt, white flour or milk/milk products). I could live on salads, yes, but I don't because there's just so many other foods out there worth exploring. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
I've read Fit For Life and I have heard about monodieting. The only thing I would warn against is that people with auto-immune disfunctions (like you and I) also tend to develop food allergies quickly so if you do monodiet for any length of time, try not to let it go too long so your body doesn't develop reaction to that particular food. His views on raw foods, I completely agree with and have been finding in myself that incorportating raw foods does help me loads. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Oh, and there's a lot of veg*n (vegan/vegetarian) mothers round on these boards, too. I'm sure they can give a tip or two for dealing with picky children. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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This is by no means a way of life; it is a cleansing he suggests doing from time to time. It is supposed to allow the body the ability to focus its efforts on cleansing the lymph system and getting out toxins. It is not limiting your food to one item but to one group. He suggests eating (only on occasion) all raw food which still contains its living enzymes. In other words, all fruits and veggies and nuts and seeds, but raw, not cooked.<br></div>
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There are raw foodist vegans where it is their way of life.<br><br><br><br>
There's even raw fruitarians.
 

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This is by no means a way of life; it is a cleansing he suggests doing from time to time. It is supposed to allow the body the ability to focus its efforts on cleansing the lymph system and getting out toxins. It is not limiting your food to one item but to one group. He suggests eating (only on occasion) all raw food which still contains its living enzymes. In other words, all fruits and veggies and nuts and seeds, but raw, not cooked.</div>
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There are raw foodist vegans where it is their way of life.<br><br><br><br>
There's even raw fruitarians.
 

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I think I was one of the ones who misunderstood the 'salad' thing. I thought that was all you were supposed to eat! I can understand using it as a cleansing method. Sometimes I eat raw for a day or two and I do feel somewhat better. Not necessarily from the FM, but just in general, more energy, less fatigue.
 
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