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Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.
(Swedish proverb)
Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.
(Sicilian proverb)
Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
(Elbert Hubbard)
You can always tell a real friend; when you've made a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.
(Laurence J. Peter)
Friends are family you choose for yourself.

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9 November, 2006.
Would you like to hear my Polish accent? Go to the tips page! :)))

I once had a short phone chat with Alissa Cohen. I was very excited and happy to talk to her. Funny thing was that she had some trouble with following my "strong Australian accent", as she said. Ha ha ha!

What I do, I do for love. So I hope that you can accept me as I am. Interestingly, I never have any accent at all when I write or think lol!!!

13 November, 2006.
Recording my first raw talk was an awesome experience. It helped me to explore and organize my attitiude towards raw foodism. Of course, this is me only right here and now, which is constantly changing. I am a learner and do not like staying in one place forever. Evolution revolution. Anyway, if you have an mp3 recorder, why won't you have some fun with it too! I would be delighted to hear your recording. Sharing caring. :)

17 November, 2006.
Sharing something I wrote today:

For me, realizing that trying to achieve some goals was actually creating a struggle, led me to the change of my approach to raw. Of course, everyone is different. My tendency is that if I tell myself that I should be raw, then I rebel against it and have desires for cooked. If I can't have something, I want it! So, I decided to let myself free. I tell myself, "I can have anything I want", and ask myself, "What do I really want?". Taste and how I feel afterwards is what I focus on in my choices. This makes things easier for me. Having freedom to do anything I chose gives me space to chose, instead of being forced (by myself) to follow some preconceived ideas.

22 November, 2006.
I had quite some fun trying some old and creating some new recipes. I made several dishes and my family appreciated it a lot. On the other hand, I found that I had far too much of the dense stuff, and was so relieved to go back to sweet, juicy oranges
on Monday. I felt literally drained and as bad as after eating some cooked food eeck. I will not abanodon making recipes, because my kids do appreciate it. But I would like to create some low-impact recipes lol! Not too dense, not too heavy, not too fatty ones. I will see what I can do.

24 November, 2006.
Something I read today on Nora's forum:

"I think one of the things that will guarantee continued struggles with raw foods is forcing myself to eat something that does not taste good to me, under the notion that I should  eat it because it is good for me. Doing that, I eventually kick into full blown rebellion and fall back into old eating patterns. Sticking with what tastes good to me at the time seems to work the best, and that's almost always just fruit."

I have had this exact realization too! We must be sisters. :)

If I don't have fruit, I feel hungry. Desire for fruit is the natural instinct that I have found in me.  Below, is the interview with Tim Trader that I enjoyed listening to today.

Click here to get your own player.

27 November, 2006.
Something inspiring for today:

I recommend reading this!: Cancer healing story
(from Nora's forum).
"He is still raw now, and healthy, and the doctors couldn't believe
what they saw. His cancer was impossible to cure, they said."
(Here is the link to the original story and the photos.)

28 November, 2006
And, I really really want to share this: direct link here.

29 November, 2006.

Sometimes, when I say that it is my body's senses that drives me in my choices of foods, I get asked - why do I abandon the intelect. Some ask, why won't I rely on the wisdom of the books written by experts. Some even go further and accuse me of living my brain behind. My first reaction is a gasp, as I am overwhelmed by the amount of misunderstanding and explanation that I would have to go through to undo it. I don't know if I can. I probably can't. I think that I can't, based on my many previous trials which only ended with more and more questions, all proving that what I said was completely not understood.

I am a highly intelectual person. I have three university degrees, including the PhD in Applied Maths. Ever since I was little, I was asking questions that other kids would laugh at (Can a mosquito who carries a virus get sick himself? etc). I was interested in finding how the world works and when I was about 9, I enjoyed reading popular science magazines. My mum told me that when I was about 3, she got very worried when,
through our flat's window, she saw me squating in one spot (in the frontyard of the block of flats that we were living) for a couple of hours or so. She went out to investigate what was happening .... I was studying the behaviour of ants! Yes, I was very interested in what those little creatures were doing, and I found watching them going in and out of their little hole very amusing. In primary school, I used to read maths textbooks during holidays. At the end of each school year, we were given the textbooks for the next year, so I amused myself during three-month summer holidays and read the maths books. In high school, it was enough for me to pay attention during maths lessons to absorb the knowledge. Maths was the easiest thing for me to study, because I did not have to memorise anything, as everyting made perfect sense. Memorizing things was not my strongest feature. At university, when doing my maths degree (Masters), I opted for specializing in education. For my Master's thesis, my supervisor asked me to merely illutstrate one article with an example of application. Instead of that, I found an error in that article and proved my own results that superceeded the ones in the article. This year, I have won a prestigous grant to fund my research. My brain is very much with me.

In fact, my current attitude towards nutrition, is the result of me having my brain, rather than not. I would not have arrived at where I am, if I was not such an analyst and intelectualist. Paradox? I think that realizing that the body is my best source of wisdom is one of the highest achievements of my brain (I applaude you, my brain, for that! ).

I would like to explain more, but I have to go! See you later!

Free issue of a raw food magazine! Cool, eh?

Oh, I came up with a picture to illustrate my approach to include the body in the decision making about my nutrition:

BEFORE: half-alert mind, ignoring the signals that the body is sending (distress signals - ex. feeling tired or bloated, candida, or other illneses; pleading signals - ex. asking for fresh food, fruit), and making choices primarily based on intelectual arguments coming from external data (books, media) or intelectual digestion. Body and mind are disconnected. Distressed body. :(

AFTER: fully-awaken mind, intercepting the body's signals and acting accordingly, external data is not blindly absorbed or only intelectually digested but tested through the body and the body is the primary guide in choosing what's appropriate. Body and mind are connected. Happy body. :)

30 November, 2006
Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!:


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