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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

SAD or S.A.D.?

Recently I came across this acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  The National Institute of Health (NIH) has this to say about SAD; "Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is episodes of depression that occur at a certain time of the year, usually during winter."
At first glance, I recognized SAD right away.  I was flabbergasted that I was seeing an article outside of the raw community that was addressing SAD.  But alas, they were writing about a different SAD.  I let go of a sigh.
The SAD I know of stands for the Standard American Diet.  
It refers to the "quantities of refined grains and sugars and engineered, processed foods, [which] has also created a roller-coaster ride of cravings and energy swings..." p51 from Clean by Alejandro Junger, M.D.
I wonder how people who are eating primarily alkalizing foods including vegetable broths, sprouts, homemade vegetable soups, soaked nuts and seeds, salads, and green smoothies (I include some warm foods - the soups and broths because it is winter here now.  Normally, a 'purist' would not include any heated or cooked foods in their raw food diet.  I am not a purist.) do as far as the more well-known term for SAD.  Do they suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder?  I know very well how eating a more pure type of food balances hormones and menstrual cycles, reduces aggravation and mood swings drastically, increases tolerance levels dramatically, and induces an overall state of happiness and vitality.  I personally experienced this change when I gave up meat, dairy, breads/pasta, processed foods, and caffeine.  
Some people look at me flabbergasted and ask, "Then what do you eat if you don't eat that?!" as if the vegetable and fruit groups don't exist.  It gives me an indication of where their mind is at and where I should possibly start from when speaking about raw foodism. 
"As you increase the fresh, raw food in your diet, you will notice an increase in positive thinking" from Susan Schenck's book The Live Food Factor p8.
Quoted in Schenck's book p8, "If your blood stock is formed from eating the foods I teach, your brain will function in a manner that will surprise you. Your former life will take on the appearance of a dream, and for the first time in your existence, your consciousness awakens to a real self-consciousness ... Your mind, your thinking, your ideals, your aspirations and your philosophy change fundamentally" originally from the book Mucusless Diet Healing System by Prof. Arnold Ehret.  
"Mental health is tremendously enhanced.  Many raw fooders find that they become freed from former addictions" Schenck's book, p9.

Schenck speaks of Brian Clement from the Hippocrates Health Institute who 
"has seen mental problems like paranoia, depression, 
manic depression and schizophrenia disappear on raw foods..." 
and that "mental illness is exacerbated by hormonal
imbalances from eating meat pumped with hormones,
pesticides poisoning from commercial produce and
a high level of body acidity from eating animal and
processed foods.  Eating a raw, organic diet is directly linked
to the amelioration or elimination of these problems" p9.

"By detoxifying your physical body, you begin a process that will help you cleanse and transform your thoughts and emotions" p 240 of Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life by Cherie Calbom.

As stated in my recent article in Natural Awakenings, November 2011 issue, every single parent I know of, have heard of, been exposed to...every single one knows how food effects their children.  Children have not had the luxury of time, aging, a sense of disciplining their own thoughts and emotions.  They say and do what they are called and led to do without hesitation, reservation, or inhibition.  In general, children are drawn to fruit when younger and then as the teen years present themselves, the diet moves towards more and more processed foods.  Of all the times in a person's life to be eating processed foods, which act on their growth and literally everything in their lives, childhood and especially the teen years is NOT a good time!  Erratic emotions, mood swings, indecision, bucking authority - all worsen and can become explosive if eating processed foods.  
Just because we are adults and have 'socialized' and have jobs and ..... does not mean that we are invincible to the effects of processed foods.  Wouldn't that be a bit egotistical of us to think that way?  We grow up and all of a sudden we are impervious to the effects of food!  Perhaps we just haven't given this enough thought while we are racing from one soccer game to another basketball game and then home to make dinner and then up to do it all again tomorrow.  I know the rat race well and I know how there is little time for anything other than just the basics.  Please give my suggestion a chance.

Incorporate more living, raw foods into your daily diet. If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), you could alleviate some or all of your symptoms by giving up the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.).

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