My name is Miia and I‘m relatively new to the world of blogging. I’m here because I feel that sharing my journey to raw veganism, health and emotional healing could resonate with those who have been through similar challenges. In the best case scenario, someone somewhere might get inspired to make better lifestyle choices.
How did I get here?
To cut a long story short, I turned vegan about two years ago after finally making the connection between our food choices and the havoc we are wreaking in the natural world, a switch I primarily made out of ethical and idealist reasons. I was content with my new vegan life style, believing that I was eating exceptionally healthfully, with a minimal impact on the environment.
And then I got sick. It all started with a rash on my wrist, which kept growing slowly for about eight months, and which I kept ignoring until it got big enough to start bothering me aesthetically. I started investigating what it could be, and I came to the conclusion that I must be suffering from a fungal infestation, probably candida overgrowth.
Guided by self-proclaimed Youtube gurus I got on an anti-candida diet, which meant practically zero sugars, zero carbohydrates, and no fruit, resulting in proportionally more fat and protein. On top of that, I started taking Lapacho tea, a potent anti-fungal and detoxifier made from the inner bark of the Pau d’Arco tree.
The rash exploded. Now I had it all over my face and neck.
It got so bad that I was no longer able to go to work because my face and my hands were completely covered with painfully broken skin, oozing yellow puss from everywhere, and my right eye almost closed off from the swelling. On top of that I was so fatigued with a horrible brain fog that I got tired from just walking and I spent most of my time laying down or sleeping.
When the doctor saw me she declared it an infection and said I needed to stay in the hospital for a few days on intravenous antibiotics. No exams, nothing. Terrified, I thought about the empty corridors with an occasional elderly person wandering around confused. Surely I would get worse in the depressing room with empty white walls, and with the absurd, processed foods. I politely refused the offer and asked for a prescription for oral antibiotics.
I didn’t take the antibiotics. I went to a naturepath recommended by a friend, who gave me enough confidence to continue with my investigation and to not give into the antibiotics out of fear. The naturepath had confirmed that indeed, I was suffering from a fungal problem, and the Youtube gurus were telling me to kill the fungus with a no-carb diet. But that seemed to make me get worse? Something did not make sense.
And then, after hours upon hours of digging on the internet, I found a woman on Youtube who had healed a dozen of ailments with a low fat, raw vegan diet. She explained that the fungi are vital for the body because they help us process excess sugar in the blood. This is why we do not want to kill them without addressing the underlying cause. The fungi are just a symptom, not the cause. The real problem are the foods that result in excessive sugar in the blood, unable to enter the cells efficiently.
Slowly everything started to make sense.
The fruit sugar, fructose, is a simple carbohydrate, and as it doesn’t need insulin to access the cells, it can be absorbed immediately. On the contrary, complex carbohydrates such as grains and starches are made of polysaccharides, and can consist of thousands of sugar molecules, resulting in much higher blood sugar levels when broken down to glucose. In addition, glucose needs insulin to enter the cells, which is a slow and consuming process for the body.
The same day I went to the market with my face covered with a scarf and giant sun glasses and bought at least 15 kilos of bananas, peaches, mandarins and melons. My journey to raw veganism had begun.
The final piece of the detox puzzle
Slowly I started to feel better, but I still had not fully comprehended what was happening to me. It wasn‘t until I found Dr Robert Morse on Youtube that the pieces started to fit together.
To summarize, this is what had happened to me. The skin is the third kidney of the body, which means that it’s an eliminative organ. My kidneys were not filtering, and therefore I was not eliminating my body’s metabolic waste, which was very acidic thanks to my diet for the past 28 year. When the kidneys are not able to do their job due to over exhaustion and congestion, the body starts pushing the waste out through the skin.
When I was a kid I was diagnosed with atopic skin, and every now and then I would suffer from rash breakouts, sometimes on my arms, sometimes on my whole body. I had been living with this condition since my childhood, but only now I had reached a breaking point.
I was drowning in my own cellular poop.
The Lapacho tea had triggered an aggressive detox process, and as the wastes were coming to the surface, also the fungal problem that had infested my body since childhood was exposed. The process of detoxification seems to expose and temporarily intensify all the problems that it is resolving.
I continued with the diet and it took about six weeks until my face was completely clear and a total of five months until my hands were healed.
What is clear is that this diet not only eliminates fungi and helps with detoxification, but it also has the potential to solve a vast array of health problems. Like all other species on this planet, man has a specific diet which is ideal for its kind. All the other primates are raw vegan: they eat predominantly raw fruits and vegetables and very little anything else. The human body can reach its maximum potential only when we give it appropriate fuel and stop introducing it “foods” that compromise its vital functions.
I finally feel like I’m on the other side of this nightmare, but the benefits have not stopped showing up yet, and the same goes for the daily challenges. But most importantly, I have not stopped searching for what more is out there, always experimenting with new ways to bring my health to the next level.
I’m excited to live all the benefits that I‘m still discovering, and everything that is yet to come, and I have all the intention to share all of that with you.