A story by Toni Clarke Allen, which I thought you mind find useful:
My name is Toni. I live in the mountains in the tropics and feel so blessed with the abundant sunshine, clean air and nature that surround me daily. I moved to Jamaica in 1990 with my husband. We were very much in love and healthy and enjoyed our lives to the fullest capacity. We would talk and dream about growing old together; we were both vegetarian and very spiritual. I thought we were healthy. We would go on long hikes together and just enjoy God’s wonderful creation.
As the years went by I realized that I was not as healthy as my husband. I started to gain weight and tried many diet and exercise programs to lose the pounds. Nothing really worked and if I did lose some I gained back more. My father was diabetic and he died from renal failure in 1995. Then in 2004 I was also diagnosed with diabetes. This really surprised me because I truly thought I was eating healthy. I always heard you can control your diabetes with proper diet so I became more vigilant; I basically cut out carbohydrates and all sugars even fruits. It was disappointing to say the least because I just got fatter and my health just got worse. I even developed High Blood Pressure and heart conditions.
By 2010 I weighed 230 lbs! And forget those romantic hikes with my true love – I could barely climb the steps in our home. And forget growing old together because I had to stop most of the activity I loved, gardening, swimming and hiking because I just did not have the strength or energy and I looked like a whale if I put on a swim suit.
I gave up. My pills were not helping and I started to get the complications of diabetes like neuropathy and I was in fear my toes were going to be amputated soon as I had very little feelings in them and bad nail infections. I resigned myself that my father died from this disease and so would I.
One night my neuropathy was acting up so badly I could not sleep. I went on my computer to see if I could find some magic remedy so I could at least rest for a few hours. I stumbled across a video in which Bill Clinton was explaining how he went on a plant based diet and was able to lose 24 lbs in 30 days and regain his health. My interests were piqued, so I Googled for more information about the plant based diet. What I discovered changed my life forever. I discovered on 100’s of sites the raw food diet. I read and read and read and cried because I immediately realized that this was my answer. There were people on the net like Dr. Gabriel Cousens who were actually reversing diabetes by simply having you stop eating cooked food. I was amazed and overjoyed and I made myself a promise and commitment that I was doing this for 2 weeks and I too was going to be healed.
I started the very next morning. I was worried I was going to starve!!! To my surprise I was really satisfied with the fruits and vegetable I was eating. I started to prepare the most amazing dishes and salads and even my husband thought the food was outstanding considering it was 100% raw. I shared my dishes with friends and neighbors and they too were impressed. This made it exciting and encouraging. By day 3 my blood pressure readings dropped from a constant high around 197/101 to 109/67..truly amazing I kept taking my readings every minute because it seemed so unreal! And I felt awesome I had energy. I didn’t want to even lay down during the day like I used to and I slept through the night (hadn’t done that for 20 years). My eyes, skin and hair became bright, shiny and healthy – even my breath and body had no odors.
Well 2 weeks were up but I realized I was raw for life!!!! I was even more ecstatic when on day 22 raw I took my glucose test and my readings were down from a high of 455 to under 100!!!!!! So in 30 days I stopped taking all medication – my body was cured.
Daily I noticed my body’s positive response to my new lifestyle. I started walking 2-4 miles daily uphill, all my aches and pains had vanished. And as a little added bonus I had the most amazing transformation – In 5 months of raw my weight went from 230lbs to 148lbs – Yes I lost 82lbs in 5 months. I went from a 3X to a size 8 – even my feet got small again.
I was not going to die from diabetes – Wow!
How would just eating raw fruits and vegetables reverse chronic sickness you ask. Here’s how: Every single plant has living cells and enzymes. These enzymes when consume allow the body and blood cells to regenerate and grow. This happens every day in our bodies. But think about it if we put the wrong things in our bodies the cells will still regenerate except very unhealthy. Living foods make health cells. When you cook or heat up a food above 118F you kill the necessary enzymes to allow the body to heal itself. So cooked food is mainly dead food. Medication and drugs can not heal they only fight the symptoms of dead cells. Even and especially chemotherapy. Surgery only cuts away a symptom but does not heal.. Only a diet of whole living raw fruits and vegetables can cure our bodies. And you effortlessly lose excess weight, you feel fantastic as well.
I started a facebook group called Raw and Delicious Lifestyles so I could share, learn and teach others. I also do retreats in the beautiful jungles where people can come and relax and learn all about this wonderful lifestyle. I know of hundreds of other people who have lost weight and chronic diseases even cancer just by eliminating processed foods, and eating 100% whole raw living fruits and vegetables.
As I pen this book I hope I am touching someone today.
I love you and I love life.
N.B. ~ April 10th, 2014… continuing changes.. My life has been a series of changes .. On October 29, 2013 I lost my beloved husband to cancer. Even more than ever I’m committed to the raw vegan lifestyle .. I have a different life now; but always keeping on.. much love to all who have walked this journey with me.