July 26, 2008

Cooked Food Blues

Posted by meli on Saturday, July 26, 2008 in | 1 comment
Another update.

I mentioned a couple of blogs ago that we were adding a little bit of cooked food back into our diets. Our reasons for doing so were centered around the kids. They were beginning to become obsessed with cooked food. Talking about it all day, wishing they could have some, playing "chef" and making many cooked options, pretending their raw foods were cooked alternatives, etc. So, we decided to add a bit of "healthy" cooked foods back into our lives in hopes of preventing them from rebelling against healthy food all together. Nothing crazy or extravagant, just a little bit. Sandwich things (vegan deli slices, vegan condiments, organic bread w/no sugar), rice, beans, and that's really about it.

Well, that was about a month and a half ago or so, and we're all sick! After that first week or two, we all started sniffling and coughing. Mucous overload!!! And it hasn't gone away. We were raw vegan for a year, and none of us were sick during that time. Add in a bit of cooked food, and bam, we're all stuffed up with snot and phlegm for the past month. Coincidence? I don't think so.

I just don't know what to do. Nick and I haven't said anything about it, because we don't want to influence their thought pattern right now. We want to know honestly how they are feeling about this. All three of them do know that it is the cooked food that is making them sick, and we want to hear how they feel about that, without any urging or influence from us. Larson, our oldest (9 1/2) says he's over it. He doesn't want any more cooked. His words... "This whole cooked food thing sucks, it made us all sick, I don't want it anymore". The other two, however, are not ready to be done. When they're having a coughing attack, they're all for giving it up, but as soon as that passes for a 20 minute stretch, they decide a little bread wouldn't be so bad.

As parents, it's our job to make decisions, no matter how tough, in order to keep our children safe and healthy. If you know there is something that is making your kids sick, you make sure to avoid it, right? We know, without doubt, that cooked food is causing sickness.

Maybe it really is that easy. Then again, maybe it's not.

Our reasons for adding cooked foods back in haven't changed. We really do not want to give our children a complex about food. We don't want them feeling so deprived and obsessed, so that they start to lie, sneak around, and rebel.

We have a lot of thinking to do... as for right now, we haven't had any cooked for the past week. We'll see what happens.

1 comment:

  1. Hey mama...
    I would think that because you're still eating vegan, the phlegm and stuff is not coming from just cooked food in general. I am wondering if maybe it's a reaction to the wheat or soy? Are you eating normal whole wheat bread? If so...try switching to Ezekial bread instead. Still wheat, but at least it's sprouted. Just a thought. I would try cutting out any soy as well. When I first went raw, whenever I had soy I had a super strong reaction to it.

    Hang in there...I think you are doing the right thing. Bella has become obsessed as well lately...she is always talking about cooked food. We have been eating about 80% for the past few months and I am back to about 95% now, but I am giving her more healthy cooked foods as to not make her crazy :) We've been doing eggs, oatmeal, avocado sandwiches (on Ezekial), sprouted wheat noodles, and such. I've noticed that her bowels are much more consistent with a mix of raw and cooked than with just raw. She tends to get diarrhea with 100% raw.