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GSG.com diet “problem”: ridiculous joy and energy!

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jul 15, 2008

Some really cute 12 Stepper wrote today on that blog about her “problem” of overwhelming happiness and so much energy she’s bouncing off the walls, as a result of a GreenSmoothieGirl plant-food diet and mostly raw food.

I have to tell you, I have the same bizarre thing happen to me the more raw I go: I am bouncing off the walls much of the time and feel an overwhelming sense of joy for absolutely no tangible reason.  I’ll be driving along in the car to a soccer practice or something and just feel so HAPPY!  I’m not talking about manic, like people suffering from Bipolar Disorder (or even someone whose Economic Stimulus check just showed up in the mail).  I’m talking about peaceful and positive, like I can do anything I set my mind to, and I want to do so many good things!

When Todd did the Green Smoothie Challenge and blogged on my site for a while, he said to me that one of the curious things he noticed was a sustained, positive mood that had never happened to him before. 

Some of you want to slap me.  Back-and-forth a few times, like in the movies.  Maybe you want to slap the cute 12 Stepper, too.  Today in the grocery store, I was in one of those episodes, feeling so much pure joy and love for people I don’t even know.  I know exactly why it was: I have eaten 100% raw for over a week now, just to cleanse.  I usually feel positive and energetic, but when I go 100% raw (which I do fairly often, for weeks or months), it’s just uncontainable.  I’m not saying I’m like Bozo The Clown or Polyanna, and I’m not saying that I feel this way every minute of every day, or that anyone should expect to.  But I feel this way a LOT.

On the flip side, eating the S.A.D. has the consequence, for so many, of anxiety and depression.  Besides the chemicals and hormones acting on you from the meat and  fried foods—can I just be honest here?  Being overweight, of course, makes you hate yourself sometimes.  Know why?  Because it’s not really YOU!  It’s just something that happened to your body while you were asleep at the wheel for a little while! 

While I was feeling so outrageously happy at the store just an hour ago, I saw this lady unloading her groceries.  She was moving very slowly and was very overweight.  I fought a completely genuine impulse to run over and hug her and unload her groceries for her.  (Why do we fight impulses like these?)  I wanted to tell her that while she may not believe it, there’s this gorgeous, fit, healthy woman inside her, just wanting to get out.  When you’re overweight for a while, you forget who you REALLY are.  And who you REALLY are is a vibrant, fabulous person who loves life.  We just forget sometimes, no thanks to Carl’s Jr., McD’s, and the habits of the crazy culture around us.   

The answer to the 12 Stepper’s “problem,” of course (of what to do with all the energy), is to make a list of all your goals, and when you’re feeling excited and energetic, tackle one of those goals.  Clean out a closet, write your grandma, start the Great American Novel. 

Anyone else experienced energy transfer when your body isn’t coping with digesting animal protein and cooked food and can put it into being productive, loving, and joyful?

Posted in: 12 Steps To Whole Food, Food Industry, Green Smoothies, Mind/Body Connection, Raw Food, Reader Letters, Standard American Diet

17 thoughts on “GSG.com diet “problem”: ridiculous joy and energy!”

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  1. I am feeling a bit calmer than before. And when I don’t have anything dairy I suddenly deflate (over a few days). I need to keep this up and then I’ll feel that way! I am excited to feel like that one day soon!

  2. Anonymous says:

    What do you put in your hot pink smoothies in place of the cashews when you’re 100% raw? Or do you cough up the $10-$15/pound for truly raw cashews? I didn’t learn that ‘raw’ cashews aren’t raw until this week!

  3. http:// says:

    You got me, because I’m using normal “raw” cashews which of course are almost never truly raw. I’m thinking of doing a group buy locally on some of David Wolfe’s products, that being one of them (certified raw cashews, plus goji berries, raw chocolate, fermented raw brown-rice protein powder, and more). I am negotiating with them now. But yeah, I guess even when I go all out, I’m only 98-99% raw (and don’t forget the occasional maple syrup or mustard or whatever) at best, as are most “100%” raw foodists.


  4. I’m with you, I’ve felt so good the last two months. I still have moments of ickiness because I still have about 30 lbs to lose, but I’m a better mother to my children, a better wife to my husband, and just overall seek to be a blessing rather than a curse to people.

    On the flip side, I’ve had mad cravings for bread the last few days. I don’t know why, and I haven’t given in, but seriously, it’s a 24 hour a day craving.

  5. Anonymous says:

    i’m feeling great! I have lost 14lbs and have boundless energy! I have lots more to lose but i’m heading in the right direction. I have several friends who have been watching me and have no asked for some recipes and how to get started. My internist has asked me what I’m doing and how i’m doing it. She has even asked for the names of books I have read so that she can read them and what websites i have found. I’m finding that this is very addictive to the people around you. I’m 100% raw during the week and sometimes on the weekend i’m 90%. I never make my new eating a big deal or force it on any one. People just watch me eat & ask me questions & I’m more than happy to answer them. I love helping people get healthier!

  6. Okay I made the chocolate pudding recipe from rawfoodart.com today and man it is fabulous! I really had my doubts, I didn’t think it would taste like pudding but it sure did! It was absolutely wonderful! Now I have a guilt-free pleasure to enjoy whenever I have a little sweet craving!

  7. http:// says:

    That recipe, in case anyone’s wondering, is in the basic recipe collection. I will, however, be revising that recipe collection and 12 Steps chapter (on desserts, Ch. 11) shortly since Shelley has decided not to contribute the recipe to 12 Steps.

  8. http://? says:

    I was thinking about what you said-how being overweight happens to us when we’re sleeping, sort of–for me, it happened as a kid-I’ve never had that “thin me” image to refer to so this losing weight thing is a new experience! (did i mention i lost 22 LBS!!!!!) As to the joy-it’s true–when i’m doing my part, there is a peace that comes with that. Even though I’m not anywhere close to where you are, I still get that piece of peace, hah. It makes me crave more peace, so any progress is worthwhile.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I like what David Wolfe says, you are putting negative energy into your body when you eat animal flesh. Imagine the fear that animal has when it is killed (imagine if it’s life was in a factory farm) you ingest. Raw food is positive, happy, sunfood, good energy. Positive, happy karma… the more positive you put into your body, the more you get out of it.

    Have you check out livingtrees products- I was drooling over those forever, and a co-op with Sunfood would be great- I’m in Vernal though.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I keep waiting for the boundless energy- or the I jump out of bed in the morning – but it is NEVER there! I guess I’m just not a big energy person. I do however, have way better digestion, limited headaches and shoulder aches (which used to be daily and treated with Advil – yikes) I am a more even keel mood, my skin looks better – so many benefits -but I want that ENERGY!!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I agree totally with you. At home we follow mostly Ayurvedic trends
    about food and cooking and our experience has been excellent in every


  12. Anonymous says:

    I’m over 60 and need a boost, not at 9PM when I’m ready for bed, but at 3PM!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I am vegan and approx 60% raw… I noticed a HUGE change in my energy level when I cut out dairy completely and started incorporating more and more raw into my diet. Also, euphoric feelings of unbridled love for the whole world and a feeling of a much deeper connection with the universe, life and people take hold of me as well….
    It’s amazing!

  14. I used to be much more into eating raw foods but the past few years I’ve gotten back into the bad habits of eating your typical cooked foods(not fried) and some meat but after reading this post and all the comments I am going to start working towards a more raw food diet because I do need more energy and focus in my life.

    Thanks for the great post!

    Robert Garcia
    Tampa, FL

  15. Anonymous says:

    I love the – ‘having great energy, wanting to do productive and loving things, and the desire to “make a difference” part of the 12 stepper program. Robyn a little off the subject, but would you consider writing up a couple of weeks worth of menu’s, possibly even a month so we can see what it’s like to keep a balance and hit all our bases and not get bored. I know I have seen your daily intake, but would you take it a bit farther for us. We’d love it.

  16. I know just what you mean! It’s undescribable!

  17. Anonymous says:

    I paid for your green smoothies recipe collection DOWNLOADABLE, order #185, clicked “finish”, and guess what ? Nothing to download ! You only sent me an email “confirm your subscription to the newsletter”. But I was already subscribed to the newsletter! What happened? Does that mean I do not get the whole series of recipes at once, but only one by one in the newsletter ? You had me pay for a newsletter ?
    And the most distressing, no place to send you an email in your website. That’s why I am writing here.

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