In a prior post Run Baby Run I talked about my wife training for a 12km (7.46 mile) race. The training went pretty well although we did not get in nearly as many runs as I had hoped partly due to the weather. By the time Sunday's race rolled around she was able to run 5.5 miles with some confidence. In preparation for the event she had a big green salad topped with eggs and potatoes for breakfast a few hours before the run. This is a mainstay in our diet and provides us with all the energy we need to get through the day.
Since eating mostly raw vegetarian foods (we still eat wild game upon occasion) directly from our gardens we have noticed a number of changes to our health. In addition to shedding excess pounds, we have noticed that our energy levels have gone up dramatically. My wife who used to suffer from low blood sugar levels has no issue with this at all anymore. She has been able to greatly increase not only her endurance but strength as well. We attribute this to the nutrient dense foods we have been consuming of late.
Another interesting benefit of our garden diet is that we never get sick anymore and believe me we are exposed to germs on a daily basis. Our grandson spends part of his week in daycare and is always bringing some sort of illness to his grandparent's house.
Not only did my wife run the race and finish in the top 25%, pretty good considering the crowd of over 44,000 runners, but upon arriving home she spent the rest of the afternoon working in the gardens with me. It was a long day for her but she was pleasantly surprised to find herself with still more energy to burn.
Sometimes when you push yourself, as in an athletic endeavor, it taxes your immune system. I had her follow up the race with an immune system boosting concoction of a raw clove of garlic, tablespoon of honey and a handful of sorrel leaves (extremely high in vitamin C). Of course a hot bath, foot rub, and Corona with lime were also in order for the champ...her idea of an immune system booster.
I must say that the best part of the ensuing race towards self sufficiency has been the amazing changes to our health...health is our wealth. Good job honey!