A Journal of Transition to a Raw Food Lifestyle

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Dear John

I just wanted to take a minute to give you a shout out!  You are awesome!  Thank you so much for your comments.  They have really and truly helped me.  I can’t even tell you how much you reaching out to help has meant to me.  I hope that we can learn from each other.  Can you send me a friend request on facebook?  I tried to find you but don’t have any info about you.  Hugs to you friend!


Surprise! I didn't fall into the blog black hole!

I know you’ve been wondering, but yes I am still alive and kicking in the Raw Food World.  Sorry that I haven’t been around.  I have been busy with the holidays, and going back to work, and I went through a short spot of depression too.  I’ll try to be more consistent from here on out.  I thought about my blog a lot and missed it, but just couldn’t seem to find the “oomph” to get er done.

I’ve been eating between 50%-100% raw depending on the day.  I tried to start juicing and intended to do a week long juice feast, but dang…that’s hard work!  I spent 3 hours washing produce and was then too tired/aggravated/overwhelmed to make much juice.  I ordered a new juicer, and I think that will help.  Also, since I don’t have organic fruit/veggies near where I live, I went to Whole Foods an hour and a half away and bought enough produce to make 6 days of juice.  You would not BELIEVE how much stuff this was.  I emptied my entire refrigerator and had to STUFF the fruits and veggies in.  It was unbelievable how full it was.  Hence the 3 hours of washing the produce.  I was (as usual) an over achiever.  So, I’ve decided now that I won’t buy more than 2 days of produce and fruit, and I’ll just have to go with the non-organic stuff that I can get here.  The juice that I did make was surprisingly tasty.  I plan to make more today, but I definitely won’t be doing a juice feast for any extended period of time.

I still haven’t quite figured out the ratio for this percentage of raw thing.  I am just doing what feels right…avoiding meat and dairy…eating a little seafood here and there.  But still eating all my veggies and fruits raw.  I felt so much better when I was eating 100% raw, but I feel pretty good now.  And I know that I will get to a steady level of high raw 90-100%, but I’m going to stretch out that process so that I can maintain it.  I’m in this for the long term.

Oh!  I almost forgot to tell you guys.  My dad watched all the raw food movies, and now he wants to try it and see if he can cure his diabetes.  I’m so happy.  He’s been diabetic for like 24 years now…I can’t imagine how much his life would change if he didn’t have to take shots every day!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Progress, Not Perfection

Hi guys!  I’m feeling a little down tonight, but I decided to write anyway.  This cold is getting to me.  I can’t warm up for anything.  I think part of it is the raw food and part of it is the blood pressure meds I just started taking.  I am used to being hot and sweaty ALL the time.  In addition it’s been in the 20s down here in South Louisiana.  I’m going to Boston for two days, where there’s currently a blizzard going on, and I’m really not looking forward to the cold, although I can’t wait to play in the snow.
I decided that I’m going to incorporate some cooked food in my diet.  I don’t want to be sick every time that I do decide to indulge in something cooked.  Also, if I eat some cooked food then I can warm it up, and I think that being warm will make me feel so much better.  I’m going to aim for 80%-90% raw daily, with a few 100% days each week.  I think that transitioning to 100% raw will be easier and more sustainable if I make it a gradual, long term change instead of diving in head first.
I really believe that this is THE way to eat to live.  I have seen so many positive changes already.  There are people around me who are listening to the message of raw food, and I believe that I can help people by example.  The more research that I do, the more I realize that I don’t have to be perfect at this.  Almost perfect is plenty good enough.