To keep all of you inspired while we are away, we've asked some

remarkable individuals to share their raw food stories with you. Enjoy!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="202" caption="Linda Salas Before"][/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="172" caption="Linda Salas After"][/caption]

The north-mex diet is mostly meats, cold meats, cheeses, flour tortillas, eggs, and breads; fruits and veggies come mostly in the form of salsas and sweet jams. My personal preferences were of sweets, cake and cookies.

I became athletic as a teenager and I ate a LOT, and that means a LOT of junk. I could eat one big sandwich, cookies, chips and soda as a midmorning snack, after breakfast and before lunch.

I left for college, I stopped all physical activity but kept eating the same way eek.

I became a vegetarian at age 24, finding this was easy for me as there is no meat in cookies. At 25 I threw my back out and was in bed for 3 weeks and chose to start working from home. I was sad. :(

Age 29 stumbled upon the Master Cleanse in hopes of happiness. So we both did it. And yes one feels lighter and clarity flows easier when one does something like that. I lost the lower back pain on the second day and lost about a pound for each of the ten days. I felt great, a little dizziness here and there but other than that no problems. This cleanse advices a raw vegan diet after it and I had time to research that further? hmmm does sound good this raw foods thing. Must try, I was already trying vegan eating before that, more like trying to find loopholes like vegan cookies and cakes.
My first bribe into raw foods was Ani Phyo's donut holes, as soon as I ate that I knew I could leave refined flour and refined sugar behind FOR EVER.
The weight kept coming off easily, every day became exciting and interesting. I connected online with a lot of kindred spirits and I reconnected for real with many old friends. I started keeping a blog in Spanish as there is not much information in my language about this lifestyle and I just wanted to share! We started having friends over for dinner a lot, this is fun, but even though people find it interesting, there not as much joining the club as I had hoped ;) This is why it was an obvious choice to go to the Raw Spirit Festival, we craved community, we craved the vibration of our tribe, and this event totally delivered that and more. I loved every minute of cacao high, love high and amazing food high, the information, the people, books and the happiness that could be breathed in.
One of the books bought there was Victoria Boutenko's 12 Steps to Raw Foods. This book has some advice for people looking for community. It said teach a class. And this has worked better to find people highly interested in raw foods and in being at least hi-raw. I get to learn a lot in these classes and people respond well to the food. This also keeps me researching and experimenting more into this lifestyle trying new things to share.

One of those amazing experiments of health was the 92 day JuiceFeast. I had read about Angela Stokes' juicefeast, found it admirable but pretty out there. Then all of a sudden it started popping out everywhere, Terilyn, Philip, Heidi? interesting. A whole event around it. I can't really say I jumped into the wagon because of these reasons. In January I had a miscarriage. This would have been a terrible thing even one year earlier, but I felt rather levelheaded and in the present, I know I owe this balanced non dramatic response to the health and strength I got from raw foods. But the JuiceFeast came up in the perfect moment when I wanted to regenerate my cells, heal my body as much as possible before conception. It made sense and we jumped in then and there. It was an amazing experience of healing emotions. There is no reactive eating of the dates and almonds. I wasn t much aware that I did this before. So it was a big experience of growth and awareness.

My current personal work is to heal the mind. And it is a fine interesting work to do.

Note: The above pictures are my most extreme pictures. One is just before I started my transformation journey. I call this my lowest point picture, I dislike it very much, there is no energy in my face it looks like I'd rather be asleep or somewhere else. The second picture is a couple of weeks after the JuiceFeast, a totally different place in my life, very energetic and very aware of my body and what it needs to thrive.

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Original Comments

Below, we have included the original comments from this blog post. Additional comments may be made via Facebook, below.

On February 8, 2009, debbiedoesraw wrote:

Linda, you are lovely! so glad to see you here and I hope to see you at raw spirit in Santa barbara!
sTay Green!
deb

On February 9, 2009, MARY wrote:

SUCH A TRANSFORMATION! YOU LOOK ABSOLUTELY STUNNING IN THE AFTER PIC. TRULY MIRACULOUS. CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE LIVING TESTIMONY TO THE LIVING FOOD LIFE STYLE. QUE LINDA!

On February 9, 2009, MindXdreamz wrote:

Thank you for sharing your story with us Linda, very inspirational :)

I hope to make such as a dramatic transformation as you have.

On February 10, 2009, LindaSalas wrote:

I hope so too! Thanks for the support!

On February 10, 2009, LindaSalas wrote:

Thank you, it has been quite the ride, and one I have loved all the way, it is so true living foods give you your life back!

On February 10, 2009, LindaSalas wrote:

The beauty of it is that the commitment it requires allows for delicious raw foods and desserts, so really, in the words of Elton John: "It�s no sacrifice at all" Have fun with it and keep us posted on your journey!

On February 10, 2009, LindaSalas wrote:

Thank you Wendi for posting my story in your series, it is great to share!
Much love to you!

On February 11, 2009, rubyvroom wrote:

Linda.....you are beautiful, inside and out. I too was at my very best right after the juice feast and I feel that feeling of lightness (physically and emotionally) tugging at my soul once again. I respect you and feel so honored to be in your sphere of raw friends!
Much Love to you!!!
Peni

On February 13, 2009, purejeevanblog wrote:

Linda,

Thank YOU for sharing!! You and the others have given a lot of inspiration
to many people. What a beautiful community we are all a part of--I love
you!

Wendi
XOXOXO

On March 14, 2009, pure acai wrote:

yeah, nature has all we need to lose weight or cure almost any trouble

On April 27, 2009, Jennifer wrote:

Linda, you are such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your story... Hope you could share some of your vegan recipes? How about some vegan sweets and cakes recipes? :)

On June 25, 2009, chiropractic management wrote:

Very inspiring story, it is really true that if you are desperate to achieve a goal you can get it, you just have to keep on going and pursuing it.