Below, you will find a copy of the journal I kept during my transition into, and my first year of, a 100% raw, vegan diet. Some of it is quite personal, but I still wanted to share it with all of you. We may never meet in person, but I feel we are all connected in this world.I want to share my story with you, in hopes that you may learn something about yourself by reading about my journey into the raw lifestyle. Perhaps you'll be inspired (that's my wish), or learn to not make similar mistakes.

The journal begins in July of 2006 and continues into October 2007. If you are interested in reading something from the beginning, please use the archive feature at the right side of this page. If a month has more than one page worth of entries, there will be a "previous entries" link at the bottom of the page to view the rest of the entries for that month.

I have not edited my entries at all. Any entries that were originally marked private have been made public (with the exception of one that included personal information about people other than myself). Even though the entries are old, you are still welcome to add comments or ask questions. We will be notified of any comments that are left.

Again, I hope that I am in some way able to offer something positive to your life by sharing my personal Going Raw Journal.

Lots of love and peace to all of you,
Wendi
XOXOXO

Busy day today, so this is a quick post.

I'm feeling good. My stomach is mostly back to feeling normal. My eyes are still a bit dry, but maybe less so today. My shoulder was hurting a tiny bit last night, but seems okay now. My heart continues to hurt off and on. I'm a bit tired, but not overly so.

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The new juicer arrived (commercial Champion since it was the same price as the home one). So, I'm having juice for dinner. It tastes great. I loved seeing all the dry pulp compared to the wet pulp we usually get with the Juiceman juicer.

Now we need to use the dehydrator soon, so that we can make sure that's in working order. :-)

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Today I am having a craving. Oh, no!! I haven't been having cravings this whole time I've been off the dairy, wheat, soy, sugar. I want pizza of all things. Egad! I don't even really care for pizza. So, I'm analyzing the whole thing. What is it that I really want when I want pizza? The salt, the oil, the texture, the sauce, the warmth, the smell. The whole damn thing I want! UGH. I'm not going to have it, of course. I figure I'm possibly experiencing PMS symptoms, so I ate some blue corn chips and that has helped a bit.

I didn't update in a few days. I don't even remember what I've been eating. It's all healthy, that's all I remember. I ate some salads, coconut shakes, beans, and I can't remember what else I had. It wasn't anything out of the ordinary from what I've been eating, though. AND, it certainly wasn't pizza! lol

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I'm feeling super sick to my stomach again. I looked up what I ate the night before I got sick likek this before, to see if there is anything similar to what I ate yesterday.

Here is what I ate yesterday, just for future reference.

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Here we go! It's January and this is the first time I'll be charting my weight and pictures. I'm not comfortable sharing this info, yet, so these STATS posts will be locked until I feel ready to share them.

Okay, here's the info. I started off at 227 pounds. I am only 5'4" so imagine how much weight that was! I slowly started losing by eating the Insulin Resistance way (eating protein with high carb foods). Then I slowly started eating more and more fresh, uncooked foods. I don't know how long ago I was the 227 pounds, and I could have even been heavier than that at one point. I just know that when I saw that number on the scale one time, it made me freak out. How had it creeped up so much!

I have slowly--and I mean slowly--losing the pounds, so slowly that no one really noticed! I lost 51 pounds, as of today, and just about all of those who see me on a regular basis haven't even noticed. Those who only see me once in a while notice, though.

Here are the pics. Me at 176 pounds on January 1, 2007. 


 
 



Here we go!! It's January 1, 2007 and the first day of my year-long goal to be raw. I've actually been eating raw since December 17, 2006, but it's today that's important to me. This is the beginning of my one year goal and it's great to start it after preparing for the past months.

So, that's it. It's all going to be documented from now on out. Some days I might not write. I'm not forcing myself to do something if I don't feel like doing it. However, I'll post at least a few times each month, or more.

As of today, I've lost a total of 51 pounds. Who knows how much more I'll lose before reaching my ideal weight. I have no idea what that weight will be, only my body will know. I'm not restricting my food, or dieting in any way. I'm eating what I want, when I want, however much I want, etc., it just happens to be completely uncooked foods. :-) I'm not even exercising, yet. I know as I get more energy, I'll exercise. I may start doing the 8-Minutes in a Morning routine. I have it on my list of things to do for today, but I haven't done it, yet. I'm not forcing myself to do anything. If I don't do it, that just means something inside me isn't ready to do it. So be it. I'm in no hurry. Slow and steady, slow and steady.