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,
The skin on my face is changing. It's not as red as it used to be, but I am now able to see broken capillaries. Were they there all along and the red covered them up, or are they new? I'll have to look up what they mean (am I missing something in my diet ). I have been using coconut oil as my morning moisturizer--is that what is taking the red away somewhat? My skin is still very blotchy, however. But, maybe this is the start of my skin clearing up? I've been feeling like I'm going through a mild detox the past few weeks--stomach upsets (but this could be empathetic stuff because a sister was having problems), coated tongue some mornings, congested ears (more than normal), slightly runny nose off and on.
My body shape continues to shift and change, looking more and more "normal" as the days go by. I think it's fascinating that even if my weight hasn't moved much, my shape is still changing. I think there really is a lot to be said for eating all raw, organic, vegan foods. I don't know if I'm going to say it's all that everyone has written about (so far, it's not), but it's definitely a positive change. I guess I'm mostly disappointed that I'm not bouncing off the walls with extra energy (and, again, this could be because I'm deficient in iron and B12). I do love the clarity I feel on most days, however, and feeling healthier from the inside out. It's worth giving up cooked food, for sure, especially since I can easily create meals that fill the desire to eat different foods if I'm really wanting something (like Indian, Thai, etc.).
I have continued to correspond with the chair of the almond board. His most recent email was sad, in a way. He said he didn't really want anything happening to the almonds, either (he's an almond grower, himself), but that they don't have any choice about this--they are "between a rock and a hard spot." He also said that I was right, since he and I have been writing they are receiving many letters of opposition.
My response was about knowing that we always have a choice in this world, and that our beliefs that we must create rules and follow them is what is keeping everyone from being truly happy and free. I ended by saying that raw foodists will never consume the treated almonds and that we have already been finding alternative sources for when the ruling goes through.
So, maybe he's not such an ass. He's stuck in the system and doesn't know how to break free from it. Often I wish I could go from person to person, breaking down the barriers that we've created as a society to contain and mold us into perfect little robots. I've been working on my own barriers (not just the ones society has put into place) and there are gaps so large that I actually emerge from the box quite a bit. Someday the barriers will be gone and I'll be completely free. Maybe the more we break free, the more others will begin to see their own barriers and start to break them down, as well? This is my vision for the future--one of true freedom and happiness. Yes, this includes the freedom for the almonds to stay alive, without being scalded to death. ;-)
For the past few days my stomach was upset. I felt like nothing was digesting and I had a general belly ache. I wondered if it was from the cashew nut milk I made for myself (because I've had stomach upsets after cashew nut milk, before), but I've had some stressfull stuff in my life and wasn't sure whether it was that, or the milk. Well, I had a good long cry yesterday and today my stomach is feeling so much better. I still don't know if it was the milk or the stress, however, since maybe the cashew nut milk finally digested and that's why I'm feeling okay. Who knows. I do want to remember that I had a tummy upset after drinking cashew nut milk, however, in case it happens again.
All has been going well with eating 100% raw. I pranked (April Fool's Day) my family and friends by saying that I ate some cooked food, but really I didn't. ;-) Lately, I've been thinking about eating more fruit. I have been reading about Dr. Graham's beliefs about fats and insulin resistance and maybe he's right. I'm not sure, since I didn't actually read his book (it's $30 plus shipping, not available through the library) or try out his plan for easier diegestion/absorption. My husband seemed to like the idea of trying it, so maybe I'll order the book once I pay our bills.
Our seedlings are doing really well. I wish we could put everything outside already. It was so beautiful for a couple of days, but now it's getting cold again and I heard we could be getting some snow tomorrow( !). So, I must be patient. I'm soooo looking forward to the farm CSA this year. I hope they allow me to be a dropoff location, so I don't have to go anywhere to pick up my veggies *and* I get a pretty good discount on the share. I'm doing a full share, of course. It's super expensive ($700) to pay in one big lump, but it's about $30 a week and we spend way more than that each week on produce. I mean WAY more than that. This organic, raw eating is hugely expensive--but, I've already said that before. It's worth it, though. My husband is looking FANTASTIC and I'm feeling better and better, too.
I forgot to update on my stats. I haven't taken a pic since the first of January. I have been jotting down my weight, however, so that I can look back at everything. I went down four pounds since last month (still averaging about one pound per week). My body shape keeps shifting and looking healthier. I seem to notice the physical changes in my body more than the weight moving from the scale.
I was 162 pounds at the end of March. My weight goes up and down by five pounds, depending on the day and time that I weigh myself, and the lowest I was at the end of March was 162 pounds. I think I probably look lighter than I am, but I'm not sure. Maybe my perception of myself is changing in a positive way ? Anyway, it seems that I am consistently losing about one pound per week.
This is behind a cut, so that I don't bring negative stuff onto your friends pages.
I've been going through some major things the past year, dealing with sexual post traumatic stress disorder being the biggest thing. A little over a week ago I hit a big issue in therapy and I was trying to deal with that this past week, feeling like I could be on the verge of finally breaking through something that has had a hold onto me, changing who I am in such a negative way over the past fifteen years. But, then the universe decided I wasn't juggling enough and wanted to test me. It threw another ball into the ones I was just learning to juggle with a rhythm that felt okay. I wasn't so stressed anymore and I was beginning to actually see the beauty in what I was doing. But, then WHAM! In comes the other ball at me so fast that it knocked me off my feet and all the balls can bouncing down all around me.
I feel like I'm miserably failing the test, feeling a depression that is different from any I've felt in the past. This one isn't a numbing, dull one where I feel like I'm walking in a fog, forcing myself to do things to appear alive and well. This one has me feeling overly emotional, crying too much, not able to hide it from anyone (maybe this is a healthier kind of depression? I don't know). And when I'm not crying I'm feeling hungry. I mean REALLY hungry--my stomach growling, feeling like I really need to eat. I think of the most unhealthy things that I want to eat...cheese, pizza, popcorn loaded up with so much melted butter that it drips from my fingers, etc. So, I try to eat other things to move beyond that craving, because I know I don't WANT those things. I'm not so messed up that I actually convince myself that I want those things...I know it's some kind of unhealthy emotional craving. But, I eat and eat to fill that emotional side, trying to stuff it and shut it up. I feel sick from eating too much yesterday. My stomach is hard and full, not able to digest all that I ate (even if it was all raw).