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

I've had a small headache that refuses to leave for the past three, or four, days. My ears are feeling a bit more blocked than normal, so maybe it's something to do with that. My husband is sick--has sore throat, stuffed up head, cough--and my daughter has a bit of a runny nose and said her throat was hurting a bit. So, maybe I'm fighting something and I'm not getting all of the symptoms. I don't know. It could be stress, also, from not being able to get to a place of peace, yet, about something that was upsetting to me. It's strange how when something gets you off balance, it's not always so easy to get back to a place of peace again. It's probably harder for me this time because I feel so vulnerable and exposed lately. Anyway, whatever is causing the headaches, I really wish it would end. I've had more than my share of headaches already in my lifetime. This morning I debated whether I wanted to take some Advil, but then I decided I didn't want to do that to my body--to give it something that it had to process and eliminate as a poison when it's already working hard to recover itself from so many years of not eating enzyme-rich foods.

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* carob coconut shake (usual way)

Last night when I went to bed, I felt a bit of a belly ache. This morning after I ate a banana, I felt a little sick to my stomach, again. I felt like I really wanted some fresh OJ, so when my husband was out getting his weekend bagel he picked up some organic oranges for me. I juiced them and now I feel a lot better. I think I'm fighting the cold that he has, but I'm just not getting the normal symptoms.

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* banana

I've had mostly a fruit day, so far. I rarely do that, since I'm not overly drawn to fruits and I'm always a bit leary of the sugar spikes now that I know I have insulin resistance/PCOS. However, eating only fruit for this morning and afternoon filled me with lots of energy and I didn't get sugar spikes/falls. I could have been filled with energy because of the gorgeous day outside, however. ;-) I spent a few hours in the park and also did some grocery shopping.

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* Umm...I have no idea how many oranges and bananas I ate today! I lost count. I'm guessing maybe four, or so, bananas and maybe six or more oranges.

When we went shopping yesterday, an entire case of produce was frozen or frost bitten. It seemed like they were just going to leave it there for people to buy. :-( The bagged salad greens and strawberries got it the worst, it seemed. Most of the greens were crunchy from being so frozen. So, we didn't buy any bagged salads to go with the heads of lettuce like we usually do. I like the bags for the ease of it all. I was a little upset that they didn't clear out all of that produce, since it's all going to just turn to mush when it's thawed.

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* banana

I've been cutting back a bit on the fats. Now I'm craving pizza, so I know I'm not ready to cut back as much as I've been doing. :-P It's interesting that if you listen to what it is your body is asking for, it's not really the food you think, but rather something *in* that food. For the pizza, I ask myself what it is that I am really wanting and it is the fat. In the past it was the fat *and* the salt of the pizza. This time it's just the fat. So, I'll have some more fats later today.

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* chopped apples with freshly grated cinnamon

My loving family made a raw birthday pie for me! It's not only beautiful, but YUMMY! I took a pic and I'll try to put it here, later.

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* piece of pie (sweet almond crust, pineapple, mango, cashew filling topped with shredded coconut and strawberries)