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

* banana

* few pieces of fudge

* veggie salad (red pepper, tomato, cucumber, parsley, flax oil, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder)

Today is farm pickup day! Yay!! This year's CSA is FANTASTIC!!! We sometimes get so much produce, I wonder if it will all fit in the fridge. They are very generous with the veggies and it's all so wonderful! They send updates each week about what's going on at the farm, with pictures of the veggies that are growing and being planted (as well as other pics). It's great and I love it! The pickup is fairly close to my home, too, where last year's took me forever to get there and back. I'll update later with what we were given this week.

UPDATE: Here's what we got from the farm today: parsley, basil, fennel, scallions, beets with greens, cauliflower, 3 heads lettuce, carrots with greens, bag of lettuce greens (like dandelion, arugula, etc.), 4 HUGE zucchini, 3 yellow squash, cucumber, 2 bags green beans, head of cabbage!!! Yay!

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Yesterday we had some hail and it knocked over most of our pepper plants (we have *a lot*). So, today I went out and said some sweet things to them as I helped them stand tall again. :-D I hope they produce a lot of colorful sweet peppers for me!

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* coconut shake (coconut water and flesh, one date, one banana, 1 inch of vanilla bean, little bit of hemp protein powder)

I was out for the day, but I packed a huge amount of nut loaf that kept me very unhungry. The rest of the family enjoyed eating a lot of it, as well. I packed it with some lettuce leaves, chopped onions, and some homemade ketchup. Yum! I ate it as a sandwich with the romaine leaves as the "bun" to hold it all together.

Anyway, I can't remember all that I ate, but here's what I do recall:

* leftover sesame shake from yesterday

I have a sluggish digestion today. I think eating so many nuts yesterday and then having some again this morning made my food just kind of stick in my stomach. My stomach is still full and I haven't eaten much today. I think nuts just take too much time for my stomach, for some reason. I partly think it's cashews, since every time I can remember feeling this lump in my stomach it's after consuming a lot of cashews.

I dreamed last night that I was eating an extremely juicy orange--I was really just drinking the orange, because it was so juicy. I'm thinking it would be nice to have some fresh-squeezed OJ right now, but I don't have any organic oranges in the house. I think the local grocery store probably doesn't sell them and I'm too lazy to get into the car to go and find out.

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I'm feeling a lot better this morning. I think that drinking the orange juice (that I watered down, since it was way too sweet) last night helped my stomach digest all of those nuts! I need to remember to eat in moderation when it comes to dehydrated nut meals. It was just tasty and convenient and that's why I ate so much of it. :-P

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* 1/2 a cantaloupe blended into a smoothie