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'm sitting here in the morning, wondering what my day will be like. All I can think is that I want to eat a salad. I cleaned a bunch of lettuce yesterday, getting it ready for a salad, but then didn't eat it. I have it stored so it will stay crisp and right now I think a huge salad would be lovely. I'll probably start my day with an apple and nuts, though, so that I can get back into eating fruit for breakfast.

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FEELING:

It's farm day, today! I love going to the farm each week to pick up fresh produce! Here's what I have left from last week, since I bought so much at the store after I picked up the produce. Cabbage, few collard leaves, small amount of kale, swiss chard, tiny bit of salad greens (I keep them fresh by rinsing them every few days and keeping them in a colander with a plastic bag over it), the squash. I also have some lettuce that I bought at the store, some green peppers, a tiny bit of red pepper, one and a half zucchini, some carrots, and celery. There are probably some other things that I'm not remembering, but that's the bulk of it. After picking up today's produce, I should be able to eat for the rest of the month without spending a penny on anything else! Yay! :-D

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FEELING:

We have some guests in the house, so I don't want to spend too much time on the computer. So, here's just a quick update today. I have a photo to post from yesterday's lunch, too, when I get around to it.

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FEELING:

Today I feel like I had a really bad food day. I didn't eat so horribly, but it wasn't all that great, either, and I didn't feel so well until I had a good meal in the evening. We went away for a day trip to go swimming, so I ate a little junk and got a slight belly ache. Actually, I woke up with a little belly ache after drinking that soda last night. It really makes no sense to me that I would eat and drink stuff that I know doesn't make me feel well.

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EATING:

I'm tired today. The weather is dreary, my tummy doesn't feel very well because I ate too late last night, I woke up too early compared to the time I went to sleep, and my eyes are dry and burning. Today will most likely be a lazy day--not doing much other than reading something (probably some raw foods books) and eating some healthy food to balance what I've been eating the past two days. Also, today will almost certainly include a nap. :-)

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FEELING:

Does anyone have the "Green for Life" book by Victoria Boutenko? I read somewhere that her green smoothie will help regulate menstrual cycles and I wondered if there's a specific recipe for a green smoothie for that purpose that she recommends.

Thanks for any info!