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

Today is farm day and it's turned into a big disappointment. They don't give a lot of produce, even though I've paid them $400 for a bountiful harvest of veggies. They have enough to sell at the Farmer's Market two times a week, yet they give next to nothing to the people who fronted them the money to run the farm. If the farm didn't do well, we would have lost the money. I'll definitely be finding a different CSA for next year. :-/

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FEELING:

Is there life after pizza? I think that's highly debatable. Today I feel stiff, tired, heavy, groggy, and puffy. My shoulder hurts pretty bad, my abdomen is sensitive to touch because my insides are rebelling against what I ate, my fingers are stiff and achey, and my hands, feet, and face are all puffy. I think life the day after pizza isn't so wonderful. To be fair to pizza, though, I could be also experiencing PMS sypmtoms along with my body dealing with all the salt from the pizza last night. :-P

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FEELING:

I have a vacation coming up soon, so I probably won't be updating much, if at all, until I return mid-September. I have a few days to think about what needs to be packed, last minute things that I have to do, and then we head out on Thursday. I'm looking forward to two weeks of nothing but fun and new adventures.

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EATING:

I'm going to be very busy the next few days (today a computer job, the next few days organizing and packing for the trip), so I'm just going to update what I'm eating. If something major is going on with how I'm feeling, I'll be sure to add that, as well, for future reference.

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* Very small cup of orange, bannana, pineapple juice (not organic)

I had a cherimoya for the first time about two years ago. It was creamy, sweet, and oh so delicious. I looked in the stores for them, but when I was finally able to locate a place that sold them, they were between $6-$8 each! These things aren't big like cantaloupes, either--they are slightly bigger than an orange. So, I never bought one...that is, until last night.

My daughter and I opened it up, waiting for that texture and flavor we fell in love with, but I guess this one wasn't all the way ripe. The seeds were large and there were a whole lot of them--I don't remember the original one having so many seeds. The flesh wasn't as creamy, either, so it must not have been perfectly ripe. It was sweet and exotic-tasting, but just not what we had waiting for and wanted.

So, we collected all of the white flesh, removing the seeds, and dumped it into the VitaMix with some frozen bananas, an orange, some fresh pineapple slices, some almonds, some coconut creme, ice and water and blended it all up. It was good, very tropical-tasting, but not anything I'd like to make again. I saved some out for my husband, because I think it's a flavor he'll really like.

I'm leaving in two days and I'm really excited about the trip. I'm not too excited about the eating part of the trip, though. I'll try to eat as healthy as I can, but we might have a hard time finding fresh organics while we are away. I know my husband wants to eat out for every meal, but I just don't want to do that. I've already been eating a lot of cooked things the past few days and it's making me feel sluggish and a bit tired. Having the pizza and the soda the one day really made me drop down in my energy level a lot. If I eat cooked, unhealthy food for the two weeks that I'm away, it's going to be difficult getting my energy back when I return. I'm bringing my juicer and VitaMix so that if I can find some healthy fruits and veggies I can at least start my days with a nourishing juice or smoothie.

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EATING: