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 love new beginnings. They are always so hopeful, bright, and happy. I seem to always be creating new beginnings, even though I sometimes don't complete the previous journey. Maybe they aren't new beginnings at all, but more like changing routes and walking down a different road to the same destination. It's all in the journey, really.

So, this month I started my serious transitioning to raw foods. I haven't had any soy, dairy, wheat, or sugar--and won't have any unless I choose to consume it after December 31, 2007. I hope that's not the case, though. I'd love to think that this raw food journey will bring me such clarity, health, and peace that I would never consider going back to cooked foods.

Over the weekend, I created a menu for the week, including one snack a day since I get a bit peckish around 3pm. I've also created a schedule for the week that I'll try to keep updating as the weeks go by. I've scheduled one day a week to write a longer update here (Mondays) and the rest of the week will just be about the facts of what's going on as I transition.

I made rawvioli for the first time and it was sooooooo YUMMY!!!! Everyone loved it and not one rawvioli was left (it was a huge platter of them). We ate them with some pesto sauce. YUM!! I definitely want to make them again, maybe for a special occassion, since it took me quite some time to get it all made.

YUM!

I'm tired today. I had to get up early to get some bloodwork done. I'm happy to have it done, since it will be great to look back and and compare against once I've gone completely raw for a long time.

FEELING:

I'm feeling tired and my shoulder is really paining me. It was so painful last night, it was hard to sleep. Was something I ate making it worse? I also felt like the joints in my wrists were tender/slightly painful. Could it have been from the turnip? Sometimes chard makes my joints hurt; I wonder if turnip has something in it that's the same as chard? Anyway, my wrists don't hurt today, but my shoulder is still aching. I'm really hoping raw foods will cure the shoulder pain once and for all.

I woke up in the middle of the night saying a sentence over and over in my head. I got up to pee and it dawned on me. I was sending myself a message, so I listened to what I was saying. I can't rmember the exact sentence, but it was something about variety and not doing the same thing over and over. I took that to mean that I shouldn't be having the coconut drink every single morning. :-/ So, this morning I made something different, but didn't like it very much. I'm going to at least have the coconut shakes every other day--I'm soooo loving them!

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FEELING:

I was feeling energetic in the morning, but then I got tired as the day went on. I didn't have much time at home, either, so that's why it was difficult to update.

Yesterday I had a coconut shake for breakfast, Indian food for lunch (since we were out and I didn't feel like packing cold raw food on a very chilly day), popcorn with vegan butter and nutritional yeast (for the B12) for dinner (ugh). We got in so late that I was just wanting to eat anything that I could make really fast--popcorn is super fast, so that's what I made. My daughter was smart and decided to wait even longer for some tomato soup to heat up, so at least she ate a bit healthier than I did.

I need to get back in the habit of updating here, again. :-/

I've been doing well. I'm not having much of a problem at all with excluding dairy, wheat, soy, and sugar. Last night we had some soup and everyone else had bread with theirs. I realized it wasn't the bread I was wanting, it was the taste of the Earth's Balance "butter" that I usually loaded up on the bread whenever I ate soup. So, I did something crazy--put a big dollop of the "butter" in the soup and got to have that taste with the soup. It was yummy and I didn't need, or even want, the bread!

Speaking of bread, though, I just finished making some of Rawvolution's Famous Onion Bread! It's so yummy!! It took 36 hours to dehydrate, though, and I'm wishing I would have made four times the amount since it took so long to make it. I'll know for next time. It was super, super nice of a very dear friend to let me borrow her Excalibur dehydrator. She's going to be eating more raw foods, too (yay!), so I'm going to buy a dehydrator--then we can both be making new things! :-D I dried some basil leaves while the onion bread was dehydrating, and I also made some cinnamon almonds and pecans. They are still dehydrating, though. All of this was done on only 100 degrees, so that's probably why it's taking so long. That's what the onion bread called for, though, and I wanted to make sure I followed the directions at least once. ;-)