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

So, last night I noticed that I was having a bit more energy, not feeling so tired. Then I woke this morning, feeling the same way. Was it energy from the juice yesterday? Was it a combination of all the raw things I ate? Was it something not related to the food? Anyway, I feel a bit less tired today. Yay!

Last night, when I was eating the raw pasta and marinara, it really felt like I was eating pasta with the rest of my family (who were having cooked wheat and jar sauce--all organic, of course). My daughter tasted some of the raw pasta and asked for me, but she still opted to continue eating the wheat pasta, too. She commented that the raw pasta and sauce tasted so fresh. LOL I just laughed out loud, because it was such a truthful statement about something so obvious. ;-)

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My daughter has a cough that kept her (and, therefore, me) up all night. I'm tired, tired, tired. :-/ I cancelled everything that was planned for the day, since she really needs to rest. She's craving tofu (we've been not having any soy since the beginning of October), so her Daddy is picking up some steamed tofu and broccoli for her with hunan sauce on the side. I'm curious about whether I'll see the tofu and wish I was having some of it, or not. Before he gets here with it, I'm going to make myself a smoothie (of what, I don't know, yet). I don't want to be hungry and interpret pure hunger as the reason I'm wanting the soy, kwim?

I wasn't hungry for breakfast, so I decided I wasn't going to make myself eat something (like I usually do). I'll be having a brunch smoothie, instead.

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I'm just putting the facts in today. :-P

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FEELING:

Just updating what I've been eating...

Yesterday:

2 dates and 5 brazil nuts

I didn't get around to updating yesterday, because I was down with a migraine since the afternoon. I was wondering if it was something I ate, but I think it's hormonal. :-/

Anyway, for yesterday I had:

* coconut shake

Today starts NaNo, so I may not be overly consistent with my updates here this entire month. I'll try, but most of my free moments will be spent writing to meet my 50,000 word goal in NaNo!

I'm wondering how things will work with food this month, since I'll be overly busy and mentally preoccupied. Will it be easier to eat raw, because I won't be thinking about meals all that much--just focusing on eating enough so that I'm not hungry in the middle of my writing? Will I be lazy and want to eat a lot of cooked foods that we bring into the house from outside? Or will I somehow learn to eat just single things from the fridge and be satisfied by doing that? In the end, it could very well be a combination of all those things--because I need to make sure my daughter is eating a balanced diet.

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