My past journey
My name is Laura-Jane, and I've been a vegetarian since 2001, although I did continue to eat some seafood until I went raw in 2009.
However, although I was a long-time vegetarian, my diet was not healthy. I knew it, and my weight fluctuated quite a bit.
I was often snacking on pizza, chips, and lots of processed fruit juices. I didn't feel good. I was often moody and depressed.
I wasn't much of a cook and the foods that we ate were simple and unhealthy. For example, pasta with pesto sauce--with no salad or veggies. Breakfast was sweetened soy milk with mini wheats or another processed cereal.
I barely bought or ate any unprocessed vegetables.
Every year I gained five more pounds.
In the back of my mind I realized that if this five-pound-a-year-weight-gain continued, by the time I was forty I'd be at least fifty pounds overweight. I looked around. Many women at forty seemed to be fifty pounds overweight, so I accepted that this was the way it would be for me, too.
My raw journey
But enter raw food...
After the first two months of being a 100% raw vegan I had released ten to fifteen pounds. I looked great and I felt even better.
I've found preparing delicious raw foods to be so simple. Inspirationally simple.
Before I began my raw food journey, I was not comfortable in the kitchen. I had absolutely no confidence and no idea how to cook. I just made pasta and sandwiches and ate frozen pizza.
Learning how to prepare raw food has been an amazing and empowering experience for me. I started very rigidly following raw recipes, but after just two months I was creating some of my own recipes. With a limited number of ingredients--fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds--I find that I now understand more about how to combine food. I experiment so much more than I ever did before.
Will I be raw forever? I have no idea. All I can say is that right now I am still excited about the raw food lifestyle and being 100% raw.
Only time will tell where this journey takes me.
The purpose of this blog is to inspire others to try and love this amazing lifestyle.