So I admit it. I’m a raw website lurker. But no more! I’m getting in on the discussions and the recipes.
Soooo, I am twenty-two, an actress and yoga-doing naturopathic, health food nut. Just like everybody else here! I’ve been vegetarian a little over a year, vegan for about six months (though there Christmas with my boyfriend’s family in Minnesota ruined that for a couple of weeks – oh, the cheese!), and I accidentally became raw about 3 or four weeks ago when I was diagnosed with celiac disease. So, no meat, no dairy, no eggs, no grains (on the two week elimination diet) – what the hell was I supposed to eat?? About that time, I stumbled onto Shazzie’s site and became obsessessed with her journals. I also found myself wanting more and more fresh fruit, and grazing instead of eating real meals. When I think back, I realize that as a kid, I hated pizza, mac & cheese, and hot dogs. Instead, I would sit down in front of the TV and eat a head of iceberg lettuce. No joke. I also ate tomatoes like apples, and bags of frozen green beans. It wasn’t until I “learned to try new things” that I started enjoying crap like cheese.
Anyway, I was about 75% raw for the first couple of weeks. Then a really scary thing happened. I found a lump. I’ve been getting tests for the last week and a half and they still won’t tell me anything. I probably won’t know what it is until a biopsy gets done. So, whenever I sit still for a minute and let my mind wander, it’s pretty full of scary thoughts. And I won’t even start on the nightmares. So I have decided that, whether this is “Something” or not, I shouldn’t be having lumps at 22 and I am going to try to reverse whatever is going on in my body by eating 100% raw.
Unfortunately, I also work at a British pub (but i live in southern california). Chips are a CONSTANT source of temptation. Must be strong, must be strong, must be strong!