First – I just tried posting this in the Hello Everyone thread and I’m not sure if it worked, so this is a direct-cut & paste and I’m sorry if it’s a duplicate… still figuring out the forum stuff! :o)
Hi! I’m Jen. I’ve been lurking around this forum for a little while now, and I thought I’d finally join up and introduce myself! :o)
I’m 37 and I live in a small town in Northern California with my hubby John and my 9-yr old son Griffin and my very cross-eyed siamese cat Lenny. I’m pretty new to living raw, but not new to the concept. I’ve been reading about it for a couple of years, seems like, and becoming increasingly drawn to this lifestyle. I hesitate to even call it a “diet,” because I really dislike that icky D-word. I prefer to look at this whole process as a journey towards ultimate health and natural energy.
I’ve been vegetarian for about 6 years and vegan off and on through that time, and I’ve been making a real effort to eat mostly raw for about a month now. I still eat one cooked (vegan) meal a day – usually dinner, sometimes lunch – but I’m starting to notice how heavy and tired it makes me feel so I think my body is really starting to acclimate to the raw fuel – and really liking it! I love that I can feel satisfied without being so full and heavy feeling. That sounds awkward… you all know what I mean, right? Heh…
My journey towards raw actually began in earnest three years ago when I got clean and sober, but I didn’t know it at the time. I thought I was just going to stop drinking because it was totally wrecking my life and my health and my sanity… but after a year or so I started feeling so much better physically I wanted to see how far I could take the whole “getting healthy” thing. I think that’s about when I started looking around online and discovered Jinjee’s website, and Shazzie’s. (Hope it’s OK to name-drop! ;o) I was blown away and inspired from the very beginning. It’s just taken a while for me to go from concept to practice. So far I am just LOVING it.
I also wanted to say (and then I’ll wrap this up… I can be a bit of a motormouth but it’s just ‘cause I’m excited! It’s the Gemini in me ;o) that I really like the atmosphere of loving support and tolerance for each individual’s path that I see here on this forum… that very thing is what’s kept me sober and in the 12-step program I’m a member of, and it’s what ultimately decided me to join up here.
Love to all!