After Thanksgiving of 2007, I decided to try a 100% raw vegan diet for a month. Figured that would give me a good chance to try it out, plus I wouldn't gorge on holiday cookies. I had been having digestion problems for almost 2 years and had high hopes for the diet. I loved it, though I hated going to restaurants or friend's houses for dinner. I figured that I would eat holidays meals as normal and then transition into a ~75% raw diet in 2008 - eat raw at home, but don't sweat the cooked meals while out. Also I have chickens and goats and like eggs and dairy, so the vegan part wasn't high priority for me. Anyway, on Jan. 4th of 2008, I wound up in the hospital for emergency gall bladder surgery. Seems my digestion problems weren't as simple as I thought.
The hospital food nearly killed me. They gave me coffee, greasy eggs and white fluffy biscuits for my first meal. They did have 'vegetarian' as on option for a meal (I've been vegetarian my whole life) but not 'raw'! Then while recuperating, I couldn't prepare things for a week and didn't get any raw. Long story short, I went right back to my old diet. Twenty pounds later, I realized I needed to do something! I lost the 20 pounds last year but the SAME digestion problems have come back. So apparently the gall bladder was not the only culprit.
So 2 weeks ago, I embarked on another 100% raw diet. My plan is to do that for a month+ to get things jump started and then wind up with a 75% raw diet plus eggs (organic but cooked) and dairy (organic and raw). This time around, my husband is more interested in joining me in this - or at least meeting me halfway. Last time, he only ate a few of the meals I prepared. But his health is not looking so good and he has gained 20 pounds in the last year.
So that's my story!