I have my friend Monique to thank for my raw journey. Can you believe that only 2.5 years ago I was enjoying the Atkins Diet? Of course I gained all the weight back after giving it up. My friend Moe was recommended this diet from her naturopath and talked to myself and another friend about it one day at a raw restaurant. In addition to loving the raw food at the restaurant, she let us try some of the lunch she had packed that included fettucini alfredo and date nut torte. I loved it and was immediately intrigued. I bought a couple of books she had recommended – Green for Life by V. Boutenko and Living on Live Food by Alissa Cohen. I started drinking a green smoothie a day immediately and occasionally tried a raw recipe here and there. I was pregnant at the time so I didn’t want to do anything too drastic for fear of detox symptoms affecting my baby. I was so amazed at the stories I read in the books. I have never eating enough veggies and fruit in a day’s time, and here was a diet that consisted only of those things (+ nuts and seeds). How could something soooo good be bad at all? What I love most about the raw diet is this: 1. I don’t have to feel guilty about what I eat. This guilt about eating has plagued me most of my life and I find it so freeing not to worry about this any longer. 2. I can actually feel GOOD about what I am putting into my body. It’s not just eating to eat, it’s eating to really honor my body and give it what it’s been craving… FINALLY!! 3. The adventures of finding a new delicious raw recipe to enjoy, and share with others. 4. How regular I am! 5. My skin is GLOWING! WOW! I’m getting younger! 6. The energy that comes from following this diet! I just feel so good… it’s like every cell in my body is singing and vibrant. 7. I’m passing all this great nutrition onto my baby through breastfeeding! 8. The weight loss 9. The purging of years of damage to my body through cooked food chemicals. 10. The green aspect of saving so much power as you don’t cook on a raw diet!
What I like least about this diet: 1. The social ramifications. It’s hard to eat differently from others, especially when on a trip. 2. It’s hard to get my toddler and husband to eat raw. 3. The occasional expense. 4. Man am I gassy at times! Not fun!
So happy to be a part of this site and looking forward to reading and learning more about others up here. Can’t wait to try some of these delicious recipes. Thanks for this site!