Off and running - er, blogging....
Here it is: my raw foods blog.
My name is Kristi. I'm new to Blogger, but not new to blogging, though it's been a while since I did so regularly. (Strange that this introduction sounds like a cross between what one would hear at a 12-step meeting and a confessional booth - hmm....)
At the beginning of June of this year, in the interests of achieving optimal health, losing weight and fighting depression, I decided to adopt a raw food diet. To the extent that he is also very health-conscious - and even more so that he will eat virtually anything that I feed him - my loving boyfriend Rob has joined and supported me in this endeavor.
It's been an adventure, to say the least! Lord knows I am NOT a vegan at heart; I loves me a cheeseburger every so often. I have not given up coffee or tea, or the weekly gelato, or our traditional weekend omelet at the diner. I love to cook for others, and when I am a guest at someone's house, I will graciously eat what they serve me and not make dietary demands. But in my own everyday life, I have tried to eat as much raw food as possible.
- I have succeeded in eating a "high raw" diet. I can only guess at the percentage - probably between 75% and 95% on a typical day, with some 100% days and one or two 0% days.
- I have lost 22 pounds to date! (Plus another 8 pounds in the months prior to going raw, for a total of 30 pounds lost since this time last year.)
- I have clearly seen the benefits in terms of increased energy, greater mental clarity, better mood and overall improved health.
- I have learned to "cook" some truly delicious stuff.
- The more I eat raw, the more I CRAVE raw.
- I have learned not to sweat it if I unexpectedly end up eating cooked food. However, there have been a few occasions in which I have indulged in cooked food and ended up feeling sick afterward. So I think there's definitely something to the notion that cooked foods have addictive properties and contribute to toxicity in the body.
- I feel like this is something that I can comfortably continue with for the long term.
The raw food way of life has been an exercise in patience with myself. As a raging perfectionist, this is something to which I am not naturally inclined. The key has been to remember that this is all about progress, not perfection.
Lately I have found myself struggling on the raw food road - I have hit a weight loss plateau; the cold weather is stirring up desires for rich, hot meals; I lack a raw food community to draw upon for support. However, I want my raw food life to continue to progress. I want to challenge myself to a greater level of commitment to and a higher percentage of raw food in my diet. I want to reach new heights in good health and new lows on the scale. I want to bond with other raw food adventurers. Thus, this blog.
Upcoming posts shall include, but not be limited to:
- Food plans and eating strategies
- Raw food porn
- "In progress" photos of myself
- Experiences, stories, resources and (hopefully) inspiration
- Sharing love, laughter and joy in the journey!
Thanks for reading. I look forward to all that is to come!