Saturday, November 04, 2006

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.

The results?
  • 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
  • Recipes
  • 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!

5 Comments:

At 11/04/2006 02:01:00 PM, Blogger jjcups said...

Welcome to blogging (again). :)

I'm looking forward to reading your posts. I have been interested in raw for many years. It's only now that my son is eating solids that I've committed myself to learning all I can. So far he is 100% at 14 months old & I am high raw.

My blog is not only about raw foods, though I'm sure I will post about it often. Hopefully we can encourage & inspire each other on this raw food journy. You Go Girl!!

Warmly
Jennifer

 
At 11/04/2006 08:40:00 PM, Blogger Heidi said...

Kristi,

Congrats on starting your own raw food blog! Like Jennifer said, raw food is a journey. Continue to write your thoughts and feelings, and forge ahead to whatever your goals may be.

Rawk On!

Sending you raw food love,

~ Heidi

http://www.rawfoodrightnow.com

 
At 11/07/2006 01:45:00 AM, Blogger Kristi said...

Hi Jennifer - Thanks so much for your encouragement. I'll be reading your blog too and would love to encourage you along the way! How awesome that you and your son are both raw!! :)

Hi Heidi - Thank you (and Justin too) for your inspiration! And thanks for the raw food love!! :)

 
At 11/11/2006 06:51:00 PM, Blogger jessica said...

hello heidi, welcome to blog world. enjoy it. will check in again. looking forward to your raw adventure.
jessica

 
At 11/13/2006 12:57:00 AM, Blogger Kristi said...

Hi Jessica! (I'm actually Kristi.) Thanks so much, and I'll be sure to check in on your blog too. I look forward to hearing raw reports from my hometown of NY! :)

 

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