road to raw

about a month ago, on my way up to one of my yoga intensive weekends, as I was eating cooking dough and driving up i-15, my sister called me. she wanted me to do this raw food cleanse with her. . . huge pause on my end of the phone. now, when i think of raw food, i think of a certain thanksgiving where my aunt made almost all raw food and everyone there was like, "what? this is NOT thanksgiving food." The pies were weird, the crackers were bendy. basically, not a good first impression. BUT i decided to do it anyway . . .

. . . fast forward a month later. i’ve lost about 10 lbs, just by changing my diet. i still exercise, but don’t feel that guilty if i don’t every day. when i do work out, it’s usually around half hour, unless i’m doing yoga. i feel so healthy. i eat a lot of fruits and veggies. i did the raw thing for about 3 weeks, which included a juice feast (like a fast, but you drink a lot of juice that you must juice yourself.) i didn’t love the juice feast, but did it for 4 days. now, i would say that I eat about 60% raw and the rest pretty close to vegetarian. i don’t want to say that i am vegetarian because i feel ike that labels and restricts me.

the interesting point i want to emphasize is how my view of food changed drastically. i used to have STRONG sugar cravings and usually NEEDED some type of sugar after each meal. now i really don’t. i do occasionally, but I tend to fill that craving with something more healthy then a handful of chocolate chips. i know i had a least a mild case of candida, most people in America have it and don’t even know it. it was causing me to be addicted to sugar. another thing that i thought was an interesting side effect was the way i felt about meat. i used to love meat and planned my meals around it. now after being more aware of what i am putting into my body, and seeing clips from “food inc,” i am more meat averse, unless it is the good grass fed, true free range stuff.

resources that have helped me along this journey are:

-www.roadtoraw.com: the website that hosted the raw food clease and had amazing videos and support.

-www.therawalicious.com: an amazing blog with so many how to videos and great ideas for total health. i want to be this girl's friend!

-www.greensmoothiegirl.com: loved her site and have used it for yummy, healthy recipes. i have a green smoothie almost every morning now.

-“the kind diet” by Alicia Silverstone: a lot of great recipes

-www.bountifulbaskets.org: amazing food co-op that allows me to get lots of fruits and veggies for great prices. pictured above.

-my sister amy: it was so good to have someone to call anytime i was craving something or wanted to talk about how we both were progressing, or other totally gross things that only sisters share, or when i stepped on the scale and it was lower than i thought it would be and when i fit into my thin jeans.

i didn’t mean to make this post so long, but i haven’t really written about this transformation at all. i have learned so much about my body, the food i eat and so many other amazing nutritional things. a month ago, if i read this, i would have probably thrown up all over this post and told whoever wrote it that there was no way i was going to even try to get healthy this way. so don’t judge too quickly. go to one of those websites, and if you are feeling adventurous, sign up for the roadtoraw.com cleanse. it will change your life. i promise.

also, am considering doing more health related posts that have to do with my discoveries . . . so stay tuned. :)

have an amazing day!

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J Family said...

Good job Becky!!! I am excited for you and the great changes you have made. It's amazing how much food is a part of our lives and if we make right choices it won't control us as much. We can have more energy, feel better, etc. If I can get enough people I am planning on coordinating a group buy through green smoothie girl for this area to get raw almonds, coconut oil, agave, etc. Let me know if you are interested. I have been a green smoothie follower for a few years and have some great resources if you ever need any recipes or anything.

Dustin & Angie Drake said...

Do you do bountiful baskets, too?

Sabrina said...

id love to go raw! I love knowing im feeding dominic the very best he can eat!

Lindsay said...

you are way stronger than i am!

krista jo said...

That is cool, and good to know you are having a good experience with it! Way to go... I have been thinking lots about this cause my sis is doing something similar.

Keep telling us more, I like to read about how people do it.

beck said...

Mary Katharine - i would love to be in the group you are putting together. i will have to talk to you and get the scoop.

Angie - love bountiful baskets and do it almost every week.

Jo - what is your sister doing? i'll do my best to keep you updated. :)

Hale-O There said...

Beck I couldn't have read your post at a worse time, I ended up laughing and thinking maybe someday food won't make me sick. I should call and tell you, but I'm pregnant;) bloated, barfing etc. I still think your cleanse is remarkable, most people including myself forget how much our diet affects all aspects of our health. You are a remarkable person and I wish I lived closer so you could rub off on me. Will you post a pic of yourself, show off a little..10 lbs is a lot of work!

Britney said...

I don't know if I could go all raw, but I LOVE green smoothies - I also have 1 almost every day. Sad, but it's the about the only way I get veggies.

Rob and Toni said...

Awesome! We do bountiful baskets, but end up wasting a lot of it. We keep doing it though in hopes that we will get better and better (and we are). Thanks for the inspiration to do better! Keep it up!

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