Before Raw Diet (245lbs)/ After Raw for 5 weeks (201lbs) – click to enlarge
I like eating, I like cooking, I like preparing food. This is a source of pleasure for me, but has also been a source of pain. Despite working a horse farm, I had gained quite a bit of weight over the years. At 5′ 11″, I was up to around 245lbs and didn’t feel very good. I had a couple episodes of gout, which made farm chores a misery. I also had increasing blood pressure. It had typically run around 135/70 when I was in my teens, and had gone up and down with weight gain and loss over the years. One night, I woke up with my heart racing and thought I had better take my blood pressure. I dug out the old automatic cuff I bought several years ago when I avoided medication by loosing 20 lbs. I expected it to be around what it had been that time, 140/90. Instead, it was 160/120 and my heart rate was 120 beats per minute. I knew that I had to get medication, or loose weight. I took my pressure the next morning and it was the same. I decided then that I would make a commitment to myself and so I stared researching weight loss on the Internet. I just happened to see a headline about Alanis Morrisette loosing 20 lbs on something called raw eating. It sounded fringe to me, but Alanis is cool, so I thought I’d look into it. I saw she read a book called ‘Eat to Live’ by Joel Furhman, M.D.
That weekend, I went and bought the book and it started my six week journey into raw eating. It has been quite a journey, and I have become much more aware of myself in many different ways. I have kept a record of my experience in eating raw, which I will be posting here soon.
If you explore raw eating, which I recommend, you will find that the material runs the gamut from healthy living to some very far out and mystical content. I hope to present material on this site in a way that “regular” folks like me can relate to.
I have found Daily Burn to be a great site for keeping track of your weight, calories and exercise. They also have workouts, recipes, support groups and challenges designed to give you something to shoot for. Like anything else, you will get out of it what you put in, but I recommend giving it a try. If nothing else, you can make use of the large food database they have so you know how many calories and nutrients you are getting.