Curious About Weight Loss and the Raw Food Diet?

Curious about weight loss and the raw food diet?.  It was certainly one of the things that motivated me when I finally took the plunge, as it were.  You see, by August 2004, I was about 75 lb.s overweight, exhausted all the time, and regularly catching 4 -5 colds/respiratory infections each year.  I was tired of being tired, and felt awful.  I looked around me, and it seemed like so many people just a few years older then me, and more, were taking medications for something – high blood pressure, thyroid, kidney failure, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, etc.  My then husband’s parents were already using canes and walkers in their late 60s, and his mother had cancer three times – three different types.  I started thinking, “What kind of life is that?”

I finally decided that the long-term pain of that type of life was greater than the short-term pain of having to make serious changes in my life to make fairly certain I had good quality of life soon, and continuing into my later years.  I had been introduced to the raw food diet in the Spring of 1996 just after I first moved to San Diego, CA.  While it caught my attention, I felt like I just couldn’t make that switch, that I couldn’t give up the cook foods I loved so much.  As it turns out, the cooked foods that were causing my health to slowly slide down and my weight to climb up.  The wonderful things that I’ve learned about this way of eating, this lifestyle, is that I can still enjoy food!  And, on top of that, I can practically eat as much as I want, and the weight isn’t an issue any more.

I’ve lost the weight, going from a size 14/16 to now size 2/4.  And, I didn’t even have to count calories, or really think about it much at all.  Just committing myself, and actively eating a raw food diet, about 30 lb.s came off in the first five months in 2004.  The health was the main focus, and the weight loss was a huge benefit too.  So, what if weight loss is motivator for you, though has gotten you motivated enough to move forward, sit down and decide what the true motivator [like long-term quality of life was for me, since I have a strong aversion to pain] is for you, to make your change for you.  It might be a combination of things – if you haven’t made the change you want to make, need to make, know you should make for yourself, you just haven’t put enough thought into the pain side of the equation.  Once you decide it’s too painful not to change, you’ll make the switch in an instant.  What is it for you?

– Chef Allie