Since I finally found the bottom of this thread after two solid afternoons of very interesting reading, I now say "Hello You".
I was visiting my home town in Michigan in April and found out that my high school friends' mom had gone Raw some 18 months prior. She's a really cool lady, so it sorta didn't suprise me, but then I started looking into it--thinking if a 50 year old woman can do it in Mid-Michigan, I can certainly eat more raw foods in NYC.
I did what most people do, which is the Google search on Raw Foods, and found a great site that I visit often, mostly because the people there look so happy. It's www.thegardendiet.com
(mentioned by Oatmeal in an earlier post, somewhere in the depths of this thread).
I read the testimonial by the Mom of the family, and ever since, I've been eating a friut shake for breakfast (1/2 cantelope, 2 bananas, dates), and making sure I eat at least one raw thing every time I eat a meal, and eating apples and pears during the afternoon hours.
Luckily the discovery of the Raw thing came at the time I was trying to quit processed sugar. So the addition of lots of fruit to my diet was incredibly helpful in getting those nasty sugar cravings out of my system. I've been gradually adding more raw items during the day, and it's truly addictive. I only want to eat more of it. I still eat something cooked for dinner and sometimes lunch, but probably 1/3 to 1/2 of what I eat is in the Raw category.
I have a couple addictions to get over--pizza and french fries. I don't eat them very often, but I know if I can quit that devilish Sugar addiction, I can quit those two things, and feel better in the long run.
I've lost some weight, tightened my belt 2 notches, and ride my bike 8 miles a day now. That fruit shake in the morning is a real kicker to get the day going, and there's nothing else I'd rather have first thing in the morning.
oh yeah, THANK THE MAKER FOR MANGO SEASON!!!!
This is a great thread.