I'm very excited to follow along with your raw adventure. I've been completely raw for over a month now, with a month long transition period prior to that. I can not imagine finding anything that could have transformed my life and health more profoundly.
I started out feeling generally unwell with a long list of complaints symptoms. Ironically, I considered myself a moderately healthy individual. But the aches and pains, inability to sleep, and particularly a foggy-headed feeling were seriously affecting the quality of my life. I had also been on Nexium on and off for a few years for a very painful condition in my esophagus.
Within a week into a raw food diet, all of my complaints went away and for the first time in as long as I can remember, I have no stomach aches or digestional upsets. I'm losing weight that I want to lose, my complexion is lovely, my skin is glowing, I can sleep, and I feel much more energetic and alive.
The contradictions in information in the raw food world could drive a person insane. I decided early on that I'd only do what feels right for me. The measure of success will be: how I look and feel, and my lab results at my annual checkup. If blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc are excellent, then I know I'm doing what's right for me. I won't have these tests until March 2008 but judging by the way I'm feeling and the new level of mental clarity I'm experiencing, I'd bet good money that my lab results are going to be superb.
At this point I have no interest in cooked food and intend to remain a raw vegan.
For readers interested in more information, there are a number of raw food videos on YouTube, as well as some great discussion boards like Give it to me Raw
For anyone interested in overcoming Type 2 (and sometimes Type 1) Diabetes, there's inspiration at RAW FOR 30 DAYS
and a great introductory DVD set about becoming raw.
I have blogged about my transition to raw at RAWintuition: My transition into a raw food lifestyle
I'm really looking forward to following Steve's adventure. I think of all the people making New Years resolutions who will torture themselves on various nutrient deficient diets. The raw diet is about abundance, choices, and a true enjoyment of food, natural and unprocessed, while providing every nutrient the body needs to thrive.