Last Updated:21 Jun 1999
Created on 18 Jun 1999
Hi. My name is Leslie and i have been a raw food eater for almost three years.
I started when i was introduced to JR on irc. I read his story and spent some
time talking to him and was very impressed with how much better he felt eating
raw. So I tried it. In the beginning I was very gung ho-eating 100% raw for
about six months It made a tremendous difference. I had more energy, my skin
cleared up and I no longer got PMS symptoms.
I became pregnant about three months after I began my raw food plan. I was about
80% raw throughout my pregnancy(I ate beans.....I tried soaking them and just
couldn't get used to it.) I had a very healthy pregnancy and gained only 15lbs
and yet delivered a very healthy 9lb 6oz boy. I was back to my pre-pregnancy
weight within 2 weeks. Also, I had none of the water retention or heartburn
that so frequently accompany pregnancy.
After he was born, I breast fed him exclusively until he was 11 months old,
at which time I introduced solids. I have never fed him from a jar nor have
I fed him that yucky powdered dry rice cereal.
He is now 21 months old and in the 90th percentile for height and weight. He
eats about 90% raw like me. He has never had a cold or an ear infection. I do
have to give him soy milk since I weaned him too early. I should have waited
another year or so.
We eat very simply. I don't usually make recipes and try to eat only one mixed
meal a day. A lot of what we eat comes from my garden. I grow tomatoes, two
types of peas, cilantro, parsley, carrots, spinach, strawberries, raspberries,
peppers, zucchini, cucumbers and onions.
Being raw has helped me a lot. I haven't gotten sick once in the last two years
and I have tons of energy. Now I just wish I could gain control of other aspects
of my life.
Reading all of your postings has motivated me to go 100% raw again.
Wish me luck!
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