Tuesday, November 24, 2009

One Step at a Time

I know that being raw is the healthiest thing I can do for my body. That's not the issue. It's the convenience and over-availability of non-raw food that gets me. I've decided to try to get back to it as best as I can, though.

Therefore, I'm doing something that I scoffed at a little bit at first. Because I went to Hippocrates, I was able to jump into being a raw vegan with both feet forward. I was totally gung-ho about it, even though I knew it would be a challenge in college life. Now, after several steps backward, I'm moving forward once again. I'm committing myself to being vegan, at the least. Whenever I go to the dining hall and prepare a meal, it always conforms to the Hippocrates diet, more or less, because they have a great salad bar (even if they don't always have the pea sprouts that I requested). It's when I'm offered a slice of cake or a cookie that I'm tempted.

When I became a vegetarian, I decided I wasn't eating meat and that was that. I don't know why this is so much trickier. I know it's much more extreme, but I have a lot of faith in my mental resolve.

I'll be going home Wednesday morning, and I know that my parents will be extremely encouraging, and I think that will help me.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I'm Going To Be Honest

I am not doing too well with the raw vegan diet.

I blame three factors:

1. I am extremely busy. Juicing alone takes about an hour when cleaning the juicer is taken into account, because I have to clean it in the bathroom, and I don't have an hour to spare every day.

2. College is full of free food. Constantly there are candy, desserts, and non-vegan things offered to me. Last night alone, I was offered apple pie, chocolate toffee crackers, and cookies at dance practice, and then there were donuts provided after Mass. I never had much of a sweet tooth, but these things have been hard for me to resist. I'd never go out and buy them, but it's so easy to eat them just because they're there.

3. I am stressed. The first time I ate off of the diet was when I was taking an exam and, basically, there was a lot of free food (see #2). I hadn't eaten much that day, and was extremely hungry, and caved.

Therefore, the outlook for curing myself has been somewhat bleak, as my condition, to be frank, worsens. However, I saw an ad for a documentary that my college TV station is doing about extreme diets, and signed up with another raw vegan who does not maintain a 100% raw diet anymore. I hope that I can use this as a way to get back on track.

At Hippocrates, raw veganism was so easy and attainable! I felt so happy, capable, and empowered there. Bringing that home is the tough part!