I am nearing the end of the school year. My last exam is tomorrow! Though, I do have two more assignments that I have to finish after that. However, I guess this is the time to reflect back on the past year.
I started off the school year completely raw, following the Hippocrates diet as much as I could. I lost a pretty decent amount of weight really fast, which was actually a bit scary, because I didn't exactly have a lot to lose. I felt great, but the diet, as I feared, was extremely high maintenance. By the end of my raw vegan attempts, I ended up getting too lazy to even change the water in my sprouter every day, and I got moldy sprouts.
Anyway, long story short, I got lazy, stressed, and tempted, and stopped being a raw vegan. For a while, I was even delving back into eating dairy and egg products again, and feeling not-so-great again because of it.
I decided, eventually, to stick with a vegan diet, and that's what I've done for several months now. I feel fine, and the arthritis has come back only very minimally. However, I realize that I am not feeling my best at all, and I've been a lot more sick with other things this year than is necessary.
I knew that I had to get back to the raw diet this summer, especially since I'll be (finally!) living in an apartment with an actual kitchen with a disposal! I'm also looking into investing in a weekly CSA box for the summer, at least. The final straw, however, was when I looked at a photograph of me when I was at Hippocrates. Now, I have struggled with bad skin for at least seven or eight years. I forgot that my skin, while on a raw vegan diet, was completely clear.
The first one there is me at Hippocrates. I have a better photograph where my sunglasses and hair aren't covering half of my face, but I only have a printed copy. Just trust me, my skin looked amazing. The second photograph is not long after coming back to school and still being raw (for the most part). My skin still looked pretty great.
So there you have it, though health issues are a huge factor in why I'm becoming raw again, vanity has won me over =].
I'll try to keep more updates this summer as I explore this again. I'm a little disappointed in myself for not being able to keep up the diet during the school year (and the point of this blog was to prove that it was possible!), but I am just too busy. I am in an extremely challenging program, and I, frankly (and sadly), put my schoolwork before anything else.
It won't be long, though, until my lunches look more like this:
Now, I have to get to juicing the wheatgrass that my Mom overnighted me today. (Yes, I am spoiled!) (Yes, I really am juicing wheatgrass at 3:00 AM) (No, my roommate is not home).