I have been trying to eat raw lately, but I am only doing it 75%. Even at that, I feel a huge difference and notice a great difference in my skin. Plus, it is so much fun trying to get creative with recipes!
Since my post above, I have gone more vegan than raw, but I do sort of wish I stuck with the raw food thing longer. I hear that the benefits are great. I just need to read up more on it to ensure that I get all the nutrients I need.
I really want to try, I even bought a raw food cooking book (Eat Smart Eat Raw by Kate Wood), but with my lifestyle it's pretty hard. I'm almost never home to cook for myself, so even only a week trying the raw food diet is difficult. And according that book I bought, a lot of the meals needed a dehydrator to prepare the food.
I'm vegan though and I aim to eat food as close to the natural state as possible. And now I've decided to give up white sugar.
Sacrifice is giving up something good for something better.
If it works for you that's really great...personally I don't think I could do all raw, and there has been considerable negative attention based on that fact that people have died from malnutrition on the diet..but of course those are pretty isolated cases.
^ Yeah it is pretty restrictive, but it makes my body feel a lot better and healthier. I've also seen that I lose weight faster. But I know what you're saying, there's tons of things I miss too like Pizza and pasta. I'm not a strict raw food dieter either, I cheat on things like Starbucks and Sprinkles cupcakes and that sort of thing. I could never give my Starbucks up, not for any diet!
But just to let you all know, I went to Whole Foods the other day and in the sections with the nuts they have tons of shelves dedicated to raw food goodies like the Raw-e-oes, they're their version of an oreo and although they're 100 calories PER COOKIE (ouch!) they're delicious!! And I would never think of having a real Oreo again, they're truly heaven!
"Ain't nobody got time for that!"
Eating mostly raw and it's helped a ton with my skin, mood, and not eating refined sugar. I think the only thing holding me back from going 100% is I dislike extremes, however if I keep feeling this good I might commit completely. In the mean time I'm just eating things I know I won't over eat/binge on (fresh whole grain bread for veggie sandwiches, vegan soups, etc).