I am so excited to have found this community! I am an 18 year vegetarian...albeit a terrible one. I have a longstanding love affair with cheese.....I know cheese is bad, but I just love it soooooo much. I do not cook well and need to lose some weight---all of the diets I have researched do not fit well with my eating habits (i.e. I cannot eat anything with a face---even if the human eye cannot see it---Hello a shrimp has a face!). Therefore when I saw Alissa on the "Tyra Show", I was fascinated by the raw food concept. I have some medical issues...Lupus/Slow Transit Bowel Disease...that I think this approach will help. I am hopefully optimistic that I can make a miracle in my life by following this lifestyle. My target start date is 7-27-07...by that date I hope to have purchased Alissa's book and some of the much needed appliances and foods. I look forward to sharing my journey with you!