I am new here and like most of the people here, I am hoping to change my life with raw foods and a new and healthy lifestyle. I have struggled with my weight and a long string of server injuries and issues and now at age 33 I am hoping to finally turn my life around and become the healthy, active person I know I can become. My idol is Brenden Frazer, a raw food enthusiast and competative Ironman triathlete. He is who I strive to become (in an accomplishment sense). I love swimming and triathlon and have suffered a string (7 yrs worth) of major injuries, from broken backs to stress fractues and have finally gotten the "all clear" from my doctor to start a full fledged workout program and to get back into competing. I've pu on between 30-40lbs of excess weight in the past 7 years and need to shed that weight and get myself back on track with consistent workouts.
I have known of and have admired the raw foods lifestyle for quite some time now. My biggest setback in accomplishing a complete raw foods lifestyle though is flat out MONEY!!! I'm just not in a very good financial situation right now and the thought of having to buy fresh produce every 2-3 days is not going to agree with my finances very well. However, I know how very important it is to get ones health and life back on track and right now that is a very high priority for me. I'm just hoping to be able to find a way to make this all work out.
I am very fortunate to have a very well stocked raw/organic foods supermarket nearby, however, they are very expensive, so I have to be frugile. I also have the challenge of having a boyfriend that is a staunch meat eater and am living with people who love their "snacky" foods and keep an abundence of it in the house. So my challenges will be great---by far. But I know how very important it is to regain ones true health, and I truely believe that going the raw foods way is the best way to gain health and fitness. I am an athlete and a survivor and I want to give my body what is best for it, no matter what the sacrifice. I'm just going to need a lot of support in the process!!!!
I will be looking to you all for loads of help, support and information...