Starting From Scratch

The expression “starting from scratch” comes from the British who used it in reference to the game of cricket in the 1800‘s; the scratch was the boundary line for the batsmen. Since then, it has come to mean a few things: starting from the beginning, or, gastronomically-speaking, made from the most basic ingredients. Tomorrow, for me, it means both of those things. You see, tomorrow I am starting a raw vegan diet.

“Why would I do such a thing?!” you are probably asking yourself. Well, there are a plethora of reasons, but it boils down to one basic idea: IT’S REALLY FREAKING GOOD FOR YOU!!! (according to these people, anyhow).

Basically, I have been on a diet in conjunction with P90X for just about two months and it’s been miserable. I have been hungry, tired, cranky, and I haven’t been able to shed the last bit of tummy fat that I want to get rid of. My brother, Kevin, recently went vegan and the fat just fell off of him. Literally. After talking with him and doing some research of my own, I’ve decided to give it a shot…

So, here’s the plan: Im shooting for one month of no animal products and no cooked food. Tomorrow I’ll be visiting a farmers market and stocking up on delicious fresh fruits and veggies. I’m going to keep track of my progress here… it’s kind of an experiment for me.

If truth be told, I’m actually pretty excited about the whole thing. For one thing, if the testimonials I’ve read are accurate, this diet should make me feel like a million buck$. Aside from that, though, I’m just so burned out on counting calories and carbs and fat and blah blah blah… I KNOW I’ll miss meat and cooked food, BUT I think I can do it and I have discovered over the past few months that I have a lot more will power than I ever gave myself credit for.

Today, being my last non-raw-vegan day, was rife with indulgences (by my standards, anyhow). The fact that today is Easter made it rather easy to eat my fill of pretty much everything I’ve been avoiding for the last two months. Normally, I’d feel pretty guilty after everything I ate today (I won’t even tell you everything, I’m too ashamed!), but all things considered, I think I deserved one last hoo-rah.

Well, here goes nothing!

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