Welcome, everyone, to Choosing Raw! Thanks for reading. Over the course of the past year, I’ve been inspired by many wonderful food and lifestyle blogs to chronicle my experience as a vegan raw foods lover living in the Big Apple. I hope you’ll find what I have to say intriguing.
There is a tremendous amount of curiosity—especially among the health conscious—about raw foods: what they are, why people eat them, and, most importantly, how someone can enjoy raw foods without becoming a 100% raw foodist. I hope to offer some insight into all of these issues. My periodic musings should give you a sense of why I’ve personally chosen to eat raw foods; for a more detailed account, check out “my journey” in the About Me tab. There’s a widespread conception that living raw must be incredibly time consuming and socially isolating; I hope that I can do my part to dispel this idea. It’s true that enjoying raw foods requires a certain amount of foresight and energy. But it doesn’t have to be difficult; in fact, I find that my lifestyle affords me more simplicity and freedom than I ever experienced before.
My goal with Choosing Raw—aside from showing you all how great living raw can be!—is to create fun conversations between readers of all dietary philosophies: raw, non-raw, vegan, and omnivore. I’ll be including guests posts and interviews with foodies and bloggers of every persuasion. I want to build a bridge between the vegan and omnivore communities, and to foster some genuine curiosity about others’ dietary choices. If I can inspire you to eat raw more often, great. If all you take away from the blog is a sense of what the raw world is like—regardless of whether or not it interests you—that’s great, too.
Finally, I hope to inspire young women to be proud of what they eat and how they eat. Plant based eaters are often called upon to justify their lifestyle to friends, family, and acquaintances who don’t understand it. This demands confidence and self-assurance. I want to encourage all readers to embrace a sense of pride in the healthy choices they’re making each and every day. Our bodies are ours to nourish as we see fit.
It took me a while to gather the courage to blog, and I want to thank the people who pushed me to take the plunge. This includes all of my friends—you guys know who you are—for your cheery encouragement about my new endeavors in the raw world. Thank you to Mom, for your continuing open mind. I know it hasn’t always been easy 🙂
Thank you to Dhru, Philip, and the rest of the NYC raw crew for being my new family, and for so many wonderful late night conversations. Thank you to Kath, Jenna, Jenn, Meghann, Ashley, Lauren, Liz, Lenette, Zestycook, and Heather for your encouragement, inspiration, and tech support. Thank you to Lindsay for always being my vegan soul sistah, and for our many inspiring conversations about food and nutrition.
Thank you to Cassie and Mary for your friendship, your enthusiasm, and for moving me with your passion and energy.
Finally, my biggest thank you is to Fitness Diva Extraordinaire, Melissa. A year ago, Melissa began encouraging me to start a blog, and she kept the pressure on in the many subsequent months when I insisted that I wouldn’t have enough to say. Melissa inspires me with her energy, her commitment to healthy living, her sense of humor, and her desire to make a difference. Melissa, thanks for helping me take the plunge here, and thanks for your friendship.