Annette St-Pierre

Last Updated:Friday, November 03, 2000
Created on Tue, 24 Oct 2000

Hello everyone!

I am new to the group and brand new to raw foods. I did the Stanley Burroughs Master Cleanse (the "lemonade fast") toward the end of August and, while fasting, decided that I would need to make some drastic changes regarding my eating when I finished. I did some research on the internet, following some leads of friends in a Young Living email group, and then heard that Robert Miller was going to be speaking in Portland September 29th.

My partner and I headed to Portland to hear Robert and to enjoy the raw foods dinner beforehand prepared by Stacie Cohen. I learned a lot. Everything seemed to make so much sense. And, most everyone there looked so healthy!

Knowing that once I make a commitment, providence will follow, I put down the deposit to join Robert, his new bride, and Stacie on their Raw Vacation in Bali in late November. While in Bali, we will all be 100% raw. That meant I needed to get going and transition!

So far, so good. I'm feeling well and doing pretty well. I only know how to make a few things, so am having the same things over and over. That hasn't been a problem yet. I've been excited to learn about new fruits (Durian, sapote, cherimoya, and young coconut) and have been incorporating those into my diet. I'm kind of an "all or nothing" kind of girl, much like an alcoholic. I need to do 100% or, like with the first drink, I'll succumb to that other way of eating again. (Some days I guess I'm 98% because I've had organic orange juice that's flash pasteurized.)

I think the hardest part is that it appears, on the surface at least, that once people get truly involved in the raw foods lifestyle, they become experts who charge for their time. To learn how to eat, fix foods, plan menus, etc., everyone I ask for help wants to be reimbursed. I am grateful for menus I've found on the internet and the books that have been published (Thank you, Nomi!). And I still have questions. It would be more fun to have actual support, maybe even a cheering section when it gets hard, without having to resort to a book or computer or getting out my wallet.

We have two different potluck groups in Portland. Soon I'll know how to fix something that I can take (besides zucchini 'sketti) and then I'll join them.

Many thanks for the message group. I am looking forward to learning lots of new things on this journey with you. It's an exciting new life!

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