I live in southern California, in a beautiful city named Mission Viejo, located right between Los Angeles and San Diego. I’m very overweight, yet have been unable to lose more than 15% of what I needed to lose with any weight loss plan. I’ll be 57 on Oct 29, 2008. Born in NJ, my parents moved to So Calif when I was 3. I’m a very resourceful person, and somehow stumbled upon a few herbal ingredients that prevented my cold sores. After I was layed off from my job of 14 yrs, while in my 40’s, I took my little recipe, created a marketable product, and for the last 14 yrs, it has become a business which has provided a comfortable life. I also created a similar product for quick healing of canker sores. If curious, my full story is on my website. I’m single, never married although have had a few longtime live together situations, still friends with them. No children, which was a huge surprise since I have a huge maternal instinct, and never could have imagined that I would not have children. Life had other plans for me, and that maternal drive has been channeled full throttle with immediate family members, friends and my dog (who died May 1, 2008) over the years that have needed serious taking- care-of either for emotional, psychiatric, or physical reasons. Glad to say I’m not lonely, and there’s no pain or grief for not having had children, except I occasionally become concerned who will care for me if I need it once I get up there in years, as both my parents very much needed me. I have to believe that the universe will provide for what I need, because it always has. I remind myself to be grateful everyday. By nature, I’m cheerful, optimistic, laugh easily and inspite of some of the situations and disappointments in life, I’ve had a good life which I intend to continue. That’s where the raw food comes in. I physically feel so much more comfortable, light and “cleaner” since I’ve made the switch. I will have to accept that weight loss may not be one of the benefits for me, but the other benefits I have attained in just 10 days are well worth continuing it, especially because it has not been difficult for me at all. Compulsive and emotional eating have been eliminated, as well as craving for cookies, ice cream, cake and other sweets, although I do often need something more solid in my stomach to feel satiated, which I accomplish with just a little bit of manna bread. I’m calmer, softer skin, feel lighter, even though there’s been no weight loss. I’m easily satiated with what I eat, and it seems to keep me for quite a long while. I plan to occasionally eat some chicken if my body seems to really want it, or a hot meal in the winter. I know even with that, I will be so much more ahead of the game than from where I came.