who is raw rebecca?

Hi, my name is Rebecca.  I reside in Fort Worth, Texas and I am 33 years young.  I am very happily married to an amazing man who has supported me through everything, especially my journey to good health.I enjoy rock climbing, running, yoga, photography, writing, animal rescue, and gardening.  I am kind, generous, positive and happy.

But this wasn’t always my life.

I used to enjoy sitting on the couch watching TV, eating fast food, complaining about anything and everything, and picking fights with my poor husband.  This old Rebecca was not as kind, often negative, and rarely happy.  I also suffered numerous medical problems and took more medications than folks twice my age.  So, how did I go from this sad, negative, sick life to my current happy, positive, healthy life?  Well, it was actually quite simple.

I changed what I put into my mouth, every single day.

When you feel this good, you want to spread the word so others can experience it, too.  I had been on an unhappy, overweight roller-coaster for many years.  I had tried every diet known to man.  I enjoyed some success, but it was always short-lived.  My new lifestyle is the only thing that has ever worked for me.  And now, I don’t have to count calories or points, or follow a restrictive “plan.”  I simply eat real, nutrient-dense food, which satisfies me and gives me amazing energy.  Again, it is THAT simple.

BEFORE, FEBRUARY 2011
172 pounds (original starting weight was 178), size 14

AFTER, AUGUST 2011
138 pounds, size 4


In the past 10 years, I have tried Weight Watchers 7 times, as well as Fitness apps, Calorie Counting, Adkins, South Beach, The Zone and more.  I would lose weight, but it didn’t stay off.  I always gained the weight back.  Why?  Because I was too busy either counting points and calories or following a silly, restrictive plan and not getting any real nutrients.  I was eating low-point or low calorie foods, so I did lose weight, but most of these foods were severely lacking in nutrients because they were mostly processed and/or artificial and had no business in my body.

So, I got thin, but I didn’t get healthy.  My jean size changed, but nothing else changed.  I still suffered from horrible migraines and had to take strong medication for them, which cost me $17 per pill.  I also suffered from stressful PMS symptoms, mood swings, allergies, acne, back pain, depression and painful endometriosis.  My menstrual cycles were unbearable, and I had to call off work each and every month as a result.  Overall, I looked good, but I was still lethargic almost daily, and didn’t feel like doing much.  I would get tired in the afternoons and often take day naps.  I was irritable and generally not a happy person.  I also had illnesses (cold/flu/bronchitis) more than anyone should.  I would fall ill every 3-4 months, like clockwork.  Bronchitis and Sinusitis every Christmas, what fun!

Fast-forward to February 2011.  I saw this photo of myself taken at the Forth Worth Art Museum after a trip with friends.  I snapped.  I knew it was time for serious change.

Here is that photo:


And here I am, 7 months after “snapping.”

I was so alarmed by the museum photo, I made a promise to myself to get healthy and finally stay that way.

Thankfully, some friends introduced me to Tosca Reno and Dr. Joel Fuhrman.  Eating clean and nutrient-dense foods made sense to me.  I stopped following the normal Weight Watcher plan, and incorporated a plant-strong, clean diet instead.  Sure, I could eat Standard American Diet food, like cookies and cheeseburgers and still lose weight with Weight Watchers, but where did that get me in the past?  This time had to be different, and so it was.  I also liked that Weight Watchers had a bit of a makeover, by making fruits and veggies 0 points and adding the “Power Foods” green arrow.

After reading Dr. Fuhrman’s “Eat to Live” book, I wanted as many nutrient-dense foods in my body as I could get.  So, I bought a VitaMix blender and started making green smoothies.  I felt amazing.  But I was about to feel even better…

In October 2011, I had the pleasure of meeting Joe Cross, the maker of “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead,” which is the documentary that inspired me to start a Reboot.  This was an amazing experience that gave my already-good health an even bigger boost and, after the detox portion of the fast, I felt better than ever before.  My weight dropped to a healthy 133, and I am wearing a size 2 in the photo below.  My energy was off the charts, better than I can ever remember.  I can work all day, sometimes over 12 hours at a demanding job, and still come home with ample energy to care for my own home.  And my sleepless nights are a thing of the past.  Thanks, Joe!

So, what truly made this time different was my new view on NUTRITION and the research I conducted on the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet. I started choosing low-point “all-natural” snacks instead of low-point “processed and artificial” snacks. Not only did I lose weight, but I felt better than I ever did before. I ditched the 100-calorie boxed “snack packs” and picked up a small handful of raw almonds and a fresh organic apple instead. Or, even better, a freshly made juice in my new Breville juicer or a green smoothie in my beloved VitaMix blender.

We truly are what we eat, my friends, and if we care about our bodies (and we should, as it’s the only one we get, and the only place we truly have to live), then we should start treating it better. It will thank you with amazing energy, a positive attitude, and less health problems.

A Quick Benefit Recap:

I lost a total 45 pounds (178 lbs down to 133 lbs) and went from a size 14 to a size 2. I no longer suffer from migraine headaches, whereas before, I would have 3-5 migraines per month.  I no longer suffer from endometriosis pain and PMS.  I barely even notice my menstrual cycles. I have energy that lasts all day with no mid-day crash and need for naps.  My allergies are gone.  My post-nasal drip is gone.  My irritable bowel syndrome is gone.  I never get sick any more.  I no longer suffer from depression or panic attacks.  I sleep like a baby. My complexion is better.  My hair is softer.  My nails are stronger.  My butt no longer has its own zip code.  The list goes on and on…

LET THY FOOD BE THY MEDICINE,
AND THY MEDICINE BE THY FOOD.

I hope you enjoy my blogs and videos.  If I can inspire just one person to get healthy and therefore change their life for the better in every way imaginable, then the time and energy I put into these blogs is well worth it.  Thanks for reading.

To Your Good Health,
Raw Rebecca

24 Responses to “who is raw rebecca?”

  1. Anonymous November 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    Amazing! Love you, Ma

  2. Krystle December 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Absolutely INCREDIBLE!! I am sooooo happy I met you today!! This is exactly what I’m looking for. Weight Watchers is great in and of itself but I need more! Looking forward to catching up on your blog posts and learning more about eating CLEAN! Who knows…maybe I’ll be drinking green smoothies one day too lol

    Krystle

  3. newheightswellbeing January 4, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    Just found your blog. Congrats on the weight loss. Do you post blog updates on facebook or twitter at all?
    Also I have a blog that uses the same wordpress theme as you :P http://badlet.wordpress.com/

  4. rawrebecca January 5, 2012 at 12:08 am #

    Yes, I post blog updates on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rawrebecca1979

    And thanks!

  5. Anonymous January 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Your story is truly inspiring! I’m on a juice fast now and stumbled upon your blog on the fat, sick, and nearly dead facebook page! You’ve got me thinking about how I’m going to edit my food behavior after this fast. You’ve given me more motivation than you know. Thank you!

  6. rawrebecca January 8, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    Thank you! I love hearing this, as it inspires me to continue helping others. If you’re on Facebook, please add me, I’d love to have you. I post recipes and helpful tips almost every day :)

  7. rawrebecca January 8, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    Krystle, it’s so easy to start drinking green smoothies or green juice. Very soon after you start, you will notice that you CRAVE it and cannot be without it. Clean eating does amazing things for our bodies and our minds. Get started today, you can do it! Please follow me on Facebook, too, where I post recipes and helpful tips almost every day :)

  8. jasminepw April 24, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    Such an inspiration! Thank you, Rebecca :)

  9. ecedergren May 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    “My butt no longer has it’s own zip code” … made me laugh out loud! Thanks for being a wonderful inspiration!

  10. Monica May 14, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    Did you still follow the WW points, but all plant based?

  11. Anonymous May 14, 2012 at 2:35 am #

    No, Monica. Now that I am plant-based, and I eat mostly Raw foods, I do not need to count points or calories or anything. I eat until I am full and my weight has stayed off for over 7 months now. Easiest thing ever!

  12. Monica May 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I think I need to keep track of points for a while, until I lose 10 pounds. I can overeat even the raw foods! I love bananas and sweet potatoes so I clearly have a problem! I microwave them and mash with cinnamon. Tastes like pie, but that’s 4 – 6 points! Thanks for your blog. I’m almost 45 and I have 3 kids so there is still some limited junk in my kitchen. Makes it much more challenging.

  13. rw June 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Rebecca:

    I just watched “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and purchased an Omega juicer this week. Like you, I have struggled with depression for a while, so I’m hoping to receive some benefits from juicing. If possible, I’d like to ask you a few questions regarding the plan you initially followed. Would you mind replying to my e-mail address I’ve submitted? I would GREATLY appreciate it! Thank you so much!

    Russell in Texas

  14. Williams February 23, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    Hey there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m
    undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

  15. Kelly March 5, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    On my first juice fast, end of day three. Stumbled across your site, it has inspired me to consider mindful, healthy eating rather than getting stuck on obsessive calorie counting. Counting seems to trigger disorded thinking surrounding food for me. Your blog has truly helped and inspired me . Thank you.

  16. rawrebecca March 19, 2013 at 12:16 am #

    Wonderful, Kelly! I’m so glad! Obsessive calorie counting does exactly that…creates a disordered thinking about food. Very well put! Keep up the great work!

  17. rawrebecca March 19, 2013 at 12:18 am #

    Yes, I am on Twitter as RawRebecca1979

  18. Emily Doyle April 4, 2013 at 2:14 am #

    So happy for you!

  19. Kathy Keaton April 10, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    I’m dong my first half marathon in July. I have been juicing religiously since 1/1/10 and eating nothing with 2 eyes, 2 or 4 legs or a mother for over 6 years. Like you I’ve done South Beach and Weight Watchers lost but it didn’t stay off. However because of Hashimoto thyroid disease the weight isn’t coming off! Still a size 14! even while training for this upcoming marathon – any suggestions?

  20. Tiffaney April 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Hey Rebecca! I just came across your blog, looks like we are neighbors! I too live in Fort Worth. Your story is very inspiring. I just embarked on a mostly raw plant based diet in hopes of alleviating my horrible stomach issues. It is definitely difficult, but I can’t deny how great I feel.

  21. meryoungson November 6, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    Hi Rebecca- somehow I stumbled across your blog, and I am very glad I did. You are incredibly inspiring to everyone out there who is sick of getting nowhere counting calories and with pretend ‘calorie food’. Congrats on your great health!

  22. Adejoke Fraden January 6, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    Amazing!

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