I am probably unusual in that I've been vegetarian since about the age of 6 even though everyone else in my family ate meat. I have been interested in nutrition ever since about that same age. Both my parents were overweight and I did not want to end up like them. My mother could not be convinced to change her diet and passed away about 2 years ago from heart disease that started with diabetes. I have been mostly vegan the last couple of years and since last Feb when I found this site, have been incorporating more and more raw foods into my diet. I cut wheat and sugar out of my diet and feel much better. I would like to lose some weight and hope joining Raw Balance will give me the motivation and energy to get back in the gym. As I will be turning 50 on my next birthday in November, I am ready to take my health to the next level. I want to look and feel young and I want to help other people to be healthier by setting a good example.