First a quick history recap :)
I started this diet overnight in November 2009 - went 100% for a month, and from there I went on and off (mostly on) for about 5 months.
Since late April 2010 I've been 98% (had boiled potatoes three or four times), and since late July 2010 I've been 100%.
On October 1st I started a 6 months journey in SE Asia, and I just can't believe the feedback I've gotten! Here are two of several positive encounters.
In Cameron Highlands in Malaysia I was getting a footmassage at a Chinese place, and at some point the chinese guy giving me the massage points out how nice my skin is - even the guy next to me, also a chinese guy, points this out.
Quite nonchalant I say that maybe it's because I only eat raw fruits and vegetables... WOOSH... All of a sudden all the staff is very interested, asking me all kinds of questions - BUT not the usual ones, like where do you get your X from. No, no - it's more like:
-So what do you actually eat?
-Do you have some recipes? (I told a woman to try a banana/spinach smoothie)
-You don't cook at all?
-Do you know that this diet is VERY healthy?
WHAT? I was SOOO proud and happy and everything at the same time. These people apparently know something that most westerners don't :)
On Langkawi still in Malaysia I meet this very cool, happy and full of energy australian girl. At some point we decide to go to the beach, and we swim around talking for maybe two hours. In there somewhere she asks me how old I am, and I tell her that I'm 40. *her*jaw*drops* She asks me a couple of times and says that she almost doesn't believe me. If she should guess at the highest possible age, she would say I'm 28. This coming from a 22 year old australian girl. Now there's a little more fuel on the ego-fire for me :)))
It's just amazing guys - and of course this is only the appearance - the mental/personal/spiritual growth is such an enjoyment also. And I'm 'only' 6 months in.
Loving it :)