A Day in the Life of Simon

Simon in 1998 at 200 lbs.

Simon in 1998 at 200 lbs.

Today, I weigh less than I did in high school at 170 pounds, living a raw vegan lifestyle and have never felt better. The first picture were all taken when I lived to eat instead of eating to live.

Instead of basing my meals on the size of the portion, I now base it in nutrients as a motivator to eat. Tough habits are hard to break, and believe me, I've had my fair share. Pancakes for breakfast every morning for years, chicken in excess, peanut butter in mass amounts and everything in between. It was what I knew and all I ever wanted to know, and if I shed a few pounds (from lack of sleep, mostly), I would pack in more food.

Luckily, I was introduced to the Raw lifestyle 9 years ago (with my fellow raw friend, Teresa Jordan)--it was only 5 years ago I decided to take the plunge in to the raw diet completely, which lasted 3 months. To my surprise, my shoulder and elbow pain disappeared. During this time, I was also introduced to the wonderful art of yoga--my pain-stricken knees improved a thousand fold. Soon after, my gym obsession began to diminish as I increased my yoga practice, as I came to the realization that I no longer wanted to abuse my joints through a weight-training regimen.

Simon present day with raw vegan diet at 170 lbs.

Simon present day with raw vegan diet at 170 lbs.

Nowadays, I'm living a fully raw vegan diet, and I'm happier than ever with the energy of a teenager. For me, less is more! Today, I started my morning with a 3 mile run, followed by a glass of lemon water. As I continued on my day teaching yoga, giving massages, and running errands, I stocked up on oranges and bananas to keep my energy up during the day. In between snacks, I've also added green juice and plenty of water to keep me hydrated for my back-to-back evening classes in Long Beach, which is always full of life and energy.

I guess you can say I live a pretty simple life these days.

—Cidney Shidoni