Hi all, signed up today so I might as well do the newbie thing and share my story.
I'm 20 years old and I've been struggling with weight and diet since I first started dieting at age 12. I have tended toward being just overweight but have also gone through periods of extreme thinness. Right now I'm 1.73m and 65 kg (5'8", 143lb) so not really overweight but hardly thin and lean and I don't exercise regularly.
I have always desired thinness and saw health and fitness as mere by-products of thinness. I never desired health or fitness per se. When I have indulged in junk foods, I always saw it as doing just that - 'indulging' - and not something that had any real impact on my health, just a guilty pleasure for which the only consequence was unwanted weight gain.
I never thought there could be an easy solution to diet and eating. I never thought that diet or eating could be something easy, natural, pleasurable and instinctual. I thought that our lot as human beings living in abundance was to either eat ourselves to death or to exercise discipline and restraint, neither of which are any fun.
Well, ladies and menfolk, I've been researching low-fat raw foodism/ fruitarianism extensively and to be honest, I'm excited .... I'm excited because I think that my very attitudes about life, food, health and wellbeing are being upturned and made over.
I'm starting to see health and fitness as something that need to be sought after first and foremost, and physiological change (like weight loss) as something that should follow as a result of fitness, not an end in itself. I'm starting to see cooked, processed foods not as delicious indulgences, but unsuitable foodstuffs for humans. And I'm starting to see humans as frugivores and fruit and greens as the things that I want to be putting in my body.
Right now I'm actually too excited to sleep ... apologies to all you 811ers extolling the virtues of adequate rest ;P But tomorrow I'm going to track down a copy of 80/10/10 and buy a whole lot of fruit, and then I'll set about doing something with my aerobic fitness ...
Wish me luck!
I am very happy for you Sophocles! welcome to 30 bad! you will find that this is a wonderful community of loving and caring people who are completely devoted to helping one another in succeeding in this lifestyle.
i really hope you have great success in the common path we are now trailing, and i hope all you expect comes true! i really like your high and positive vibe! no doubt you will be a great addition to our already extensive community! people like you are an inspiration to all of us to go on on our path towards health and radiance! congratulations and thank you for being the wonderful person you are!
may your life be long, merry, colorful and fruity!
peace : )
Hi Daniel! Thankyou so much for your kind words :) And yeah, it really seems like this is a great positive community and I'm looking forward to participating. Catch you round!
Welcome to our site hon. We love enthusiasm so just goo goo on. As to health and fitness as first and foremost, I would make only one change: put food first and foremost. Along with 8 hrs of sleep, hydration, AND then exercise. And I'm talking REAL food: organic fruits and vegies. Carb heavy my dear.
I also hope you'll be using Cron-o-meter for your program. You'll have a bit of a time getting use to the amount of calories that you truly need: women START at around 2000 + calories and go from there. I am 5'2", 110 lbs and eat about 2700 carb-heavy calories per day. Also, I track using Cron-o-meter.
Hi! Thanks for the welcome! And yep, I'm using cronometer as of today. I'm still pretty amazed at how many calories people are supposed to eat on this lifestyle... I'm just going to have to try it and see. But hey, I'm not complaining if I have free license to eat heaps and heaps of delicious fruit :D
Elsophe, the rule of thumb is:
If you are tired eat fruit
If you are sad eat fruit
If you are depressed eat fruit
If you are stressed eat fruit
If you are upset at someone eat fruit
It takes a change in mind set from starvation mode to feeding mode for sure. I just learned of a new acronym yesterday that puts it all in perspective comparing this way of health and the SAD way of health. Theirs is ELEM: Eat Less and Exercise More This leads to malnutriton and adrenal failure. I tried it and almost stroked out.
Welcome! Good luck! :D
hey there - where are you located in queensland ?
Brisvegas! Are you in QLD?