Hello everyone, I started 811 100% 10 months ago ( roughly). & even then I was under eating for the first few months without knowing it (before I found 30bad) I was vegetarian for 4 years and vegan for 4 years before I went back to the SAD diet and became bulimic (throwing up anywhere from 5-12 times a day) aswell as anorexic. I can't remember how I stumbled into the world of eating disorders, but I fell and I fell HARD. I spent 4 years enduring this hell & my health suffered so greatly for it.
A list of my past health history:
born 2 pounds 12 ounces 3 months premature.
severe digestive issues my ENTIRE life.
IBS, UC, mild CROHNS, CONSTIPATION.
I abused sleeping pills + pain meeds severely for years.
I abused natural laxatives severally for years
I drank up to 14 cups of coffee a day.
I'd go DAYS without sleep.
I'd live on JUNK FOOD for months on end.
Sometimes not consuming vegetables or fruit for weeks.
I was SEVERELY DEHYDRATED.
I LIVED on SALT.
I had a SUPER HIGH FAT diet.
I would BINGE on every food under the sun & then THROW it all back up.
I went through MONTHS of EXTREME calorie restricting.
I have been DIETING since I was in GRADE 3.
My weight would YOYO 20-35 pounds monthly.
I LIVED on SPLENDA DIET DRINKS ASPARTAME & gum & ENERGY DRINKS.
I FASTED ALOT.
Leaky Gut & food intolerances
Severe receding gums.
CONSTANT stomach aches.
NO ENERGY without stimulants.
Undiagnosed B-12 deficiency
When I began my journey into raw foods I was 87 pounds. At this time I was eating over 3000 calories a day of typical SAD foods (ice-cream, chocolate, pounds of honey). I had not binged/threw up, nor restricted my calories for a year prior to this. I wanted so bad to get to a normal weight and be healthy. My body was not absorbing ANY nutrients & I was following a "doctors" diet to put on weight quick. ( junk food, high fat, loaded with animal products) I even went back to eating meat during this time. I spent 8 months eating everything in site and rapidly losing weight. (my stomach looked about 8 months pregnant though, I was so severely bloated) My hair was falling out in massive clumps and I was sick ( I had no energy, was constipated, couldn't focus, emotionally unstable). It seemed as if my body was rejecting food, everything in fact gave me horrible stomach aches (even fruit). I was an emotional mess and the doctors did every test known to man, yet nothing showed up as abnormal. They gave up & just sent me home. I gave up too & if it weren't for my family, I wouldn't be here today. One day a thought crossed my mind to only eat fruit for a day, so I did. It was awful. My system was so screwed up that it couldn't handle digesting the fruit, as it was running into all the other fat/crap stored in my body. After that I spent a few weeks going back and fourth from cooked crap to fruit. Everything raw tasted awful, I couldn't go near vegetables. I didn't know how to pick properly ripe fruit, and was not following food combining. I felt just as crappy eating raw as I did normally eating SAD. It was a super tough transition for me, I got even sicker, lost more weight and felt way worse then before. By week two I was covered in what appeared to be cellulite (I'd never had a tiny bit before). I was terrified, bloated to heck and back, rapidly ganging and losing weight, moody, had intense cravings for cooked food, and losing my hair even worse then before. To top it off my face broke out something awful, I couldn't sleep and had no energy. This went on for 1.5 months. However I knew what I was doing was somehow "right". I'm not going to lie, I almost went back to the SAD life more then once in my first month. But a little voice in the back of my head kept telling me to keep going and push through all this. Well, I'm glad I did. My detoxing still is in progress even after 8 months. & given my health history I don't expect it to end anytime soon.
What I've experienced so far after being HCRV FOR 10 MONTHS….
My skin is CLEAR
My hormones have balanced out & I'm starting to get my PERIOD regularly ( I had not had it for the last 5 years).
My sex drive is through the roof!
I have ALOT more ENERGY then I've ever had in years.
I SLEEP soundly
My depression/ anxiety is almost GONE
I rarely get STOMACH aches unless I don't follow food combining.
I've healed ALOT of my food ALLERGIES. Except nightshades & citrus
Mentally I'm a lot more ALERT
I've gained and maintained a healthy weight
My hair is growing super think & strong.
My gums are growing back.
My nails are strong.
My digestion is near AMAZING,
I'm more out going and confident,
I can work out without "sups"
I no longer crave cooked food
My taste buds are so sensitive & in tune to new flavors
I haven't gotten sick ( no colds, flu etc) even though I'm exposed to sick people everyday
My cellulite is gone almost 100%
My fitness has increased swell as my stamina
I have a new lease of life, diet and health
I have had no desire to go back to my eating disorder ways.
I can eat INSANE amounts
I can DRINK insane amounts
I only crave overt fats when I'm undercarbed
My body feels at peace ( I used to feel very out of it & close to death).
I'm a girl.
I'm 134 pounds. I have stopped gaining weight ( so far) & notice my body fat percentage going down as I'm exercising more & more.
I eat 3000-7000 calories a day.
Since starting the 811 diet I've gained 47 pounds. does it bother me? No, not in the least. I spent YEARS abusing, starving, beating up my poor body. The damage I did took YEARS to build up. It will take YEARS to undo it. But sticking to the 80-10-10 diet 100% and getting enough exercise etc is the ONLY thing that will get me back to a healthy fit body. It's a LIFESTYLE , not a "quick" fix. I did not come to 30bad for a quick fix ( anyone who does will be disappointed and isn;'t ready to take charge and change their entire life in my opinion!), or simply to lose weight ( or to find a diet that could help me maintain an anorexic weight if I restricted my cals), nor did I expect that being a LFRV would FIX EVERYTHING. It's a diet people, not a miracle. You're entire health is not composed of DIET & DIET alone. True it plays a huge part, but it's not EVERYTHING.
Look at every LONG TERM fruity.
Are they over weight?
Do they have chronic health complaints?
Are they still "detoxing" ( not healing, that's different) after years and years?
The answer is NO.
So if you've come to 30bad and have an eating disordered past ( even unintentionally) it AIN'T GONNA BE EASY. You're going to suffer for the first few weeks/months. you're going to gain weight ( providing you eat enough) & you're going to detox. But you know what? stay strong. stay inspired. love yourself enough to give 811 a chance for a year +. If you don't do 811 100% you won't FEEL 100% IT'S WORTH IT. & anyone who tells you otherwise, isn't worth your time!
Very inspiring Melissa! So many women abuse their bodies and hate their appearance, it's so sad. I've always been an emotional/comfort eater. I'm coming to raw again now, and I'm going to keep working at it. It has been nice to be able to eat as much sweet fruit as I care for
This is great news! You should be proud of yourself! I specialize in coaching those with eating disorders, and you are a true rockstar. Give yourself a massive hug, and never let yourself forget what a huge accomplishment this has been. Keep up the great work - and you know where to go for any advice or help! :)
Thank you for this - I have been eating disordered for 11 years of my life, I'm 23 now, and just starting 811rv. I was anorexic, then bulimic, I overdosed on paracetamol and landed myself in hospital. I consumed sometimes 96 laxatives a day.
I'm hoping I can find some strength and control now.
I'm terrified of most foods, apart from fruits and some vegetables, which I can eat and be okay with.
I want to be free of my Diet Coke addiction. And I want to be free of my blood pressure and glucose problems. I think this lifestyle can be the answer.
If you have any advice I'd love to hear it.
Someone in my family went through something like you did. Now, she's over fifty years old and subsisting on canned tuna, wheat bran, mustard and cabbage. She is strong and fit (deadlifts twice her body weight, runs six miles a day), but she looks pregnant from bloating and doesn't feel well. I'll share this with her. Maybe she'll try HCRV. Thank you for sharing your story.
Wow, this is so inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope I can follow in your footsteps :) <3
Thank you for sharing your story Melissa. I have been going down the road of anorexia for a few years now and it has started to get bad this past summer. I have been a vegan for over a year now. I am entering the cycle of dieting, fasting, and begging now. I will go all the way or no way and I am getting tired of it. I know it will only get worse and worse as I go more and more insane with my thoughts. I want to do this, and I have done the raw food diet before and felt absolutely free and wonderful which was right before I became vegan. I don't know if I should go all out with it or transition slowly to create balance because I do not want to keep cycling in and out if I break the 80 10 10 which I may or may not do If I go right into it. That is part of my cycle, though if I keep up a few days of will power with the lifestyle I may be able to break through my cycle all together. And I know this lifestyle is a part of my souls journey, I can feel it. I just don't know the best way to get there.
Thank you for sharing, Mellisa.
This lifestyle is amazing and it is amazing to know that you can make a difference.
And I applaud you for recovering from your ED.
I wish I could hug you!! I'm very happy for you.
Thanks for sharing (: It's really encouraging. I've been recovering for a year or two now and I'm still pretty terrified of gaining weight but I know that I can't keep treating my body this way. So I'm looking forward to eating the 811 lifestyle.
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amazing story hun.. well done you...keep going strong you are amazing...xxxx
That's so inspiring! I've been struggling with similar problems for years, and even though it's a battle every day, I'm hoping this lifestyle helps =)
The transition period is hard though =(
Good for you! I come from a background of anorexia and exercise bulimia (plus laxatives) too. Constipation for over 10 years (or more--I'm just counting from when I really noticed it was a problem). I won't go through all of my prior ailments....but with a high raw vegan diet, there is no more constipation, period, for sure. Feel loads better, and anytime I have tried any bread products like pasta now, I feel like absolute CRAP for an entire day, so I now am avoiding that completely. I refuse to hurt myself with food anymore! So great to hear that you are feeling amazing now! :)