I know I don’t need a safe little bubble to survive and thrive as a HCRV enthusiast, Lord knows if I did I would be very isolated. To a point I suppose I am looking to hear about people’s struggles with becoming HCRV so I don’t feel so alone. I don’t want to open any wounds, I just feel so alone sometimes despite knowing that there are many of us struggling with the same issues. I live in a small town, Vegan is code for brain damage and sickly here, I suppose it is in many places. I have managed to be an encouragement to some close friends to eat healthier, but everyone I know continues to eat the typical western diet, which is of course there choice, I simply long for the community that can provide local, consistent encouragement and support for one another. I receive the criticisms that I used to give to a girl I knew in High School, the only other person I ever knew that was openly Vegan, I feel horrible for not being understanding or inquisitive, I could have learned from her, I could have found the joy of this lifestyle sooner... As with her, people purposely eat meat in front of me, they act like it is the best thing in the world and that I am truly missing out on sheer bliss. My friends are mostly understanding, but I still get "Hey, you want to get a burger? Oh, right, you don't eat meat... We could grill you a tomato" a har har har... In the end it doesn’t really matter, I am so much happier being HCRV then I ever have been in the past. I have energy, I am positive, I feel amazing, I am creating for myself the body that will be healthy and strong when others will wilt and fail from abuse. I am not perfect of course, I struggle, I make poor choices from time to time, yet the joy I have from living pure, eating pure, is my new euphoria… I ramble… Feel free to comment, encourage, offer advice, slap around, tickle, or otherwise harass. Most of all… Hello
Congrats on your weight loss!
LOL. I find it odd that people eat food knowing it will come out the other end - how do I say - uncontrollably and mercilessly.
This might be helpful :)
Yep, well I stoked for you because you are riding the unbelievable wave of bliss that comes along when you are eating right.
I never dreamed it would be such a blast and that it would happen so quickly! I mean the weight loss (or gain, depending on what you need), body transformation are awesome, but the thing that really made me sit up and take notice was feeling like suddenly I was actually alive. For the first time in so many years I had the sense of wonder and optimism that I had as a kid, which I thought was only something to be looked back on fondly and encouraged in kids. I had no idea it could be the way we could cruise through life! I'd rather feel great and be a stick figure with a head because of "protein deficiency" than feel like I did before and look like Mr. Universe!
Of course it's not an either/or, because as you so aptly pointed out, there are plenty of amino acids in fruits and veggies to do just fine! For some examples, all one need do is look at the pictures in some of the vegan bodybuilders/athletes threads :)
I had heard it said, and to be honest I was skeptical, yet now I find it to be true, when we eat pure everything comes into focus, it is as though a veil is lifted and for the first time, depending on each individuals previous lifestyle, we can truly see and experience life as we are intended to... I yet have a journey before me, but I am elated that I have so very much to look forward to, I know I will only find more clarity, strength, endurance, and joy as I continue to live this new and wondrous life. I thank you and everyone else here for reminding me how lucky we all are.
Don't let fools make you feel bad. I am up against the same type of delusional meat eaters. My BF's sister was concerned that I was going to have a heart attack from all the potassium in bananas! The insanity!! Stay confident and on the course, soon enough people will see how great your life is and will reconsider their own stupidity.
I took a bag of twenty bananas to work with me, my boss was worried that it was far too much fiber to consume so quickly, he warned me that it would plug me up... It could cause impacted bowel. Lord help me, he had a heart attack about 6 months ago, in his office there is: a bag of chips, a box of donuts, beef jerky, and he goes through Coke and Nos like it's water, but I need to be careful... I really actually do care for him a lot, but he will not come around, I don't think I'll stop preaching to him though, I hope he can get on the right path before it is too late. Keep an eye on your ticker, that potassium can sure be rough ;)
My mother has always been living the SAD lifestyle, she is diabetic, her doctor recently told her that her blood sugar levels were out of control and she would need to start daily insulin shots if she did not get her diet under control... She tried to cut back a bit, four months later she saw the doctor again, I had started eating healthy by then and told her if she wanted to "control" her diabetes she should follow the meal plan I laid out for her, the doctor told her he did not think it would work, she still likes to eat "fun foods" a little every day, though mostly she eats a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables and her blood sugar is now down in the 140's when at her worst it had hit 310 and fluctuated in the high 200's. Healthy foods, healthy body, healthy mind, eventually I hope everyone sees the correlation, including your mother :)
Sadly, as with all other things in life, the decision to pursue this lifestyle is an individual choice. It can hurt to realize that there is little we can do to influence people that do not want to change. I simply tell those I care about what I think, answer any questions, offer resources so they can explore on their own, and hope they see the light as it were.
You're oh so right...
We're all with you on this one. It takes a rebel spirit to be vegan in many areas. I'm lucky to be older so my friends are naturally interested in improving health anyway so they seem more interested and concerned. In my younger days I would imagine it would have been much harder.
I have gotten into long winded debates with friends and I end up having their mothers asking me many questions about the LFHCRV lifestyle, with age comes wisdom, I suppose we all discover eventually that we are mortal and need to do what we can to ensure the longest and healthiest life we can have. I wish I had learned more about the lifestyle when I was but a wee lad. I am simply thankful that our bodies have such an amazing capacity to heal. Go Rebels!!