It's been 4 weeks since I started the high carb low fat vegan lifestyle. A year ago I started eating 400 calories a day. It was high carb, but I wasn't feeling energetic at all. In April, I went on the vegan version of the high protein Atkins diet. Even though I was eating the same amount of calories, I had more intense cravings and gained back the weight that I lost. I decided that I didn't want to go back to my first crash diet and lose my energy all over again on the diet merry-go-round, so I watched Freelee and DR on YouTube.
For the first few days of the HCLF vegan lifestyle, I had less than 1000 calories a day. After those few days, I realized that I could stomach way more food than I've ever eaten in my life. I eventually made my way up to 2500+ calories a day. In the first week of this lifestyle, I had what felt like a sudden boost of energy. I felt like running and jumping all over the house and it felt great. After a few days, however, the "fruit high" suddenly was gone. I still had more energy than before, but I didn't feel the need/"urgency" to exercise. Does anyone know why this happened? Besides that, my digestion improved a lot. I'm crapping about 3 times a day and it made me feel a lot better, even though my stomach doesn't go down much and it doesn't do so super-quick, it goes down to leave just enough room for the next meal.
As for my weight, I didn't get any bigger. When I weighed myself yesterday it seemed like I gained a few pounds, but that was in the morning before I used the bathroom at all. Later throughout the day I crapped and urinated a bit more than several times. My clothes still fit the same way, too. That also means that I didn't lose any weight, either. But for once I'm actually okay with that. I felt that this first month was the "adapting phase", with my body adapting to this new way of eating. If I lose only 1 pound a month over the course of 6 months then I'll be very happy 'cause I now accept the fact that slow weight loss is key to maintaining your weight. I'm still growing as a teen, but I would still like to be thinner and fitter.
For breakfast I would usually have Date-orade. Some times I would add a banana when I'm short on dates, other times I would make my own fruit and veg smoothie containing about 300 calories(ex: grapes,beets, spinach, and kale) right before having the date-orade (with 40 small dates=960 calories). For lunch, I'm most likely to have more bananas, or lots of rice with cooked veggies. For dinner, I'd either have more rice with veggies (depending on whether or not I have fruit in the fridge), or very juicy fruits such as pineapples or honeydew. Sometimes I would make myself a big salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce if I'm not too full after the fruit dinner.
I haven't completely transitioned to raw yet. There are days when I am able to eat 100% LFRV and days when I eat mostly raw with some cooked veggies and rice (like today; rice digests better in my stomach than other cooked carbs). I only do this to get sufficient calories when I run out of fruit (or run out of money to buy more fruit). I plan on transitioning to raw just like I transitioned to vegan: slowly cutting out a bit of cooked food at a time, transitioning at my own pace. I probably should cut out cooked veggies first since there are others that can be consumed raw and they barely have calories anyways.
I know this post was long but I really hope that you've found this informative! It'd be nice to know that my experience has helped people to some extent :D