I've been trying to go 811rv for over a year now. When I first came here, I was battling anorexia. Literally, the week before I decided to just go for it and give this lifestyle a try, I was fasting/ calorie restricting. When I first tried 811rv, I was doing raw til 4 for about a week but the rice was bloating me out so, I went fully raw. It was wonderful but I was eating all of my bananas in whole form, so I was constantly walking around, feeling and looking pregnant. Now obviously my metabolism was freaked up, so I ended up gaining 20 pounds. My body was also craving fat because of previously starving myself so when I started losing hope, I ate more nuts and avocados. Of course, the benefits I HAD been reaping (clear thinking, clear skin, clearer lungs, etc, were gone. So I was altogether fed up with this lifestyle (or rather, my stupidity). All of this freaked me out so I stopped the lifestyle and tried to start fasting again (didn't work at all). I literally COULD NOT fast, I ended up bingeing at the end of the day and that went on for a few months before I started watching freelea & durianrider's videos again & got honest with myself and realized what was happening. MY BODY WAS TRYING TO HEAL ITSELF! I had treated it so badly. When I realized this, I started crying. I walked into the bathroom and apologized my body, my mind, my spirit, & the universe (for abusing its wonderful creation). I decided to put off being 811r because I knew my body needed fat. So, I ate some higher fat containing, vegan foods for about 2 months & was of course feeling like crap but I WAS SO HAPPY THAT I HAD BEEN ABLE TO START EATING WITHOUT REGRETTING EVERYTHING I ATE! After those few months, I went back to Raw Til 4, and have been following the regime for a few months now. I think my metabolism is starting to fix itself. I am now about 132 (so, I gained 32 pounds total). But now, I realize that it was a good thing, and I'm not so worried about it because I'm improving in every aspect of my life (amazing what happens when you CTFU!). I plan on going fully raw in the next 2 months. I want to thank Freelea for being the magnificent, beautiful (FULL of beauty, not just pleasing to the eye) wonder that she is & Harley, for being so transparent & reminding people to CTFU!
Some profound realizations you've had. Glad we could be of support to you :)
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Beautiful story Brianna, so glad you're here too! <3
I will be eternally grateful to have had place like 30 BAD to share this with people who might need it (: I think that's part of my life's purpose.
Me too! :)
Just goes to show how unique we each are. How well you sound like you are doing. I send you warmth and encouragement for your journey. You are inspiring.
Girl! Thanks for sharing your story! I've been through similar experiences and totally feel you! I too battled anorexia and disordered eating patterns for a really long time. Then went from restrict to binge and wanted to be LFRV but also realized that I needed the fat. But used to be so scared of eating ANYTHING for fear I'd gain weight. So finally I made a pact to myself. I told myself that I could eat whatever vegan foods I wanted just so long as I started paying attention to how they made me feel physically. So I've been eating regular vegan foods for a few months now and noticed that I have much more energy and my mood is amazingly better at 100% raw and will be going raw starting March 1st. It didn't even matter that I'd gained 20lbs, I was just glad that I wasn't mentally beating myself up every time I ate something. It's all part of the journey. You go girl!