I am new to this forum and I am interested of the LFRV lifestyle. I have read many topics and posts on this forum. I am left with the impression that most people either fall off the vagon regularly or completely abandon the LFRV lifestyle within two to three years. Even the owners of the website and this forum are no longer raw vegans.
I might be wrong. So I am starting this discussion with the intention to see how many long term LFRV there are here.
And I would appreciate if they share how did they manage to maintain the LFRV lifestyle and why do they think that most people (according to Freelee over 90%) fail to stay on this diet.
The people who are raw vegans, go to raw vegan forums, such as www.foodnsport.com or youtubers such as tannyraw or bitesizevegan. Not every diet works for everyone, so they move to what works best for them. The reason Freely moved to Rawtil4 is she was seeing that a lot of people couldn't sustain it. Freelee has wrote a ton about this. What is super disappointing is she created separate forums for Raw v. rawtill4, and no one pays attention and posts to the raw forum and so things get jumbled up.
When I signed for this forum it stated that the creators promote LFRV lifestyle. Maybe this should be changed. I see a lot of people who are trying to become raw vegans post on this forum. And I see they post for few months or a year or two and then they stop posting. it might be because they have moved to other forums or because they have abandoned the LFRV lifestyle.
I was just wondering how many long term raw vegans there are. I do not see many online, but i see many who fail to maintain this lifestyle. So I was wondering why. You see no one talks about the cons of this lifestyle. Everyone brags about the benefits. But the reality is different than the dreams that are sold to the health, beauty and longevity seekers.
I do not know about Freelee, but Durianrider states he has moved to eating cooked food again as he was getting tired and frustrated of being so skinny, that people constantly took him for a drug addict.
Anyway, if there are long term raw vegans here I would love to read their comments, recommendations and tips.
If there aren't maybe the memebers of the forum should think about why this is the case.
I was raw LFRV for the first six months, I felt it was too restrictive and got tired of eating mostly fruits and a few vegetables. Then went with a raw till 4 style diet for the following four years. I enjoy this better as I love rice, tubers, and tons of steamed veggies. Overall this diet works good for me, I feel good, enjoy eating, and look forward to every delicious meal.
I have been LFRV for over 10 years now, and for sure don't think about introducing cooked stuff at all. But the main difference with my lifestyle is that it may be more holistic than most of the 'self proclaimed famous falling off the wagon' after some time, because I don't eat this way and live in an environment that doesn't match to the end not feeling well, which seems like the pretty obvious conclusion to me. No, I live a lifestyle that's a whole, on a piece of land in a natural and pristine environment from which I can drink clean water directly, grow fruits and food, live with the sun. Far from the urban lifestyle that to me is not appropriate to be happy eating fruits and veggies.
Most would say I am just lucky, but they are wrong, I chose to quit my job as a scientist at the university in California, well paid job good situation for what most people think, but not what I was looking for, and went away, bought a piece of land with my savings, and lived with 0 income for over 5 years before I could start earning some money selling fruits! Dedication and taking risk more than luck, but that makes life interesting instead of boring!