Straight out of rehab for crack, heroin and methadone addiction, I started to change my eating habits and gave up a 40 a day smoking habit, went onto a high protein low carb diet, lot's of chicken breasts, eggs, tuna, cheese, spinach, joined gym, lost water weight but no real meaningful improvement in health and appearance.
After about 8 months because of the low carb i started drinking heavily which is odd as despite my passion for intoxicating substances I've never been much of a drinker, came close to a full relapse and i basically went completely of the deep end, i mean completely of my melon, toyed with suicide and just had a complete breakdown, but ultimately did not want to go back to heavy drugs as I knew that probably meant death within months.
After a few na meetings which wasn't doing anything for me sadly, I came across some raw vegan type vids one night and it somehow appealed to me and seemed to make instant sense, all i wanted to do was be healthy and feel good and I had nothing to lose so I went for it from the get go, 40+ bananas a day plus a cooked meal at the end and I felt relief over night, the drug cravings went, the depression lifted, drinking stopped, I felt like a different person.
The fact is If i had not come across some ozzy youtuber and started to eat copious amounts of fruit when I did I'm pretty sure I'd be dead like most of my junkie friends from a heroin overdose a long time ago and I'm extremely grateful for that, plus I'd be a lot fatter which is a nice bonus.
Before, weight was 16 stone, (224 pounds)
After, weight is 12 stone (164 pounds):
I had A LOT of body fat on my gut but the bulk of it's gone since raw till 4:
I've been r24 since june 2014, I've healed up pretty nicely and feel INCREDIBLE, more recently I've leaned more on 100% raw but doing raw till 4 is what I've been doing until recently. Being totally raw though really helps because of the years of drug abuse I don't have many endorphin's floating about and generally feel a lot lower than most, cycling also helps with this a lot also, especially long distances.
!@#$%^ fantastic! I am happy to see u make such a comeback my friend :) my story similar to urs but much lower level. Got into drugs/party scene 1st year of college, did low carb thing 2nd yr, found hclf vegan third yr. Watched Harley just like u. I'm really grateful for him u know. Fishing all of us out the gutter like he n freelea do. Its honorable work they do.
Thanks mate appreciate it, aiy pretty inspiring pair those two.
Way to go. 2 years ago I was in the same boat as you. It wasn't till 6 months ago that I changed my eating and it propelled my healing ten fold. I can't stand to read people bashing Freelee and Harley cuz if you follow their path, true happiness emerges along with health and peace of mind. Sobriety is fantastic, but adding this HCLFV lifestyle to the mix makes me feel unstoppable. I can't even imagine going backwards to 2 years ago. You look fantastic and keep up the great work.
Yep the more good food you eat the faster you heal up. Thank you, you too.
Such inspiring testimony Oliver!!! So happy for you!!! Thank you for posting!!!
This would also be great for the Testify! thread if you want to post it there too:
Thanks, will do cheers.
It's amazing to see people changing in a great way!!! Keep going!!
So amazing and inspiring.
Nice to see someone else experiencing the mood-related benefits to this lifestyle; my own struggles with depression and anxiety have greatly decreased since I've been applying RT4/HCV.
I applaud you for your transparency in sharing this story - you'll never know how many people you might save with it <3