So a couple of days ago I made a thread about the weight gain I've experienced on this lifestyle, because I was doubting its validity for a time. However, the more I think about it, the more I realise that this lifestyle is amazing and I have to stick it out for as long as it takes. I want to make this thread to try to encourage others with similar experiences to do the same.
Yes, it's true that I've gained a lot of weight (almost 30 kilos) on this lifestyle. It's also true that I abused my body badly in the past by starving myself to get thin, and continuing to go hungry to try to stay there. Calorie restriction simply can't be healthy (whatever anyone says): I've been there, I've done that, and boy does it suck. Starvation is a horrible experience. It isn't good for the body or for the mind in any way, and I will never go back to the hell of calorie restriction. You need to eat until you feel no hunger at all.
And yes, it's true that I've gained a lot of weight. I have. But! I've also gained so much happiness (I used to be depressed, and now I feel like I'm on cloud nine all day, every day). I smile again now. I sing to myself all the time. I have energy to exercise, to play an instrument, to study and to spend time with those I love. I feel the best I've ever felt in my life, even though I'm fat.
Here's the amazing thing though - I've gained weight because my body is HEALING itself. Healing itself from the damage that I caused it. And when it's done I know I'm going to be fit and toned and slim for the rest of my life (or until I become a really old man). I've finally come to a place where I love myself enough to allow my body to gain some weight and heal itself. That amazes me and I'm so happy about it everyday.
So, if you're gaining weight on raw or raw till 4 and you're following the actual program properly like me, then don't worry about it. In fact, be happy about the fact that after all these years of self-abuse, you're finally healing, finally recovering. Don't go back to calorie restriction, or leave veganism, stick with it and I know we're all going to make it. Love yourself enough to keep going, to keep living, because believe me when I say that you're worth it. You ARE worth it.
PS: I'm going to try to keep a blog on here with a diary of what I eat, how I exercise, how I sleep etc and how my weight changes over time. I think it will be interesting to have a record over the coming years so that in the future, when others experience restoring/healing weight gain periods, they can read the blog and they'll know that this community isn't full of nonsense, and that this really works.
Hello Mick and thanks for sharing your experience, it's all so inspiring!
When it comes to me, in the beginning of this lifestyle one year ago, I lost so much weight until getting used to the calorie amount I should eat per day, but once I increased the amount of fruit, veggies and other foods in my meals I started to gain weight. Now I weigh a little bit more than I always used to, I see the difference on myself but it doesn't concern me that much because I know that I'm eating the healthiest possible and the calories I'm consuming are guilt free! I feel happier and harmonized with myself and I know that I can lose some extra pounds just by exercising more, but without any calorie restrictions anymore. Probably gaining weight it's a phase that our bodies need to go through after years of abuse and calorie limitation in order to finally heal.
Keep it up!
So positive. It makes me want to re evaluate my priorities. Happiness and healing is key. Thank you for sharing.
How are you coming along now?