Hello fruity people, I am fairly new to HCRV (but not entirely new to vegan), and I am about 10 months out from leaving for the Peace Corps in Senegal. It's going to be tough to maintain raw vegan…Continue
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I have always known that the Standard American Diet was a death sentence. I first went vegan when I was 16 years old, but being a typical idiotic high schooler, I subsisted on pretzels and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I got smarter in college, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, but these in addition to other high-fat and bad-carb vegan options. I was an athlete in college (rugby), and as such I was eventually persuaded by the protein argument, and began to eat meat again. Over the next 3 to 4 years, I played around with "clean eating", vegetarianism, pescatarianism, veganism plus eggs, and in desperation, even paleo (I had actually been convinced that fat was a good thing, and would eat copious amounts of nut butters, ghee, oils, trail mixes, etc). I remained super active, running half marathons, playing rugby, strength training, hot yoga, everything, and still put on about 20 lbs over that period of time. You cannot imagine my frustraton!
I always thought I was just doing something wrong, be it eating too much, or too little, or not working as hard as I thought I was. About 6 months ago, while eating low-glycemic / paleo, I stopped getting my periods. I hadn't lost any weight and was still at about 28% body fat, so that wasn't the reason. After abut 5 months of no periods, I went to my gynecologist and was found to have polycystic ovaries. The hormone imbalance, which throws menstruation out of whack, also causes insulin resistance, weight gain, and difficulty losing weight (Yeah, tell me about it...). I had also been having extreme mood swings, carbohydrate cravings, binging episodes (and yes, sometimes purging). I found out these are all symptoms of PCOS, and later that they were also the symptoms of a low carb diet!
While I was relieved to find out that there was actually something wrong, and not just me being fat and lazy (I am 5'6", and just under 150 lbs with muscle, so not that fat, just more than I'd like to be), I was equally frustrated and concerned that this would be something I would have to battle my whole life. There is no cure they say. You are supposed to eat a low glycemic, paleo or atkins style diet, they say. This will take care of the insulin resistance, they say. But this was unsatisfying to me. I was eating paleo when I stopped getting my periods... an indication that my hormone imbalance was getting worse! I knew that a life without fruit wasn't healthy, and that my body needed a little more love than that.
Fortunately, while frantically searching the internet for some miraculous cure, I stumbled upon quite a few stories of women who reversed their PCOS with the high carb raw vegan diet. I ordered Dr. Douglas Graham's 80/10/10 book that same day. I have been following it for about 2 weeks now, and while I recieve a lot of negative feedback from my parents, family, friends, co-workers, everyone, I don't plan on stopping any time soon.
It feels like I'm coming home. I took a 4 year detour from the vegan diet that I knew was right for me even at such a young age. I am not only feeding my body the delicious, nutritious food it was meant to thrive on, but I am once again living in a way that is compassionate, graceful, and in line with all of the other life choices I make.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said "Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art". I have always strived to live my life in such a way that I will be a beautiful old person. When I got my diagnosis, and heard all of the increased risks associated with it (diabetes, heart attack, hypertension, etc) I thought I had no chance of achieving that goals. HCRV has restored that hope!
I have always felt that there is NOTHING more important for your health than what you put into your body. I had been led astray by the lies of the media and mainstream dietary recommendations, but I am back, fueling my body with only the good stuff! :)
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Exciting meal plans! I have a tendency to eat the same thing everyday if I don't have someone telling me to eat something different. I've had a banana smoothie for breakfast almost everyday for two weeks now. While its delicious and I' not sick of it, I know variety over time is important!
Also, I will be leaving for the Peace Corps in 10 months. I will be living in Senegal for 27 months after that. I am nervous that I will not be able to follow the HCRV lifestyle in a place where cooked food (primarily rice, beans, and fish) is the norm, and there are strong cultural stigmas about food. In addition to my host family probably not understanding, and being offended, by my food choices, I also worry about the availability of the quantity of fruit I will need. Any suggestions or experience from other members would be very helpful!
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