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Running in Chicago

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marisa Apr 2, 2015. 3 Replies

So I ended up needing to make a last minute trip to Chicago and caught the Amtrak last night. My first half marathon is this weekend, and I really don't want to miss out on my runs. Does anyone have…Continue

Tags: juice, help, food, chicago, travel

Chicago

Started Mar 17, 2015 0 Replies

So I ended up needing to make a last minute trip to Chicago and caught the Amtrak last night. Any suggestions on food and/or juice places to check out while I'm here? I also need a couple of places…Continue

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New to Buffalo & Raw Foods

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brittany Lillian Mar 2, 2015. 6 Replies

Hey guys!I recently moved to Buffalo, NY, and I was wondering if there were more vegans (raw and not) in the area looking to make friends. I've been a mostly plant-based vegan for 2 1/2 years, and…Continue

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Our community would be delighted to know you better. Please tell us more about yourself and what brought you to 30BaD. Detailed responses will only be accepted (feel free to reapply with more detail if at first not approved as a member). We suggest you pick a name other than your own if you want to maintain anonymity.
To understand what brought me to 30BaD, I feel like I need to backtrack quite a bit. Growing up in the southern-midwest, a hybrid name I've grown accustom to using when describing Oklahoma, would be tough for any child trying to navigate a solid pathway to quality health and nutrition. For me, it was a nightmare! In school, I wasn't what one would consider "popular," so I would come home day after day only to fill my face with whatever sugary, processed snack or food I could get my hands on. This eventually led to me being severely overweight for my age and height while everyone else entered and exited puberty with a seemingly high amount of grace. Over the years, my mother had been on several diets, most of which were fads promising their readers/followers to be the next big solution. I, of course, saw this and made quite a few failed attempts on my own, but nothing really ever stuck except than the pounds to my waistline. Eventually fed up and dealing with depression stemming from this and a few other issues I was experiencing, I chose to put my vanity over my health and begin down a path that would take me a very long time to find my way back from. I'll save you from the not-so-pretty details, but I began doing whatever I could, going to unhealthy extremes, to achieve what I thought was the "perfect body." Not too soon after that, I developed an eating disorder. One could argue that my childhood overeating was one too, but this was different. This was conscious. I knew it was bad for me, killing me even, and I didn't care because I was getting results... and fast! This continued for several years, even into college, with my weight constantly fluctuating in major increments. At this point, I wanted to stop, but I didn't know how. This was the only way I knew how to think about food. It was an enemy and a forbidden lover simultaneously. I could have my cake and eat it too, as long as I got rid of it afterwards. If I didn't, I would get fat, and no one would ever love me. Sounds crazy, right? Extreme? Yeah, it was hell! All that time I spent trying to be thin so that I could be happy, and I was miserable!
Luckily, my junior year of college I found my way to a therapist specialized in patients with EDs, and I finally had some hope. It took a lot of work and quite a bit of time, but we were finally able to somewhat overcome my battle with food and my inner self. While in treatment, I began reading and researching the vegan lifestyle as a way to help some of my issues, and I was really amazed with what it had to offer. I could heal my relationship with food AND save the animals? SIGN ME UP! My therapist was understandably hesitant at first because it seemed like another way to restrict myself, but I assured her I would be fine. In SO many ways this felt like a last resort, and I was desperate to make it work.
First, I didn't eat meat for two weeks, and I felt incredible afterwards. Next, I did a 10-day raw juice cleanse, and I was hooked! After that, I knew the vegan lifestyle was the lifestyle for me! I wish I could tell you that all of my food issues instantly disappeared and I've never looked back, but that's not usually how EDs work.
However, I DO feel like a completely different person! Each and every day is an opportunity to heal my friendship with food and give my body what it truly needs to thrive, which is precisely what brought me to 30BaD. Going further into the vegan community, I've been learning about the raw vegan movement, and I find it fascinating! While I was on youtube, I came across Harley and Freelee's videos and heard about their community, which is something I really lack. I have a few vegan friends (raw and not), but I would love to see that number grow. If there's one thing I've learned about this lifestyle, it's that support is key!
What is your gender? PLEASE NOTE: To enhance the community experience, profile pics of yourself are *REQUIRED* to gain membership. Membership will be declined otherwise.
male
Please tell us about your dietary inclinations:
I'm not HCRV but would enjoy participating in the discussions, I'm raw till 4, I really want to be HCRV and just need some guidance, I'm exploring various possibilities
Are you Connected?
no single
My favourite books/movies/authors/pastimes are....
Books:
"Perks of Being a Wallflower" (Cliche, but I've read it 7 times)
"Looking for Alaska" by John Green
"Say Yes" Amy Poehler
"I Am Not Myself These Days" Josh Kilmer-Purcell
"Anthem" Ayn Rand
Anything by Shel Silverstein

Movies:
Mean Girls
Normal Adolescent Behavior
Running With Scissors
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
The Little Mermaid
Finding Nemo
Meet the Robinsons

Pastimes:
Binge-watching movies and TV
Bowling
Riding my bike
Recreational Sports
Board Games
Puzzles
I like doing things outside
Sleeping
We recommend you purchase Freelee's ebook "Go fruit Yourself!". It is a must-read for newbies to the high carb raw vegan lifestyle.
http://www.30bananasaday.com/freeleesebook
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http://https://www.youtube.com/user/reedwbentley
Durianrider & Freelee started this site to bring together high carb, raw vegan and vegan lifestylists' across the Globe! 30bad is a high standard and high performance team! We're here to help you make our team! Let us know what high fruit assistance do you need?
I really just want more knowledge of how to make this lifestyle work long-term on a budget in my day to day life.
30bad is a fruit-focused vegan internet community which promotes a high carb fruit based vegan lifestyle free of any animal products. Our forum does not tolerate encouragement of anything contrary to this. Nor do we allow endorsement of non-vegan items or practises which involve the imprisonment, exploitation, abuse or murder of sentient beings. We also require our members to post with proper netiquette. Therefore, please indicate your intention:
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