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Day 1: The beginning of my raw food journey.

Today is the day.

I have been vegetarian since 2005, and being 11 at the time, I knew I never wanted to go back to eating meat; that everyone was wrong; misinformed. It was still such a hardship going to school and being bullied already for moving around so much and transferring schools. I found that middle-school children were by far the worst. I was consistently nagged, hearing that I was going to get very unhealthy from not eating meat, and I did. Unfortunately, the meat had nothing to do with it. Being so new to the lifestyle, I ate all of the wrong things. I loved my veggie burgers and tv dinners. Because of how picky I was, I dropped a lot of weight. 

When i got into high school, i was 5 feet, 2 inches, and my body weight was around 99 to 103 pounds. Also, keep in mind that I was always more interested in the internet world than the actual world because of the unfortunate people I had to attend school with, so I was very sedentary.

When I hit my sophomore years of high school, that's when my health began to plummet. School was very stressful for me because I could not focus, and I was ranging about 5 to 7 hours of sleep a night. I began to experience cold and flu symptoms more frequently than any other student that I knew. I seemed to catch every bug that went around! I was visiting the doctor once a month, no exaggeration, and what did they do? They would load me up with antibiotic after antibiotic. Soon, I had begun to experience lovely symptoms from the antibiotics, ladies, you know what i'm talking about. Also, my digestive system was just about shot at this time. I couldn't go to the bathroom but one every 3 weeks. Not only that, but my body built immunities and allergic reactions to most of the pills. I began to gain weight, and it wasn't any fat that I was gaining. It was all waste that I couldn't pass because of my body's dependency to substances now. I was so irritable and self conscious that when my boyfriend wanted to bring me out with our friends for the night, I would rather sit on the couch and feel sorry for myself.

After 2 years of this, I was out of high school, and I had found a liking in the nutritional field. I spent every day researching new things, and that's when I had an epiphany. I had spent all my teenage life allowing doctors to brainwash me into thinking that the things that happened to my body were something that just happened to me for no reason and my body was worthless and to wallow in my self-pity about how I could never live a fully healthy life like normal teenagers. THINGS DON'T JUST HAPPEN. I have full control of my destiny! I began working out daily and I changed the way I ate, and began cooking my foods without the convenience of a microwave. I haven't had one digestive issue since then. 

At the beginning of 2013, I made my New Year's resolution that I was going to get rid of all dairy and become full vegan, and slowly taper off cooked foods. I have been cooking my food less and less when I prepare it, and today I have decided to finally cut out cooked food all together. I know it's not going to be easy, but I know I can do it. After everything I have learned, I know that this is the lifestyle for me.

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Comment by Stephan on March 3, 2013 at 10:26am

another calorie tracker program is called Myfitnesspal....they also have an app so you can log on the go...you can even add your own recipes and break it down so you know calories per portion. You can check my profile.  If you ever have a question, don't hesitate to ask...I'm a 'certified health nut"....lol 

Comment by Victoria Chii on February 25, 2013 at 12:04am

Thank you all for the inspiring comments :) I have definitely been using all resources i can for counting my calories and converting carbohydrate, protein, and fats to calories as well. I am keeping a food log, not only for myself daily, but for a college project as well. People i go to school with know I eat a little differently, but when I turn in my food log, I hope that I can inspire others in my class to eat the way I do and show them the easy ways to do it! I am so excited to keep evolving and help not only my personal health and fitness goals, but our mother earth as well. <3

Comment by Assis Hou on February 24, 2013 at 7:19pm

Congrats!! and welcome aboard. 811 was my Lunar New Year's resolution, too.

Comment by Maxim Evsikov on February 24, 2013 at 2:20pm

WOW!! it looks like you went through a lot. It is a shame nobody have supported you, sometimes it is hard to live as a vegetarian(or vegan) in a non-veg world. sometimes it seams like the world has gone mad, even though the absurdities that most of the people hold on to, you believed yourself in the past.

my journey wasn't quiet as tough and bumpy, but as many of us, I have encountered opposition, absurd claims and downright barrage of stupid questions, but persistence, research and remaining on this lifestyle was one of the most rewarding experiences. I even got my mother to go vegan, and we support each other now.

I have a great deal of respect for people like you. For sticking up for what you believe in; not letting yourself down; doing the right thing instead of the convenient or easy; not 'walking with the rest of the sheep towards the cliff'. and not just giving up and throwing all the blame on the vegetarian/vegan diet, as some people do, but doing the research and driving towards success. it seams that your path on the road to a healthy vegan lifestyle is clear, and it is good to know. story like yours makes me believe that people aren't hopeless.

anyways, thanks for sharing, and RESPECT!

Comment by ednshell on February 24, 2013 at 12:26pm

Congrats Victoria and welcome to 30BaD! :)  Very inspiring first post! :D

A couple of tips starting out... Using http://cronometer.com/ is almost essential for success, to track fat intake and calorie intake, 2500 minimum for women.  And read through Aloha to 30BaD's Welcome Wagon! which covers everything about this lifestyle.

Keep us posted! :)

Comment by Sam Young on February 24, 2013 at 6:07am

My first tip: Get a LOT of calories. It's the only way this lifestyle can be sustainable. Just make sure you keep track of how much you're eating and don't be afraid because you can never "over-eat" on raw foods; it's physically impossible to eat too much on raw foods. So just keep that in mind and good luck. :D

Comment by Soleil Moon on February 24, 2013 at 5:28am
Congratulations on the beautiful new journey ahead! The support you will find (and trust me, need) here will be life ~saving!!
Comment by Susana Mtza on February 24, 2013 at 5:00am

Hi, i am very happy to know that Now you know and you are in the right path :D
Sometimes is Doctors :,( who really #*%# things up, But, now we are finding the truth!!! Cheers!

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