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Today is my 1-year anniversary of being HCRV and clean from anorexia! :)

Hi fruity gang, :)

today is my 1-year anniversary of being HCRV and clean from anorexia! :)

I'm still on my journey to optimal health, especially regarding my bone density. Luckily I'll be hearing from a rehabilatation sport centre next week and the lady meant I'll be able to start in June at the very latest. I'm really looking forward to it, as I am convinced it will be complimentary to my lifestyle. My vegan vitamin D3 (from Nature's Plus) has been able to eliminate my pain, although I did have pain for a short while last night, which was my fault for sitting/lying in a certain position during a film that I watched with my boyfriend. But after a warm shower, salve and most importantly sleep I feel brand spanking new again. :D

I also plan to start eating sundried figs as a staple food (I can't afford loads of fresh figs) for loads of deliciousness and a great source of calcium (oranges, kiwi and anything citrus are unfortunately out of the question due to my allergy). I do love my dates, but their flaw is low vitamin C. I will still enjoy my dates, but I want to incorporate more other fruits and still consume as much calories as possible. I will be ordering my figs from Keimling (thanks Esperanza!). I have thankfully learned to like greens, if I use them in my recipe (originally raw zucchini-noodle salad, but now with cucumbers, as zucchini didn't digest very well).

This journey is very much worth it and despite the many negative remarks I've received from others in my hometown regarding my appearance, I never regret my decision (even when the negative energy has brought me many times to tears - and still does sometimes). I still have to fight with the "inner demon" Ana* (from my previous anorexic days, which lasted 11 years until I chose to go HCRV). But not only has my trust in the power of fruits helped me to not listen to Ana and say "fruit* you!". I owe my biggest thanks to my idol, role model and heroine our gorgeous Esperanza. Esperanza has said very powerful words to me that I hold onto and help keep me strong. I have also learned that this lifestyle is all about optimal health and happiness and has nothing to do with physical appearance (it makes me very sad and sometimes angry when I see people who want to live this lifestyle and are obscessive about physical appearance, eventhough I was once there myself and still unfortunately sometimes have my moments). I have also met and bonded with a number of other great people here on 30BaD, even if we're geographically far away from each other.

I am in Paderborn since Thursday, which has already been a tremendous help. It not only helps me psychologically because I'm about to start an awesome internship by the local animal shelter, am away from my hometown in Potsdam and the insensitive SAD people there and because I am finally living with my boyfriend, but also because nobody there knows about my past self as I was ill and therefore nobody can make any stupid before-after comparisons. My internship starts tomorrow and today there's a spring festival at the animal shelter, which my boyfriend and I will be going to (mostly to visit and spend time with the animals, but also to meet up with the nice people that I work with and got along with since my probational trial and interview there). :)

So, I wish all of you a lovely day and keep fruiting yourselves! :)

Lots of fruity love and sunshine,



PS: Thankfully the snow is gone (that was in APRIL!). I have nothing against snow, but I feel it should end on my birthday 19 March, as it always does calendar-wise. :p

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Comment by Athena on June 2, 2013 at 7:27am

Thank you so much Mary! :)

Comment by Mary on May 30, 2013 at 4:45am

You look glowingly happy, congratulations!

Comment by Athena on May 27, 2013 at 3:58pm

Thank you Wyewye! :)

Comment by Wyewye on May 27, 2013 at 7:24am

You look so pretty and happy and glowing!  You inspire me!  Congrats on 1 year.

Comment by Athena on May 13, 2013 at 2:58pm

Thanks BeachVegan and Papaya! :)

@Papaya, yes indeed, I'll keep you posted on the internship. Today is my first day. :)

Comment by Papaya on May 13, 2013 at 12:03pm

Wow, what a story! I'm so happy to hear what you say. It is really inspiring for me, thank you for sharing it and for that good vibe. Things can't but keep getting better and better with that attitude.

I hope your internship goes amazing. It feels like such a fresh start. Will you tell us about your work there?


Comment by BeachVegan on May 13, 2013 at 8:39am

Wonderful!  You look really cute :)  Wishing you many more years.  

Comment by Athena on May 13, 2013 at 5:11am

Thank you so much Esperanza! :) I can only be committed to this lifestyle because it has brought me (and helped me to realise) so much good in this world. Nevertheless you did (and still do) play a huge role in my life. :) <3

Thanks, the festival was very nice! I'm looking forward to my first day of work tomorrow. :) I'll write to you within this week again.

Lots of love right back, Athena xxx

PS: Thank you for your lovely words on my photo. Being a living furnace I was able to wear a very thin jacket without being cold. :D

Comment by The Raw Monkey on May 13, 2013 at 3:03am

Many congratulations Athena! I am SO happy for you :) Your commitment to this lifestyle is truly an inspiration, biggest thanks should go to YOU! <3

Hope you had a lovely day at the festival - sounds a lot of fun :)

Much love, Esperanza xxx

P.S. Beautiful picture - you look radiant <3

Comment by Athena on May 12, 2013 at 6:17pm

Awww thanks Windlord! :) I LOVE that photo! ^_^ Thank you as well for the birthday card with the cat! I did reply to that, but my laptop was a little bit crazy and I'm afraid it didn't go through. But having seen your post reminded me to thank you for that. :)


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