Hello to anyone reading this,
Depending on how long you've been here, you may or may not remember me from about 2 years ago. I was 16, pretty much 100% raw vegan, at my ideal weight, and quite happy. That went on for a year.
Since then, a few things have happened.
For a variety of reasons, I slowly stopped eating they way I knew felt best for me. It was a gradual shift from raw vegan to whole foods vegan to junk food vegan to vegetarian to SAD. In the process, I've gained just over 20 pounds, experienced skin breakouts and PMS (both of which were completely under control when I was raw vegan), and just generally seen my health do a 180. I'm unhappy, overweight, etc. This is pretty similar to the state I was in just before I went raw vegan at the age of 15, and I remember just how easy and pleasurable it was to have all these problems vanish with the raw vegan diet. This whole time I've been telling myself, if I REALLY can't find ANYTHING else that works, I'll go back to raw veganism, because I know that works. Isn't that silly? This whole time, I've known what works, but have been looking for other, more socially acceptable solutions. Right now I'm thinking...enough is enough. I'm quite literally sick and tired of being sick and tired, so I've decided to give this another go.
Here's the problem: my living circumstance has changed pretty drastically. Before, I was living at home, with access to a local farmers market and all the kitchen tools (and time to use them) that my heart could desire. I'm now in college, living in a dorm with a cafeteria and without a kitchen, meaning I have no access to a blender, food processor...or even a cutting board for that matter. The raw foods available in my cafeteria are as follows: apples and bananas in virtually infinite supply, cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, and melon in the morning. (None of which are organic). I have VERY limited funds to spend on outside food.
My main concern right now is that I'll end up living on mostly fruit, and that my blood sugar levels will be all over the place as a result (I'm not diabetic, but still, something to consider I think). As far as sticking to it...raw veganism is the only diet I have EVER stuck to for longer than two weeks. I think if I jump in with both feet, it won't be so bad.
Any advice, encouragement, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all, I'll keep a record of my progress here in case anybody's interested.
Another thing: one thing I will DEFINITELY be doing different is keeping my mouth shut about this, at least until my body goes through visible health improvements. I know that if I tell my parents, friends, or pretty much anyone "hey, i'm doing the raw vegan thing again" I will receive ANYTHING but support. I'm going to do this veeeery quietly (can you hear Elmer Fudd coming through?), because it makes it easier to do this without having to defend it to everyone.