Hi, I didn’t plan on posting to this forum, but I just want to share how happy I am!!! I’m 26 years old, mom of two, full time 5th grade teacher.
From the age of 5 I have struggled with my weight. My skinny mom put me on my first diet at 8, only allowing me half of a sandwich and half the dinner (which always consisted of white bread, Kraft macaroni and cheese, frozen fish sticks) and no dessert (a twinkie, or my favorite, fudge rounds by little debbie). When the diet failed, my mother referred to me as a “fat little chunk.” By college, at 19, I had 165 pounds on my 5’3” frame, shopping in the woman’s section for size 14 and ups.
My weight plagued me. I did the Weight Watchers thing and lost weight, only to regain it after getting SO SICK of counting all those points. I did the starvation thing, I did smaller portions, more exercise – NOTHING worked. I vividly remember standing in front of the mirror, looking at my excess belly flesh, and yelling at myself, calling me names I won’t even write here, and smacking and punching my stomach, bawling out of frustration of an already 13 year weight battle at such a young age.
At 21 I converted to an ovo-lacto vegetarian diet – and lost 20 pounds! At 23 I began cycling – and lost another 10 pounds. Still, those last few pounds – and my love-hate relationship with food – hung on me.
At 25 I discovered the raw foodist diet. It just … made sense. Only raw foodies understand that! It felt like the next step in my evolution, to go completely cruelty free. In two weeks on the diet, I reached my “ideal” weight and felt so wonderful. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long. I found the diet too overwhelming, too preparation intense, especially trying to feed a 6’4” husband and two kids to satiation. I stopped, but went to veganism instead of vegetarianism.
Within months, I’d re-gained 7 pounds, began having terrible PMS and periods (something that began plaguing me to the point of considering prescription meds). My PMS lasted 2 weeks and my period another week. I began only having one “good” week a month. Depression hit me again (something I’ve always struggled with). I couldn’t pull myself out of bed in the morning and felt lethargic throughout the day.
Just five weeks ago, I re-committed myself to raw foods, and I will never go back. What I’ve discovered is, raw foods don’t just make you lose weight and LOOK great – they allowed me to “break up” with my food addiction. IT controlled me, as nothing else ever has. I finally feel free to look at my body as a tool for life, one I need to hone nad care for, rather than an instrument of attraction. I want to be HEALTHY, I want to love live to 100+, I want to love my body for what it is and what it can do, not just how it looks in a bikini.
I found freedom through raw foods.