Hello everyone! I’m somewhat new around here… been getting a lot of great advice just from reading the previous questions, everyone seems very helpful here. But there’s something that I would like your opinion on… I’ve been vegetarian forever now, and vegan not so long, and recently upped my raw intake to about 50-90% a day. While that has been very enjoyable, this has been a bit of a problem in my case. You see, I had an eating disorder for the last few years, which was aggravated a few months ago and I had a slight “relapse” in which I lost a lot of weight and started feeling very tired and worn out (moreso than before, it was an ongoing trend). I would drink ALOT of coffee and artificial sweeteners on a very low fat diet. After a few months I was shocked into realising how unhealthy I was being, and decided to become healthier, also promising to put on some weight. I was on a higher alkaline diet, mostly greens, whole grains (no breads) and beans, a lot more fat than before (vegetable and cold only) and no poisons at all (cut out coffee cold turkey, that was a painful week…) I completely cut out fruits as I believed it would do harm, and also lost a lot of my tolerence to sugars because of restriction and low body weight. A friend of mind who is a naturopath told me that my diet is healthy but not sufficient, too many vegetables and not enough grains and beans to promote weight gain, and started treating me like a patient, giving me a menu to follow that included ALOT more of those, plus small amounts of animal protein (not meat or dairy though, ew). I continued to be drawn to the raw food diet, especially with how heavy and sick I was feeling on her diet. I am no longer following it, and started to work on raising my tolerence to fruit, even though I still get sugar crashes from them at times. I also haven’t had a period since the disorder started which was over 2 years ago, except when I take birth control pills which are horrible, I know. I have no clue how to normalize that, my friend said I have to gain weight.
What I was wondering with this loooooong story is: do you think I should continue to try and eat raw, or should I take my friend’s advice and gain weight before I try to cleanse myself? Am I trading one disorder for another?
Thank you so much to anyone who has the patience to read this!