View Full Version : Rock Bottom - To Raw Living
03-16-2009, 06:23 AM
Hello, this past weekend, I had 4 days off, and while i have been trying to go raw gradually over the last few weeks, my urges to overindulge, binge and emotionally eat SAD foods have really taken their toll on me this weekend. I binged, occasionally purged, and now see that at my heaviest weight of 335lbs, i have hit rock bottom. i can't even think of looking at cooked foods right now, let alone eating them.... it's the perfect time to try raw again, full force.
so what was it for you that made you go raw? was there a rock bottom for you where you just looked at the state of your life and your health and knew you had to go raw to turn your body around? i would love to hear your motivations for going raw. thanks!
03-16-2009, 09:24 AM
When you say SAD, are you talking about meat/dairy as well?
Sometimes, it is difficult to switch from a meat eating, milk drinking SAD diet to a clean diet. I went vegan overnight from reading Eat to Live and the China Study.
If you are already vegan, then I'd recommend reading some raw books, raw stories.
03-16-2009, 09:31 AM
for me, I have battled both anorexia and binge eating at different times in my life. I knew my binging was out of control and I had to find a way to stop. I stumbled on raw after researching gf/df diet for my children.
It really has been a life saver. You should really check out Aleesha's pics and story. She is SUCH an inspiration-and a wealth of wisdom and first hand knowledge. That woman's got it goin' on! lol! :p
03-16-2009, 11:48 AM
I have hit many bottoms. Before Raw and now Raw. I think there is layers with us usually and when we hit one to fully embrace it and make the changes we need. I'm hitting another right now with overeating.
I was anorexic for most of my life, then bulemic for many years. I have not acted out in either of those for 14 years but, I can it seems overeat/binge-maybe.......at feelings.
I am currently taking my Power back and keeping it simple with raw and fresh food, exercise, and positive affirmations/thinking.
I wish you all the strength you need and enjoy! :)
03-16-2009, 12:14 PM
For me, I was sick of feeling like I was just existing, and being tired and stiff and lazy all the time, and constantly thinking of what i could eat next. I'm 23 and sit all day in an office and would go home and sit all night and watch tv or play video games, and just be too tired to do anything at all. My legs started getting so sore i couldn't sit or lay down anymore, i wasn't getting any exercise and typing all day puts a huge strain on my right shoulder that i have a whiplash injury from a few years ago. I always tried to eat a good amount of fruit and vegetables, but i was the type of person that would never say no to treats and dessert and even seconds because i just wanted it so much. I found that if i regularly had treats, once a day i was more likely to eat a few servings of it because i wanted to get rid of it, and then i'd buy more.
I started cutting out breads and pasta first because of their bland taste and high calorie value i viewed them as the worst food choice for me.
The next was dairy, as much as i love it and could eat yogurt and cream cheese every day, it makes my skin break out for more than a month and it is so itchy and uncomfortable i thought, even one taste is not worth this torture.
Then one day I just got sick and tired of feeling sick and tired and thought who cares if I can't eat fast food and junk that everyone else is eating, I want to have energy, i want to stop feeling exhausted and I want a healthy body and healthy skin. Why let food control my life and make me resent things that I don't have and experiences i miss out on.
This is day 16 and I have resisted all kinds of things people eat around me, pizza, burgers, fries, cake, cheese etc.
What i've found that helps is trying something completely new every few days and making a recipe i've found online. I have not made anything that doesn't taste amazing and I now feel excited that i can look forward to variety instead of opening up the cupboard or freezer and going ugh.. nothing looks good and i'm so sick of it all. That's no way to live, forcing yourself to eat things that make you feel worse and blah.
Also you can't look at it as trying to resist or depriving yourself of everyone else's treats. You need to start making things that you enjoy just like treats and prepare yourself whenever there might be temptation. After you eat what you have and feel BETTER, not worse and sleep like them it will get easier. It will give you more insentive to keep going.
As I always avoided pasta because of the empty calories i love making zuchini pasta and marinara sauce. I was never that big of a fan of spaghetti before, but it tastes so awesome and has so much flavour and fills you right up.
I hope that helps, i also like reading a lot of self help articles i find on the internet too because i want to know where i can go in life with my outlook and attitude and that things can be as great as i want them to be. :)
03-16-2009, 01:16 PM
Start Living ..instead of just existing, I still have a long way to go, but Just tell yourself you deserve better in every aspect of your LiFE. Take a step into your future with positive thinking and changing your eating habits. God Bless you & give us an update
03-16-2009, 01:31 PM
I went raw to feel vibrantly healthy and heal. Before going raw I had been into fresh juicing years ago and loved how it made me feel. When I stumbled onto raw, while looking for a whole foods diet book, it just clicked as the best way to eat. I lost 20 pounds as a side benefit.
This site is filled with very inspiring stories by its members. Alissa's book is also filled with very inspiring stories.
Good luck on your raw journey!
03-16-2009, 02:36 PM
Hang in there. I just started raw from a SAD lifestyle that was not healthy at all. I saw a program on DHLTH channel about people ridding themselves of diabetes, high blood pressure, etc from eating a raw diet. I was amazed and finally after years of being overweight it finally hit me that only I could fix me. It's the only eating lifestyle change that I have ever been able to stick to and now when I see SAD foods I don't even want them. I'm 6 weeks in and feel so much better that even on days I feel I'm having detox issues I still keep going. Good luck to you and keep it raw.
03-16-2009, 02:58 PM
where did you see that show on TV? Maybe it will rerun and I can catch it.
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