Hi All! I'm Koren (pronounced like Corrinne) and I had been a vegetarian for 16years, and then went vegan about 2 weeks before I started eating raw in May. I maintail about 90% raw every day, so I still eat wheat crackers and bread, maybe just one serving per day. I have always had problems with severe bloating and gas, and since going raw I have been able to pinpoint it to the fake meat / processed soy product I have always loved. I tested my thoughts out last week by purposly eating them for 3 days. Immediatly my gas and bloating came back. So that was problem #1 solved by going raw.
I currently weigh 158 lbs and I am 5'7". I am well proportioned, and people always underestimate how much I weigh. I have had a goal weight of 150 forever. Not because I want to weigh that, but becasue when I weigh 150 lbs, that means I am a size 10. I like me at size 10. I have curves, and I like that (so does my DH). When I started eating raw I weighed 165, so I have dropped 7 lbs in about 2 months. I have no doubt that I will lose the rest if I just keep doing what I'm doing and up my exercise a bit (been really busy/tired from work lately). So problem #2 solved by going raw. I'm losing weight AND feeling great after I eat.
Because I have this "idea" that my world will be perfect when I hit 150 lbs., I started thinking WAY too much about what I was eating before going raw. I was logging everything I ate, making exercise plans I could not stick to (I have a 3 year old too!), and beating myself up about not knowing what I was doing - obviously because I still was not 150 lbs. My days were bogged down with constantly thinking about what I was eating, when I should eat it, and God forbid I have something I didn't think I should. I felt like I was nearing a severe mental breakdown and I found myself looking at an anorexia site on the web. Not because I wanted to learn how hard the disease was, but becasue I was trying to get tips! I started crying. How did I get to this point? So then I stared googling diet and vegan sites and Alyissa popped up. I snapped out of it and realized raw would be a much better approach to ending my internal weight battle than starving myself. I ordered her book, and from the moment I started reading it my life changed. I made the decision that I was done with thinking about food all the time. I had to. I made the decision I was going to try raw for at least one month. I wanted to. And I have. My life has changed for the better and I will never, ever go back to obsessing over every little calorie. I actually think part of my problem was not getting enough fats (the right kind of course). Problem #3 solved...I feel, look, and weigh better when I eat more, and I'm not obsessing anymore. So anyone out there that has the same issue I did - can't stop thinking about every little thing you consume - try raw. It's so freeing. I don't care how many calories I eat in the day. I don't care if I'm eating banana ice cream for breakfast. I DON'T CARE!!!! And you shouldn't either.
"Take care of yourself, cuz ain't nobody else gonna do it."
Quote from a very wise Southern woman.