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Bethany Hagensen
  • 25, Female
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • United States
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About Me: (at least a couple of sentences; ex: family, interests, hobbies, favorite quote, personal mission statement, etc
Hi! My name is Bethany and I live in Pittsburgh, PA.

I am a direct care worker for adults with special needs and aspiring student of ASL.

I am a body positive feminist, I believe in freedom from body-shame and I think health can come from a place of confidence and self respect.

I am a Marxist and I am passionate about matters of justice and liberation. I am constantly in a state of learning and I hope I can help make the world a better place in some way.

I am a longterm vegan and yo-yo-ing raw foodist. I love fresh juices and raw dishes, this lifestyle brings me so much health and joy.

Raw food was a powerful tool that I used to heal from a very serious illness that had bound me to a wheelchair for three years. I was struggling with a Guillian-Barre reaction from a vaccine, fibromyalgia, Ehlers-Danlos and chronic pain. It was a really rocky road, and I am so grateful for all of the healing modalities that helped me recover.
Raw food was a very important part of my journey; as was physical and occupational therapy, massage therapy, yoga, pharmaceutical-grade B12 supplements, juice fasting and the support of my family.

I was 100% raw for two years. After going through a stressful time, I stopped being so strict on the diet. I struggled to obtain balance, switching from eating 100% raw to cooked food back to all raw. I even tried adding in eggs! (I even gained some weight and re-obtained a few health problems in the process) This went on for three years!

Since January of 2014, I have been eating high-raw/ vegan. It is really hard to stay above 70% raw, and there have been times where I have slipped in to junk food vegan eating and had to pull myself back in to a healthy, raw lifestyle.

Also, I challenged myself to start juicing every day and that has been a very useful tool in keeping me on track and feeling great.

Lastly, I discovered weight training is very useful for my body. I wasn't well enough to do it for a long time, but I finally am at a place where I can experiment with fitness. I also really like to run and do yoga- it was a really exciting accomplishment for me to run a 30k and half marathon last year.
How did you hear about our community?
What dietary interests do you have? (clean eating, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, weight loss, etc?)
Raw food, (for my health) vegan, (for philosophical reasons) and juicing/ fasting
What is your motivation for joining Real Food Rehab? (moral support, education, recipes, inspiration, fitness tips, etc.)
Moral support, inspiration, community!
RFR Oath: I acknowledge that everyone is at a different point along their health & wellness journey and I will respect the individual progress and needs of others as they make lifestyle choices and changes of their own. I promise to do my best to keep this community drama free, and solicitation free. I understand that posting inappropriate material, personal attacks, personal or business solicitations or spamming of any kind can result in administrative action and/or removal from this community. I pledge to be respectful even if I do not agree with another member's opinion. Agreed?

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At 10:21am on March 29, 2013, Susan : ) said…

Come take the RFR Mansion Tour!  

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At 4:11pm on March 26, 2013, Susan : ) said…

Welcome to

our "Special Central Secret Place in Cyber Space"!

We are rolling out the red carpet for you! 

Make Yourself at HOME!! : )

I assist Penni in running this site. If you need any assistance here at RFR, feel free to call on me! I count it a JOY and a priviledge to walk beside you on your raw journey to health and wellness!

Keep in touch!

Susan : )

At 4:10pm on March 26, 2013, Penni said…

Hi Bethany!

I'm so happy to welcome you to Raw Food Rehab! I have an orientation letter waiting for you HERE. This information will help you in navigating our virtual holistic retreat.

It is also very important that new members read our House Rules before posting anything to our site. I hope that you will make yourself at home, and please let me know if you have any questions!

Penni Shelton
Founder & Program Director

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A Year of Juice

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 9:00am 1 Comment

This time last year, I really wanted to start juicing. I had made juice before, and even had gone on a 40 day juice feast years ago- but I always used a complicated juicer machine and it difficult to make it a long term habit.

To make it eas
ier, I started to make juice with a blender and a nutmylk bag/ strainer. It was so easy to make and so delicious, I made juice again the next day. and the next day. It's been a full year, and I have…


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