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Hey everyone! My name is Sabrina. I'm a vegetarian trying to get into the rawfoodist lifestyle. I was raised vegetarian and have never had meat, but I've also never had a very healthy diet. It's mostly consisted of junk food, and I don't regularly eat fruits and veggies. I usually just call myself a junkatarian, which really isn't far from the truth at all. It's actually pretty spot on, unfortunately.

I learned about the raw food diet a few years ago, though, and I even did it for a week. But I couldn't afford the whole lifestyle and so I was not getting enough calories. I got pretty sick, and I was really upset that I couldn't continue it!

At this point in my life, I'm a student at a University. I still can't afford the lifestlye, but as of lately, I even more so can't afford to continue living an unhealthy lifestyle. I'm 236 pounds (at 5"1.5'), and since early this year, I've had more health problems than I've ever had before. I had to start taking Metformin twice a day to control the cysts forming in my ovaries and regulate my blood sugar, as type two diabetes (and obesity) runs in my family. I had a pretty nasty fall in July, just a few weeks before the start of my school year, and almost tore my achilles tendon (I ended up spraining it pretty bad), and my weight made it harder to recover. I developed a thyroglossal duct cyst (a cyst in my throat) and have even more problems being active than I've ever had before, and I've gotten more colds this year than I ever remember getting. (My dorm is also on a third floor without an elevator, and that's been killing me. It's very embarrassing!)

I'm getting surgery to remove the cyst this upcoming Tuesday (I'm very nervous, I've never had surgery before! And I don't handle blood and needles too well!), and as I don't have income at the moment, I can't go fully raw. But in the last few days, I've incorporated more fruits and veggies into my diet (I cut out soda two, almost three years ago, so I've already got that down!), and when I return to school, I plan on getting an on campus job to fund my new diet.

I think this is the best lifestyle for me because I need a strict diet. If I allow unhealthy food in my diet, I go overboard and I really don't have good self control at all. But I'm really excited to start, and although it'll be a few weeks before I can really do so, I wanted to come on here and get in the right mindset for it before I make any excuses and decide not to do it!

I'd love to hear from other people, whether you're just starting or have begun your journey! If we could support each other in these times of change and rehabilitation, I'm sure we can do it! :)

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Comment by Sabrina on December 30, 2015 at 10:00am

Thank you! I have a good doctor, I'm sure it'll go well, it's just very nerve wracking! xD

I'll try that! What I've been trying to do is have a completely raw breakfast, I'd like to make some smoothies. I found a juice recipe that sounded really good with orange, basil and spinach and I thought that sounded good! I think that'll help me start out :)

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