Mihir's Raw Food Round II.... I'm making a come back!
Hey everyone, this Mihir Kothari from the WLIR Squad and this is my Raw food Round Two post! If you don't want to read the full summary here is the short version.
Short version: I was overweight and sick. I moved in with Dhrumil during my college years and started eating raw. I felt great and transformed my life, but I didn't stick with the rawness. I've since gained back the weight, but I hate it and am ready for change. I'm starting by sharing my story today. Raw Food Round 2!
Full story: During my freshmen year in college (Aug 2001) I was roommates with WLIR editor Dhrumil Purohit. At the start of college I was a non-vegetarian that had many healthy issues that effected me on a daily basis. I was overweight, had acne, terrible asthma and heavy grass allergies. After living like this for years, I was committed to change! It just so happened that my eagerness to change was matched with right knowledge it would take to produce change....thank to my health mentors Nature Love and Dhrumil Purohit.
After one month of living with Dhrumil my world had been turned upside down. I turned completely Veg-Raw from non-vegetarian at the skip of a beat. 4 Months into my change I had lost around 65 pounds. With this change, my life had finally taken a turn for the better!
I looked good, felt great, and my confidence was sky high! I felt as though I was untouchable. I had become the complete opposite of what I was before. Not only had I lost weight, but I had reversed my asthma, cleared my face and had no grass allergies anymore.
At the start of my sophomore year in college, I moved home and started eating a diet heavy in cooked foods again. Now, 8 months after graduation, I have gained weight again approximately 40 pounds in total since I had lost all the weight initially. Not only have I gained weight, but I break out more often, and my asthma is back.
1 Week ago I vowed to begin eating healthier (at least 1 raw meal a day). I have already lost approximately 6 pounds, and am starting to feel better. The goal for the next 82 days is to lose another 30 pounds.
The difference in approach between the first time and this attempt is significant. Previously, it was to just lose weight and look great. I thought I had to go completely raw to do that. However, I personally didn't feel that 100% raw was the most sustainable thing for me and my lifestyle. I felt deprived of certain foods I enjoyed and I also felt a little too slim. I'm also planning on spending more time on the education end. When I first started eating raw I didn't read and educated myself as to why this particular way of interacting with food worked. This time around, with the support of my buddies at WLIR, I plan on getting educated so that my lifestyle is backed with a solid foundation.
I can eat health consciously, by eating at least one raw meal a day. I love to eat, and this way I have the best of both worlds and can maintain balance in my life by cleansing regularly. Eating 60% to 80% raw (even thought I hate talking about percentages) is much better than eating 0%. This somewhat goes along with the saying of “The worst piece of fruit is better than the best piece of meat!”
Ask me again in 30 days where I stand in terms of my goal of losing weight and feeling great!