My journey from sad and overweight to happy and healthy

Chris Kendall asked me to write a testimonial for his page. Since he was the #1 influence of me being the healthy, happy and RAW individual that you see before you today I was more than happy to do it. I was excited by the very fact that Chris actually wanted ME to write this piece. As my own journey from the standard western diet to 811LFRV is an important part of me I think I would share it with all of you.

I have for a large part of my 24 years been overweight. The exception was a brief period in my second year of high-school when I had done a lot of running during the summer (which I couldn’t keep up in the winter and rebounded). The situation has been the same, sometimes better, sometimes worse, but never hitting my correct weight.
After I returned from a visit to my sister in NY last june I started reading a book called “the tao of health, sex and longevity”. It, together with positive influences I got during my visit got me to want to try out to improve my diet. I started with red meat and did some reading, eliminating more foods as I went. Then I came into contact with Chris Kendall’s ebook “101 simply delicious raw recipes” and the results were AMAZING. Easily going from 0%-100% raw overnight I went from a weight of 100-105 kg at 189 cm (very overweight) to quickly dropping 5-10 kg without doing anything consciously. After 6-9 months on the diet I was down at 85 kg (ideal weight according to BMI) and feeling amazing. A weight I hadn’t had since high school, a shirt size I haven’t had since puberty and an energy and well-being I haven’t ever had.
I had originally only planned to take raw as an experiment, maybe incorporate a bit into my diet, but never did I think that I could be munching up 3000-5000 calories/day in bananas and dates. And SALADS. I who never in my life had liked salads, in any form!!! Sure I munched on A LOT of apples, but didn’t like bananas much (probably at least in part due to never eating a ripe one before going raw) or many vegetables really cooked or raw – it wasn’t for me. But he had recipes for everything, a good berry-orange dressing sorted out my salad phobia just fine. As I said, I never though I would go to 100%, but the recipes were just so amazingly easy and delicious that it wasn’t a conscious choice really, I mean maybe I had some roasted nuts, but in general not a choice I had to think about.
Almost a year later I feel invigorated with energy. I, who suffered from having so few friends in Uppsala have now a gigantic community spread over the world. The subject of health has interested me so I have read up a lot on the subject so I am now an authority to many people in forums and em giving THEM health advise and helping (and convincing) them to transition to a plant-based diet, some raw some not. Going raw have had effects on so many levels I cannot put it into words, thank you Chris for existing and being one of the greatest influence upon my life and getting me to health and friendships.

Eternal love and gratitude,
Johan Agstam


2 responses to “My journey from sad and overweight to happy and healthy

  1. I am a 62 year old male, living in Michigan.
    I am currently at 304 pounds, and stand 5 foot 7 inches.
    My BMI is off the scale, my health is down the toilet, and my grandchildren can all run circles around me, even the two 3 year old’s.
    I like raw food, but, don’t have my natural teeth, nor do I have dentures as mine broke.
    I keep getting told raw is the only way to go, but don’t feel comfortable with that yet.
    I have asked for easy to prepare recipes, foods that don’t require a lot of chewing and won’t upset my stomach.
    I am intrigued by your story, and wonder if you can put me on to a gentle transition counselor.

    • Well, as for a transition counselor, it’s not really a difficult thing. I would be glad to help you with it myself, through email ( or facebook ( if you have it. I do have a friend who is a holistic nutritionist too and I could give you his email, but transitioning into raw is really not that difficult, it’s just increasing the amount of fruit and greens that you eat, until you only eat that. A good practice to start with is have only fruit for breakfast. If you have problems chewing getting a blender and blending your food is a good idea. I’ll give you two simple smoothie recipes here, plus a link to a fantastic ebook that will give you others. You can ask me anytime for others. The amounts given are what I use for my meals, you can change as needed.


      1 kg of bananas
      1-1.5 cups of water
      crushed ice (optional)

      1. Just blend and enjoy ❤
      – a nice variation is adding a tbsp or two of carob or vanilla (the real deal, not the white stuff) powder. Carob is a healthy substitute to cacao.

      approx. 900 calories.


      250 grams dates, preferably fresh otherwise use dried that you soak.
      500-1000 grams bananas
      1.5-2.5 cups water
      1/2 cup of berries

      1. Just blend, starting with only the dates and a little water, slowly adding more to break down all the chunks.

      Here is the ebook –

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