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,