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Diseases that I Healed on a Low Fat Raw Vegan Diet

Diseases that I Healed as a Low Fat Raw Vegan

Holding a durian

Me after 1 1/2 years of low-fat raw veganism holding a durian

I’ve been following the low fat raw vegan diet since March 2011

 Urinary Tract Infections & Interstitial cystitis

At the Young age of three, I was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. A few weeks later, I had a fever induced seizure, my body was trying to cool its self down. My urinary tract infection got so bad, it infected my kidneys, and caused a fever of 104.  I went to the hospital. This then happened again. The hospital decided I need a transplant, as the tubes connecting my kidney and bladder were improperly aligned.

The urinary tract infections stopped for a few years. Then they all started up again in fourth grade elementary school. I thought they were normal so I didn’t seek help. There was a day in sixth grade I realized the pain was not normal, and I sought out help. Each time I took a weekly dose of medication for my current UTI, I’d get a yeast infection. Then a few weeks later, my UTI would come back and I’d have to take a urine sample, then take another does of medications; Many of which caused nausea. I would get a UTI at least once a month and if I didn’t have a UTI, my interstitial cystitis would flare up.  I was then put on daily low doses of antibiotics, this just caused more yeast infections.  I was desperate to find a cure. If only I knew about the low fat raw vegan diet at the time.

I cannot express how happy I am, to not have to suffer through that tormenting pain called a urinary tract infection. I went from getting them every month, to getting them NEVER when I follow the low fat raw vegan diet consistently.

 Acne

I started getting acne on my forehead in 6th grade. It then spread miserably to my back, it was all over my chest, the sides of my face,  down to my neck, and even my arms! I tried all sorts of different topical treatments to try to end the misery, and I was so embarrassed that I felt I needed to cover my face with makeup every day. I can’t find any before pictures of me without makeup, since I hated getting my picture taken, but I still have some scars from the acne.

My acne is pretty much gone, except for when I’m stressed then I get a few pimples, but nothing that’s bad.Now my skin is silky smooth after 1 year of following a low fat raw vegan diet. It took about half a year for my acne to almost fully clear up. My arm, chest and back acne are completely gone! I never thought I would have been able to say that :) I still have the scars left over, but they’ve been healing up nicely. I expect for most of my scars to be gone within a year. If I stray from low fat raw vegan, my acne comes back slightly.

Irritable Bowl Syndrome/constipation

I suffered through awful intestinal pains. My intestines would hurt every day, and I would have extreme cramping pain. I was diagnosed with IBS in grade 10. I was constipated from my lack of drinking water and my food choices.

My digestive tract is incredibly healthy now, I’m very regular, and I get no pain at all in my intestines. My digestion is as fast as every and getting healthier every day with being a low fat raw vegan.

Underweight, under-eating, chronic dehydration

I always tried to eat more food, but I was hardly ever hungry. Most days I would eat 1,200 calories, and I had no idea I was under-eating. I got down to 95 pounds, I’m 5’4.  I hardly ever drank water either, I tried to drink it but I would end up feeling sick. My pee was usually always a bright yellow color too. I can eat incredible amounts of food on the low fat raw vegan diet.

 I’ve gained a healthy 25 pounds of needed muscle mass, fat, glycogen and water eating enough calories on the low fat raw vegan diet. My body loves me more than ever. I can now drink a gallon of water a day. I can now eat pounds of food in one sitting when I used to only be able to eat a tiny portion, I’ve eaten 7 pounds of watermelon for breakfast before and I feel euphoric afterwords. The high water content in low fat raw vegan food, aka fruits and veggies, helps so much.

Depression, Anxiety, Brainfog & Lethargic

I had a horrible mindset, my illnesses made me depressed, angry and withdrawn. I hardly ever wanted to talk to anyone, and I kind of just wallowed in my own self-pity. I was very self conscious about how I looked and had a bad self esteem, this played a part in my social anxiety. This went on throughout high-school and a little bit of middle school. I experienced massive brain-fog and I was always tired.

Now I have SO MUCH ENERGY, I don’t know what to do with it sometimes. Eating enough carbohydrates on the low fat raw vegan diet has made me the most talkative I have ever been in my life, my mind is so clear and sharp. I love talking to people now and meeting strangers. I love life and I am much more active now socially. I still have bouts of depression, but not much at all :) The low fat raw vegan diet is really a blessing.

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12 Comments

  1. sarah sarah
    September 20, 2016    

    Thanks so much for sharing. I have also suffered with IC and chronic UTIs nearly all my life and recently switched to a LFHC raw vegan diet. I was wondering how long it took before your IC and UTIs subsided? Thanks!

  2. February 22, 2016    

    What you are talking about is a life style canghe not a diet. Diets are temporary and do not last. Also neither a vegan or vegetarian diets has more weight loss benefits than the other. Weight loss has to do with metabolism, diet, and exercise. Basically you just need to watch how many calories you are taking in daily. Vegetarians and vegans are definitely not always skinny. Although their limited diets consist of foods that are lower in calories they also deprive the body of important nutrients if care is not taken. I suggest becoming a pescatarian (i.e. essentially a vegetarian that eats fish and seafood). Regardless you do not need to become a vegan ect to lose weight. Eat lean meat, plenty of fruits and vegtables, whole grain wheat breads, and drink plenty of water. Just limit your consumption. One should never eat until he/she feels “full”. Also people who eat throughout the day tend to weigh less. Eat small meals ( lunch example: sandwich(bread,meat, maybe cheese/ a yogurt/ and an apple) and eat a small snack in between to prevent hunger (carrots, celery, or a banana). Most people overeat because of prolonged hunger. And finally make sure you get at least 30min. of exercise daily.

  3. Bri Bri
    November 5, 2014    

    So glad I came upon your post, I have just recently been diagnosed with IC. I had an IUD put in place a few months ago which caused an infection, and I ended up developing IC for whatever reason. I have been a low fat vegan for 7 months now eating lots of cooked carbs like potatoes and rice, but am considering going substantially more raw.
    I have yet to see any improvements in my symptoms, so really just trying to gain some hope that my diet with help with this disease.
    Thanks,

  4. Lindsey Lindsey
    May 20, 2014    

    I have been eating a low fat raw vegan diet (80/10/10) for about 3 months now. I have noticed incredible improvements in my digestion. I have struggled with chronic constipation for as long as I can remember and I no longer have any trouble digesting my food every time I eat. But, the only improvement I have not experienced is the increased energy. Nearly every low fat raw vegan I speak with raves about all of the extra energy that they have, so much so that they don’t know what to do with it all. I can’t figure out why this isn’t happening to me. I’m eating about 2000 calories a day and following 80/10/10 exactly. Any suggestions?

    • August 8, 2014    

      Great question Lindsey. There are a few things you might want to look at.
      Are you doing any exercise? If so, you may need to increase your caloric intake. and if you’re not doing exercise, I’d suggest doing some because it’s crucial to good health and feeling well. Bump up your caloric intake if you start.
      Are you sleeping enough? 8-10 hours is optimal for high energy.
      Are you drinking enough? a liter of water before meals to improve digestion and being hydrated makes a huge difference in how you feel.
      Are you getting enough sunshine? A lack of vit. D can cause fatigue.
      Are there any nutritional gaps in your diet? Example; getting enough tender leafy greens are crucial to feeling your best, eating a small variety of fruit as I see some people do isn’t the best either, seasonal variety is very important and can ward off long-term deficiencies.
      All these things play an important part into our well being and energy. Try implementing some of my suggestions and I hope you feel more energetic :) Good luck

  5. rae rae
    February 3, 2014    

    Hi, I read where you said you were underweight, chronic dehydration etc. And that is soo me. I am 35 yr old female and I weigh 97 pounds. What would I have to eat to gain weight? I don’t want to lose any weight. I see a lot of raw vegans being very skinny and I would not like this. I have two kids 5yr and 18 mo old so I need lots of energy. I hardly drink any water, if I drink a glass its a lot. Any info would be useful.

    Kind regards,
    rae

    • August 8, 2014    

      Make sure you eat enough fruit and log your calories into cron-o-meter (a web based nutrition tracker) I weigh 130 pounds now and got to that with a low-fat, high carb, raw vegan lifestyle. Our bodies will balance out to our ideal weight over a period of a few years. Thanks for the question :)

  6. Juliana Juliana
    August 21, 2013    

    Thank you for sharing your personal story with us all. This is amazing,very inspiring. Im trying to cure my anxiety and depression naturally. I really don’t want to use antidepressants that my doctor is forcing me to take.

  7. April 16, 2013    

    Are you able to eat tomatoes, papaya, and all the fruits and veggies that can irritate IC, without pain?

    • April 16, 2013    

      Most fruits and vegetables are actually very quite soothing to the bladder unless they’re not properly ripe. Tomatoes have to be ripe otherwise they can be acidic and irritate any cell membrane, along with citrus. It has to have no acid content. Papaya is actually very soothing too. :) Hopefully that answered your question.

  8. March 19, 2013    

    Nice to hear these kind of stories. I worry about getting enough nutrition.

    • April 13, 2013    

      You’ll get all the nutrition you need on this lifestyle :)

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