Before and After Pics + 4 Important Lessons Learned since the Raw Till 4 Challenge

I have learned so much since trying Freelee the Banana Girl's Raw Till 4 30 Day Challenge. Animals, my sister, and more helped me to learn about veganism and I haven't looked back since.

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1. Going hungry is not necessary!
If you are hungry, you should eat (vegan food, of course). You aren't going to fool your hunger drive by putting your fork down between bites, eating from small plates, eating on red plates, counting calories, or even spraying your food with toxic chemicals or windex like Khloe Kardashian has done.

Weight gain or weight loss is not as simple as "calories in and calories out." If you don't eat enough (calorie restrict), excessively exercise, etc. you may lose weight temporarily (most likely water weight), but this is not healthy or sustainable.

Food is fuel for our bodies, our cells run on glucose, and carbohydrates do NOT make you fat (a post on these topics is coming soon).

If you are trying to achieve a certain "look," don't neglect your wellbeing by starving or excessively exercising and injuring yourself. Just focus on your health, keep working on improving your fitness, have patience, and the aesthetics will follow.

If you are eating enough and eating the right foods, you do not need to calorie restrict or overtrain. Simply eat until you are full and satisfied so that you have the energy you need throughout the day and do consistent, sustainable exercise that you enjoy.

It's crucial to not only consider how much you should be eating, but more importantly WHAT you are eating (completely avoid meat, dairy, eggs, any and all animal products). Focus on whole foods and enjoy a variety of unlimited fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes (beans, lentils, peas).

2. A high carb, low fat, whole food vegan diet is optimal.
A high carbohydrate, low fat, whole food plant-based diet is extensively supported by our anatomy and physiology, scientific research, and medical doctors such as

3. It's much more than a diet.
Veganism is a lifestyle. It is a way of life that seeks to exclude the exploitation of and cruelty to animals for any and all purposes. Some days I have fruit/veggie meals and some days I have cooked meals during the day. Either way, I feel best eating high carb, low fat whole foods and I always keep it vegan. Diet is not a personal choice and if I can live a happy, healthy life, eat delicious food, support the environment, not harm animals, and stand up for what's right, I'm definitely going to do that.

Check out The Most Important Speech You Will Ever Hear and these films for more information:

Earthlings (also available on YouTube)
Forks Over Knives (also available on Netflix)

4. It's not a "challenge."
A challenge can sound difficult or intimidating, but being vegan is so easy and effortless, especially if you are aware of the ethical reasons behind it, not to mention the environmental and health aspects.

Raw Till 4 is great, especially if you have access to fresh, good quality fruits and vegetables. If you do not want to eat raw foods until 4, you do not have to. You can still be vegan and find what works for you. Enjoy a variety of unlimited fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes (beans, lentils, peas) and eat until you are full and satisfied. The most important thing is to just be vegan and stay vegan.

I started the challenge mostly for health reasons and since then I have learned and continue to learn more about veganism. I want to live a life of purpose, save lives, and help save the planet.

Before and After Pictures

Before: I did not know as much as I do now. After: I did research, saw films, went to Rooterville Farm Animal Sanctuary, and I continue to seek the truth.


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