Yesterday I was emailed by a reader who had written a very good reply to a comment I got yesterday. I think guest posts are great and getting readers thoughts, advice etc
So below is the answer from Zelda running :)
I wanted to ask you about Freelee the banana girl on you tube, and the raw vegan diet. What do you think about it? A want to be vegan for save the animals, but I am just 14, and recovered from anorexia a few months ago, and i don't have boobs yet, and i need to grow, and Im afraid i won't if I am eating veagan. What do you think about it?
First of all here are some links to posts Izzy had already written about that topic:
Raw till 4: http://www.lifewithoutanorexia.com/2014/07/rawtill4.html
3 answers – normal eating, following diets, veganism:
Answers – starvation mode & metabolism, following a diet after an eating disorder
(the second question): http://www.lifewithoutanorexia.com/2015/08/answersstarvationmode-
I had struggled with the same thing and I decided to answer. After some time I noticed my reply getting REALLY long. So I thought about writing a guest post.
About 4 months after being recovered I wanted to become vegan (to save the planet and the animals). Yet there are a few problems:
a) after recovering from an eating disorder, especially a restrictive eating disorder, it is not a good idea to follow a lifestyle/ diet were you restrict massive food groups. First comes meat, then eggs and dairy products, soon after that fat (I'm thinking about HCLF vegan) and next will be all cooked foods (raw vegans). If you very strictly say no to fats, well at some point fat may turn again into a fear food, and that is the eating disorder again.
b) Veganism has to be planned very well. You need to get enough iron, take Vitamine B12 supplements, eat enough calories, etc. It's not just using almond milk instead of dairy milk, or eating beans instead of meat. The meals have to be planned well. When you have an eating disorder, all you think about is food, food and food. Going vegan forces you to think more about food because you have to plan it. Try to get to a stage were food isn't an issue anymore, were food is just a normal thing.
If you go out with friends and there is food, you always have to ask if it is vegan. You can't just eat it, first you need to think about it.
c) if you are still living with your parents (what I guess as you are still 14) I don't think your whole family will want to go vegan. So that means either you cooking your own meals the person cooking having to make something extra for you. You wouldn't be eating the same as every one else and again you'll be eating separate from your family. Maybe at the same table, but not the same thing.
If I were you, I would wait a few years until you a 100% free from your eating disorder. I have decided to wait until I move out (two more years) and until then I will eat meat, dairy and eggs like everyone else. Don't underestimate how fast you can relapse. Sometimes it happens that you lose a bit of weight after going vegan. Especially now just two kilos less and you will want to lose more and more and more. As you want to save the animals, are there other changes you can make that have nothing to do with food? How about not wearing leather, or helping out at the pet shelter during the vacation. I know to want to help them, but in the end, your health comes first. If becoming vegan will cause a relapse, don't do it. And anyway, you still have the rest of your life to become vegan. Concentrate on your health and on being happy again.