lugosis_dead: I must say, I enjoyed that #paramore concert way too much, there were many tears and singing along at the top of my lungs, and I honestly felt 13 years old again. Seven years was absolutely worth the wait to see them play again ❤️💛💙 #tourone #hayleywilliams #zacfarro #halfnoise #tayloryork #belfast
I just wanted to email you
to say thank you SO MUCH for helping me regain my health and quite
possibly saving my life. Here’s my story: I
found you, along with High Carb Hannah, around this time last year. I
was living in Belfast, Northern Ireland while studying for my master’s,
and I was literally starving. I was about 210lbs (and have been over
200lbs since I was 12-13 years old) and still stuck in the low-carb,
high protein diet mentality. Meat in the UK/Ireland is crazy expensive,
and I could only afford the equivalent of about $20-30/week in food. I
was eating fatty chicken thighs and salmon and soaking my food in oil
just to feel satisfied. At one point, I counted calories and realized I
was eating less than 1000 calories a day. I lived off of the free coffee
in my university’s study halls. In addition to eating so little, I was
walking between 5-7 miles a day because I didn’t have a car and
Belfast’s public transportation was inconsistent and less than stellar. Despite
literally starving, I wasn’t losing a lot of weight. I had lost about
20lbs before then but my weight completely plateaued from there– for
obvious reasons. I knew something needed to change. I can’t remember how
it happened exactly, but I stumbled across one of High Carb Hannah’s
videos and from there found you two. I read the Starch Solution because
of you and my life changed completely! Not only did a lose a ridiculous
amount of weight– dropping from 210 to 155lbs– but I was finally
eating enough food! Although meat was expensive, guess what’s plentiful
and dirt cheap in Ireland? POTATOES. I started eating a high carb diet,
eating potatoes and porridge every single day, along with pounds of
fresh veg that I could pick up at my local farmer’s market for pennies. I
tracked my calories to make sure I was eating enough, and on just
$20-30/week I was able to eat over 2500 calories a day. I had tons of
energy and felt healthy for the first time in my life. I am FINALLY at a
healthy BMI (I’m 5'8’). I want to lose about another 15-20lbs, and I
know that I can without feeling deprived or miserable. I
want you to know that your message for WSLF is life-saving, not just
for health but also for people like me who were living below the poverty
line. I’m back in the United States for now, and I’m planning to work
with local non-profits in Orlando (where there is a huge amount of
poverty) to tackle the inadequate nutrition of the working poor by
encouraging starch-based diets. There is a misconception that the vegan
diet is one of privilege. And indeed, if you’re eating mock-meats and
Chao cheese or dining at expensive vegan restaurants, it absolutely is.
But a healthy, starch-based diet is not, and I can say I am proof of
Here’s my before and after, and you have my permission to share my story and pictures if you wish.
This ended up being a way longer email than I
intended, but I really felt like I had to reach out and share another
perspective/compelling reason to advocate for the starch-based diet.
Thank you again for doing what you do! You’re doing more than you can
possibly imagine, and I hope my story continues to inspire you.
“Hey Prez”, I called out when I saw Chibs entering the clothing store I worked in.
He pushed his sunglasses to the top of his head, the purple lenses catching the light. He gave me half smile as he walked my way and pulled his leather gloves off.
"Hi, lass. Didn’t see ye at Red Woody last night, everythin’ okay?“
I blinked. I didn’t really think he notice, after all I was one crow eater among, well, a lot. Me calling him "prez” was pushing it too far already, I had exchanged only small talk with Chibs. That was it - not even bodily fluids, which was crow eater standard.
"Yeah, great. It was my sisters birthday last night and she had a party.“
He nodded comprehensively and then his eyes looked at the clothes around us. "Was wondering if ye could help me with somethin’.” He wiggled his brows slightly and I raised one in response.
"Christmas is coming and I need ta get a gift for a lass. Should probably get gifts for ma brothers too.“
I nodded, wondering what ‘lass’ was that. "Didn’t know you guys were celebrating Christmas at the M/C this year.” I said, shooting him a look over my shoulder as I flipped through some women clothes on the rack.
“Followin’ a good catholic conduct.” He said, coming to stay close to me again, one had over his heart dramatically as he pulled an innocent face. I chuckled and he gave me a little laugh which quickly disappeared and his face grew very serious. "I thought it’d be a good idea. Jackie’s gone. The club needs somethin’ to bring us all togetha.“