Lisa’s Journey

I have created The Raw Serenity to document the lessons and tips I have learnt from over the years that have helped with my battle towards a healthy and satisfying life I once could never see possible.

When I was a teenager I had many years taken away from me by an eating disorder and depression.
I was diagnosed with depression when I was when only 13 and after many tests and scans I was told I had a chemical imbalance and depression is something I will have to manage for this rest of my life.
When I developed anorexia it was no surprise that my depressions became worse as I was not feeding my body and brain the right nutrients for them to function properly.

Through hospitalization and on-going support I eventually reached and maintained a healthy weight for me to leave my small country town and to move to the city (Sydney) to start my career as a Makeup Artist.
Being in an industry that is all about image and constantly being talked about wasn’t healthy for me considering my past history.
Although I fought not listen to all the unhealthy diet and body image “tips“ that were passed around it wasn’t long until I slipped back into my old ways.

Anorexia once again was robbing me of my life and I was so sick and depressed I requested help.
After months of professional advice and every therapy, remedy and potion that was recommended to me I still was not recovering.

It wasn’t until I had read inspiring stories of people who survived incurable cancers through their diet and lifestyles changes that gave me hope and inspiration to use a different approach to fighting my battles.

Health and nutrition is something I have always studied so with a large amount of research and advice my changes led to a raw/ vegan  lifestyle which was crucial for all of the hormones, toxins and chemicals  to be eliminated out of my diet that help to feed illnesses and depression.

In just as little as 2 weeks I started feel different and my family really started to notice the difference in my attitude towards life and recovery. My mood was stabilizing, I started to not stress about the foods I was eating because I knew they were fueling my body and it felt great that I was doing my part in helping to stand up for animal rights and the environment.

I have learnt that diet has a huge impact in your health and wellbeing but if you are not in tune with your body and you’re living a stressful toxic lifestyle you will not fully recover from an illness and be able to live your best life.
This is why I made the decision to move back to the peaceful countryside to take full control and responsibility of my health and focus on my journey through recovery and learning to connect with my mind and body again.

My story is one of many that a raw based diet as helped people all over the world bring peace between them and their plates.

I look forward to my future journey and discovering more about myself while helping others with their journey towards their own authentic life.

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20 responses to “Lisa’s Journey

  1. Jessica

    hi lisa. this is a great insight to you. thanks for sharing and i look forward to following you on your journey :).

  2. Best of luck on your journey and welcome to the veg life. We are glad to have you 🙂

  3. The Mindful Foodie

    Hi Lisa, thanks you for visiting my blog, which lead me to discovering yours. You have an extraordinary story. Kudos to you for turning your life around. Unfortunately, many people don’t realise that what they eat has a HUGE impact on their long-term health. I wish you all the best for your health and happiness. xx

  4. This is very inspiring, I I truly believe we should look at food as medicine. I am wanting to go vegan. I was vegetarian for a short time, but I became anemic and very sick (I really just was not eating enough), This month, I have slowly started my transition over to vegan and will continue to do so, hopefully for the rest of my life. Please keep posting in your blog, I need support!!

    • Hi Tonia,
      Food is defiantly medicine and congrats on wanting to take control of your health and wellbeing!
      Its important to be patient with yourself and ease into veganism with knowledge of how to get the most out of your foods.
      I will be here for support and posts that will help you on your own journey 🙂

  5. Vanessa

    Hi Lisa!

    I recently found you’re site as I was venturing for some vegan recipes and have really enjoyed all of you’re articles and information you publish on here. I am newly vegan (about 3 weeks) and am currently reading a couple of books on it but I am worried I am not getting adequate nutrition from my diet (being new to this whole thing). But I was wondering if you would happen to know of a good book on how to get the best out if my new vegan diet or even just point me in the rift direction to acheive such.
    Thank you for all the information you provide! I enjoy reading it.

    • Hi Vanessa,

      Thank you so much, I’m glad you are enjoying my blog!

      Congrats on changing your lifestyle and taking control of your health! It’s not an easy jump but it is so rewarding.

      I’m glad you asked and want to make sure you are getting the right nutrients. It’s defiantly something to be mindful of and its also very easy to get all the nutrient requirements from a vegan diet.

      The book I recommend to anyone to is looking into changing their diet to vegan or even making healthier choices is – Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr.
      This book has everything you need to know with professionals backing it up.

      Good luck with your journey and keep me updated on how you go!

      Lisa

  6. Glad I’ve found your blog, Lisa. I hope that we can support each other in our journeys to mental and physical well being. About to head over and read your latest post now because I can already tell I’ll be able to relate.

  7. Hi Lisa. I have just found your blog via The Wellness Warrior. Have you heard about The Institute of Integrative Nutrition? I am studying with them this year to become a Certified Health Coach. The course is wonderful.

    They also have a blog: http://blog.integrativenutrition.com/

    I think you would find it interesting.

    Wishing you all the best. xxoo

    • Hi Julie,
      Yes I have had amazing things about that course!
      How are you finding it?

      It sounds absolutely amazing, but I’m looking into being a dietician so will no doubt learn similar subjects thought the degree.

      Good luck with it! Xx

  8. Good luck in your journey, Lisa! Give it your best!! I’ve always been curioused of raw diets. Someday I’ll try it 🙂

  9. Hey Lisa, glad to have found your blog! I can really relate, and happy you are finding peace.

  10. Jaimie

    I have the privilege of knowing the beautiful Lisa personally and am excited to see her amazing blog. We have had some hard times together through our illnesses but heres to a happier and healthier future xx

  11. Hi Lisa! I nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award! You can read the rules here:http://tinyurl.com/98s43hg and pass it along to others. Congratulations! You’ve clearly come a long way in your recovery. I’m so happy to hear that you’re able to find strength in this without the use of medication or hospitalization. I agree that diet, positive thoughts, breathing, yoga, meditation, are keys to success. I love your blog and I can relate to so many things you speak about. Thank you so much for sharing a part of your world with us ❤ xo

  12. Reya

    Lisa…I found your blog from a comment you had posted on choosingraw.com (one of my favorite sites!). I am not raw, but I am vegan and my mom is raw so I experiment with recipes often. I have also struggled with an eating disorder in my life and have found food to not only help cure my body but also give me peace of mind. Interesting how what we so often believe is bad for us often ends up helping us:) I look forward to following your journey and thank you for providing the blog which will help others along the way too!

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