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From: Hannah (
Subject:         newbie to 80/10/10rv as a Peace Corps Volunteer :-)
Date: June 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm PST


I have recently moved to Paraguay serving as a Peace Corps volunteer and
starting to adjust into my own personal flow here in this very different setting.
Before coming here I was pretty much vegan, but definitely a newbie. I have
recently read Dr. Graham's 80/10/10 book, religiously follow fullyrawkristina's
YouTube blog and reading so much about this lifestyle! Needless to say, this
lifestyle just makes sense and I am enthusiastic about delving in starting July
7th when I am finally living in my own place. Paraguayans call themselves
carnivores and eat sooo mucchhh meaaatttt. Also, all the side food is filled with
flour, lard, milk, eggs and just so much I'd rather not put into my body. Of
course, food is such a social aspect here and people find it extremely weird that
one would not eat meat, let along milk, flour, and eggs. That being said, it's
been interesting declining food I'm offered or explaining that I only want to eat
fruit and vegetables to my host family and friends here, especially at social
gatherings, birthdays, or any other events. I have decided though that I will start
this in July as I will not be living with a family anymore and I have to regain
control over my own body. No excuses. The only other thing is the lack of fruit
options here, I can pretty much find bananas, apples, and pears.. as well as
lettuce and tomatoes.. seasonally there are fruit trees in abundance!!! We are in
the midst of mandarin season now which I am loving! Anyways, any help or
advice on thriving on a tight budget and minimal options (there aren't big super
markets or farmer's markets here) would be appreciated. Also, will I be
nutritionally ok if my intake isn't very versatile, i.e. restricted to primarily
bananas, apples, pears, lettuce, tomatoes along with the seasonal fruit?

Secondly, I would love to learn of any personal stories/experiences of how this
lifestyle effects menstruation. I've read experiences of them becoming lighter
and much less frequent, is that a common experience and is it normal to not
have a monthly menstruation blood flow?

And lastly, personal stories/experiences of how this lifestyle effects overall
hygiene. I've read experiences of no longer needing to use soaps, shampoos,
deodorant, toothpaste, no more bad breath, smelly bowels, etc.

Thanks so much and I look forward to your responses!! So grateful for all of
this :-)

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