When ‘Eating Clean’ Takes A Whole New Level: These Vegan Bloggers Think Periods Are Not Natural

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This may or may not be the controversy of the month, but it seems the more people are involved, the more this discussion gets weird. Some vegan bloggers think periods are not natural and we can actually make it stop if we eat clean.

We bet most of you have never thought about periods could not be normal, or toxic. But recently, some people do.

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Some vegan and raw food bloggers believe that menstruation is “unclean” and a curse, and we'd be better off without periods at all!

Vlogger Freelee the Banana Girl posted a video called "How I lost my period on a RAW VEGAN Diet" on YouTube.

… where she tells her 700,000 followers about something occasionally experienced by women who've made a big change to their eating habits: the disappearance of her period.

She says that within a month of starting a "100 percent raw vegan diet," her periods stopped and only returned after nine months, but much more lightly.

But instead of being a little worried, as we might expect, she was stoked. "I still believe that, largely, menstruation is toxicity leaving the body," she explains.

The video saw heavy criticism from some viewers and eating disorder charity Beat.

"So a lot of people are having these heavy, heavy periods and painful periods because they have a toxic body or have a toxic diet."

Freelee believes a light period—or "mega light," in her words—is a healthy one, and that uncomfortable periods are "not natural," and down to a fatty or "toxic" diet.

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"At the end of the day if you're having a heavy period, if you're having a painful period, then get on a 100 percent high carb raw vegan diet as soon as you can."

Her video has attracted almost 400,000 views since it was uploaded.

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Missing your period once, let alone for nine months, is rarely considered a good thing by doctors unless you're looking to get pregnant. Stress, polycystic ovary syndrome, obesity, and sudden weight loss are among the assortment of cited reasons that a woman might stop experiencing what's usually considered a normal reproductive process.

But a handful of vegan, raw, and clean eating bloggers claim that using your diet to achieve a sporadic and light period, or one that's completely nonexistent, is healthier and more natural.

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"Many girls who lose their period often worry and try numerous things to get it back," writes Miliany on her blog, RawVeganLiving."It's often advised that to get your period back, you should stop exercising and eat more calories and incorporate more plant-based fats in your diet. What if I told you that everything you were taught about menstrual cycles was a complete LIE?!"

Miliany believes "a non-menstruating body indicates the body is clean."

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"If a woman or young girl decided she wanted to stop menstruating or lighten up her heavy periods, then I would recommend a raw foods diet to help them with that," she says. "The industry has done a great job of brainwashing too many women into thinking that if they do not get their periods on a monthly basis, that something is wrong with their body and hormones."

However, Dr Jackie Maybin, a clinical lecturer in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Edinburgh, warns against changing your diet in an attempt to alter your menstrual cycle.

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"It's difficult to recommend a strict vegan diet without investigating hormone levels and endometrial health in these women," she says of bloggers like Freelee and Milliany. "It's likely that the complete absence of periods—amenorrhea—indicates that ovulation is not occurring and could have a significant negative impact on reproductive health."

Source: VICE

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