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07-11-2006, 11:30 PM
I have gained weight
Maybe I am loosing the battle. Loosing weight should be swift and easy eating raw only, I thought. I have gained 20 pounds in one month.
Here is what I have been eating
green smoothies and banannas
salad with avacado and a handful of nuts
green salad with onions and tomatoes
This approx. everyday menu, varies slightly.
Why this weight gain? What can help thyroid troubles if that is what is causing this? I don't know what to do I have to loose this 100 pounds, at least. My heart is tireing.
07-11-2006, 11:50 PM
I'm sorry for you, I feel kinda the same way, only 2 days raw, and it feels like I've gained bout 5 lbs!
07-11-2006, 11:53 PM
Don't give up. In the beginning your body is healing and so weight may not come off, and in some cases increased. Have you checked to see if you lost inches? I know this can be flustrating when you really want lose and feel you need to lose. I have thyroid problems too, so I know the battle, but I know too how much I am benefiting on raw. Please don't tire out yet. Good things sometimes take time. Just keep it simple and have fun. Get physical is you are able, when you are able. I just started back on my exercising this past few weeks. It is a process. Your body may heal for a few weeks, or months and then you may drop some weight. I have done this before. Your diet sounds fine, how is it working for you? Do you feel it is heavy in fats or not? Listen to your body and then you decide what food to reach for next. I wish you great success. Keep us posted.
07-12-2006, 12:05 AM
I too, am finding it difficult to lose weight. Though I am not quite sure what the cause of the gain is, I'll try to help. As I have hypothyroidsm (slow thyroid/metabolism), I take a kelp supplement that contains iodine...It worked wonders for my hypothyroidism (and may have cured it) within weeks as opposed to prescriptions that really messed up my body. Also, try not to eat the same things everyday, this way, your body will not become immune to the food and develop food allergies. Don't eat fruits with vegetables- each require certain conditions of the stomach to digest, otherwise, vital enzymes will be lost. Make sure you're getting plenty of water. Your body may retain water if it senses a shortage. And lastly, have confidence that the weight WILL be lost. When I first went raw, I was so worried about losing 60 lbs. before I returned to high school in August. But I've learned that it may take time and that, no matter how long it takes, I WILL lose the weight...Thinking in this mindset has shed needless worry from me. But if you are still worried, you can consult a doctor or nutritionist, preferably a raw specialist. Im sure they can help or reassure you in your condition. I hoped this helped.
...Best of luck in your raw lifestyle...
07-12-2006, 07:45 AM
butterflymessiah could you please name the supplement you use and how long you have been on it. thank you.
07-12-2006, 07:54 AM
I take Nature's First Food and this has seemed to really help me with my hypothyroid along with other conditions in conjuction with 100% raw.
07-12-2006, 09:30 AM
I would eliminate the nuts, avocadoes, and fudge. Calories still count - even if they are raw! Good luck.
07-12-2006, 09:43 AM
this is actually i very unpopular view on this board...im a little nervous about posting it...in my cooked food past life i gained weight eating low-fat foods...uncontrollable sugar readings...lethargic, etc....so i went on Atkins and it felt like a miracle...i lost 40 pounds quickly...i knew, however, i was eating way too many animal products...i am against that more for spiritual reasons...so when i decided to transition to high raw first i decided to eliminate sweet fruits and honey or maple syrup....the weight is literally falling off....i actually do not advocate a low fat diet...i dont think it works for all people....pls dont hurt me....this forum is remarkedly pro low-fat....i honestly have never had any success with it cooked or uncooked....so when i look at your menu im concerned about the sweet fruits and the sweetners used in the fudge or chocolate(i cant remeber, sorry)...it is important to be gentle and peaceful with your body...cut back a bit and see if you start losing weight...also try cutting your sweetner in half on the recipes, see if you can tolerate it....imagine your goal with as much feeling as you can all the time...really get into it...affirm your beautiful, healthy body into being....it is happening....keep up the good work....
07-12-2006, 11:17 AM
Whenever I eat nuts, I feel sleepy, too.
Thank you everyone who resonded.
07-12-2006, 12:06 PM
I have had a ton of energy lately (so excited about this!) and I was really hungry for bananas. So, I ate 4 and I felt like I had taken a sleeping pill! So I crawled into bedd and slept the night away and woke feeling AWESOME
I think too that for some the key is their Raw eating and excersis which I am just starting to add to my journey.
Hang in there!! Eat enough and Rest till you regain your strength!
Read every thing you can find and find what works for you :)
07-12-2006, 12:12 PM
I am so sorry that you have gained weight.
When I first went raw, I lost some weight the first two weeks, then didn't love one pound, in fact I gained 8 pounds over the next two months, but I kept eating raw, then I dropped a bunch over a weekend away, during that weekend, I didn't do anything differently, I THOUGHT, but when I looked at my food intake, I see that I didn't eat any sweet fruit or nuts during that time.
I used to drink 1 to 2 cups of almond milk every day with some dates, when i was away I didn't do that, but I ate plenty.
Please know that this board isn't about losing weight, or counting calories, or carbs or fats, it's about support of eating raw foods, and there isn't necessarily a limit on those raw foods,IN THE BEGINNING.
And as you continue on your raw path, you will find that you naturally gravitate towards more fresh veggies, or more fresh fruits, or less nuts, or more this or more that, or a balance of this or that.
anyway it is a process, and it takes time to get to where you are comfortable, I am constantly in a transitional state.
07-12-2006, 02:33 PM
Namamono-The supplement is a kelp iodine supplement. Im sure any brand will work, but the brand I have is "Now". I havent seen any Iodine supplements at any grocery stores, but I never looked at Whole Foods or GNC-im sure they'll have it there. But I got mine from ebay. I can't really give a definite answer as to how long ive been on it...In the beginning i was on it for a month straight. Then I began to be "off and on". I still do take it, even though im not sure if I need it. But at least with a natural supplement, it won't do your body harm when not taking it regularly. Also, Centrum has 150 micrograms of Iodine in it-the same amount as the kelp, but im sure more will be absorbed with the kelp supplement since it is much easier to digest. If youre looking for results, i'd give a month or two and then go for a test to see if the condition is still apparent.
07-12-2006, 11:01 PM
Thank you so much I will check into it.
I am constantly in a transitional state.
Me too! In my diet and in my life.
Hope you feel better soon, Namomamo.
07-13-2006, 12:27 AM
My weight has been fluxing lately. And I am interested in this supplement! I have Hoshimoto thyroititis and would love to quit taking my thyroid meds, on synthroid now; but I'm afraid to get off of them. When I'm on them and on the raw diet, I lose weight. Without them, I stall.
And be patient with being raw, as RP said...one day it will fall right off, even if it isn't today or tomorrow.
07-13-2006, 12:29 AM
I know very little about thyroid issues, but I do know something!! They are aggravated by vegetables in the cruciferous family, so avoid broccoli, cauliflower, etc. (look up a list of these foods)
IF IT WERE ME, I would-- Supplement with a few tablespoons of coconut butter (revs the metabolism among many other benefits!). Also add 1-2 T a day of maca to smoothies, juice, or water. While it techincally comes from a cruciferous root, it is extremely healing and can help balance the endocrine system. (You would have to order this online.. most of the maca in stores is roasted. While tasty, it is not healing).. I would also exercise at a comfortable level, and eat moderate amounts of fats and sweets. Take a break from the nuts.
I can sympathize.. I've been raw for a while and gained weight a few times. It has been frustrating at times, and I know my body is healing itself in many greater ways than the weight on my body, and it WILL reach the perfect level when the time is right.. So keep at it. this is THE way to go :)
07-13-2006, 03:43 AM
If you're eating alot of fats and dehydrated food and not drinking enough water, that could be causing problems as well. Eating raw does automatically give you more water in your diet but you still need to be drinking a good amount as well. I make no assumptions, you might already be drinking enough. Just a thought.
07-13-2006, 06:02 AM
1) Eat SOME fat at every meal....but eat less.
2) Eat lots more greens and vegetables.
3) Eat a wider variety of raw foods.
4) Transition more slowly and comfortably.
5) Eat smaller meals...much more often to keep the digestive fire going. Perhaps 4-6 meals per day - with small snacks in between.
6) Do NOT go hungry.
7) Do NOT fast until you are getting close to your target weight.
8) Get in more light exercise & breathing. Take every opportunity....like parking at the back of the parking lot and walking....or taking the stairs instead of the elevator every day. :)
9) Drink plenty of pure water & sweat often.
10) Change your attitude about food. Whatever it is....it aint working for you! LOL.
-Just my thoughts - which I hope are helpful.
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