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03-12-2007, 02:31 PM
It's my first day 100% raw!!!
I had fruit for breakfast, which was great. Then for lunch, I have two small pieces of date nut torte and mock salmon pate rolled up in lettuce. The pate and date nut torte tasted amazing at first bite, but as I got to the end, I started feeling nauseated by them. This also happened last night when I had the fettucini alfredo. I know we should initially eat the higher fat raw food to help transition, but I am wondering if my body is telling me to go lighter? I crave a soup and salad for lunch, and I am having trouble getting the nut dishes down.
As a sidenote, I have been 50-80% raw for the past 3 weeks, so I am not transitioning off a SAD diet.
Does anyone else have this strong reaction to the heavy nut dishes?
Feedback would be appreciated!!!
03-12-2007, 02:35 PM
Hmmmm. I would listen to my body. You could freeze the date nut torte until you are most used to eating 100% raw. Also, make sure you drink a good amount of water to help flush out SAD food that's in your system.
03-12-2007, 02:38 PM
Thanks for the feedback, Lucy. I drink a lot of water.:D
Also, is it possible that I could get my fats from avocados and coconuts or other fruits/veggies instead of nuts? I LOVE those fats. But nuts are just a little too intense, I think...
I LOVE nuts of all types, but I have to eat the sauces/pates/other heavy nut dishes sparingly or I feel icky.
Do what feels right for you. I figure if my body is not reacting well with heavy nut dishes, then maybe I don't really need them.
03-12-2007, 03:55 PM
Me too! I had a slice of lasagna (with walnut 'meat') for lunch today - and struggled to finish it. Tonight, I'll take it easy on my stomach and make a yummy, light soup. As others said - trust your body.
03-12-2007, 04:01 PM
Yeah, I've had the same problem with transitioning, so many of the recipes that "look" like they'll be so good (and are! for the first bite..) are way too nut heavy for my body to digest.
I might just start finding all the recipes that don't require nut and seeds when I feel like I want something denser than fruits and veggies.
I've learned to cut the recipes with nuts/seeds in half though when I make them! I've wasted too many ingredients! LOL
03-12-2007, 04:01 PM
Yes ,I've had problems.
I made a mock tuna made with walnuts...I was up vomiting all night.
Then I made taco meat with walnuts... sick to my stomach ,but no vomiting
I made Rp's brownies...(with walnuts)..got sick to my stomach.
I seem to do okay with other nuts as long as they're soaked. ( and as long as it's not too much) If they aren't soaked I get queasy. Maybe a gallbladder issue from the high fat? I've read in raw cookbooks that soaking nuts changes them from originally 75% fat ,25% protein...to 25% fat and 75% protein.
I am 100% raw,and have been eating heavy (was in transition),but have been feeling the need to lighten it up a bit. I feel better too when I don't eat a lot of nuts just period.
I do well on seeds tho. But I've never eaten them in large density like the nuts, cuz that's what's in all those yummy recipes. So I'm backing off too. Maybe just here and there and speacil occassions. Obviously, some of us have "issues" that others don't...so they can eat stuff we just don't metabolize as well or comfortably. We are each beautifully different. Just listen to what our body says is good, and go with that. Someday, after some cleansing maybe it'll be fine again. Who knows...it's a journey of discovery for each of us!
03-12-2007, 04:21 PM
You could always try soaking then dehydrating for when the recipe calls for dry nuts, and see if it helps any with digestion.
03-12-2007, 05:00 PM
Thanks so much for all of your feedback, guys!:D
It's so true that one must listen to their own body in this situation. While nuts and rich nutty items might be the bees knees for some, they made me feel quite queasy. I definitely do need to eat more substantial meals at this point. I've no experience sprouting & dehydrating yet, but that might be better. Also, I really love young coconut and avocados. Give me a rich lemon pudding made out of avocado and I'm a happy clam!
Ok though, as far as the soaking goes with the nuts, I may want to give that a try before I abandon them altogether. How long does one soak nuts to get the good results?
03-12-2007, 05:21 PM
You said that "when you got to the end" you began to feel nauseated...does this mean you ate the WHOLE torte and the whole batch of mock salmon? LOL!
I know we've been having these nut/fat discussions in another thread and now here...yes, you should listen to your body and what it wants for the time being (within reason, we're talking about healthy, natural foods not if you're craving SAD pizza or chocolate bars! ;) )
But my question is, how much of the food did you eat? I know that when I make dishes such as what you named, I can eat it, but only small amounts in a sitting. If I over-do it then I may feel sick and this is probably moreso due to the combining of different ingredients than anything.
03-12-2007, 05:39 PM
I agree, I can only handle very small amounts, I believe thats a good thing. A small amount of nut-whatever on one side of the plate and salad-raw-whatever on the other. Best to eat small amounts and fill up on salad.
03-12-2007, 05:43 PM
Thanks for your contribution Rawkinlocs!;) I have read a lot of your postings!!!
To answer your question about how much I ate of the nut stuff:
1.Last night-just a small handful of fettucini alfredo which I had difficulty finishing.
2. 2 very small pieces (about 1-2 inches ea.) nut date torte.
3. A scoop of mock salmon pate (maybe half a cup-just guestimating), which I spread on about 4 pieces of romaine lettuce.
Overall, I had the best time with the torte, but I still felt a teeny bit queasy. Now, I replaced walnuts with pecans, because I bought the pecans on accident, and I think they are very similar. But this nauseous feeling happened with the alfredo, too, so I am thinking that I have to watch my step with the thick nut sauces.
In each of the above recipes, the nuts are a pretty major part of the whole. Maybe there are some other nut recipes in Alissa's book that are lighter? I look forward to finding out. I don't want to limit myself.:rolleyes:
03-12-2007, 05:51 PM
Yeah, it sounds like you just had a bit too much of the food in one sitting. This has happened to me before but it's funny - sometimes I can eat a whole LOT of the prepared nut-based dishes and it not bother me and then there are times when if I eat more than a very small amount, I get an upset tummy. I know with the torte, it's just so rich I can't have more than one small slither of it at a time...maybe two if I haven't eaten anything or much of anything prior. The fettuchini, it's also very rich and I can only handle a very small amount of that. The first time I ever had it was when I went to Alissa's back in 2005. It was so flavorful that I kept going back getting more and more and more and then I began to feel sick to the stomach...I had eaten too much of it. Same with the mock salmon...4 leaves stuffed with it would definitely be too much for me to handle. But one leaf with the pate' on it is the perfect amount for me.
03-12-2007, 09:10 PM
Best of luck on your journey into the world of Living Foods!
As everyone has said, you are very right to listen to your body.
Just my personal experience below:
Speaking for myself, I also have had a harder time with the nut dishes. I have temporarily stopped eating all nuts and seeds, since I was overdosing on nut pates, etc., for a couple of weeks, and felt uneasy.
In the past, I have found it alot easier to digest avocados, rather than nuts. Another thing I noticed for myself is that I seem to lose weight easier when my fats are coming from avocado. When I switched to getting my fats primarily from raw and soaked nuts, I gained weight, or hit a plateau.
I am not too experienced with coconut so I can't share my experiences regarding digesting it.
I think that eventually, I will be able to incorporate nut recipes after I have learned how to not overdo them.
Nice to see you here.
Blessings on your raw journey.:)
03-12-2007, 11:16 PM
Everything you guys said makes such sense. I bet there are times when I could maybe eat more rich nut dishes, and then times when I can't. Likely there are probably people who lose a ton of weight eating nuts, and people who need to go easy on them to lose.
For now, I am just going to pick recipes that have less nuts! I know I am new, but I have been partially raw for almost a month, and I really just like eating fruit until 12pm, then, having a big salad w/avocado and some soup. Maybe tomorrow, I will just have a sliver of the nut torte. It seems with so many recipes to choose from, I won't have to worry about nixing the nut-heavy dishes.
Strangely, I think I can handle the torte because of the fruit or sugar, rather than salty taste. Isn't that weird?
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