View Full Version : How to feel full AND satisfied
05-24-2007, 08:03 PM
I tend to eat more fruit than veggies, and I consciously try and keep my fat intake low, because when I don't I go overboard and eat nuts with abannndonn.
My problem is: I eat, and I feel FULL physically, but not satisfied. I never know whether this problem lies in nutrient deficiency, or mental/emotional issues.
I can feel stuffed to the brim, but still feel low energy, even sleepy, and still feel like I need something, as if my meal shouldn't be over yet.
Any suggestions? Anyone else feel the same way?
I know that over the past 3 months (school) I've been more stressed than when I originally started raw, and due to that stress I ate more high fat. That caused a load of problems in and of itself. At the time I felt like I needed the fats, but I went from feeling light and energetic to feeling heavy and slow. Now that I've lowered the fats again to where I was originally and thriving at, I feel just as bad as before, if not worse. I've been told that I should fast and start over, essentially. But I don't like feeling unbalanced.
My greatest wish right now would be for a week on a tropical beach/resort, alone, fasting on juices. But I live at home, and family situations are so far from that reality. All you practitioners of The Secret, help me attract a vacation alone into my life! ;)
I've read from many wise raw foodists that if one isn't mineralised properly, then the 'stop eating' mechanism in our bodies/brains will not alert us to stop eating. The body will keep craving more in the hopes of using something in the food for desperately needed minerals.
It's one theory why the U.S. (in particular) has such obesity problems, and tends to literally gorge on food as if this is normal. The food is so devoid of minerals, people are consuming tons of food from feeling 'not satisfied/full'.
Not the only reason, just one I think it fairly credible. Minerals are very important, and so much of what is grown doesn't grow in mineralised soil, sadly. Organic or no.
05-24-2007, 08:49 PM
So, what is the solution??????
I too can totally relate to SmilingRawDancer. Is it good to supplement with trace minerals- or what?
05-24-2007, 09:22 PM
me also. whats the best way to address this?
i even drink 3 or 4 green smoothies a day, and i still feel like im missing something. :confused: and i dont want to live on supplements :(
05-24-2007, 09:31 PM
eat one fruit till full....this has helped me so much.....
i can eat 8 bananas and then.....i am done.....not wanting....needing anything else....
this works well with fruit.....or i do a fruit with green....like bananas and celery....or mangos and cucumbers......dates and romaine....
05-24-2007, 09:40 PM
Hello! Try adding maca powder for a few days. It may help.
05-24-2007, 10:36 PM
Try eating more seaweed. Whenever I make Nori rolls I always feel full and satisfied. Seaweed has lots of minerals.
05-24-2007, 10:39 PM
I can sneak a heaping teaspoon into a green smoothie and not even notice it. Yeah, I agree the seaweed is important for us.
05-24-2007, 11:04 PM
I agree: eat more seaweed. Eat different kinds of seaweeds too: dulse, kelp, sea lettuce.
Also eat avocados. Avos are easier to digest than nuts, so they shouldn't make you feel heavy and slow.
05-24-2007, 11:30 PM
ME too. I am making progress daily, and I'm ok with taking it slow. Things that are working with me...
starting each day with a scoop of green powder, then later green juice
drinking a second powder/juice if I have time before dinner
blending food whenever possible (i make yummy veggie soups)
lots of seaweed
increasing raw protein!!
having fun in my life, filling UP on joy
just some thoughts.... i have faith that as I keep doing this, fully mineralizing, I will be satisfied. I eat a good deal of fat, and I know that when it's time I'll be done with it. I try to fill up on lots of veggies, seaweed, etc before reaching for the fat though.
also consider parasites?
05-25-2007, 02:50 PM
Yup, it sounds like a lack of minerals to me, too. You need greens and sea veggies/algae. Also, have you tried raw cacao? It is very high in magnesium, which some say is the mineral we often crave the most.
I know you like to keep a lower fat diet, but I've found that the best way to stay both physically and mentally/emotionally satisfied is to eat a balance of the three raw "food groups" at each meal: sweet fruit, green, and fat. That has helped me tremendously.
Good luck! :)
P.S. a pinch of Celtic sea salt wouldn't hurt, either. ;)
05-25-2007, 05:31 PM
Oh my gosh, thanks for all the advice you guys!
I've lowered my fat intake to 1/4 cup of nuts a day, or half of an avocado, and I think alot of my energy changing is just the getting used to having less fat in my bloodstream, kind of like second detox.
I use pink himalayan (sp?) salt, and I HOPE that it's the same as the celtic stuff that everyone talks about.
I've been eating raw cacao in the past few days, as it NEVER makes me feel worse to eat chocolate! ;)
I took a multi-vitamin this morning and last night, and I have to say that I DO feel better. I don't know what I was/might be deficient in, but I don't want to be dependant on vitamins to feel good all the time. I want my body to be more in tune to what I need to eat.
As for the kelp/seeweed etc, I really feel like it's a foreign language. I don't know much about them, how to eat them, or anything! Can you take them in supplement form? I don't especially like fishy flavor (never have.), so I have tried raw nori in the past (still have it!), but I don't like it much.
I'll start using my maca again, for sure.
I actually feel fantastic after eating mostly watermelon a couple of days in a row, and I had to stay in the bathroom alot, but I felt so cleaned out and energetic afterwards.
I've HEARD of parasites, but I still don't know if I buy into the whole thing. I mean I know that LOTS of people have parasites, but I can't seem to believe that IIII might have them. Denial ;)
Now that my stress load is lifted I feel better already, and I know that this summer will be a good healing time for me, as I have no school and I *THRIVE* in warm weather. I suck it up. I lay in the sun. I ADORE it.
05-25-2007, 06:11 PM
Nori and dulse are both red algae; kelp and alaria are brown algae. Those are different phyla - they are as different from each other as grass is from pines. So try them all.
Dulse I buy in flakes. It's also available as whole plants. It is thin and tender.
Nori is the same genus as laver, which you can get as whole plants.
Kelp and alaria come in cut sections. Soak them in water, then remove the snails and crustaceans, and snip into pieces and put in your salad.
05-25-2007, 06:13 PM
Wow, thanks for the info!!! I'll look into it:)
They sound mineral rich, and I'm in need of that!
05-27-2007, 12:35 AM
hi yall i suggest using this chart to see if u crave certain food what you really need is....it helps alot!
05-27-2007, 01:01 AM
Myself, I find that proper and thorough chewing while allowing all my senses to engage in eating, I am fully satisfied.
05-27-2007, 06:33 AM
I also have this problem until in the evening. I will eat all day and then by the time 7 PM rolls around I am finally full so i guess that it has to do with something i ate. With the variety of foods I eat I guess i finally get the right one.
Thanks for all the suggestions. Also thank u to bintalhawa for that site. What a great one. Now i can fill up on the correct foods to keep from eating all day.:D
I hate to admit this but last week I ate Sad food daily. I am now suffering from it so I am going to do a week of green smoothies and detox tea to clean out my system. I now have loud tinitus which was toned way down, a constant back ache, tummy pain, psoriasis is itching like mad, and more tired than i had been before. I have other things that came back but i forgot them. I am sure it is all the preservatives in the foods I ate and it did not even taste all that good. At least not like i remembered it so now i am back to doing strick Raw to clean myself up.
05-27-2007, 10:18 AM
I really feel that this more of an issue of getting used to the lighter sensation (both physical and energetic and vibrational) of raw foods versus cooked foods rather than any type of mineral defiency. You are more than likely getting WAY more nutrition than ever before by eating raw. Give yourself some time to adjust. Experiment with just "being" with the sensation of not "feeling satisfied" and examine any emotional ties to feeling heavier, more sedated, more numbed out, ect... that you might have.
Wishing you all the best,
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