View Full Version : help please... not feeling well :(
06-11-2007, 03:50 PM
Today is my 13th day raw and I had my FIRST slip up and I feel so upset and mad at myself but I am trying not to get too down on myself because I have been 100% raw completely until today... I went to whole foods market and ended up having some cooked carrots and sweet potatoes! and some tofu :( :(. the past few days I've been feeling really crappy. I've been waking up with horrible HORRIBLE cravings for food and I made a green smoothie this morning and literally not even an hour and a half later, I was starving and had a horrible headache and my blood sugar just crashed. I'm hypoglycemic so if I eat too much fruit or sugar of any kind, my body kind of freaks out and I crave protein. Honestly, I was actually craving meat today!!!!!! and I haven't eaten any meat in so long, I don't even WANT it... but my body felt like it was craving it.
I don't know what's going on but I feel upset because the first week I felt really good and had energy and I don't know what happened. I am trying to do a 3-7 green smoothie cleanse but I'm worried because of my blood sugar and how hungry I've been getting.. however, I do think a cleanse would be good for me because I've been over doing it on sweets and I feel my body needs to be cleansed.
Any suggestions? you all make me feel so much better everytime you comment, so really, ANY advice is welcomed and GREATLY APPRECIATED!!
and don't worry - I'm not giving up! I truly believe in the raw food lifestyle, I'm just having a hard time right now...
06-11-2007, 04:06 PM
I'm not sure what to say about the high/low sugar crash stuff since I'm not too familiar with it, but I'm just going to give you some encouragements. :)
First of all, I was reading your weblog and looked at your before & after pictures... YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! In so many ways! Enjoy your life. Also for the whole trying to repeat "I am beautiful" every day, try this instead... Ask yourself "why am I so beautiful?" The way the reframing of the affirmation works is that our mind always wants to be right, and by asking the question in way that assumes you are beautiful, your subconscious mind will try to find the answer to your beauty.. for example: "because I have nice hair, and a great body, and nice teeth, and a nice smile, etc..." Try it, it really does work! Trying to force yourself to say "I am beautiful" is like trying to lie to yourself, but asking why you're so beautiful will make you look for reasons - and clearly the reasons are plenty and everywhere!
So lift your head up, smile and keep going with raw. We all fall down at some point or another, but after giving your body enough time to get used to raw, you won't look back!!
06-11-2007, 04:09 PM
I struggle with some of the same swings between blood sugar and protein cravings, which are really fat cravings.
I got a hemp/sprouted flax andmace blended powder which has been enormously helpful in boosting the efficiency of eating green smoothies.
I have also learned that bananas kick my butt, so I limit them to 1 or less per day. I prefer apples, and berries and citrus anyway.
I rarely eat the super-sweet candy fruits like raisins and dates for the same reason. If I do, I only have them later on in the day. If I have raisins in the morning, my blood sugar crashes by noon, and by three I feel like I have lead in my blood making me wanna just lay down on the floor and pass out.
Spirulina also is a good thing to add for much of the same reason.
I also use stevia-plus (not JUST any stevia) b/c of its zero glycemic index, and added fiber....this works better for me than agave or honey by far.
I will still use agave, honey in dessert recipes that call for them...but I rarely make those anyway. For daily use it's stevia plus all the way.
06-11-2007, 04:30 PM
Britaniefaith you are doing very fine, if you would have killed all the raw-problems in 13 days, you would have been in the raw-book-of-records, really, it takes more days...
06-11-2007, 04:32 PM
You are doing great! Don't let it get you down. You have to be stronger than the cravings. Use your mistakes to make your will for raw even stronger.
06-12-2007, 07:05 AM
13 days raw is awesome! And if you think one little slip-up is the end of the world, then you are going to make this so much harder for yourself!
Jinjee on the garden diet website even slips up sometimes, after years and years of being raw! Just think, at least you didnt slip-up bigtime and have greasy take-away right?
I think, when you first go raw, it is a huge pressure on your body to detox out all the out rubbish you put into it before, and by having a little of something cooked every now and again will just slow the detox process down a teeny-tiny bit in order to make it easier to cope with.
Its great that you are able too keep going from here - last time I tried to go raw I lasted to 13 or 14 days, then I had a stir-fry and it all went downhill from there. I wasn't strong enough to keep on. You have managed to pull yourself back up from that and I congratulate you for it!
Just remember, no-one is perfect, and it is these learning experiences that make us into a better person.
So don't view it as a failure, because it isnt! :D
Love Seren x x x
06-12-2007, 07:26 AM
to stabalize the use of sugar in the bloodstream,
i usually add a small handful of nuts & 1 T coconut oil into my smoothies.
it does wonders in making it last and not spiking & dropping you like a bomb.
hope you feel better.
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