View Full Version : I need help changing.....
09-20-2007, 08:58 AM
I don't have the availability to get Alissa's book until Nov. so I apologize if this is redundant.
I have been reading the threads on protein and understand and agree with the fact that the body doesn't get protein from protein, rather the amino acids, which can be found in veg and sprouts ect.
But, my body did so much better -weight wise- on a low sugar, high fat/protein diet. I got rid of any and all cravings, I had control over what I ate, mostly, and lost all the extra weight I carried. Now, I wasn't able to heal my body that way, so I know that this way is better for that, but I have cravings alot still. I try to do fruit in the morning mostly and lots of green smoothies, raw nuts, avos, coconut oil ect. ect.
I feel that there needs to be something different, but don't want to get rid of fruit from my diet because they have so many good things in them.
I know that there is most likely an issue with candida, have for a long time. When I was no sugar (excpet fruit) and high fat/protein/veg., I just feltso much more in control and lighter. I gain weight so easily even with being raw. Is it possible I am needing extra protein, or less fruit, no dried fruit....?
I am just not sure how to figure this out. Also, I am b'feeding a 10 mo. old, so doing a cleanse of some sort is not possible now.
Thanks for your help. I know this is a great way of living, and being raw I have begun to heal many things. But the cravings and weight issues are still plaguing me.:confused:
09-20-2007, 09:24 AM
Do you feel that your body is desiring less fruit at this time? See, the thing is, we tend to sometimes feel like whatever our bodies are feeling at the moment is how it's gonna be forever. If your body is leading you to eat lower fruit and perhaps higher greens and higher fat, then go with that keeping in mind that at any given moment as your body's needs changes, that could change and then you will find yourself craving and thriving on more fruit and less fat, etc.
Also, you really hit on the main thing in your own post by stating that you did better WEIGHT-wise on lower sugar BUT...your body couldn't heal at that time. So, what's MOST important to you at this time...weight-loss or healing?
09-20-2007, 09:32 AM
I guess it's hard to discern what my body is telling me. I could eat just fruit all day long, I love fruit!
But it drives me crazy with craving things. I want to eat even when not hungry and can't stop, with nuts also. I don't feel in control like I should. My weight goes up alot if I am not more consious of it.
Yes, healing is most important, but I also think carrying around this extra weight isn't good either, as I feel more sluggish and not wanting to do anything carrying around extra, not to mention nothing to wear.
09-20-2007, 09:33 AM
Just experiment. I am doing raw to help with a digestive disorder and to lose about 20 extra pounds. When I first went raw 5 months ago I did high fruit, lower fat and always felt unsatisfied so I would eat crazy amounts of fruit which would give me very mild candida symptoms and low energy. However, My digestive system was much better and I dropped about 10 lbs but then in my fourth month I started gaining weight and my digestive issues have returned. So now I am trying high fat and little amounts of fruit, like three pieces a day instead of 10! My cravings have diminished but my digestion is HORRIBLE, extremely gassy and bloated and my period will not start, but I am typically very satisfied at the end of a meal. I have never been a big protein craver, but if you are try increasing your nuts and leafy greens. Everyones system is so different, no one way works for everyone so we all just have to experiment and be willing to change inorder to make this lifestyle work for us. I know this way of living works because my skin is almost flawless and my nails and hair are stronger than they have ever been and I just (usually) feel better. Good luck and don't be afraid to mix things up week by week just listen to your cravings.
09-20-2007, 09:53 AM
Thanks. I do only eat little bits of fruit already (maybe 4). I crave dried figs like crazy though. A few weeks ago it was mango, I couldn't get enough! And raw honey with almond butter. Now, those cravings are gone, and I want other things, but can't figure out what will satisfy it.
I guess I will try to mix it up a bit and experiment, as I do crave protein quite a bit, along with salt (think that has to do with my adrenals though).
We'll see how it goes.
09-20-2007, 11:09 AM
Hi 4forme....cashewy here....we spent some time posting awhile back...I have since switched my name to disassociate from the overeating of nuts you refer to in your post.
we talked before about emailing each other, there is a lot in your post that I can relate to I am at email@example.com if you want to talk more :p
09-21-2007, 06:39 AM
Spiral Leana- I just emailed you.
I have been experimenting a little bit, and it seems that if I eat less sugar, and more oil I have more control overall. Young Coconut is fantastic, I use an entire one in my green smoothies every morning, what an energy boost and lasting energy too.
09-21-2007, 06:52 AM
Eat simple. It's hard when you feel hungry all the time but its the best thing to remember if you are no longer counting calories. Make salad one of your fav meals! Yes a salad can be a meal. And salad does not have to be boring. You can dress it up any way you like, add onion bread in it or sprinkles some nuts or seeds. A sprinkle is all it takes and that salad is dancing in your mouth. Oh baby :D
I find it helps keep weight off. Moderate exercise does too. I used to be discouraged when I was gaining weight with raw, but the weight did come off. I have been almost 100% raw for almost 1 year.
09-21-2007, 08:47 AM
Actually, I eat incredibly simple. Salads are my best friend. People have commented about the fact all I ever bring to gatherings are salads. Someone even said to me, it was weird to see me without a carrot in my hand.
My problem is I need to change up the variety of veg in my salads, as I have been eating the same kind basically for a year straight, 1-2 times a day. I am in a different country than my home so am hesitant to try new things. Will have to branch out I guess.
I actually feel like I want to do just green smoothies for a while, but have been hesitant since I am b'feeding.
09-21-2007, 08:51 AM
Try this recipe, I bought the ingredients last night!!! I will be making it for tomorrows dinner meal. It's getting me all excited!
Someone else had posted a pumpkin bread recipe as well. Which I also bought a pie pumpkin for. My spouse looked like this :eek: I think he thought I was nuts. :rolleyes:
09-21-2007, 09:16 AM
WoW! That looks really good! Will try that this weekend maybe.
I saw the pumpking bread recipe, but I don't have a dehydrator, so that won't work.
I guess I get overwhelmed with all the different recipes, so much to re-learn. Simple is much easier to make, nothing to learn.
09-21-2007, 09:39 AM
I had problems with eating fruit when I first started eating raw. I found that eating fruits low in sugar did not bother me. Now I can eat any fruit. You can find a list of low GI fruits online or do a banana search. Dates and figs are very high on the GI charts. Fruits gives us amazing energy so I wouldn't cut them out of your diet if I were you. I do not have a dehydrator so I don't make crackers and things. But if you look around you can get a lot of easy to make recipes that you can make without one. Alissa's book is the best book for recipes. I buy my flax crackers and dehydrated things once a month and they are very expensive, but I make them last. This diet is doable even with limited resources.
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