View Full Version : Cooked food making me tired???
10-14-2007, 09:43 AM
Hrrmm... not really sure about this... but I have been doing raw for about 3 weeks now but twice in the last week have ate some cooked food... nothing unhealthy or anything... but it just seems its making me tired and bloated... just a general sluggish feeling...
Is there any reasoning or science behind this???
I was kind of unsure of how much better I felt on going raw, seemed great at first, then unsure...but now the 2 times I went to eat cooked stuff without even thinking about it... and just got really tired and felt like crap... it was just some basic indian food and also some baked egg rolls.
10-14-2007, 10:29 AM
How did you feel when you were raw BEFORE you ate the cooked??
Detox will make you feel sluggish. Detox is a good thing though. It wont be forever.
10-14-2007, 11:51 AM
Yes. Without the live enzymes to digest the food your body must use its reserves and or make some to digest the cooked food. That's why it makes you tried and makes digestion slower.
10-15-2007, 01:38 PM
Once your body starts getting used to raw food, it will make it more and more obvious to you (in the form of unpleasant symptoms) that cooked food is not ideal. It is a natural process.
10-15-2007, 01:44 PM
I noticed that reaction almost immediately. Within a day or so of eating nearly 100% raw, cooked food seemed to make me want to keel over and fall asleep!
I think dreamrawalwz's explanation hits the nail on the head. Your body has to work harder to digest food that doesn't come with its own enzymes.
Tell me exactly what you ate that was cooked. Most days I'm 100% raw, but I do have times where I will have something like a baked potato, or sweet potato, steamed veggies or even airpopped popcorn w/cold pressed organic coconut oil and sea salt. I have never had a reaction or any problems digesting these foods.
I think you are tired because you could be going through a detox. You are new to raw and when I first went raw I was incredibly tired too. I believe it is all part of the detoxing process. I still have days that I am tired, and I've been raw 18 months. But those days I am tired are not the days I've eaten cooked.
By the way, when I eat cooked, I always ensure that I mono eat. Properly combine the food. I never indulge in wheat or cooked dairy. Those are my 'eating cooked' rules, and I try to abide by them always.
Let us know how you are feeling. Good luck on your journey.... but I would say that no, eating cooked food, if you are eating proper whole foods, should have no ill-effects at all.
10-15-2007, 03:09 PM
DH has that reaction to cooked foods. He also has blood sugar issues and we've noticed that when he does there was a hidden "trigger". He can't have corn for instance (cooked...raw is not an issue). So things that use corn based flours will pass him out. Same with grains and potatoes etc. It's a reaction his body has when it has to work harder to not only digest the item but to get the excess out of his blood.
10-15-2007, 10:26 PM
I think it might be the wheat in them... my mom is celiac.
10-15-2007, 10:46 PM
have ate some cooked food... nothing unhealthy or anything... but it just seems its making me tired and bloated... just a general sluggish feeling...If you eat cooked again as an experiment have a good sized meal of cooked food and eat plenty of it and see how that feels ? Please post the results of the experiment here on RFT to help in figuring out what to expect if raw fooders eat cooked.
03-04-2008, 12:51 PM
I just foundthis thread and decided to post a quick reply:
One thing I read is that cooked food, because it lacks the enzymes that make it self-digest when raw, when eating 3 meals a day cooked, takes as much energy to digest as 8 hours of intense physical exercise, obviously resulting in fatigue. Raw food does not require energy like that to digest, it self-digests as long as it's truely raw.
03-04-2008, 05:35 PM
This is what made me go 100% Raw. I was 100% Raw for two weeks and felt great, then had a Tofu Scramble at a brunch and felt tired and could barely keep my eyes open. The next day I resumed 100% RAW and it will be four weeks this Sunday and I'm so glad I had that experience early in my RAW life so that I could see the difference.
There's no looking back for me now that I see the difference in how I feel on RAW versus cooked foods and RAW wins hands down.
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