View Full Version : Do i have to starve myself for 30 days?
05-16-2005, 11:34 AM
I finally bit the bullet & bought Alissa's book-I should get it in a few days. In the meantime I"ve been reading some of the journals on here & I"m a little alarmed by the tiny amount of food most people seem to be eating(not for them,they seem to be doing fine on it,I mean for me).I know myself well enough to know that there is NO WAY I can just eat something like 1 banana for breakfast,an apple for lunch,& a salad for dinner.I"m not saying i gorge myself & I have significantly decreased my portion sizes over the past 5 months but there's no way I could live on just that;& I wouldn't even want to.It would set me up for a binge(& right into the arms of a pizza!)
I also couldn't just eat fruit for a meal because of my hypoglycemia.Does anyone have any thoughts on these 2 issues? Does Alissa's book cover them?
05-16-2005, 11:42 AM
starve? oh no, rather the opposite! You can eat how much you want of all kind of delicious stuff! In alissas book you'll find recipes for raw versions of pasta marinara, pizza, burgers, chilli and pasta alfredo just to name a few. You don't have to limit yourself to salad and fruit if you don't want to!
I don't have knowledge of hypoglycemia though... and I don't have the book here either... but I'm sure someone else will help you out regarding that.
05-16-2005, 11:42 AM
Patricia, when I first started this lifestyle, I ate quite a bit. Please don't worry about how much, how many calories or grams of this, that and the other thing. As long as it is raw, eat it!
Eventually, you will not eat as much food. Your stomach shrinks! Well, at least mine did. There is no way, I eat as much as I used to eat.
The hardest thing to overcome is the cooked food addiction. If you are not eating till you are full, or don't have immediate access to raw food when you are hungry, then that is the time, most people reach for the cooked processed food. Sometimes it a bag of popcorn, or a soda or even something from a fast food place. Sooo, always have raw food close by. Bring it to work, to events, even leave some in the car for after your work out!
05-16-2005, 11:45 AM
Trust me, when you get Alissa's book you will NOT feel like you're starving yourself! LOL!
No, what happens is, after a person has been raw for a while, your stomach shrinks, your body begins to shed all the old gunk and toxins that prevented you from properly assimilating nutrients and you find yourself not needing to eat as much or as often.
Many of us here eat a LOT during the day! I can vouch for that. But there will come a time where a banana for breakfast, a smoothie for lunch and a salad for dinner (maybe with a few raw snacks inbetween those meals) will suffice.
But then there are those of us who don't have "meal times" but just eat when we're hungry.
Just wanted to add that I see others were posting at the same time, so sorry if my words seem redundant!
05-16-2005, 11:51 AM
Thanks guys! Maybe someday I'll be able to eat the tiny amounts that other people can(stranger things have happened) but I'm not there yet. It would be great if my stomach shrinks (along with the rest of me!!)
05-16-2005, 11:54 AM
there is NO WAY I can just eat something like 1 banana for breakfast,an apple for lunch,& a salad for dinner.
Hmmm. I came to the conclusion just last week that for my particular body, I need to starve myself. :p I have different digestion complications going on and candida (I think) and I seem to do better if I eat what feels (emotionally, anyway) like not enough. Physically, I feel a lot better doing that.
Yet I'm still eating quite a bit more than that! Maybe some people aren't including every little thing they eat in their journals. At any rate, most people seem to do well eating whatever they want, as much as they want, for, I guess, the first year. You won't know until you try!
If it doesn't work for you, you'll know. If I eat too much, or the wrong things, my stomach lets me know, and I feel really sluggish.
With your hypoglycemia, you might try eating fruit in the form of smoothies and add some greens.
05-16-2005, 12:43 PM
I just finished Alissa's book and she does talk about Hypoglycemia in it. She actually had a client go on and off a raw diet because of her concern about hypoglycemia but eventually made the transition and did wonderfully!!! There also is a journal testimony in her book about the portions concern you have. You will change the longer you're on this diet. READ THE BOOK!!! And read all of it from the beginning!!! It is AWESOME!!!!
05-16-2005, 01:38 PM
:D Check out my journal, I'm definitely not starving myself! I eat a lot! I'm sure I even left some stuff out, because I forget to write it down. But I've only been raw 14 days, AND I'm pregnant, so I don't really care how much I eat, as long as a stay raw. Good Luck! :)
05-20-2005, 12:35 AM
Well, in Alissa' book she talks about eating 6 bananas for breakfast and a huge salad with about 6 different pieces of fruit all chopped up in it.
I can tell you when I say in my journal
Breakfast was banana, Lunch was apple, dinner was Salad,
I mean breakfast was as many bananas as I wanted, probably 3 or 4, lunch was apples, maybe 5, and dinner was a huge salad, with a whole head of lettuce, and a tomatoe, a whole zucchini, 1/2 a head of cauliflower, 1/2 a head of broccoli, 5 mushrooms, a bunch of green onions, and a bunch of radishes, with a cup of salad dressing, made out of 1/2 cup of nuts and 1 whole lemon, and maybe 4 dates.
so you see, there is no way that I could be starving myself on that, I just don't list how MUCH of each thing I'm eating.
Hope this helps.
05-20-2005, 07:57 AM
My journal is not an accurate reflection of the amounts of food I am eating. I have been listing what it is that I eat, but not the quantity. My raw friends are right when they say that you will never be hungry...eat as much as you would like. Today is day 21 for me and this has been a wonderful experience.
Check out my journal too; I'm always oddly pleased when someone tells me "You eat so much!"
I've also struggled with hypoglycemia for years. After being raw for several weeks, I was fine with eating all fruit for a meal. I can also go hours longer than I used to without eating. If you're concerned about this, I suggest eating protein or fiber (I would try spinach or celery) with your fruit; this, as you probably know, slows the way your body absorbs the sugars.
This might not be true of everyone, but some bodies definitely make a shift. :)
05-20-2005, 12:50 PM
i eat a tone to...
i never deprive myself.. i acually think i eat TO much sometimes... just to make sure my tummy is filled and i have gotten enough calories thru out the day!!
just eat if you feel hungry.. simple as that... do not restrict yourself..
unless you are on a budget.. then things could become expensive... if you eat a tone that is!
05-20-2005, 01:21 PM
check out my journal too....i eat like a pig!
i have hypoglycemia too and never thought i could live off fruit, but i feel SO GOOD when i have an all fruit day. :)
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