View Full Version : How come I can't stop eating avocados?!
11-09-2007, 01:30 PM
I crave them ALL DAY!
11-09-2007, 01:35 PM
i'm not a nutritionist and am not familier with what nutrients are in what fruits/vegetables, however, from what i do know from educating myself, other peoples input, and my own experience:
when your body is craving something, you are generally lacking something nutritionally that that food item contains. our bodies are very smart and will let you know what it wants. so, keep on eating those avocados!!! you'll know when you've had enough and then maybe something else will fill its place, and maybe not. that's part of the beauty of raw foods, you really start to understand what it means to be able to "listen to your body." the added bonus for raw foodists to that quote is that now we now HOW to "listen" and what to do about it:)
hope that helps!
11-09-2007, 01:35 PM
me too. i eat them allll the time.
11-09-2007, 02:09 PM
when your body is craving something, you are generally lacking something nutritionally that that food item contains. our bodies are very smart and will let you know what it wants. so, keep on eating those avocados!!! you'll know when you've had enough and then maybe something else will fill its place, and maybe not. that's part of the beauty of raw foods, you really start to understand what it means to be able to "listen to your body." the added bonus for raw foodists to that quote is that now we know HOW to "listen" and what to do about it:)I agree with your post completely. If you add in waiting for a slight hunger signal as the appropriate time to eat and you have what I have come to think of as instinctive eating.
11-09-2007, 03:00 PM
I agree... I think your body may be getting some kind of nutrition it needs.... and those delicious avocados are providing that!!
enjoy every bite!!!:D
http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s43/FireStar_830/Summer.gif... Raw Rawks!!
Yeah, I agree. Beats taking supplements any day, doesn't it.
Nurse in the Raw
11-09-2007, 10:02 PM
I crave them ALL DAY!
So eat them. I was eating 2-4 a day when I first started.
11-09-2007, 10:22 PM
because nothing beats their decadent, creamy deliciousness
11-09-2007, 10:42 PM
Promote Heart Health
Avocados contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help to lower cholesterol. In one study of people with moderately high cholesterol levels, individuals who ate a diet high in avocados showed clear health improvements. After seven days on the diet that included avocados, they had significant decreases in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, along with an 11% increase in health promoting HDL cholesterol.
Avocados are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure. Adequate intake of potassium can help to guard against circulatory diseases, like high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Association has authorized a health claim that states: "Diets containing foods that are good sources of potassium and low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke."
One cup of avocado has 23% of the Daily Value for folate, a nutrient important for heart health. To determine the relationship between folate intake and heart disease, researchers followed over 80,000 women for 14 years using dietary questionnaires. They found that women who had higher intakes of dietary folate had a 55% lower risk of having heart attacks or fatal heart disease. Another study showed that individuals who consume folate-rich diets have a much lower risk of cardiovascular disease or stroke than those who do not consume as much of this vital nutrient.
Increase Your Absorption of Carotenoids from Vegetables
Enjoying a few slices of avocado in your tossed salad, or mixing some chopped avocado into your favorite salsa will not only add a rich, creamy flavor, but will greatly increase your body's ability to absorb the health-promoting carotenoids that vegetables provide. "
11-09-2007, 10:52 PM
ahh, i just noticed the site i linked to with that avocado info has some non-raw recipes and such. please don't delete it moderators as it still has some very interesting nutritional and historical info on the avocado. but i'll let you be the judge. :)
Lady Green Jeans
11-09-2007, 10:54 PM
Good thread--one of my absolute favorites. Totally agree that if your body is craving them, then there is something you need from them, so enjoy. Been kind of sad lately not having tasty avo's here that I can just grab and go as usual. The recent wildfires sadly did lots of damage to the avo crop here in southern CA. Turning to hemp protein until the new crop starts rolling in. I'd be one big happy camper stranded on a desert island with maybe a coconut tree and a couple avo's. Maybe a banana, too. Such the life.
11-10-2007, 12:28 AM
Oddly enough before I went raw I was seriously allergic to avocados. So badly my lips would swell Angelina Jolie style. They were evil to me. My family is shocked watching me eat avocados. I inhale these things on a daily basis. I cannot get enough. As a matter of fact today I prepared two with lemon, olive oil, and salt, ate it, waited a bit, still hungry, so I ate two more. I do not know why I have not had a reaction. I love their texture, just as much as I love the texture of a pear. They are delicious wrapped in seaweed with oils and spices. I ate so many that when I was evacuating everything was green. My brought in a bunch of avocados from her neighbors tree and gave me about $50 worth of avocados. I was so grateful. Yummy, yummy, yummy...I can't get enough either. It's like a healthy meat.
I LOVE avocados... Sometimes I will eat several in a day because it seems that is what my body is asking me for... but sometimes they seem completely unappealing. I say, just go for it. Eat as many as you want if your body wants them. :)
Ah, on a side note... My mom hated (I mean, really really hated) avocados until she went raw. Now she craves them. It's the funniest thing.
11-10-2007, 08:55 AM
I had three avocados in a row yesterday, and got sick (stomach pains) from having too much. I wound up throwing the fourth one away, and will try to stay away from them for awhile.
It's really easy to overdo some foods, i.e. raw cookies, fatty stuff, etc.
11-10-2007, 12:52 PM
HI, I am having the same avocaco cravings.
Before going raw (about 2 weeks ago) the only avocado I would eat would be in a sushi roll. Well, I have been vegan for many years, but after a few days of mostly raw, I started to crave chicken. What was that about? But I read on one of these threads that when we think we crave protein, our bodies really are needing good, raw fats. So I started eating avocados for their good fats and now am eating about 2 a day smoothered in lemon juice. And I love the smooth taste. It is so neat to be able to understand what our bodies are telling us.
11-10-2007, 02:19 PM
I agree with most of the responses. There are so many good nutrients in the avocado that it makes it nature's perfect food. I cannot think of a time when I haven't craved avocado. Put one in front of me and it's gone. I was born and raised in Denver and had avos only when I could afford to buy them. Living in SoCal for the past 23 years has made me so humble. When people from all over the world post to raw sites, wishing they had access to avos and other fresh produce, my heart goes out to them. I thank God every day for the foods that we can obtain here so easily. It makes it worth the high rent we have to pay! ;)
11-10-2007, 10:36 PM
In the past, even though I have always liked grapefruit, I started noticing that my lips and mouth felt tingly after I ate them and I was wondering if I was a bit sensitive to them. So I wasn't eating many. In fact when we would get them just because I thought we should have them around, they would sometimes just wither up in the fridge, much to my dh's dismay (wasteful).
Then suddenly I was almost INHALING them!!! I would get dh to bring home FOUR (4) full produce bags of them at a time (2x a week) and I would eat them ALL! I would take them whenever I felt an urge to eat. I would take 4 or more of them, peel them, then with a knife I slit the membrane and ate the flesh. It was like I could not get enough of them. This went on for many many months, right into the early summer. But since then I haven't taken another one until this day. It is really strange. I just don't have the urge. No, I am sure I didn't make myself sick on them, as I don't feel the least aversion to them, but I just don't feel like having any right now.
So I am listening to my body. Obviously, they were providing me with something I needed. Even oranges didn't fill the need.
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