11-18-2007, 09:34 PM
I have found myself in a raw food binge (overeating) a couple of times since I went all raw. Today I started to crave more foods and this time instead of eating I just took a few deep breaths and relaxed and thought about it. This post is a result of that thinking. Everyone is different but here's what I found applies to me. First let me set the stage by saying I picture the stomach like a car's gas tank with a fuel gage. I picture the stomach fuel gage as having a sweet spot in the middle where I am neither hungry or full, its a spot that I feel comfortable and forget about food. I find maintaining a position in this green zone (sweet spot) very easy to do consuming liquid foods like juices and smoothies. I think thats because they digest so easily and move through the stomach so fast. The problem comes when I put too large a solid meal into the stomach and It can't move through fast enough. The fuel gage moves out of the green zone and into the full zone rapidly and confuses my body and my body sends craving signals to eat more even though I just ate a big salad or whatever solid food I ate. Its kind of like a governor on an engine that starts to "hunt and surge" wildly trying to find its control but the engine just races and then slows over and over and is not smooth. Today I didn't go for the craving signal and instead I got busy with some other activities and the cravings passed. I have determined that from here on I am going to only eat enough food to still remain in the green zone. This means cutting my salads in half so that they are small in size from now on. Has anyone experienced anything like this and if so how do you handle it ?