View Full Version : Am I getting enough nutrition?
02-28-2008, 11:26 AM
I'm 6'1" and currently weigh 132. I'm underweight, but it's not the raw foods...I have been my whole life. No matter what I eat I don't seem to gain. Anyway, I would love opinions about if I'm eating enough and getting enough of each vitamin.
A typical day:
Breakfast: 1 fruit with nut butter
Mid-morning: Green Smoothie consisting of 2 bananas, 1 apple or pear, 2-3 handfuls of greens, and 1/4 c hemp seeds (one quart)
Late morning: 1-2 oranges
Lunch: big kale salad w/ avocado, olive oil, and nutritional yeast
Snack: handful of soaked nuts
Mid-Afternoon Snack: fruit
Dinner: big salad with avocado and oil, a nut or seed pate
Evening Snack: banana and apple chopped up with nut butter
Am I doing okay?
02-28-2008, 01:37 PM
Your typical day REALLY looks good....it doesn't sound like your loosing weight so I wouldn't be concerned. You have a big variety of fruits, veg, fats etc. There are some websites where you can put in the foods you eat and it calculates the number of calories your getting if your concerned about getting enough. Good Luck.
02-28-2008, 01:54 PM
Yes, you might want to sign up at fitday.com. It's free, and you can enter the food you eat for a day and it will tell you by what percentage you are meeting your daily nutrient requirements.
02-28-2008, 02:17 PM
raene, opinions are opinions and facts are facts! go to nutritiondata.com or fitday.com and enter in your daily intake (i prefer nutritiondata.com, you have to set up your "pantry" first -- the foods you commonly eat, and those settings will be saved under your account. after that its easy). it will give you a very accurate profile of what you are getting and not getting. you will be amazed at what you learn! i learned a lot.
you are eating a lot of nuts and oils, even by a transitioning raw foodist standpoint. i am sure you are doing that to keep your weight up, and getting plenty of healthy fats and calories, but you might want to tip the balance toward nutrient dense high calorie sweet fruits. in other words instead of eating 1 fruit with nut butter in the morning, consider eating two bananas and 3 oranges. :) when you run your intake through nutritiondata or fitday, you will see your percentages of carbs to fats to protein. i know alissa says don't worry about your percentages at first, and i totally agree, but i think if you're getting 40/50/60% of your calories from fat, you might want to take a look at balancing that out a bit by boosting your fresh fruit and veggie intake. fat foods are very filling/grounding, and may be making you feel so full that you don't want to eat as many fruits and veggies as you would otherwise.
you might also have an absorbtion issue, or a low level of stomach acids where you are not digesting the foods that you eat, and thus not getting the nutrients/calories from them. i really like ayurveda, and a good ayurvedic practitioner can look at your tongue and tell right away what is going on in your digestive system in terms of absorbtion/complete digestion. its worth checking out. they might recommend a great herb called triphala, which is a centuries old combination of three herbs from india that is a complete health tonic, but works especially powerfully on the digestive system. coconut oil is also supposed to be helpful to digestion/nutrient absorbtion, do you like coconut oil?
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