View Full Version : I'm always hungry... ALWAYS!!!
03-03-2009, 11:29 AM
I don't know why, but I'm always hungry. I know I'm eating enough, I feel full for about an hour and then I'm starving again. I just started yesterday and I'm already in a bad mood. Last night I went to bed hungry after stuffing my face all day. I ate more than I normally do and still felt hungry. I'm thinking this raw thing is not for me. I've been a vegetarian for 5 years and almost vegan for the last 6 months and never had this problem. In fact, as soon as I went vegan I felt amazing, the very first day was a whole new me. But now I'm always in a bad mood cause I'm always hungry.
Is this normal?
03-03-2009, 11:40 AM
Its okay to eat what your body asks for.Raw is less dense than cooked food and it makes us feel light and airy.You can consume and need to,alot more calories on raw. You know,veggies are low cal.
In the beginning,many make recipes and dehydrate foods and they are more dense and more filling.Even so,it takes so little to fill up.
When we are accustomed to eating alot(to try and get the nutrients from our food,or for emotional reasons) we still want to eat alot on raw.
I dont personally find it possible to eat a lot.I get so satisfied before I am ever full. I practice undereating alot so as to not tax my organs and body overall. I get what I need but I stop way before I am full. I do graze quite a bit too.Not big meals.
This is a process and finding what works for you is your challenge.
Vegetarian,vegan,or raw is all up to you.Raw is a lot to take on in some ways.Rewarding beyond a shadow of a doubt.Yet it may be for you and it may not be.Its up to you.
We are here to support you on your raw journey if thats what you decide.Best
03-03-2009, 11:41 AM
I find that when I am having a lot of hunger, it's because I am not eating enough fat. For me, it's nuts and avocados (just no cashews, ewwww) that really help me feel satiated.
03-03-2009, 11:52 AM
Thanks! I was about to go to the supermarket to get a piece of bread or some beans cause I'm so hungry. I had a big glass of orange juice and that made me feel calmer.
The problem isn't feeling full after a meal. My meals since yesterday were a bit bigger than what I'd normally eat. The problem is that after an hour or so, I'm hungry again. My mom who is doing this with me, says she is feeling fine. Maybe it's just me. :mad::mad::mad:
03-03-2009, 11:54 AM
Are you 100% raw? How long have you been doing this for?
03-03-2009, 11:55 AM
Are you 100% raw? How long have you been doing this for?
100% Raw. This is only my second day...
03-03-2009, 12:07 PM
If it's only your second day then relax, eat some nuts and avocado where the fats lie and you get that full feeling. It takes a few days to adjust. Green smoothies really helped me too.
Hang in there,
03-03-2009, 12:16 PM
Right on. Two days is far too little to be making assumptions on whether a diet is good for you or not. Give your body time to adjust. And perhaps like mattshor said, add some more fat in. That would probably make the first couple weeks of transitioning a lot easier for you.
03-03-2009, 12:25 PM
Thank you so much for the support. I almost went out and got some bread. I'll incorporate some avocado in my meal tonight to see what happens. I just an apple and some orange juice as a snack, hopefully it'll last.
03-03-2009, 12:26 PM
One green smoothie lasts me until way into the afternoon.Forgot to mention that.
03-03-2009, 02:31 PM
Eat more greens,-they are really filling!
03-03-2009, 02:38 PM
Maybe it would help to post exactly what you've been eating. Sometimes a person's perception of eating a lot is not exactly accurate when it comes to raw foods.
And for most people your body will need a lot of food in the beginning but typically that will begin to taper off at some point. At first I was starved all the time. I felt like I was eating SO much food. I wouldn't dare leave home without food in my purse or a plan. After about a month though things started to level out and I usually just eat one or two meals a day now though there are still days where I just feel absolutely ravenous.
Bottom line though, if you're hungry EAT.
03-03-2009, 02:42 PM
Greens in green smoothies cut down on cravings a lot. Add some fat to your green smoothies or some protein (like bee pollen, hemp seeds, spirulina) and you should be set for hours.
Drinking a lot of water will fill you up when you're hungry.
And most importantly, EAT most people get really hungry when they first go raw. I know I was. Your apetite will settle down once you become more nourished by the super healthy raw foods.
Some people lose their apetite when they go raw. Everyone is so unique. Try to appreciate wherever this journey takes you.
03-03-2009, 03:03 PM
Eat a few raw gormet meals. They can really fill you up for a while. The eating more fat thing really helps me. If I have a salad, my dressing almost always has a nut base or the the salad would feel like nothing in me.
03-03-2009, 03:04 PM
I'll keep a journal of everything I eat during the day. Maybe like most of you said, I'm not really eating a lot since fruits are mostly water.
I have to say that you guys saved my day. Like I said before, I was just about to go get some bread when you guys stopped me. After reading the first posts I decided to make some guacamole using carrots as 'chips'. I felt so satisfied and full after that. I
l'll try adding fats with all my meals from now on.
Thank you !!!!!!!! :o
03-03-2009, 07:24 PM
try logging your food on fitday.com also. It will show you how many calories you are getting as well as vital nutrients. Sometimes it is easy to feel like you have eaten a lot and then you are all, ZOMG I've only had 300 calories!
03-03-2009, 07:47 PM
I think everyone has given you great advice. I tried raw in 2007 and only lasted a few months, at the time I was given a lot of advice from ppl on 80,10,10 who said to not eat too much fat and I found myself bored from all the salads I was eating with not many nuts or avocados.
This time I am enjoying making raw meals like zucchini pasta, sauce, pad thai, pizza etc. I have an avocado almost everyday and nuts in either my lunch or dinner plus a green smoothie, a juice and lots of bananas and fruit.
You just need to give yourself time to adjust and enjoy eating all the raw food that is available :)
03-03-2009, 08:27 PM
Bear in mind, also, that as raw food is much easier for your body to process and assimilate, your stomach will not have that heavy, full feeling for a few hours like it did after a cooked meal. This is normal, but it takes getting used to!
Generally, after a good-sized raw meal (like a salad, or a bunch of fruit, or some serious veggies), your stomach will be empty within an hour. Your body, however, is still busy digesting and assimilating all that yummy food.
It is perfectly OKAY to eat a LOT of 'heavy' raw foods, like nuts, seeds, and avocados, until you are used to this happening. I read, I believe on Matt Monarch's blog, about how when he started eating raw, he would eat like EIGHT avocados EVERY DAY, to stay feeling satisfied. (If you don't know who Matt Monarch is, he's one of the very vocal raw foodists that has written books, has websites, etc. He's been raw for several years now)
Give yourself time! :)
Your body is either reacting to addictive substances being released in your bloodstream or it's not able to assimilate the current nutrition you put in it.
The best way to cure either one is to starve it out really. Just drink water or consider a fast. Doing so will allow the addictive substances to pass through your body. Painful in the beginning, but it's a cure. Not merely a treatment.
Fasting also cleans out the body. The body will be better at assimilating what you eat, because hunger, when not perverted by the mind, is really the body's cry for nutrition.
Once your body can assimilate better, it can use every ounce of what you eat.
If you are at a stage where eating raw is easy for you, consider fasting and proper food combining. If you are not at this stage, continue to eat raw and ride out the hunger. Don't feed it or you will never get rid of it.
03-04-2009, 12:15 PM
Definetly add fats if you aren't. This will keep you satisfied for longer. But listen to your body it will tell you what you need. Good luck
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