View Full Version : Feeling defeated
09-19-2010, 01:50 PM
I've been trying for months now to be raw and really haven't gotten anywhere...the first 2 weeks were great...I felt great...no more heartburn...had a little more energy....released about 10 lbs....well that was about 3 months ago and since those first 2 weeks I haven't been doing very well. I'm bored...I gag down salads...most of the fruit I eat doesn't taste good anymore...I purchased Alissa's book a few months ago and have tried some of the recipes and haven't had success with those either...I'm starting to think I'm destined to be a SAD eater, even though I feel like crap again...
09-19-2010, 02:02 PM
Much, much more variety. That's the key to becoming raw. There are 1000s of fruits in the world, so you can never get sick of them. Try out new ones, find sources where you can get other types, have some shipped, tell everyone you want rare fruits as gifts. Take the fruit you do have and find 20 different ways to eat it-make it into a pudding or yogurt, spread nut butter on it or blend it with butter, make ice cream. There is even more variety when it comes to meals. There are just way too many options. You can easily change a salad's flavor by using different ingredients or dressing. So many creative ways to make raw fun. I keep it extremely simple and I never get sick of it. You can find a way, don't give up. :)
09-19-2010, 02:23 PM
I guess alot of my problem is i'm not that creative when it comes to food...thanks for the ideas :)
09-19-2010, 02:37 PM
Idea: Follow your heart when you go into a grocery store. It will lead you to all the right herbs and veggies you need! I walked into a store the other day that I had never been into, and found ripe apricots, which I'd been looking for for weeks! Never knew it was right in front of my house.
The way to do it is to imagine yourself headless, and then follow your heart. The Greeks called this "Gnosis" (i.e. Heart-knowing). It works!
Your body will crave exactly what it needs, if not salads, then a fast! And probiotics.
09-19-2010, 03:19 PM
I can relate to this. I've been off and on raw and it can be difficult to get started again.
Are you trying to be 100% raw right out of the gate? Maybe try transitioning a little slower if so.
In regards to salads, making veggie wraps might make them more interesting to you while transitioning. After being raw for a couple of month, flavors started to bloom for me. At that point, I could appreciate and enjoy the goodness of veggies and fruits. Many of which I hated before, like onions.
What sort of appliances and kitchen tools do you have?
If you have a dehydrator, you can make raw burger crumbles and top it on your salads. Sometimes I spice up the crumbles and do a semi taco salad with guacamole.
This might seem a little unnecessary to some but I swear that medallion slicers make a huge difference when making salads. Yeah they speed things up in prep but having things like cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and red onions cut to the perfect thickness allows the flavors to mingle together rather then sitting on their own.
Seeds are great on salads! I personally enjoy, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds.
There are a lot of great raw dressing recipes out there. When I started, I often made a cashew ranch dressing but now I just enjoy flax or olive oil on my salads.
I could just keep going on and on but my post is already long so two last things lol. Spiralizers are a great tool, easy to use, fast, quick clean up, doesn't cost much and makes raw spaghetti like pasta!
Last thought is just to keep it simple. My biggest mistake at first was going crazy with over complicated recipes. Now I graze on whole fruits, veggies, and nuts. Then when I'm wanting something a bit more my first go to is a smoothie.
09-19-2010, 09:45 PM
Flax crackers + kale chips. Mrmm... Raw transition food!
09-20-2010, 10:35 AM
I agree with the flax crackers and kale chips post. At the beginning, anything that resembles the stuff we're used to seems to help. I used a lot of pate's as dip and flax crackers. I ate a lot of bananas becausde they are filling and I used a quite a bit of nuts for the same reason. Still I have days where I really want that type of food.
Don't deprive yourself; the fact is many starting in raw simply don't get enough calories and satisfaction from their food and fall back into old habits because your body demands more food! EAT. Too much raw is still better than anything SAD.
Raw Angel Mom
09-20-2010, 11:33 AM
Beside the great recommendations, what helps me to be on track, is an inpired story and especially when i watch a DVD. Or hearing a speaker on a raw food festival.
Learn from what made you fail and make correction on your next attempt. Be patiente. Cook food is so addictive, not everybody can just go cold Turkey and stay this way. Be proud of you for keep trying and focus always on your accomplishment.
Congratulations and keep up the work!
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