View Full Version : Struggling with my RAW adventure....
01-29-2012, 09:50 PM
Hi there, it's been a long time..
I started my 100% RAW adventure back in Februari of 2010, decided to give it a good go for 30 days...loved it from the minute I started....never waivered off my path and struggles were non existent.
I then followed to "regular" RAW diet, with plenty of nuts and avocados to help with cravings..I guess.....fastforward to August of 2010 and I had lost a whopping 22 lbs...and was feeling like I had never felt before, no IBS, no more headaches that plagued me on a migraine type level......the weight was not needed to be lost ( I am 6' tall and at the time weighed 135lbs) but who cares..I felt good...throughout fall of 2010 I started slipping and by December/Januari I was slipping up bad, still stayed RAW for majority of my day (75-80%-99%), the food I would crave(and still crave thus upping my sweet carb intake thinking it would help) is not even good food it is the junky junk, the cookies and candies...and here we are...still slipping, feeling crappy again, mainly with IBS, which was completely gone during my 100% RAW time...my weight is back up to 150 lbs which for my 6' tall frame is still pretty thin, but again, weight is not my measure of success, feeling great is.
I have since then upped my carb intake, meaning eating a lot of fruit and trying not to rely so heavily on nuts, as it feels off to rely on so much fat...does that make sense?
What am I doing wrong? Why has my "will power " flown completely out the window..?
I am desperate, tired of feeling "meeh", I want wonderful, and blazingly amazing again...how do I get back on my turnip truck and stay the course?
I know back when it all worked great..I was doing the 30 day challenge diligently, but since falling off I don't get on here and record every thing that crosses my lips...probably plays a huge roll in my falling and falling...
Should I up my nut intake again?...any help, ideas and input would be appreciated with upmost gratitude...
Thnak you Petra...
ps. I missed checking in daily...but I am back. =)
01-29-2012, 11:05 PM
Lack of a circle of influence that is on the same page makes things very difficult. But, never fear, you are not alone. We have all been there and we all go thru cycles. Just know that the support network you need there may not be available and then make up your mind that this is for you and do what is right for you.
Don't complicate things. Don't get down on yourself. Just live. And eat as much fresh and raw produce as you can fit in. Make the gourmet your treats and extras. Make fresh your primary. Reread Alissa's book and see how she did it. She used recipes, but relied more on the fresh produce and then enjoyed the recipes as more of a treat or to help ward off the craving monster.
You can do it! I am in the Feb 30 Day Challenge with you! I am rummaging thru and sorting out my bad habits and trying to establish new and better habits during the challenge.
Looking forward to doing the challenge with you!
Raw Angel Mom
01-30-2012, 03:34 AM
I still struggle with this, beleive it or not. Cook food is so addictive and i feel it is as worst as drug, lol.... Might as well laught about this.
Anyway, i think we need to remember why we went on this raw journey. Each time we make a choice to choose health versus craving we gain power. If we make exception, we give power to our lower self and it goes even stronger the next day. It is about discipline a lot.
I find that doing detox, truly help but most of all, do one moment at the time and focus always on your accomplishment, this way, you will always have a good foot solid in raw food. It counts far more every good steps that you do for your health then the exception you could make or did. Remember this always, and don't be hard on yourself. You are worthy always. We all are in the same boat. Greens heal addiction, so go for them, they will help you to have a good solid food in the raw food.
It is good for me to cut down on nuts because quite frankly, they don't work for me. Unless i made them into a cheese, my body doesn't like them and they give me pimple and skin problem. Some do well on nuts some don't. If nut doesn't affect your health in a negative way, sure eat them in moderation. Perhaps instead of doing nuts, do seeds such sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, hemp seeds. Always soak your nuts/seeds. The only seed that i don't soak is hemp seeds. For the sesame, i put them in a nut bag, and i make a humus with them.
Follow your body's need and make peace with your choice of food. You need to be comfortable with raw food and feeling satisfy. Don't try to be religious about it. Eat and in time, you will upgrade your diet. Have you consider to try sprouted legume such lentils. They are very filing and great. Try to find easy recipe that don't use too many ingredient, i find they are easier to digest this way and very satisfying.
Wishing you all the best and BE PROUD OF YOU. You have done so much for your health and far more then most people. Congratulations!
ps I want to add that i feel that doing a lot of fruits is a great approach because your body needs sugar, if you are ok with fruits stick with them. If you want more fat then go for it. I find that doing my fat at night is better for me. There is a great runner that do fruits in the day and a large salad with fat at night, he noticed that it helps him to keep his weight this way versus becoming skinny. He studies chemistry too about the property of food. He is very interesting.
01-30-2012, 06:31 AM
Hey you!!!!! I'm so glad to see you here again!!!!
It is a constant struggle for me too, believe it or not. I still cook for that DH of mine and I'm constantly find ways not to eat what I cook for him...suck on Smoothies, eat a HUGE raw meal before I cook, leave the kitchen immediately after cooking. When I buy him SAD snacks, I buy things I don't like! LOL!!!!! Hehehehehe!!!!!
I celebrate every raw choice I make. I tell myself, "You GO Girl!!!! Great choice!!!". It's good EVERY TIME you make a raw choice to commend yourself for it. And remember, you are NOT starting from the bottom of the staircase. You just took a couple of steps back. Now, you're taking a step forward again, so I'm proud of you!!!! Continue making more and more raw choices and commend yourself along the way.
100% raw is a fantastic goal, but not everyone can do that. There are times when I am exactly 100% raw, then there are times I'm not. It's a journey. I try to make the best choices I can and keep going. You'll get where you wanna be. Just take it one step at a time. :)
01-30-2012, 06:51 AM
Hey girls.. :cheer:
Thank you so much for your encouraging words, makes me feel so much better...yes this will probably always be a struggle for me as my peeps here at home are high RAW but far from all RAW...I do have snacks at home form them, they are regular kids with occacional wishes and I try to let them have some "normal" sad things to not force this upon them until they are ready...if that makes sense. So maybe I should have huby hide those in aplace I don't know and he will be the one that gives those things out...could maybe work.
Will start the challenge again and promise (myself and you) to be here every day and write down in my post what crossed my lips, it will help my be accountable and feel a sense of community, something I think might be missing.
Nuts kind of make me feel the way you do too, Raw Angel Mom...they make me feel heavy and sluggish, I love them though..
Renee, I need to come and have a class with you to revive my goal...I read and reread both of Alissa's books they have been and still are my RAW food Bibles...I love them and do most of my recipes (if I use recipes for whatever I am uncooking) from the first, book Love that one...I think I need to rewrite my goals, to make me feel on path again...and here I am...
Tiggerbounce, I will see you at the 30 day challenge, let's do this together...
Thank you again girls..:heart
01-30-2012, 07:04 AM
I would LOVE to do a class with you!!!!! Gimme a shout out when you're ready!
So great to have you back home!!!
Raw Angel Mom
01-30-2012, 09:11 AM
Yea, you go girl
01-30-2012, 07:16 PM
Yes..I will GO!! I had a great "first" day..thank you so much for your uplifting words ladies..I am back..:excited:
01-30-2012, 09:09 PM
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