View Full Version : How much do you eat?
12-06-2004, 02:37 PM
I'm curious about how much food you eat per day? I found this Sunfood diet menu plan http://www.rawfood.com/sfmenu.html ... do you eat that much every day?? Sounds like VERY much food to me?
That is indeed a lot... and what about all those macadamia's??? They don't grow on my back, don't they know that?!?
anyways, if you check my journal, you can see there what I eat a day, not very much, sometimes I'm craving stuff so I eat a lot of nuts or dates, other days I'm satisfied with a couple bananas and a salad, it all depends...
I think that the food intake mentioned on the site is maybe for people just starting out with raw, most of us miss the 'full' feeling, so eating lots of raw might help with that... for me, I hardly get hungry, and if I do, I'll eat, but I'm full quite soon, like three bananas or two apples and I'm done. I can go for hours without food after that... depending on what I'm doing that day.
I'm also unemployed so most of the time I'm at home, so I might not need as much food as people that go to work or work out heavily...
12-06-2004, 02:47 PM
I can tell you that I don't eat anywhere near this much. THREE POUNDS OF WATERMELON for breakfast?? Omigosh, that's one heck of a flush!!! :p
I usually have juice in the morning which satisfies me nutritionally. A snack mid-morning which typically consists of one banana with almond butter and dates on it. A smoothie for lunch. A salad for dinner. Maybe some raw carob balls for dessert. That's about it! Maybe I'm not eating enough, but I'm not hungry and I feel fine. :cool:
12-06-2004, 02:57 PM
It does sound like a lot of food to me, especially the days where they'd have you eating 2-3 avocados! I can eat 1 avo a day, but that's about it. I really think intake varies per person, depending on age, activity level, height, appetite, etc. Plus, studies show over and over that all animals live longer and healthier on lower calorie diets. Here's a typical day for me:
Morning: smoothie of 2 medium bananas, 1-1 1/2 cups of frozen fruit (usually mango or strawberry) and 1-1 1/2 cups of almond milk (or water if I'm out of "milk" or want a lighter smoothie).
Afternoon: large salad made of several cups of romaine, a carrot, a tomato, a celery stick, 1/2 each of an avocado, cucumber and bell pepper. Topped with a few tablespoons of a dressing, usually Alissa's Dressing. An hour or so after the salad, I usually have a piece of fruit, a slice of raw dessert, or another smallish snack. Midafternoon/early evening I have a second snack of the same size.
Evening: Sometimes another salad (same size as lunch) or smoothie. Other times I'll have a raw dish, like zucchini pasta and sauce, kale salad, pate, or pizza. Or I'll keep it simple if I'm not too hungry and have a big glass of fresh oj, or chopped up bananas with almond butter and agave or a handful of nuts.
Some days I eat and eat and eat and other days, I don't want anything after lunch! I personally think our natural instincts, if we chose to really quiet down and listen, will tell us what to eat and will not let us eat too little (not sure about the too much yet, lol!).
12-06-2004, 03:24 PM
Man! I THOUGHT I ate a lot, but compared to that menu plan, I eat like a bird!
12-06-2004, 04:25 PM
That would depend on what day you ask me. Today I've stuffed my face b/c I'm craving lots of cooked food, worst cravings I've had...must be PMS. :rolleyes: In fact, I HAVE had 4 avacado's today! I made them into dip and salad dressing for my salad.
I usually eat a smoothie for breakfast, a large salad for lunch and then snack in the afternoon/evening on vegi's in dip or fruit.
12-06-2004, 04:53 PM
Well to each his own,
After looking at the site I tend to disagree with it to say the least (avoid carrots?? whatever). I believe we must listen to our own body. The only book I really lean on is the bible, but thats just me.
I don't know, I really don't worry about how much I eat in terms of volume. The key thing to me is to be satisfied. I eat until I get to that point, sometimes it takes alot more than other times. As long as its raw and combined properly I don't really worry about it.
12-06-2004, 07:55 PM
I am going thru this now, adjusting my eating habits to less. From what I have learned about this way of eating within a few months to a year one's eating habits will change to less. This is because for most of us we are used to eating a lot of cooked food to be full. This changes as we eat more and more raw food. Raw food has more nutrition in it and as our bodies adjust to getting better nutrition we tend to eat less.
12-06-2004, 08:57 PM
The longer I'm raw the less I eat. Plain and simple.
I only eat when my body says so. Sometimes it's at 3:00pm, and sometimes it's at 9:00pm. It all depends.
I'm really not on any type of schedule. I'll cook for my family, but if I'm not hungry I'll just sit at the table with them and chat up the day. We're cool with it.
12-07-2004, 07:09 AM
Okay, I can eat alot, but there's no way I could sit down to eat 4 oranges at once. Actually, that whole menu plan sounds a little "nutty" to me. :) Like others said, some days I eat and eat and eat and other days I'll eat very little.
12-09-2004, 08:34 AM
To be an advocate here - he provides guidelines , and I would say that if one is new to raw and really need guidance, these guidelines will assist one. He also states "you may eat less than I recommend here, however, I want you to feel free to enjoy abundant natural foods," and also based on weight and amout of exercise
As Curtis and Monkeyboy stated, they have adjusted down. I thought this thread was a little condesending to the author without looking for the good in the article - I could be wrong. Just my opionon.
12-09-2004, 09:09 AM
If it came across like I was being condesending towards the author then I sincerely apologize, that wasn't my intention at all!
I was only surprised when I read the article over the ammount of food that was recommended. And since I haven't been raw for that long I thought that maybe I'm eating too little thus asking what other people thought. I feel that even if you scale down the recomendations it's still quite a lot of food.
I think Olive is right though :"I personally think our natural instincts, if we chose to really quiet down and listen, will tell us what to eat and will not let us eat too little (not sure about the too much yet, lol!)."
12-09-2004, 01:53 PM
Tanja_swe , I think we all understood what you were saying/asking not condesending at all...I too have a hard time wondering if I am eating too little, in fact I asked in another thread about eating patterns a while back. But, I definately don't eat as much as described there. As Rawkinlocs told me in a previous thread - eat!!! If its raw then eat till u r satisfied, it will become less over time and we all have those munchie days and those not so hungry days.
12-09-2004, 03:26 PM
Okay, I suffer from "Sameism". For those of you who do not know what this is, it is eating the same things everyday (!!!!) I just realized that I was eating the same thing everyday, the same prep, the same plate, the same time. So now here is my dilemma......I keep going down a few pounds and then up. Basically I am staying in place. Anyone else experience this with their eating habits. It seemed that I would go down fast since I was eating raw and have been reading about others who have lost 10+ lbs and losing weight. i'm not eating nearly as much as them b/c of my height weight and metabolism.......need suggestions!
12-09-2004, 04:05 PM
I am hoping I STOP losing weight. I was thrilled to lose 11 pounds in 11 weeks, but now it's 13 pounds and I'm down to 115# at 5'4". That's fine if I level off there, but if I keep going at this rate, I may wither away to nothing. I just bought a pair of size 5 jeans and they're too loose already. :(
I'm pretty much eating the same thing everyday too, but not at the same time.
Have you tried a juice fast to jumpstart your metabolism?
12-10-2004, 07:55 AM
[QUOTE=Tanja_swe]If it came across like I was being condesending towards the author then I sincerely apologize, that wasn't my intention at all!
Tanja_swe - I am sorry that I didn't get to answer you right away - however, my comment was not directed at you - yourself! :) - I wrote the "thread" and also stated a "little condesending", because I saw no reference to the the fact that he only provided guidelines not gospel, and I indicated I was acting as an advocate (I just refuse to put the "d" in front of that) It was my opinon, which I thought was allowed! :rolleyes: But if is not - I will move on!
Have a great day!
12-10-2004, 08:24 AM
I know you were only refering to the thread and not directly to me, but I wanted to apologize anyway in case someone thought that I meant it that way.
and of course you are allowed to express your opinion, I don't think anyone would object to that! Why would they/I/we?
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