HELP!! Gaining TOO much weight!!
I am gaining way too much weight on raw foods I've been trying to stay raw but I cry every night over my weight, HELP!!
To give you some background I am 4 ft. 10 in. tall and before I started on raw foods I was in transition to being a vegan. I had a 25.5 inch waist and weighed 98 lbs. which was a healthy weight for my height. I was completely happy with my body but chose raw food to improve my health.
I did fine on raw food for the first six months I felt great, my weight stayed the same but my body looked better my body was healing it was fabulous. Then I decided to do the arise and shine cleanse, BIG mistake. I lost a little weight while doing it but only lasted 11 days because I was STARVING everyday and I hated that feeling. My tummy was grumbling every minute of the day. Well after I stopped I went back to the exact raw food diet I had been eating the previous six months and now I GAINED two extra pounds and weighed 100. I figured okay 100 lbs. not so bad.
I did another arise and shine cleanse a few months later and only made it 15 days. I can't stand that starving feeling I don't know how people do that, I can't starve myself like that. Anyway, so after 15 days I went back again to my same raw foods diet and this time I gained another extra two pounds so now I weigh 102 lbs. I know that's not a lot but that is 4 lbs. more and I was frustrated.
I was exercising everyday between 50-90 minutes. In Jan. of 2006 I had been raw for 1 1/2 years and was frustrated because I look flabbier than before I went raw so I decided to really kick up my exercise. I started running and weight lifting. This entire summer I was running between 6 and 13 miles a day and alternating with long weight training workouts. I was exercising many days for 2 - 2 1/2 hours a day. But the weight just kept on coming!!!!
I went from 104......106.......108 now I am TEN POUNDS heavier than when I started and my waist has gone from 25.5 inches to 27.5 inches.
My typical diet is:
Green smoothie in the morning: Water, leafy greens, banana, mango
Breakfast: banana, raisins, sprouted oats, cashew milk
Lunch: BIG salad
Snacks: apples, oranges, maya bars
Dinner: Broccoli & cauliflower in cashew sauce, salads, sundried tomato based vegetable soups etc...
I dont' eat a lot of nuts at all, infact I NEVER snack on them. I eat them occasionally in sauces or nut milks.
If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions I would love it. My clothes don't fit anymore, my stomach is flabby and I am gaining weight uncontrollably. I am worried that the cleanses have ruined my metabolism! I am scared because I have not been able to stop the weight gain it just keeps going up! I am not a fruitarian and prefer not to go that route, I tried that and felt famished every minute of the day and it stopped my menstrual period because I wasn't getting enough fats. HELP!!
Thanks a bunch,