new to raw and breastfeeding toddler very challenging
Hi everybody and especially raw moms,
I am new to this forum and new to raw food. I have been vegetarian my whole life (5th generation) and was raised macrobiotic. My husband and I had been talking for a while about going raw and finally got started last week.
I have some challenges that I hope to get some insights and advice on.
First my personal challenges. I have always had a crazy metabolism. I weigh between 48 and 50 kg (105/110 lbs).
With my macrobiotic background I am used to eat a lot of (cooked) brown rice and beans. We are not even a full week in our raw journey and I already lost a lot of weight. My skin looks great and healthy, just my cheeks are gone and my pants are falling off. My motivation to start raw was not as diet or to loose weight and I am looking for some reassurance that I will regain weight again further in the process. We eat several meals a day with salads and juices and we also started sprouting. I am constantly hungry. I eat a lot of snacks between the meals like fruit and nuts, but no matter what I eat I keep feeling hungry. I also had several occasions that I got very dizzy with black spots and blurred vision and I almost fell down a few times. I dont have a lot of energy. I understand that this could all be part of the initial detoxing process. My husband and daughter have very different detoxing symptoms though, they are sick and snotty, which seems to make more sense to me. I do not have that and find it hard to determine whether being dizzy is detoxing or a lack of intake of something.
Today I gave in and had a bowl of cooked brown rice. I had much more energy after that. My daughter wanted some too and she ate two bowls spread out over the day. She inhaled it and looked like she had not eaten in a month!
My daughter turns 2 tomorrow. I am still breastfeeding her. She has always been a very good eater. She used to love any kind of vegetable when we cooked it, is crazy about brown rice and asks me for soup everyday. Since we started raw she is barely eating. She is very
intrigued by the juicer and blender but doesnt want to have anything to do with whatever comes out of it. The only thing she has been asking for is olives, strawberries, orange juice and cocowater. She has been spitting out a lot of the veggies of which she used to love the coked version (broccoli, carrots...). As mentioned before she was very happy when I gave her a bowl of rice today. So I am wondering if I should maybe take it slower for her and gradually get her used to the raws. Still keeping some of the cooked stuff just for her one in a while. Any suggestions are welcome.
Also the breastfeeding situation is getting a bit out of control. She wants to nurse non-stop probably to make up for what she is not getting through eating. I feel that this is of course also impacting my personal situation as described above. She wakes up in the middle of the night and wants to nurse so long and fanatically that it hurts me. When I try to take her off, she gets very upset. It drains me.
Does anyone have similar experiences? Should I just keep going and trust that a balance will come soon?