I know in the depths of my hear that 811 is whats right for me. I feel best when I eat this way and want to continue. I went 811 about a month ago and for the first 2 weeks I ate 100% and felt fantastic! My face got noticeably better and I felt happier and more energized. I had a little slip up 2 weeks ago when I went to visit my family and since then I have not been able to stay 100%. I got for a day or 2 fully 811 and then my head starts messing with me. I start wondering if this is right for me and "maybe a little bit of rice or tofu wouldnt kill me" etc. etc. I sound like my mother when that happens! Then I eat the damn food and feel like ****. Or at least not as good as when I eat juicy fruit. Another thing that happens is that when I'm eating fruit I start to feel an aversion to it. Basically, when I'm eating raw I'm wanting to eat cooked and when I eat something cooked I crave my fruit sooo much and wish I hadnt eaten the cooked food. I know that the latter is my true feeling. Why the hell would I want to eat something that makes me tired and lethargic? And, when I eat cooked its never animal products or fat. Its sweet potatoes, rice, tofu. This is food that these days most consider "healthy" but it makes me feel like s***.
I need some inspiration. Please tell me your experience, offer advice and let me know how long you've been doing this. I need you now dear friends, I want to do this but am getting discouraged. This back and forth action is wearing me out. Thank you for your wonderful support.
I agree. Victoria Butenko says the same: cravings are the sign of body depletion of minerals and more greens, less cravings for empty, heavy calories.
Why cravings for empty calories occur? Because those are the only ONLY calories, foods, that the body had learnt about.
Marina, I havent been eating enough greens. I have a difficult time getting them down. Romaine lettuce and baby spinach is yummy but raw kale, collards etc. are not really that delicious to me.
Kale and collards are not necessary. In fact, Doug Graham encourages "TENDER" leafy greens like romaine, baby spinach, etc., because they do not contain so much indigestible fiber.
Thank you for the link! I'm going to try to up my cals even more. I figured I was eating enough but maybe not?
Yeah, I have slowly learnt that my short little self may need a good 3500 calories to thrive. I thought I'd be fine on 2500, but no! I actually get hungry. Also, something to consider is thirst. Are you thirsty? When I am thirsty, I automatically think I am hungry, and start chowing down, only to realize that I am still "hungry." :)
I actually realized that I dont drink as much water as I should! Definitely been focusing on doing that today. I'm still craving rice like crazy but I'm not feeling hungry! Its weird...
After eating cooked food I never feel good, both mentally and physically, but like you I tend to forget how bad cooked food is when I feel good. One way to stay on track is to have a reminder of your motivations, maybe make a list and put it where you will see it everyday. And always remember: eating cooked food or raw is a simple choice and every time you feel tempted by tofu or whatever, rather than feel bad that you are missing out on something, remember that you can do a lot better and therefore feel great about choosing raw fruits and veggies! Always put a positive spin on it so that you can stay happy about making the healthiest choice. As Dr Doug always says "we know what to do to be healthy, we just need to learn how be happy about it"
P.S This is as much for myself as it is for you. Stay strong and positive. Be the person you want to be - it's a simple choice in every moment. Learn to love yourself a little more everyday by taking care of your health.
Hey Carl, thank you for the great words of wisdom. The quote you game by Dr. Graham is profound!
ah, this sounds like me! I believe it can take a while to break old eating habits, for some it happens over night but for me it was a gradual thing and i am still working on it! I dont know if this will happen for you, but it happened for me... one of the things I was struggling with was chip shop chips! now I know they swell out my belly and I know fall asleep after eating them, but the last time I ate them was 3months ago, like you I had been driving myself crazy, eat them, dont eat them, if everything else is 811 it wont hurt... but the truth is the feeling like that drove me insane so much that I didnt choose not to have the chips, I choose not to have the mental headache!! it just got too much for me and my head!! that crazy cycle was driving me crazy!!! I dont know if that may help, a different point of view maybe? Im still not fully 811 but fully committed to getting there, and its happening bit by bit in a way I can handle, even if I do f'c@k up! xxxx♥xxxx
So true! I've been driving myself crazy with these thoughts. The thoughts are probably doing more damage than the actual food. Thanks for sharing your experience! :)
Your welcome! hope it may help even in a small way xxxx
Tracking when you eat the cooked food might help you recognize patterns in your behavior. Here's a post about it from nomeatathlete.com