Hi guys! So I actually heard about this lifestyle a few years ago but since I was still living with my parents (and already getting enough crap from them for being vegan) I didn't really commit to it then. Now I've lived on my own (well with roommates) for about two years and I've decided it's about time I try this Raw till 4 lifestyle out.
I've been vegan for nearly 6 years. My boyfriend (whom I've dated for about a year now) has been vegan for 2 years.
I have some questions about this lifestyle that I am hoping you guys can answer.
Detox experience questions:
So far I've been doing raw till 4 for about 2 weeks. I had an early period that was heavier than normal when I first started. Did anyone else experience that? I wounder if that is part of the detoxing. What are some other detoxing symptoms I should be looking out for? All I've really noticed is that I've been gassy and going to the bathroom a lot. I haven't noticed an increase in energy at all yet.
Also what is some good advice for coffee addiction. I used to drink 5 - 6 cups a day. Yes, it was pretty bad, I've always big on coffee! Now I'm down to only 1 cup a day (sometimes none, but most days I end up having 1 after lunch).
Most importantly I need advice on how to tell friends and my boyfriend about my being a raw vegan now. It's not really hard to eat a raw till 4 diet. My lunches that I bring to work have been a bag of figs and a large salad (about 900 calories). The only thing people have commented on is the lake of salad dressing but that's pretty much it. My breakfasted have been banana and date smoovies (about 1200 calories). And then my dinners are usually rice, or pasta, or potatoes, probably about 600-800 calories worth, and always with greens.
I do what to tell my boyfriend about this lifestyle though (I've been out of town on an internship for the past two months so he hasn't noticed anything of course) but I want to tell him when I get back to Colorado (which will be in two months). So how would you recommend I go about it.
One final question, what are some high calorie fruits I can eat that aren't bananas, figs, and dates, because that's been making up about 90% of my diet. ( and figs and dates are really expensive).
Any advise would be awesome!!! Thanks fruities :)
Welcome to 30BaD! :)
Sounds like you're doing great with cutting the coffee down. Just cut it in half every 3 or 4 days until you are done then replace with tea or another beverage of your choice.
Bloating will stop as the good bacteria increase, unless you are eating hard to digest high cellulose things like broccoli for example. Mono meals of just one kind of fruit per meal or easiest to digest vegetables will help with that.
Dates are cheap if you order them by the case on line, here are a few good ones:
More high calorie fruits
This is a great talk from raw vegan body builder Charlie Able that will appeal well to guys, explains everything! :) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNziD5TW2Gg