So I'm having a major binge-out on cooked food today. One slip up a couple of weeks ago and I cant seem to get back on track! I dont know why I keep doing that. I feel like if I were to just have one cooked meal and stop then maybe thats OK but I just seem to go for everything that I like that is cooked. I havent had anything "unhealthy" (I guess it depends on your standards). I had some avocado, temphe, lentil soup, quinoa, basmati rice, brown rice pasta with homemade marinara sauce, edamame. Just wanna stay home and eat. I had planned to do a 30 day raw commitment like many of you suggested but couldnt even get through 3 days. I started feeling really nauseous at the thought of raw food and was only able to handle oranges. I dont know why that happened! I got really depressed too and was obviously not getting enough cals. Everyone has been so supportive here and I feel embarrassed that I keep failing and posting about it but I cannot shake the feeling that this is what I need to do so I just need advice I guess. What have your methods been for sticking this out longer?
Michelle, reading your response is scary because it is to a T exactly like me! I mean every single thing you said, including the alcohol addiction, is me! I just cannot stop eating when I start eating cooked food until I am completely full (oddly enough, I dont seem to have that same response when I am eating fruit. With fruit, I cant seem to force myself to eat enough, let alone too much). This tells me that cooked food probably has a very addictive quality to it. I also feel that when I have a binge, the next day I crave the food more! I also wake up even more hungry. I'm exactly like you too when it comes to the alcohol. Non of my family members has had a problem with it but I just never could control myself until I quit completely. Thank you very much for your reply Michelle, it truly means a lot to see that others are going through the same thing.
best thing you can do is just be calm, i started yesterday for the millionth time, and i almost binged on stuff cuz i was hungry out and about, but i just made myself go home and eat banana smoothie, i ended up lasting all day yesterday, and i was SO happy. Ive made it all day today as well, and i used to last only a day and then fall off. I just keep telling myself when im craving something other than 811, whens the last time i ate and how much have i eaten today. then i just need that will power, even though there is a little devil on my shoulder saying eeeeeeat itttttttt!! i think about how i will feel afterwards, and how it will just hinder my progress more and more. just need to stay focused. i also watch youtube videos over and over of freelee, megan, kristina, and any other raw women i can find and just focus on them and how i will feel just as amazing as them if i just stick to it. dont say your failing/think negatively either!! doing that really just brings more negativity into ur mind=bad feelings=usually u want the cooked food more! hope i helped <3
Hey jennelle, that is very helpful! I love watching vids by those amazing women that are living examples of the benefits of this lifestyle. My approach was just like yours when I first started this lifestyle about a month ago. I went 2 weeks, 100%, and just kept stuffing myself full of fruit. Any time I felt a craving, I'd make another smoothie. I didnt have meals: I ate ALL FRIGGIN DAY! The last 3 days before I gave in I lost my appetite completely. I was eating watermelon and felt nauseous at the end. I havent been able to even imagine eating the rest of it. Even today, I ate 6 of the most delicious mangoes but I felt like I was gonna gag after 10 bites or so. Hopefully this is just a phase and I can go back to eating fruit with no avail
As far as motivation, I think I've come to realize I need something else - like a hobby or sport to replace food. Food was definitely like a sport to me. It was, unfortunately, something I thought about morning, noon and night. And, instead of focusing on my smoothies now or even obsessing about going to the store to get enough fruit, I am attempting to jumpstart some hobbies I really want to do, but never had the energy to, before this.
That helps me.. I was thinking yesterday, I'm pretty much giving up toxic foods (and some of our ingrained culture) to fulfill all of my dreams in life. I have a hard time 'giving myself' a good life, though, and 'taking care of myself.' But sometimes (in my case) we need to say goodbye to bad influences/toxic influences or people and like Molly said.. start a new, good day.
I absolutely love to go to c-ffee shops (.. I consider it a dirty word now.. ha) and just sit and enjoy that w/ friends, but the fact of the matter is these things influence me differently and more toxically than others. Plus, there is a cumulative and addictive effect, so why not go to a juice bar? (and then do something active/hobby w/ that person?) (Just addressing some of the struggles I've been going through and how I'm trying to turn cultural issues I face, upside down..)
What I do is I just chew my fruits, like bananas and dates and it feels me up and makes me feel much better then when I liquify them. It takes time for my body to process it therefore It feels me up and my desires for cooked food are long-gone-Johnson.
It works, at least for me and I have a GIGANTIC stomach. I can eat like a competitive eater, nonstop. Also the water drinking is good but try to chew as much sweet and ripe fruit as you can, it will work. We believe in you.
Thanks! Thats fantastic advice :)
I decided to turn my reply to you into a discussion, because I know quite a few people have this problem.
I really hope this helps you! :)
Thanks Kimberry :)
How's the water, sleep, activity, proper fruit combining, ripe fruit situation? Nausea means you're not digesting properly and all of these things can effect your digestion. There are so many details to the 811 lifestyle! Keep reading and experiencing it is real life, you can't learn to swim by just reading a book! :) You are doing great! :)
Haha ednshell, thats awesome! Water hasnt been very good but I made it a point to drink a ton today and feel better :) sleep is usually only around 7 1/2 to 8 hours a night but this past weekend I got close to 12 hours on saturday and another 12 on sunday. Activity is good. I do 90 minutes of Ashtanga Yoga every day and walk for around 30. I usually eat mono meals and I always make sure they are ripe. My digestion is not good at all. I eat a little bit of even broccoli and I feel like I have a brick in my stomach for hours. Thanks for the encouragement :)
If you're eating broccoli and noticing it 'for hours' how is this possible? Are you having broccoli for breakfast or lunch? If so, that means you're not getting enough carb cals and are going to naturally crave foods you prefer not to eat.
See the pattern? Fill up on low cal foods = fill up on high cal foods later. Which is fine if those high cal foods are the ones that we really enjoy eating but for most people it means eating things that makes us say the next morning 'what have I done!' lol!
Its weird, when I eat raw veggies I really feel them not digesting. Cooked broc is different. I make sure to eat lots of fruit during the day. Its definitely been tough lately to get enough cals, I admit it. That is the exact pattern I've been stuck on DR. One thing I've been craving a lot has been persian cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. I've been eating loads of those but they are so low cal! When I go raw I dont seem to want much fruit. As soon as I eat cooked all I can think about is fruit! What a cycle eh? lol