So I am high carb vegan 80% raw. My diet is almost completely sodium free i have no more than 10% of my calories coming from fat (usually less) I drink a LOT of water. minimum 3 litres a day. and I have serious melon belly all the time. My BM are frequent and regular (about 3 a day) but my belly has actually gained about 2 inches in the past 2 weeks. I have only been on this for 2 weeks though, but I have been vegan for over a year (vegetarian for 5 years before that) and I never really ate that much fat in my diet. I eat about 3000 calories a day, sometimes more if I feel like it, rarely I will eat any less than that. Is this a part of the cleansing process. Should I give it another couple weeks for the bloating to go down? Anything else I can do to aid the process?
thanks! I will give it a try! I just hate when people (specifically my mom) freak out because they think only eating fruit isn't healthy.
I try to get my mom to eat more fruit, too -- but she always tells me that fruit alone is not filling to her. Most people just have this idea that fruit is only for desert and it is not supposed to replace "real" food.
This is a common problem... "I ate one banana and I'm still hungry!" LOL! :) Also when you are used to eating low water content, low volume, high calorie foods all the time, then when you eat a couple bananas, you feel full in your stomach but you are still hungry.
Hey, stand up for yourself, girl!
Explain to your mom that you believe its right and have facts to back it up, and she's going to have to deal with you eating this way - and to discourage you would be a rather selfish thing to do, and it would be showing you that she doesn't trust your judgement/doesn't support you (I know that's low... but honestly, it's for your health... You could be sneaking out and snorting cocaine or binge drinking on weekends,, your mother should have a lot more faith in you than it sounds like she does. Sometimes I feel it's ok and/or necessary to use guilt trips.) :P
Oh, and also... some of her concerns might be over the cost of all the food you're eating? If this is the case, try to stick to cheaper fruits like oranges and bananas and things of course.. and/or find yourself a job (if you haven't got one already), and offer to help pay for the food? 'Cause I know it is really expensive.
Good luck, hun!
Thank! And I do try to help pay for food but she always say's no because feeding her child is her job. lol. But I think I will have a talk with her if she starts nagging me. Thanks!
Great to see you starting off so young! While you're still at home, do the best you can and create a foundation so when you move out you'll be able to completely rock the lifestyle!
Also, your mom will probably come around if she sees you really thriving. :)
I'm still eating some cooked food also - beans, peas, chickpeas, brown rice, sweet potatoes etc. work for me provided I don't eat them with fruit. You can still maintain an 80/10/10 ratio if you're careful. The consensus seems to be that if you include cooked pulses/starches you should eat them for your evening meal, avoid condiments, avoid eating any fruit afterwards (or immediately before), and drink plenty of water during and after dinner to make up for their low water content.
I've also experimented with 'mindful eating' when eating cooked food (i.e. eating very slowly and chewing excessively) and found it helps with bloating for me. Eating slowly isn't practical when you're cramming down a dozen bananas at lunch, but I find time to do it in the evening.
ok thanks for the input!
You dont have melon belly. Melon belly is where you have lay down for 10-12 mins gripping your sides like you just got a knee in the ribs.
Had that yesterday after my watermelon. Sat for 20 minutes. 2 hours later I was looking like Gandhi again ;)
oh I thought it meant that your belly is really round and almost pregnant looking, like bloated. My mistake!