Hi everyone! I'm Jessica. Ive been bouncing around between being vegan, vegetarian, and SAD for SEVERAL YEARS now. Ive been doing about 70% raw since january 1st. I havent read the book or anything but i have tried to piece together what im supposed to do. i plan on being 100% raw by the end of the month. Any and all advice and comments are welcome!
I fixed it:) Peace, PK
Welcome to 30BaD and low fat raw vegan.
In a banana peel, based on my own years of experience, and dealing with 30BaD members here is the short story:
Eat whole raw fresh fruits and leafy greens like romaine lettuce. Skip the cruciferous veggies like broccoli.
Keep overt fats like avocados to a minimum, like only 1/2 every few days. Skip the nuts.
Drink 8+ cups of water a day, get about 30 minutes of sunlight outdoors, light exercise about 30 minutes a day and walking is fine, and sleep about 9 hours per 24 hour revolution.
Do the diet 100%, because everything else is just a mix, and cheat day=sick days.
i have found that i dont *want* the bad stuff. I crave simple fruit, water, coconut water. i dont want the other stuff. I do have a weakness for kale chips. and since its been cold lately ive been hitting the potatos. Last night we went to the brewery and i didnt even want a beer! in fact, i havent had a aolcohol cravings at all, in fact the thought of it makes me sick and trust me you have no idea how huge that is for me.
Im still battling a little with cheese here and there, and i have had some baked goodies at work ( gingersnaps) but i decided yesterday was the last day for that.
Congratulations on your success, and for not having the alcohol cravings!
Myself and many of our members have found that after a few days of doing this diet 100%, that the cravings for some of these past SAD treats are no longer there, in fact some of these foods just smell bad and or have no taste appeal at all!
You may also find that the longer you do this diet, your body will get cleansed naturally. So what will happen eventually is that CHEAT DAYS = SICK DAYS. You will think you are craving something SAD and or cooked, and when you eat it, you will feel sick.
In regards to cheese, just think of it as eating curdled puss:)
Here is a website that may forever scare you away from dairy products:
From an animal rights perspective, and in regards to the imprisonment and abuse of cows in the dairy and meat industry, this is an eye opener.
Anyways, those are just some food for your thoughts, and as I said before, congrats, and good luck on your journey.
One way this diet can translate into a simple easier to understand concept is: fruit for breakfast, fruit for lunch, optional fruit appetizer followed a big salad of leafy greens with fruit mixed in and/or as a dressing. I use oranges for salad dressing, its what helped me ditch the store bought salad dressings, have also used berries successfully. One important thing is to make sure you get enough calories, since fruit is less calorie dense than the unnatural foods people are accustomed to eating. This site generally recommends around 3000+ calories. What you wanna do is take your *ideal* weight, multiply that by 10, then double that to accommodate for daily movement and exercise. So a 150 pound person would eat 1500 calories as a bare minimum to maintain themselves, then additional calories for whatever is burned off during the day. A good sized banana can equal about 100 calories, so 30 bananas a day would be about 3000 calories, but be careful with assuming, I personally find 12-14 bananas to be better as the size varies and you can't count on every banana being 100 calories. I personally just estimate calories and focus on eating till I'm full and satiated. Other important aspects are drinking enough water and getting enough sleep. 8-10 hours sleep recommended, and 3L of water per day, 1L about half hour before each meal. Also combining, not all fruits combine well together, fruits in the same category combine. There are combining charts out there on the internet. Melons should be eaten alone. All fruit digests best with itself, I pretty much mono everything except salads. Mono-mealing = eating one thing at a time, so 12 bananas for breakfast would be a mono meal. I just "mono'd" 27 dates. Dates and bananas are highly promoted as they are calorie dense and make it easier to meet calorie requirements. Some fruits are harder to make meals out of and are best used as snacks or for recipes. I find this diet/lifestyle is far easier when I keep it simple, but that's me. In the beginning its fun to experiment with recipes and everything, but be careful because trying to replicate some food you used to love that doesn't exist in nature can make you just want the real thing instead. I tried many times to make my own BBQ sauce, and ended up buying BBQ sauce and imitation meats... now I don't bother and am better off for it. It wasn't until I simplified it that I actually started doing the diet 100%. Some people are really into their recipes and use their food processors a lot and that works for them, so good for them, but for me its gotta be simple and easy, and I like it this way. Also, many people use wholesale distributors and or farmers markets and buy fruit by the case as its cheaper, grocery stores get expensive. Look around and see whats available in your area for the best deals, you can save a lot of if you know where to look. Anyway, good luck!
yeah i kinda keep it simple too. with my job, i rarely get a lunch break, so its easier to run to the back and eat a simple piece of fruit or two at a time . i tend to graze all day. i start the day with a banana date smoothie ( 3 or 4 bananas and a handull of dates) then graze on melons or pineapple all day long then in the evening i have a salad or rice or a potato. i drink so much water it isnt funny. im in the bathroom constantly. im sure everyone i work with thinks i have a drug problem because i have such amazing energy and im in the bathroom all the time
Hey were you on YT? i thought i saw you or someone who favors you that was talking about 811?
no wasnt on youtube! i have one of those faces though, everyone thinks they know me or someone who looks like me! :) i have also noticed over the past few weeks that my tongue has become more sensitive to really strong flavors. things that used to taste heavenly are now offensive and taste strange. it is so liberating! Ive always known milk and dairy were bad and have been on and off for years but have decided for sure im done forever with them.this week im working more towards getting those cooked grains and potatos and pasta gone. my goal for the week is to have at least 4 days completely raw and 3 days 75% raw. today i was 100%
Jessica, I saw your comments on another thread and came here to see what you're up to. I just wanted to encourage you and say way to go!!! :)
Keep up the good work and get ready, I think you're in for an awesome ride! You've already got the taste buds transitioning and enjoying the natural flavors of things. It sounds like you've settled on a schedule that works for you with your workload, etc. I'd just say to try to make sure you get enough calories and enjoy the benefits! I am sure you'll have more and more of those as time goes on, which will give you more motivation and encouragement.
You're going to feel great, better and better all the time and it's going to be awesome! :)
thanks for all the encouraging words friends!