I have been eating about 85% raw for a few weeks now, and I am loving some of the changes that have been happening, but it's hard for me to stay full after a meal of fruits and veggies. When I finish eating I am stuffed, but 30 minutes later I need more. I am aiming to go 100% raw, but need some advice to keep my tummy from rumbling!
try grazing instead of big meals , keeps you topped up
^ I second that. I'm a grazer and don't feel hungry that way.
What does a typical days meal plan look like for you?
Usually I have 3 main meals and some snacks during the day. Breakfast and lunch are usually good sized portions of whatever ripe fruit I have around, and dinner is usually a combination of greens and fruits. I usually snack on dates or nuts to hold me over between meals. But like I said, even a huge meal of fruit will leave me hungry later on.
You need time to build up the stomach capacity to eat more at each meal. Most of us come here used to calorically-dense cooked meals, so our stomachs have shrunk to adapt to this. Fruit has fewer calories per bite, so we get full off fewer calories.
As you stuff yourself at each raw meal (and you should, every time), your stomach will expand gradually over time. You'll be able to eat more and more raw food at a given meal. The best way to accelerate this stomach expansion is to eat 1-2 more bites / sips when you feel full.
The only potential downside of this of course is that if you go back and have a cooked meal with your expanded stomach you will be able to eat MUCH more than usual and likely get a stomach ache.
What is 'a good sized portion'? A 'good sized portion' for most in society is about a plate full, or one or two pieces of fruit, but for us is just a start :)
As Harley pointed out in some of his videos, make breakfast the largest meal of the day. I normally start with about 64 oz (1/2 gal) of a smoothie, mostly bananas with whatever ripe fruit I have available. This keeps me full until about 2-3pm when I have lots more fruit then a large 2 lb salad with fruit for dinner. There is no way you will be hungry eating larger quantities like this, you just need to get used to eating more than normal.
I also like to do smoothies a lot because it makes it easier for me to eat more food. Usually I will have 1-2 large glasses of a fruit smoothie for breakfast or lunch, otherwise I might opt for some oranges or bananas plus whatever other fruit I have lying around. I always eat until I'm full, but I feel like I get hungry again quickly.
I like the idea of grazing though, that way there is no pressure to eat more than what I'm comfortable with (stuffing myself) and I won't fret about eating between meals.
As CocoSofia mentioned, 1-2 large glasses is not nearly enough to fill up an adult (that normally equals to about 24oz - total). I do nearly 64oz of smoothie in the morning to make it work for me (2 large mason/canning jars - with fresh fruit on top). You'll want to eat much, much more to not be hungry. Eating until you're full isn't enough, you want to stretch your stomach and eat more. It may take a little while to get used to. You don't have to stuff yourself, I don't like that either, just increase each time adding a little more to the meal.
Are you using crono or nutridiary to track how many calories you're eating daily? That will help you determine if you're eating enough and why you're getting hungry.
Grazing is ok, but for most it's inconvenient since you have to carry fresh, ripe fruit with you throughout the day and that's not realistic for most, unless you're at home all day :).