I'm not a big fan of vegetables. The only way I've been able to eat them is to either cook them soft or juice them (neither of which is recommended in the lifestyle I desire). I AM, however, able to eat leafy greens by blending them in smoothies. Is it possible to get all the nutrients I need from just fruit & leafy greens??? That makes sodium intake very low, though. Does anyone have any other suggestions for me? I need to be able to look forward to meals, or I crave cooked foods for satisfaction. Please help!
Is it possible to get all the nutrients I need from just fruit & leafy greens???
Can you let us know what types of "leafy greens" you are eating and roughly how much of them you add to your smoothies/eat in a typical day?
If you eat a variety of greens, as well as a decent amount of them, and you are eating enough calories and you have absolutely no cravings for vegetables you can probably keep eating the way that you are. Do you eat any overt fats? Just curious since you didn't mention them.
I'm trying to avoid any overt fats, but I'm not there yet. I'm also aiming for a pound of leafy greens (spinach, kale, collards, romaine lettuce, etc.). Unfortunately, I've been struggling to be 100% LFRV (can't seem to get past a day). I think the veggies issue is holding me up. I just don't look forward to eating them, so then I eat cooked food instead. Then, I'm very depressed.
A pound of any of the greens that you mentioned sounds good to me. That's what a lot of us who have been doing this diet for at least a few years would aim for as well.
Try not to beat yourself up emotionally over not being perfect at this just yet. Pretty much all of us tried many times to go 100% raw before actually doing it for any real length of time. How many other people do you know in real life who are even vegans? If the answer is "none" or "just 1 or 2" than be happy in knowing that you are already pretty far in your health journey and we will be here for your support if you need help :)
By the way, if being overt free is in any way increasing your cravings for cooked foods I would encourage you to go ahead and eat some avocado occasionally if you enjoy it and it helps you stay raw. There is nothing wrong with eating overt fats now and then and if you are new to this lifestyle it might be best to wait until you have been raw for a while before attempting to live completely overt free.
Thank you for your encouragement. I guess I'm just feeling that it's taking me too long to get into this 100%. I've been trying a couple of months now. I just have high expectations for myself & hate feeling like a failure every day. Plus, I'm desperate for some help from severe depression, but by eating the foods that prevent healing, I'm being self-destructive and hurting myself repeatedly. But whenever I see cooked food, I want it.....and that's after eating like 3,000 calories, so I don't think the problem is getting enough. It seems like the craving persists no matter how much I eat. By eating such a large volume of the fruits & greens, my stomach is getting stretched so that when I eat the cooked food, I eat more of it, so I'm gaining weight and hating myself even more. I know everyone here talks about the importance of loving yourself, but I'm just hating my life and there's no escape. It's my birthday tomorrow, but I just can't even stop crying. I need some control over myself, especially the foods I eat.
Again, you are far ahead of most people just for the simple fact that you realize that eating certain foods is "self destructive". (Most parents take their children to McDonalds as soon as they can eat solid foods) You are being pretty hard on yourself though which is also self destructive as well.
A couple months isn't that long. I spent longer than that trying until finally on my 30th birthday I finally started and haven't looked back since...
Happy early birthday by the way... ;) Please give yourself the gift of healthy foods, exercise, sunshine, plenty of sleep, etc. It can certainly take time to change old eating habits (as well as old thinking habits), but amazing transformations can happen over time.
Are there any motivational / self help authors that you read? Wayne Dyer's books were VERY helpful to me back in the day. They helped set me on the right path in life and helped end any depression or negative thoughts that I had in me prior to reading them.
Thanks for the birthday wishes! I'm feeling better already and have a meal plan for tomorrow.....the key is to follow it. LOL. I just want to get out of the rut of going back & forth between healthy foods & cooked foods....and stick with the healthy ones! I'm scared of being trapped as things are now for too long. I've had an extremely difficult time since my little one was born almost 2 years ago, but I want to move past all that to be the kind of person I want to be.