What is the one distinction, tool or "secret" that helped you to succeed on the 80-10-10 lifestyle? It seems that a lot of the people on this forum (me included) struggle to eat 100% 80-10-10. I was able to go vegetarian in one day in 2001, and I did the same thing when switching to a vegan diet a few years later. However much I have tried to eat 100% 80-10-10 in the last 3 years, I am having a difficult time making it stick.
I would really like to know what it was that helped those of you who have been eating 80-10-10 for more than a few months conquer the lifestyle.
Thanks Nadia. I am using Cron-O-Meter. I have learned to eat as many calories as I can by noon. That has helped, but I just lose it at dinner time and eat cooked vegan food, usually rice and beans. I will keep trying to get those fruit calories in.
Until recently, I was only eating about 700-800 calories by mid afternoon. Sometimes, I would go on a long bike ride and bonk (what a surprise).
This week, for breakfast I have a smoothie with 3-4 bananas, 10-12 dates, blueberries and spinach/romaine. For lunch, I usually eat melons and oranges. If I go bike riding, I will have dates on the bike. Today, I had 2400 calories by 2 pm, but then broke down again at supper.
Even after my mentoring with Freelee I still had another 'falling off the wagon' episode!!! It took that last time to really 'get' the whole 'you can not eat too much fruit' thing. I may have forgot to mention one other thing I did this time...on the 19th November last year - yet another 'Day 1' for me (and the last Day 1!!!) after a particularly bad junk food pig out episode the night before and feeling puffy, bloated and just plain yuck, I had 'Raw Vegan' tattooed on me. It's my first and last tattoo and it's pretty ugly actually, as I just went in and said I need you to tattoo Raw Vegan on me. I put no thought whatsoever into it!!! Luckily it's quite tiny!!! Anyway, I would say that combined with eating enough has definitely been the key. I can't destroy the integrity of my ugly tattoo now!!!
800 calories by mid afternoon - gosh - i'd be starving even if I hadn't done any exercise at all!!! I have more than that for breakfast!!! When you feel the 'pull' of cooked food, perhaps try having a 1000 calorie smoothie first and then gauge how hungry you are for that cooked food...
I think really what it comes down to is - If you are hungry for cooked food, you really have not eaten enough sweet fruit. Sweet fruit truly is the cure for cooked food cravings!!!