Please don't yell at me for posting this, but I have read through numerous discussions on the importance of getting enough calories. I understand that, however; I feel WORSE on more calories. I feel sick when I try to eat anything near 2000 calories. I absolutely believe that living 100% raw fruit and veg is the way to go, but I'm small so why do I have to eat alot?
I'm short and have a small frame so it doesn't take much to get me full. Plus I am trying to lose weight/fat so why overeat? Stats: Currently 5'0, 125 lbs(I think - I stopped weighing myself - it kinda drove me nuts), and I'm 21. I don't do much exercise because I never feel like I want to. I do go to college with a giant campus so I walk everywhere.
I am not 100% yet because I seem to always give in when I go home and my mom has a home cooked meal made. That is due to my own issues of relating my mom's dishes to positive memories and feelings in which I give in. That's a whole separate issue I need to control.
Today I had three apples and an entire bag of grapes. I don't plan on eating for the rest of the night. I'm stuffed. That's a good thing right? Facts and what people say tell me that this is wrong and not enough, but my body is saying otherwise. I'm SO confused!
Ok, I have been 5 days fully raw so far, so I will take your advice and measure the difference in two weeks. I see where you are coming from and thank you for your input. I will eliminate all cooked foods.
I'm glad for you. How's it going ?
In my experience, mixing cooked with fruit has side effects. My strategy is to only eat low fat cooked food as the very last item of the day. And then I do not eat until the following morning after I've worked out, usually at least 12 hours from my cooked meal. However, I still notice a big difference with bloating, gas, and elimination.
Congrats on 5 days. That's a great streak!
The reason more calories are recommended because the creators of this site have figured out that eating the min 2500 plus for gals/3000 plus for males, in conjunction with water and sleep leads to a healthy, happy existence. Also, if you plug everything into cronometer ... in order to get sufficient nutrients, caloric intake will need to be higher. Naturally it takes time to increase your eating capacity. In 801010 Dr. Graham mentions to be optimally healthy, being physically active is necessary. And believe me, once you eat more you will want to move move move. In the beginning, I didn't really want to eat a lot of calories, but the lifestyle really seems to work better with a higher intake. (Just from my trial/error). You just have a natural buzz and zest for life. But in the end...do what you want. If you feel better on less so be it, adjust slowly with time. Good luck!
Jazzy, take it from the people who've learned it the hard way (so that you don't have to) - you're eating your mother's food because you need the calories. It's seriously impossible to eat anything else if your stomach is full of bananas (or dates, or whatever).
Btw I'm similar height (5'1") and I feel best when I eat 2500 calories minimum. Less than this and I start craving cooked potatoes and feeling unmotivated to exercise. Actually my athletic recovery has been a bit off this week so I'm going to bump it up to 3000 calories for a while :)
Thank you for your response. Yet again all signs point to "EAT MORE." You're right, I am making this more complicated!
Theres NO way you're eating enough. I weigh the same as you, and yes I'm a guuy so I need a bit more, but if I exercise I eat close to 5000 and if i dont exercise i eat between 3500-4000. It was difficult for me to eat alot in the beginning too (max was 8 bananas for breakfast) but now my record is 18 bananas even though most days I eat 12.
Eeek! You weigh the same as me and your a guy :( I have some work to do. Ok I will eat more and let my body do it's thing.
Oh sorry, I didn't mean it like that. Just trying to get the message across that you should EAT EAT EAT! And I'm very short too if that makes you feel better.
Yeah, but so am I - I'm only 5'0 :/ But yes, I will eat, eat, eat! Thanks Matt :)
Well now I just feel bad. haha
I'm only a HCRV beginner, but here's my take: you might an extra hard time eating more fruit *because* of the fact that you eat your mom's cooked meals. I do understand your reasons for doing so, don't get me wrong. I just think that because of those meals, the percentage of fat that you're eating might be way too high. Fat and fruit doesn't mix well, and your body knows that. I don't know how often you eat cooked meals, but cronometer.com can tell you how high your fat intake is. If it's below 10% on average, my theory is wrong :-) Otherwise, maybe you could ask your mom to cook differently for you? Steamed veges and some rice for example, without added oils and, if possible, without salt? Good luck, hope you can make it work for yourself!