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!
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!
Thank you Manooh. I don't live with my parents so it's not a huge issue - just when I visit which isn't often. Still any cooked food halts this lifestyle of living a vibrant and energetic life.
Try 5 meals of 4 bananas to get 2000 calories and blend them! I promise you can do this! oh, and my medical doctor told me to just eat at least 2000 calories to gain weight ( I am a bit under weight do to being sick) so you don't need to worry about it too much, that said on this diet I don't gain weight but I feel better eating at least 2000 calories and I am 5'3". Also don't ever feel guilty for eating crazy amounts more than you think you should and try dates they are super high in calories and don't take up much room! when I eat dates I eat like 2700 calories. my blood tests just came back great and my doctor says I have no more signs of being malnourished I asked specifically.
I'm not even sure stores around me sell dates, but I can try bananas. Thank you for the encouragement and input Cheytan. Awesome that your blood tests came back great and that you are no longer malnourished! Great inspiration.
Try finding places to order dates online. Having dates to snack on and/or mix into smoothies helps a lot with getting enough calories to thrive.
There's here: 7 Hot Dates from Bautista Family Organic Dates
(they're out of season right now though)
I buy from this place in Canada. But you can probably find some company that supplies your area by just asking at various grocers and health food stores.
Jon! I did it! I ordered dates even though it took me an hour to do it because I'm not used to spending that kind of money on food! Whoohoo!
It may take a little while, but slowly you'll learn lots of little tricks to spend less money for more produce. One of my favorite tricks.... get to know your local whole-foods stores and produce managers and bug them for deals :). A lot of times you can find cheap prices, buy bulk, or, the best one, buy "overripe fruit" (overripe to them... ripe to us!).
For dates, even though you found a place to buy from, keep shopping around for better deals. I finally found dates in the bulk section of a local grocer that were quite cheap, and now I clean out their stock ;)
Also... I went shopping with a friend today, and we bought drastically different things. I bought 8 bunches of bananas, 8 mangoes, 4 watermelons, five jugs of OJ and a few other things. She bought all kinds of 'food-like products' ;), and the amount I paid was drastically lower than hers. We bought fairly close to the same amount for meals, but a lot of what she bought was snacky kinds of stuff, and I realized... now that I'm eating this way I actually spend a lot less, because I don't buy snacky, junky foods anymore. Everything I buy has purpose for my health :)
Anyway... awesome that you bought dates... now you can get into smoothie making :)
Check out My Page for a simple smoothie recipe... it's like a base recipe that anything can be added to. And it makes a full meal! It's also a great way to aid in upping our caloric intake without feeling like we're forcing our stomach so much!
Get to know my local produce managers - hmm, I wonder where to find him/how to get in contact? I'll have to look that up somehow. I will shop around for better deals because what I found wasn't too ideal hah. You're so lucky you found dates in the bulk section of your local grocer - I hope I can too! That's great you spend less money on produce than your friend. I think that is a common misconception that I even buy into sometimes - that produce is way more expensive. I will definitely check out your page for smoothie reciepies! I ordered a Vitamix too so I can't wait for that to come in. I have been searching for something that would lead me to good raw 811 recipies so thank you!!
Getting to know the produce managers is easy enough. Just wander into any grocer and ask to speak with the produce manager or a produce clerk. Then fire a bunch of questions at them. Part of their job is to help you in any way they can.
Is it possible to buy bulk, and if so, can you have a list of prices?
Do they carry dates, and if not, can they order them, or can you order through them?
Do they discount and/or give away 'over ripe fruit'?
The best receptions I've had are with organic, whole-foods stores, where the people tend to be a bit more passionate about food and nutrition - they're typically the most helpful. If you can find one in your area, definitely check it out and get to know them.
And best of all is to work at one, and get all the insider deals ;)
This information is golden! Is anyone else taking notes? If you wrote a book with everything you have taught me so far I would totally be the first to buy it.
Take it slow. Ease into it. We can not force our bodies to want and accept something that it will not. WE are NOT smarter than our bodies. Our bodies are divine, intelligent machines. We can not make it do something we wish... only the body will necessitate such change when it is required.
Be patient. When you need more food, eat more food.
Give yourself a break, it's not the speed of arrival bur rather the direction of the journey.
Wonderful advice that is much different from what I have been receiving. That makes sense to let my body naturally do it's own thing. I do not want to become malnourished in the process so I will try increasing my calories more and more each day. I loved everything you said! "It's not the speed of arrival, but rather the direction of the journey." Great quote.