I have been working on transitioning from a (slightly less meaty than average) SAD diet to 811 for two weeks or so... by transitioning I mean I basically switched all together. I'm enjoying daily walk/jogs, eating LOTS of fruit and some leafy greens too. I am feeling TONS better, my digestion hasn't caused me problems in at least a week and I can already notice that my stomach looks flatter (I'm guessing cutting out the salt did a big help on this one).
I have been struggling to get enough in (calorie wise) throughout the day but find that smoothies are a big help with this... yesterday I realized WAY too late in the day that I hadn't had enough carbs, fat or protein according to CronOMeter and only about 1/2 the calories I was aiming for. I didn't want to end up with a bad stomach in the morning from eating right before bed so I counted my losses and knew I was going to try much harder today to get at least 2100 calories (which is more than what Cron originally set for my goal). I woke up feeling awesome and full of energy; I had a banana about 1 & 1/2 hours before my 20 min/2mile walk/jog. I felt pumped when I got back from jogging. After my shower, when I was blow drying my dreads (I have no idea what happened), I ended up blacking out for about 10 minutes or so. I was very confused when I came to. My boyfriend is very concerned (rightly so) and doesn't want me to get hurt by trying to make myself healthier. We are both thankful that I didn't end up passing out while jogging!
I am into the 3rd chapter of The 80/10/10 Diet and trying to be 100% on with this diet as I can be. Does anyone have advice or suggestions for the following:
... am I taking on too big of a change at once, should I not go 100% raw right away?
... am I messing up by waiting until after my exercise to eat a good amount of fruit?
... should I wait until I am accustom to the 811 diet before I start getting myself in the habit of exercising daily?
... is there something that I am overlooking?
Thanks for reading,
Did you take a very hot shower? Were you dehydrated? Did your body temp go way up from the exercise, the shower and not enough water intake?
I wouldn't overthink any of this too much. Sounds like you are doing fine. Eat enough calories. Exercise if you feel good doing it. Exercising on an empty stomach should be fine, just maybe eat right when you get back rather than waiting until after your shower. Make sure you're drinking enough water.
Of course! I can't believe I didn't think of that... I shouldn't have raised my body temp with a hot shower (and the blow drying only raised it more) so quickly after exercising. I would guess I had about a 28-30 oz water before my jog and at least 20 oz after I returned home.
I have been surprised at how much better/happier I feel everyday, that I was disappointed thinking that maybe this diet was to blame. Tomorrow morning I will be sure to eat when I get back, and then clean up with a full/hydrated belly.
Thanks so much for the quick response, Greenmama. I am grateful ^_^
You're welcome. Glad you are feeling better today. Yay!
thank-you, Alison, for letting me know you went through something similar. I have been pigging (or should we say monkeying) out on bananas all day! I had a small bunch in my purse that didn't make it back home... pretty much any time I've had my hands free, I've had a banana in my mouth! I'm trying to make very sure to not have a repeat of this morning in the future!!
...and, yes, I do think I need to eat more, but I am trying to work my way up to the 2500 that is commonly recommended for girls. I just have yet to stretch my stomach to eat soooooo much fruit in one sitting ^_^
a) No, it is fine to go 100% raw right away... but make sure you get the calories....
b) No, not at all. Doug recommends it. However, you should eat a lot more than at present.
c) You might want to cool it a little... I did. Your body will still be in intense detox at the moment, meaning it needs even more water than normal. Sounds to me like your body was dehydrated.
d) Calories to some extent, water to a major extent.. I think.
I certainly am going to cool it with pushing the daily exercise right now at least (tomorrow I've planned on going to my first yoga class with a friend) so I am going to rest today and plan on exercising every other day while I am still trying to work on getting enough calories in.
Also, patting myself on the back... my monkey like ways yesterday got me up to 2465 calories (all raw)!
Most of the time, I feel better, and then sometimes I feel really tired all of a sudden. At my worst moments though, I don't feel any worse than I did on my SAD diet. I just felt pretty plain lowsy all the time before I started this.
I can relate to this 100%!! When I get to feeling down, I think about all the cooked sweets I used to eat and how they didn't really make me feel better but just numbed me so I couldn't tell what my body was trying to say ...and then I chow down on some dates!
I can't believe how wonderfully RAWesome dates are!! I wouldn't have been able to make it past some of my "(unhealthy) sweet treat cravings" without them... nom nom nom :)