I'm kind of new here and working on the transition to 100% raw. I'm recovering from an eating disorder and trying to gain weight and although I don't think I've gained much in the form of pounds, I've gained so much mentally. I feel better every day and look forward to eating again. I used to hate food and now I smile every time I think about all the bananas and dates and mangoes I get to have.
I'm getting about 2500 calories right now and still working my way up. The strange thing is I'm ALWAYS THIRSTY! Today I've drank 80oz. (about 2.4L), just finishing my last bottle and I'm still parched! I'm wondering if this is normal? Its very strange to me, because I used to drink far FAR less.
As far as food goes, I've been eating cereal with pears and flax milk in the morning as well as a few pumpkin seeds and this is my only meal that isn't really lfrv. For a morning snack I have a smoothie with 3 bananas, 2 cups of baby spinach, and two figs, along with a clif bar ...which clearly isn't raw :( And then for lunch usually two to three bananas, a cup of grapes and a mango or whatever other fruit I can get my hands on. In the afternoon I have anywhere from 5-10 dates and/or a ton of clementines. Then for dinner I like to have a mono meal of about 6-7 bananas.
Unfortunately I don't do any exercise because I am underweight and at risk of injuring myself.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
I 'm in transition too, and I 'm also feeling thirst all the time... I think that the lifestyle we are now starting to following needs a lot of water, and the body demands it!
That's what I'm hoping! :)
Its just so strange to me....
I can see where you 're coming from, I feel the same way. Hope that it will eventually go away slowly, I don't want to spend the rest of my life in the bathroom :P
I definitely don't have diabetes!
The other symptoms would include tingling limbs, excessive urination, blurry vision and a few more...
I do urinate a lot but that's a given considering the amount of fluid I take in.
Scary to think about though!
Thanks for the reply! Every time I go to the bathroom I'll think about all the toxins I'm flushing out. :) It makes me feel good to know that I'm doing something nice to my body for once.
Also, I'm trying to up my calories, I've come a long way from the 1200 I used to eat six months ago. I want to get up to 3000+ for sure, it just takes time and can be difficult to jump right into because of my eating disorder background.
My ratios are actually spot on, 87/8/5 (carb/fat/protein) today and 86/9/6 yesterday as an example. Although the pumpkin seeds and clif bar are quite high in fat, they are the only fats I eat all day.
I'm working on cutting out all processed food... but clif bars are kind of my special treat because when I was in my eating disorder really deep I forbid myself from having things like clif bars that I considered high in calories. Now I adore the fact that I can basically punch my eating disorder in the face whenever I eat them. But its not a very good reason to keep eating them and they'll be gone eventually. As far as being vegan, all of them contain no animal products (apart from the few with honey which I avoid for the most part), but the label does say "processed on the same equiptment that processes nuts, soy dairy etc..." Not ideal, I know, but I'm trying to work it all out.
Thanks again for the comment!
Thanks for the concern! =]
I'm actually excited to increase my calories even more, I genuinely love to eat all this fruit! The same cannot be said for the SAD diet I used to force myself to eat. I'm actually thinking that real weight gain will begin at around 3500 calories or more! And the best part about that is when I stop gaining weight I won't have to alter my intake too much! I'll still get to eat a ton of fruit and still get to be happy, and most importantly, healthy.
haha, thanks! Eventually I want to go 100% raw, and I'm getting there. Baby steps! =]
Welcome ! I'm so glad you are here and have begun to heal your wonderful self - body, mind and spirit.
May I suggest that you / your body and the 50 trillion cells that comprise you, are slowly beginning to heal, cleanse, detox and regenerate.
You are thirsty from being chronically dehydrated. The cereal and cliff bar are basically dehydrating. I am not being critical and saying don't eat them. Do eat them ! Just realize that they are drying and you will simply need to hydrate more. May I also suggest that perhaps going by how you really feel along with allowing your body and sense of taste help you and guide you with your daily eating and to be less concerned with exact numbers and counting?
Can you allow yourself to really feel and be in your body and not so focused on the thinking but more feeling? I say this because the body has an innate and immense intelligence and will tell you implicitly exactly what it requires for fuel. Numbers and counting and very abstract and arbitrary and the body is much smarter then our thinking self.
Trust yourself and this lifestyle. This is such an amazing and healing path you are walking and please never forget that you are not alone but have many friends whom you have yet to meet here and elsewhere.
You are doing fantastic and you are among friends here.
thank you so much David.
It truly means a lot to me that I have so much support!
I want so badly to quit with the numbers and just listen to my body again. It would be such a relief. My main problem with doing this would be that I'm horrified my eating disorder will emerge again and I will under eat. It was my natural tendency before I decided to recover and before I found raw food. I hate counting and being preoccupied with the numbers so much! It frustrating because so often I want to just stop it all and focus on what really matters but I can't focus on anything until after I'm certain about what foods I'm eating and how many calories there are...
Eating disorders suck!
Anyways, it would make sense that the cereal and clif bar are dehydrating! It was also mentioned that more dense fruits such as bananas and dates are moderately dehydrating as well and I've been eating more bananas and dates in the past two weeks than I have in the past two months! I didn't even think of those things. But now I know, and I'll just drink up.
Maybe I'll have a watermelon or cantaloupe for breakfast tomorrow instead of cereal! =]
May I offer you some unasked for advice? And yes many of the things that we humans get, along with eating disorders, suck big time. I very much agree with you.....
May I suggest that you literally forget the numbers because (they are an inaccurate measuring devise for gauging what is right for you), your nutritional needs OR what is best for you OR what can make you happy.
Can you try to, in a sense "forget" your self, your history and personal story and be very very present ONLY to what your body requires? Eat when hungry and to stop when you are full and satisfied.
Your life is a gift. Being a LFHCRV is a gift you not only give to yourself and for yourself but for everyone else and the planet. Nothing is truly outside of you or separate.
No one here is going to get off this planet alive, as the old saying goes. Life is a celebration and numbers truly......truly mean nothing. N.O.T.H.I.N.G.
I'm not preaching to you in any way. What I say to you, I feel is also true for myself as well.
If you really like your cliff bars ( and I like them too), and if you like your cereal (and I have liked cereal too) then go ahead and enjoy ! Please understand that books like 8 1 1 are guide lines only and suggestions But only you have the power and mental clarity to decide for yourself what works for you, in any given moment. No right or wrong Cortney. Its your life and its your show.
Have a mono fruit breakfast and if you want to, have your cereal too ! Everything Im suggesting to you in different ways is for you to be kind to you. Be. Kind. To. You. This is job 1. Everything else will fall into place when you love, respect and are kind to yourself.
Also, as more fuel for thought....You are beginning to go thru a detox. Everyone who changes their lifestyle to LFHCRV will go thru a detoxification. This is because this way of eating is healing to our 50 trillion cells. We accumulate toxins our entire life, thru what we eat as well as from other variables in our environment and when we begin to go raw, we become more open and raw....physically and emotionally. This is normal and to be expected and embraced. You are beginning to heal and cleanse and detox.
If you want to, friend me. And we can talk further if you like.
Regards to you,
Let me just add to all the good advice you've had so far and say that if you're drinking to satisfy your thirst, go for it. However, if you drink during or shortly after a meal, you will dilute the digestive juices and inhibit the digestion of the food you're so happily consuming. If you must have some during these times, keep it to a minimum.
thanks for the advice! I'll be sure to do that, I didn't know drinking with meals would cause that effect. There's so much I need to learn! But I suppose all of life is a learning process and I already do know so much more about myself after starting to adopt this diet =]