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!
We are all on a learning curve and hopefully enjoying life along the way!
in the beginning i was always thirsty too and drank a TON of water. now i drink a little bit less, and if i'm not eating super water rich fruits (like bananas and dates opposed to pineapple and watermelon) then i'll drink about four litres. if i am eating loads of water rich fruits and veggies i drink about two to three litres.
I have been recovering from bulimia (w/anorexic tendencies) for over 2 years. I used to throw up at least 20 times a day. I was crazy. It all stemmed from lack of confidence, my upbringing, self-hatred, etc. As most eating disordered people do, I dealt with these emotional issues through food. Caloric starvation, "disciplining" myself with intense exercise combined with undereating, controlling my food intake in an extreme, unhealthy manner were all my approaches.
This inevitably leads to an inability to feel inner sensations and a loss of intuitive eating . It is SO IMPORTANT that you trust your body. Even if you end up doing what seems "wrong" at first, it is most likely what your body needs. When we stop depriving ourselves, and start feeding ourselves with compassion, rather than feeding a craving (which doesn't care about us), or ignoring our needs (self-punishment and hatred), we can actually heal.
Remember that re-learning, (or "learning" since most of us were raised being force-fed...) intuitive eating is something achieved through practice. This means you are NOT going to get it right the first few times! Allow yourself to make mistakes with compassion for yourself, and you will be able to listen and understand your own body's messages and sensations. Practice practice practice!
Nature is so good at balance when it is permitted to achieve it. We are natural beings. I suggest you simply do what feels right and what your body drives you to do. Unlike the voices of cravings, of self-discipline and punishment, and of addictive tendencies, our inner wise voice tells us what we need. If you need Clif Bars right now, don't let ANYONE tell you any different. Just because it doesn't seem "right" doesn't mean that cutting it out will help you heal.
Show your body that you have patience with it, compassion for what it has been through, respect for the messages you recieve internally, and in no time it will balance. The beautiful thing about "allowing" and "permitting" the body to act is that it will undoubtedly heal and achieve balance. I think we're reaching a time in human history when we realize that eating "rationally" eventually leads us to misery because our rational minds are so flawed compared to nature's design. Let your body naturally balance, follow its lead (even if it seems "wrong" to everyone else), and you will be okay. Until then, slam the water. :)