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Beginners in a fruitarian/raw vegan lifestyle

I created this group for supporting each other during transformation to raw vegan lifestyle. Also here will be given some tips how to suceed in a fruitarian diet, whats the most comon mistakes made by raw food eaters and a lot of more usefull info.

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Why am I gaining weight eating only fruits and vegetables?

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 I ate only 1000 kcal per day in the past three years...and basically proteins and no fruits...according to the dukan diet! When does my body starting to change ?  on I feel great with super super…Continue

Tummy Troubles!!

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Hi y'all!I've been high carb vegan for about a year and a half now, and I was vegetarian for 6 years prior. I have always had digestion problems and I came to this lifestyle seeking relief. At first…Continue

New and need help

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I read Raw til 4 and decided to give it a try. I am about 6 weeks in and decided to check my fasting blood sugar this morning after a 12 hour fast. My blood sugar was high for me with a reading of…Continue

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Life in Nebraska

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I grew up in a farm town.. 'nuff said, right? When I told my family in my later teens that I thought killing animals for food was cruel, I literally got laughed at. I've lost friends because most of…Continue

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Comment by Nicolette Barnes on December 19, 2011 at 2:22pm

Joanna - I know exactly how you feel about the grain thing. For me, what I have found works best is NOT telling myself straight up "no more grains." Rather, I tell myself I will limit how much and what grains I eat. I started by eliminating all the gluten-containing grains, and then told myself, only once a day. Slowly, as my body becomes more sensitive and I keep 'not feeling good' after eating them, I slowly crave them less and less. I mean, unless you have a serious illness and you need strict detoxing, taking your time eliminating the grains is not going to kill you.

Comment by Jayelle on December 19, 2011 at 8:44am

Fruitcake.  I have the same problem.  My husband and children are omnivores (though my 6 yr old daughter doesn't like meat so I can easily see her eating more and more of what I eat).  My husband is supportive of my going raw.  But he doesn't want to go raw with me (he will, however, eat many of the raw things I make).  I found that making my food first, even though it's easier, will help me not nibble on the cooked foods while making them.  I can nibble on my dinner and then eat it with the family as soon as theirs is cooked.

Don, you're completely right about making sure you eat enough nutrients.  I find that on days where I've had plenty of nutrients then I don't crave the other foods as much.  The only thing I crave sometimes is that feeling you get when you over eat.  You don't really get that with a raw diet.

Comment by Nina Took on December 19, 2011 at 6:33am
Jayelle, thank you for the advice, that is such a good idea. Bringing my own raw food to share takes away the "negativity" of not eating what is made for you. Instead it's about sharing, both the dishes that I bring and the raw lifestyle. I have to read up on raw recipes, although your suggestions sounds yummy. Until now I have mostly done monomeals with just one fruit at the time, but in the dinner settings that I'll encounter during the holidays I think bringing complex meals with fruits and vegetables would be the easiest solution.

Josephine, going lfrw is totally my new years resolution. As I said, I am very new to this raw lifestyle and I haven't been able to commit fully yet, basically because of what I fear people around me will say. So I have been eating fruit for breakfast and lunch just like you, and for dinner it all depends on wether I am eating alone or not. Writing it out just now makes me realize how stupid it is to let fear of judgement dictate how I eat and live. I really should take a stand like Lekoma said, and be confident and proud of my life choice. But coming off confident isn't really my strong suit, that's my problem. Even though I strongly believe in it.
Comment by Fruitcake on December 19, 2011 at 4:27am

I am having the same problem as Joanna. I start my day eating raw and by the end of the day I get easily swayed by something cooked, or crappy. I find it hard because I have family members  in the house that eat differently so there is food in the house (for them) to tempt me. Plus I have to make dinner for them from time to time and that is difficult as well.

Any parents out there having similar difficulties? 

Comment by Jayelle on December 19, 2011 at 3:40am

Nina, you can do what I used to do for family dinners (since no one in my family is supportive of my being raw).  Usually what I do is I eat some of the cooked food.  But I also bring an uncooked dish to share as well as an uncooked desert.  Then I eat mostly that.  Funny thing is, my omnivore family really like the raw foods I bring (I don't introduce them as raw vegan, just as a new dish I heard of).  It works so well that when I go over to a family dinner everyone asks for me to bring the dishes.

For the dinner I make tomato bowls.  Basically cut a tomato in half, scoop out the insides, and fill it with all sorts of cut up veggies (kind of a stone soup sort of thing).  When I'm making it just for me I make a large one, when I'm making it for more than myself I use smaller tomatoes.  Sometimes I top it with sprouts.  They all LOVE it!

The tomato bowls can be fruitarian if you choose.  Basically use just fruits that are considered veggies (tomato, squash, etc)  I add a few non-fruits to it like broccoli and carrots.  Just mix everything in a food processor.  But you can also cut everything up by hand too (just dice them).

For desert I make my luau fruit salad which is soooo good!  It's pineapple on the bottom, then cantaloupe and honey dew, then more pineapple, then strawberries and grapes on top.  The juices from the pineapple change the flavors of the other fruits slightly and it's surprisingly good.  Sometimes I'll add pineapple juice (not totally raw) and let the fruits marinate over night.

Comment by Josephine on December 19, 2011 at 1:10am

Nina, I had the same idea... I feel like right before christmas would be the worst time to go fruitarian because I'm going to meet all my family, and I don't want to get all the attention and also not hear all the worries and arguments against it. I'm already trying to eat a low fat fruitful breakfast and lunch everyday and I hope I can do that on christmas too. Besides I'm vegetarian so I won't eat any meat in the holidays anyhow and I suggest you do the same. I'm also planning a nice vegan dinner for New Year's Eve! I think there are actually a lot of people who made becoming lfrv their new year's resolution :)

Comment by Nina Took on December 19, 2011 at 12:27am
Hi everyone, I'm quite new to the fruitarian lifestyle, but i am aiming for going completely raw when the new year begins. Ideally i would like to start right now, but i find the task of telling my family that i wont be eating any of the traditional christmas food a bit daunting at this point. I feel like I need some experience and confidence with the fruit lifestyle before I confront them. At the same time i dont look forward to eating fatty christmasfood. Any advice?
Comment by Nicolette Barnes on December 18, 2011 at 4:03pm

I still think that it is better for a person to be in the situation where they have to eat a lot to increase their calories and gain weight than it is for an overweight person to have to cut back on their intake. I personally find eating a pleasure (I think that is how it is supposed to be too, otherwise nobody would eat), therefore, to be able to eat more is a good thing, and having to cut back, even though it is not, FEELS like a punishment, and then you have to deal with being hungry all the time. I have never had a problem with a "shrunken" stomach, even after prolonged food restriction. My appetite is always massive. Now I just have to get over my fears of gaining weight, and feed my appetite!!

I totally agree about breakfast not being the most important meal of the day, and all of them being equally important. I also don't really like to think about eating in terms of "meals" as that is too rigid. I like to eat when I am hungry, and sometimes I will eat something that is "meal sized" and other times it will be more "snack sized" and I definitely do not gauge what I am going to eat based on time of day or what would be appropriate for a "lunch, dinner, breakfast, etc." But for me, I am truly really hungry immediately upon waking, so that is when I break my fast, so to speak. I think it is because I have a really fast metabolism, so nothing lasts me through the night, so by morning, or even in the middle of the night when I wake up to go to the bathroom I am very hungry. I have tried drinking water first thing in the morning, but I hate drinking water, and usually have to force myself to even take little sips throughout the day. It seems even harder on an empty stomach. Usually when/if I do drink anything it is while I am eating.

Comment by Nicolette Barnes on December 18, 2011 at 3:02pm

Jimmy, my pee fluctuates in colour. Typically - first pee in the morning has some colour, and the rest of the time is pretty clear. I depends on what I eat in the day. If I eat just fruit, and greens, I would say 90% of the time it is pretty close to clear, but if I add some cooked veggies o a bit of grains, it gets slightly darker. Sometimes, though not often, I pee fairly yellow for no reason, but it is not often, and I am not at all concerned about it. I think it just means that the body is doing it's normal job of filtering unwanted stuff, be it from food, environment, whatever. I would NOT be concerned if your urine is straw coloured rather than crystal clear. And Shelby - I wouldn't worry about exact calories in your dates, especially in your situation. All dates are extremely calorie dense and since they are so small, it takes nothing to pack in a ton of calories. I personally stay away from dates for this very reason. I would much rather eat 2 heads of lettuce than one measly date. But since you say you are the oposite, wanting more calories in less food, dates could very well be your best friend, given that you enjoy the taste!!

Comment by Jayelle on December 18, 2011 at 5:16am

Thank you Don.  I think the reason why I went back to cooked is because it was easier.  Plus, there are fast food places all over and I grew up eating a lot of fast food.  Too much going on to fix dinner?  Go grab a meal already prepared (even if not healthy).  I'm working on getting out of that mindset.  I mean, fixing something to eat when raw is not all that difficult (unless you're doing gourmet and even then it's not hard). 

I think that for me to be successful while raw I'll have to start thinking of food differently.  Sometimes I eat for the "wrong" reasons (ie. for the sake of eating rather than to sustain myself). 

Right now my breakfast and lunch are raw as are any snacks.  I mostly eat cooked for dinner.  I'm planning on being pretty much all raw by New Years.  And what I eat that isn't raw i want to be vegan at the very least.

 

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