"Hey Holly, no worries, this too shall pass! You can try these tips:
When you're eating a meal and you feel full but haven't eaten as many calories as you had planned on to hold you until your next meal, trying taking just a bite or…"
"Sounds like a good first load Holly! One thing to keep in mind is that you can rarely get ripe bananas at the grocery store. If they aren't spotted with brown, then they're not quite ripe yet and they won't taste as good or digest as…"
"Hey Holly...My amount varies depending on what I buy, mostly I buy banana's and oranges or manderins with tender greens but for the most part fruit. I spend anywhere from $100NZD upto $150NZD thou I could live on less if I had to. As for…"
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hey Holly, at some point we have all been weak. This diet is more a lifestyle that you embrace to thrive and live a long vibrant life. For my part, I love the meditations courses by Jeddah Mali, it helps to get rid of all self-limiting believes and your are learning so much more about your existence on earth and your true being.
I would see a cheat as a reminder of how bad you feel afterwards and how clean high octane energy fruits provide you. Not sure what your cheats are but if it is a baked potates or non fat corn tortillas, it is still a very good diet ;)
Hi Holly, for me since I was eating a lot of S.A.D. food, it is fairly easy to eat at lot of fresh fruits and greens. My wife however is struggling to meet her daily target. For sure, the dates will help you a lot increase the carb level. Also, there are tons of very simple "recipes" like salad dressing based with raw mangos, oranges, dates, etc. They are all delicious on top of zuchinnis and greens. What I like also is vegetables juices with some green apples, carrots, celery, and a lot of green leaves. It helps with vitamins, minerals, and carb content.
Hey Holly, no worries, this too shall pass! You can try these tips:
When you're eating a meal and you feel full but haven't eaten as many calories as you had planned on to hold you until your next meal, trying taking just a bite or two more. Not enough to make you puke, but enough to start pushing the limit just a bit. Just like with weight training, you have to add a bit more weight to get stronger! Keep up with this and before too long, you should be able to eat as much as you need to. I definitely ran into this in the beginning, but you get used to it within a few days. Drinking plenty of water (enough to urinate clearly at least 10 times per day and a couple times at night) about 20-30 minutes before your meals can help a bit as well.
I saw a couple people commented on your status update and recommended trying blending your bananas. This is definitely something that works. Personally, I have a hard time eating bananas one after another (I get a certain "gag factor" going) but I can eat as many as I need to if I blend them with a bit of water. When I watched this video, a light bulb went off in my head and my life got a lot more simple! :D
So in the very beginning, I recommend more focusing on the more calorie dense fruits like bananas, dates (you can blend them too!), mangoes, and grapes vs. extremely low calorie fruits like watermelon and strawberries. There's nothing wrong with eating these, but when you're first starting they tend to fill you up without providing a lot of calories, and that can be a struggle. But blending your bananas or dates makes it so much easier. It's strange, adding water and blending them actually adds more volume, but makes it easier to eat. It also helps it so your stomach can stretch a bit so you can eat enough fruit. I hope that helps Holly! Feel free to contact me if you have any more questions.
Sounds like a good first load Holly! One thing to keep in mind is that you can rarely get ripe bananas at the grocery store. If they aren't spotted with brown, then they're not quite ripe yet and they won't taste as good or digest as well. You can check out this thread for more info on that. As far as how long it should last you, it depends on how much you need to eat in a day to fuel your lifestyle. For me, I'm fairly active so I typically eat between 4000 and 4500(or more if need be) calories on a typical day, which would be approximately 40-45 medium ripe bananas. You may need less than this, maybe even more! It just depends on what you need.
In the very beginning of starting this lifestyle, I highly recommend objectively tracking your calories with CRON-o-Meter, which you can download here. 30BaD recommends a minimum of 2500 calories for women and 3000 for men, but this is a minimum, and many women on here consume 3000+ per day. In the beginning, it can be tough to eat enough fruit to get enough calories, so for some people this is a challenge. And unfortunately, a lot of people have no idea how much they're eating, eat way too little, and then fall off the deep end. Not pretty! So if you have struggles like that, let me know and I'd be happy to help out.
Also, welcome to 30BaD! This place helped me out immensely when I first started, so good on you for signing up. Let me know if you have any other questions, I'm more than happy to help!
Hey Holly...My amount varies depending on what I buy, mostly I buy banana's and oranges or manderins with tender greens but for the most part fruit. I spend anywhere from $100NZD upto $150NZD thou I could live on less if I had to. As for mono meals, they are encouraged here and is incredible good for the body. There is a forum page here on 30bad called 'banana island or going banana island' I could not find the link but its here :0) and it has people's posts of monoing on banana's or dates or oranges, melons etc for a period of time, 10,20,30 days etc so having one day of just eating nana's is algood. Myself, I usually goes a couple of days at a time on banana's soley.
As for supplements I believe the only supp that is recommend here is B12 - I/M or sublingual :0)
Hey Holly, I noticed that you're hitting up the fruit store for some fruit. My best advice would be to order in bulk to get a discount on your produce. For example, where I'm at organic bananas are usually 99cents per pound, but when I order them by the 40 lb. case I can get a case for $25-$30. I usually get 2-3 of those cases per week, depending on how many cases of mangoes I've ordered. :D
I'm sure everything you need(and more:0) is within this community to achieve your goal of living a very healthy lifestyle :0)
Remember to get the bulk of your calories from sweet juices fruit and get your greens and water plus exercise in aswell. This page will help with checking your calories:http://cronometer.com/ Aim for a minimum of 2500 calories and I heartfully recommend you read "The 80-10-10 Diet" by Dr Doug Graham, it is vital for succeeding in this lifestyle .