Hello! I want to convince my Mother of the benefits of following the Raw Till 4 calorie guidlines and she has brought up some questions that I'm not fully able to answer. I'd really appreciate some help.
She has been vegan and eating lots if raw while keeping fats quite low for around a year now. I recommended the 80/10/10 book which she is reading now. I have been following the Raw Till 4 lifestyle now for 2 months and last week I moved back in with my parents to study. Me and my Mum have been talking alot about diet as healthy living is a shared passion of ours. :)
She's fully on board with Raw Till 4... Apart from that she can't get her head around eating 'so many' calories. In the past we have both followed the 'Eat to Live' Dr Fuhrman plan to lose weight, which is at least vegan and promotes lots of fruit and salad, but is restrictive on cooked starches and calories in general. Now I have discovered this lifestyle and I really believe it's the key to achieving the healthy body and lean figure we all want.
I judge based on the results of the long term followers of the lifestyle, not so much on theory. But I would love to convince my Ma on the calorie debate. What's hindering me now is that I have gained a bit since I've been eating my 2500 a day minimum and this fact puts my Mum off as she's said she 'couldn't bear' to gain back any of the weight she's lost. She is 61 yrs old and is 56kg at 5'4 down from 65kg - weight slowly lost from daily exercise, and vegan (not calorie counting but certainly restrictive) diet. So here's some questions I need answered:
Healing? Why is it that the commonly experienced initial weight gain is described as the body 'healing'. What is it about gaining fat that is inherently linked to healing?
-I have explained that we need the minimum 2500 calories because the body needs extra fuel on top of what we use for everyday activities so that it can do the internal healing it may need to do. But she says if people are putting on weight then those extra calories are NOT being used for healing, just being stored as fat. Please explain?
Says Who? Who originally came up with the idea that we need this minimum? I've been wondering this too. I know Freelee is probably the best example of the long term application of this lifestyle (for weightloss) but I wonder what gave her the idea and made her stick to it when she was taking years to heal and eventually lean out? My Mum is reading Doug Graham'S 80/10/10 book and as we know, he does not suggest eating quite such high ammounts. For her it's not enough for me to point out that it's worked for Freelee and Sasha (Rice n Raw) and a few other examples.
Eating beyond being full? She has witnessed me really struggling to finish my huge meal of bananas or potatoes that I need to eat to meet my calorie minimums and doesn't think it seems healthy. She believes that we should 'listen to our bodies' and only eat when hungry, stop when full as a rule. -I have explained that appitite varies according to how much we get used to eating but I think she still doesn't accept that we should get used to eating MORE.
I've been trying to show her Freelee's videos as they really inspired and convinced me but the other day she found a video from some 'Megan Elizabeth' who talks for half an hour trying to debunk 30 bananas a day. I don't want to give her the hits by linking it here but she goes on about 'why should people have to gain weight to be healthy' 'we shouldn't be consuming more calories than we actually burn' 'eat for your activity level' and claims she has many clients who have suffered on 30BAD after 6 months or a year of gaining 'up to 50 pounds'. I think it's all BS but I can see how it could be convincing and as I'm new to this lifestyle I guess I don't have full, articulate answers to my Mum's doubts.
She justs lets me get on with eating my big calories and says she will 'believe it when she sees it' which as I've told her, could potentially take a long time! (Talking about weightloss). I don't have a huge ammount to lose (maybe 15lbs) but we're talking about the 'ideal' lean bean figure Freelee says all long term followers will achieve.
Thanks for reading this rather long post and thanks in advance for any input.
No force feeding to pain, just eat high calorie fruit mono meals, skip the low cal stuff until your stomach gets used to eating higher water content foods. 2500 is the bare minimum for ladies following 30BaD protocols for good reason, read here:
Yeah with the amount of people coming from eating disorders here... its a pretty good recomendation.
I think its not just to eat 2500 calories+ a day but to strive to use those calories too because whats the point other than producing @#$%.