Hey guys! I posted this is a comment in a discussion here, but I really wanted to share it with everyone.
If you're having trouble being 100%, or giving in to cravings, or not having enough energy... I think this will help you.
I know that everyone here repeats this time after time, but please make sure you are eating enough! If cooked food is appealing to you, not like "Ah yes, I used to enjoy that", but to the point where you drive to the store at 3am to get it or find yourself saying "Just a little won't hurt", you're not eating enough!
So here's the comment!:
I knew this whole time that my problem was undereating. Why was I craving cooked food at the end of the day? I had eaten so much already...
I wasn't eating enough! Seriously! Seriously guys! Eat more! If you are having trouble with this lifestyle, eaaaattt moreeee!!!!
My blender broke last week, and all the fruit I had was frozen bananas and various mixed fruits. So I was mostly eating cooked that week, and all I was craving was a banana smoothie. I said, "I promise, I will never complain about eating raw again." So I finally got a new blender the other day (an apparently cheap one that works great :p), and let me tell you, those smoothies were had.
I was probably eating 1500-2000 calories before. Not on purpose, I just felt like I couldn't eat any more, but at the end of the day I was still hungry.
The past two days I've had at least 2000+, and I feel AMAZING. I have so much energy, I'm ridiculously happy, and I've *wanted* to be active and have been enjoying doing just that. And cooked food cravings? None! Really none, not the "Oh I don't want it...." kind. Like legitimately none.
I still feel like I can eat more, though. The only reason I didn't today is because I plowed through all my ripe bananas lol. I had a fifteen banana smoothie this morning, when before I usually had seven, ten max. I don't know what changed!
So tomorrow I'll have all the oranges in my house for breakfast, and forage for some ripe nanners. :)
"Well this seems like enough calories..." isn't working for me. I'm going to eat as much as I wish this week and see how I feel. If I had to set calorie goal I'd say 3,000. It really seems up there to me, especially because I'm not that active. But now I want to be active. So hm! Maybe I'll have 4,000!
Oh, and one more thing. The past two days, eating more than I ever have? I lost four pounds. Yeah, what!
So guys! Eat your fruit! Do it now!!
End of comment. :)
I hope this helps you guys out. I wish I could explain just how lifted my mood is. I'm so full of energy, I feel really happy and content, I'm not fighting with myself about wanting to eat cooked food.
I've been raw on and off for the past year. The "off" parts because the "on" parts didn't have enough calories. I've been 100% and eating more for only two days total, and those two days I've felt better than I've ever felt. It's so important to make sure you're eating enough.
Even if you can't eat large amounts right now, just eat more frequently. Instead of a ten banana smoothie, have two with five each, a few hours apart. Can you do that four times a day? That's 2,000 calories right there! Add dates or eat them on their own if you're struggling to eat enough. I love orange juice in the morning, I use a citrus juicer and add the pulp back in. Really easy. 15=about 1,000 calories. Mono meals are where it's at!
You can do this. It has been so easy for me these past two days. I made it hard for myself for a whole year before I realized how easy it really is.
My cravings got a lot more manageable once i moved from 1.700 to about 2.300 a day (and more some days).
It does make a difference.....
Also though, it's important to remember we crave sodium too, so we may be attracted by "salty" cooked foods cause we didn't have enough nutrients of some kind or another.
A good salad usually helps.
Hey guys! I haven't been on here in a couple weeks, so just wanted to leave a quick response.
I read through the comments and I'm very glad that this reached you, I'm so glad to hear some have tried it out and are feeling great. If I could have helped even one person from my experiences, I am happy.
Thank you guys for giving it a try, and keep it up! You can do it, every one of you.
well done kimberry!
it would seem, judging by the responses, that you have cause to be happy more than once!
I am happy many times over. :)
Thanks, Prad. <3
Thanks for posting =) I love your enthusiasm!!
:) Thank you for reading! :D