i have been trying for raw since july 21ist 2011, did ok mostly raw for a few months then for 34 days i had it, and then i had a bite of cooked and BINGE ate for 3 months and gained 33lbs. I am literally terrified to try raw again and have a rebound like this ever again. It has left me paralyzed in fear, unhappily eating cooked and terrified of raw. I have continued to gain weight and reached the heaviest of my life.
i don't know what to do, raw brought out my most prominent struggle with disordered eating but i know it is the solution but i cannot do it
you just keep trying girl its like a bike if you fall off just get back on and every time you get cravings think about it rely think will that taste good yes it might but will it feel good when i look in the mirror no will it feel good coming out of me no will my body enjoy at all no then is it worth it NO!!!! i have to do this about once a day with things and its kept me clean and the cravings have dulled down allot
i dont know about you but my body rely thanks me after i eat a nice ripe mango and i feel as though im ready to take on the world
it feels like i fell off my bike and broke my neck and getting back on is the scariest thing i can think of. except seeing my body go down hill is feeling worse so i know i need to go back to raw.
it was the grossist of vegan food, fried stuff, oily fake meat stuff. I just felt like well i fucked it all up anyway, why not eat all these things that i thought i would never eat again.
i also find it really hard to have rice without salt, but i know it is the way to go
thanks so much
i am sorry for you and i can totally feel for you.. i had the same experience 4 weeks ago..
i am on a 7 day juice fast right now to get a jump start..
i don't really have any advice for you but just wanted to let you know that your are not alone ;-)
all the best to you,
thanks kim, i wish you the best of luck on your juice feast : )
Not everyone can go from A to Z overnight, you might want to transition slowly to make sure you don't end up getting frustrated and binge all over again.
Usually we get those cravings during the evening (while watching tv etc) so keep some cooked sweet potatoes nearby!
Also do not think: *i want it but I can't have it* but think: *I CAN have it but I don't want it!* keep repeating that sentence and I swear this makes a huge difference in the way you'll behave around those SAD foods.
Best of luck and never give up! :D
Thanks, i do think taking slow will help. *I CAN have it but I don't want it!* sounds like a good thing to tell myself, i need to avoid feeling deprived
It seems to me that a lot of the struggle lies in the mind, at least for me. In the beginning of my transitioning i would see myself getting very worked up about food, almost obsessing. As soon as i took control of my craving thoughts things were alot easier.i agree with mrs ladybug, even changing the way you speak to yourself about the food. It also helped me to know that cooked food is an addiction, it numbs us from experiencing emotions and releases dopamine in the brain, if you can see the cravings for what they are it makes it easier to deny them. I found when i was really craving things i was really wanting emotional numbness more than food. So stop telling yourself that this is the hardest thing to do, and try saying this is as easy as i make it, or its as easy as not eating cooked food. good luck to you, hope this helps
A few things:
-Try to take it day by day. I can be disenheartening to be tracking how long you've been eating healthy because if you slip up for a day, you tend to think "Crap, my 34 days treak is broken, I should just give up!" Just take it day by day. Don't track how long you've been eating healthy. What matters is today. If you slip up, you'll just do better tomorrow.
-Why be afraid to try raw food again? The absolute worst that could happen is... you'll go back to eating unhealthy food, which is exactly where you are right now! I don't mean that to sound flippant, but to just emphasize that you have ABSOLUTELY nothing to worry about.
-If you are going to have cooked food, stick with healthy alternatives, as noted by the previous posters: rice, baked potatos, etc.
-It may be that you aren't at a point where you can eat 100% raw, healthy, low-fat all the time. That's fine. That's no reason to give up on yourself. Set a realistic goal for youself: no meat, no junk food, no soda, lots of water, lots of fruits and vegetables - and stick to it.
-Every night take stock of yourself and your day. Figure out the things you are proud of and the things you want to improve. That may stop a binging streak at the beginning.
-If you are falling into unhealthy habits, find some buds on here that you can touch base with on a daily basis to keep you from going into a tailspin.
You can do it!
thank you so much
all your tips are great and helpful
When i was 100% raw i was eating around 1700-2000 which is not alot but was as much as i could manage. When i eat cooked i put ALOT of salt on my food but when raw i don't desire it, its odd.
thanks for your help and perspective
Emily Rose, yes you can do it! I totally understand the mentality of not wanting to go back to healthy eating because you don't want to disappoint yourself if you are unable to sustain it. Baby steps will get you where you want to go. Don't "try raw again." Just eat a banana. Or a mango. Or a grape. Keep taking baby steps and someday you will reach your destination. And remember this: Pobody's nerfect!