So I bet that this isn't something uncommon for new raw foodies, but I'm really worried that I'm eating too much fat. How many nuts etc is a good amount per week? I never use oil, unless it's there unknowingly when I get food from the cafeteria.
Also I feel like there's a lot of emphasis that bananas are super good for us and that they can't make us fat, but every time I start eating a more than average banana amount in my diet (like 4-5 a day) I can tell that I end up gaining weight. This happened last year too. I was running 4 miles a day and yet I didn't lose any weight. During this time I had been eating a lot of bananas, like 10 a day and salads and fruits. Barely ever had any nuts or anything cause I am in college and I couldn't really get my hands on any of those at the time. I'm really confused as to what is best for me. I feel like maybe I should just avoid nuts and bananas entirely, but they're what make the raw food so yummy!
I'm not totally raw vegan everyday. I try, but living on a college campus makes it hard especially with the meal plan limiting my ability to get my hands on the ingredients I need to cook at home.
Would you guys suggest that i just completely ignore my weight for now? Will that even out as I get used to the diet? Did anyone else experience an increase in body fat when they first started?
Try using the cronometer set to 801010 to give you an idea of the amount of fat you are eating.
I don't know your background, but most likely your body is going to heal before it balances your body fat. Make sure your eating enough calories it may seem like a ton, but it builds your metabolism over time. Eating enough staying carbed up is only one piece. You want to reduce your stress by doing things like sleeping enough etc.
Good advice from Dirtgirl.
I say yes to the first two questions. Going 100% is a switch in the body to begin cleansing and healing and coming to optimum lean weight. In the meantime, keep choosing cleaner carbs over animal products/deep-fried.
A handful of nuts is a easy guide, buy in the shell so they are fresher and not rancid. If you have shell nuts, you don't eat as many! Walnuts are little brained shaped (food signatures) so they are good choice for our brains.
Weight gain is very common. If you search "weight gain" in the 30BaD Search box on the top-right of the page, you'll find many posts and good answers about it -- even several from just the past week.
Is there a reason that you have to eat nuts? If you're concerned about weight gain, those are among the first things you may want to consider cutting out. Except in certain cases, such as during pregnancy, the body only needs 3% fat from the daily caloric intake. Provided you're getting enough calories from fruit and veggies everyday, you'll more than cover that requirement.
Unless you have digestion problems with bananas, I wouldn't cut them out. They're an ideal fruit to eat in abundance.
You mentioned having trouble getting the foods you need. Are you eating any non-low sodium/non-low fat vegan things? Any non-vegan things?
Also, cocoa -- or "crackao" as DR oft calls it -- isn't good for you (saw in your latest photo).
I forgot to mention that some people experience weight gain from cooked vegan.
Hey yeah I did some reading and I realized that it takes the body time to level out. I've been trying to be raw vegan for awhile now and its been an up and down journey so I'm not totally virgin to this lifestyle. I've been vegan for a good year and a half and a vegetarian for 2 years before that.
I love raw vegan baking.. like making raw vegan energy bars and desserts! I'm such a foodie its hard to not indulge in those kinda things! But don't get me wrong, I love those things but that doesn't mean I eat them often. I can hardly afford even buying cashew nuts! lol so I have raw vegan desserts very seldom. But it is a concern, about how much nuts I can eat etc. But I think I have a good idea now.
And cocoa is bad?! :'(
I read the 80/10/10 diet a year ago..I guess I need to refresh my memory..
Yummy! Yeah, I can imagine it's hard not to indulge in those. ;)
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