So, I pretty much have been sick for years. In and out of the ER and Doctor's offices and no ones seems to know what is wrong with me. I did drink and party a lot of my life away and I started to eat more healthy in the couple years, or so.
My friend told me about this diet (way of life) about a year ago and I just brushed it off because I didn't think I could do it. I started eating even more healthy when moving away from the City. I felt a lot better, but this past week after visiting the city, eating the old way and drinking, I feel like absolute crap. I mean, I have been feeling terrible for days now. Foggy, dizzy, tired and hungry a lot! So weird and I hate it. :(
I am ready for a change. This all makes sense. It really does. How can it not be healthy to live off of fresh fruit and greens? So, I even got my boyfriend on board and we stalked up on fruits and veggies today. (even bought a new blender) I do plan on reading the 80 10 10 book, but I have a couple questions now because I would like to get started ASAP. Tonight will be my last cooked meal and I am actually really excited.
Can we use honey to sweeten things with? I will be doing a lot of smoothies, as I find it very easy to consume a lot of fruit this way. Can I use honey to sweeten it?
I already drink a ton of water, so that is no problem, but can we have coconut, or almond milk? Even in moderation?
How much fat can we have a day? I bought some avocado and some raw nuts, but I was not sure how much we are allowed a day.
Do we still need to take vitamins? Fish oil and things like that?
My glucose levels have been high as of recent, will this help me?
And last, what do you guys eat on a typical day? I just need to hear some ideas.
Here is what I had in mind. A banana smoothie for breakfast.
Maybe some nuts, or an apple for a snack. Another smoothie for lunch and another fruit snack between lunch and dinner and then greens, or a huge salad for dinner. Maybe once and a while some banana soft serve.
And of course lots of water throughout the day. No prob for me, I live on water anyways.
Does this sound ok? Thoughts? Tips? Suggestions?
First of all download Cron-O-Meter HERE Using it will help answer some of your questions such as how much fat would be too much (more than 10% of total calories) and whether or not a multi-vitamin would be necessary or a complete waste of your money.
If you want your smoothies to taste sweeter I suggest that you add dates to them rather than using honey. There are ethical reasons not to eat honey, but the simple fact that you are concerned about your high glucose levels should be a good enough reason on it's own not to be eating fiberless sugar. (Yes, there have been lots of people who have successfully balanced their blood sugar on this diet.)
Most people here eat mostly fruit in the morning and afternoon and then in the evening they have a HUGE vegetable salad and if they eat an avocado or a handful of nuts and seeds during the day they will ALWAYS eat them during the last meal rather than for breakfast or lunch because fruits leave you feeling energized and greens and high fat foods calm and slow you down a bit, which can kind of be a good thing because it gets you ready for bed.
If you want almond milk or coconut milk ideally make them yourself with the blender you just bought. Keep in mind though that keeping fat intake relatively low seems to be key in people lowering their high blood sugar levels, so again, please download and use Cron-O-Meter to make sure that you aren't going overboard on the avocados, nuts and seeds, and nut milks.
Use this forum any time you two need support :)
Thank you both so much for your responses. This helps so much.
I also went to Freelee's blog and watched a video on how to make the transition and I was just going to jump into it 100%, but I see she says to have a cooked vegan meal such as potatoes for dinner and even includes fruit juice as well.
Is this also something I should do? Should I try a transition stage first, or just jump right in?
Like honey, fruit juice is not good for someone with high blood sugar issues. (Maybe orange juice with lots of pulp still in it would be ok, but any other fruit juice would probably be a bad idea.)
I really liked that video by freelee as well. It's what people who aren't ready to go 100% yet but that really want to get into this lifestyle need to see. Since your boyfriend is also joining you I guess that you already have a "30 day challenge partner". Below is the video if anyone else here that is transitioning hasn't seen it yet...
A transition that includes a simple cooked vegan meal in the evening is what many of us (including myself) did for a while before going 100%. It made the transition easier and believe me when I say that after a month of eating all raw for breakfast and lunch and then having a cooked meal at night I was really wanting to go 100% raw. (It was fun at first, but after a while I started to not enjoy the cooked meal at night and was wanting to replace it with another raw meal.)
Do you eat any greens in this transitioning period? Would it be ok to eat a raw salad with your cooked meal?
Greens are a must! 1 lb per day - work up to it and use a variety of greens during the week.
And is it ok to combine it with your cooked potatoes? (in this transitioning period)
MagicGee, yes it is.
Question: Are you adding salt/butter, etc to your cooked meals? If so I'd recommend cutting those out ASAP. Even Tamari sauce, condiments, soy sauce, etc. We need natural sodium, NOT salt. Sodium is found in tomatoes, celery and raw of course.
Got it! I am still planning my transitioning, haven't started yet. Judging from my last attempts at 811 I know it's kind of hard to give up the salt completly but this is the plan. I'm still not sure if I'll go with the cooked dinner or go completly raw. Right now I'm still looking for fruit sources. I've luckily found a pretty good source of raw dates that ships from outside the country and I'll try and ripe my bananas at home.
I'd suggest you eat most/all of your fruit whole. You'll notice the benefits way faster, and it will keep you mad motivated. Also, you won't be putting off the getting used to actuallly eating big quantities of fruit, so you'll progress even more quickly.
Thank you again guys!!
I am very excited to start this tomorrow.
I can't even explain how terrible my body feels at this time. (may even have to do another Doctor visit) However, I believe a lot of issues can be dealt with by diet alone, so I am hoping this will help me overcome these nasty health issues.
First to answer your questions:
Can we use honey to sweeten things with? I will be doing a lot of smoothies, as I find it very easy to consume a lot of fruit this way. Can I use honey to sweeten it? ***Honey is not part of the program. Your tastebuds will adjust. Use dates, as Jared Six mentioned if you must. You will find out that you will get accustomed to no additional sweetener in a few weeks.
I already drink a ton of water, so that is no problem, but can we have coconut, or almond milk? Even in moderation? *** A ton of water is 2000 lbs. LOL MEASURE your water.
How much fat can we have a day? I bought some avocado and some raw nuts, but I was not sure how much we are allowed a day. *** A maximum of plant-based fat of 10% THIS IS IN CALORIES!!! So, nuts are 120 calories per ounce. MEASURE AND WEIGH your food!!! TRACK using Cron-o-meter set for 80/10/10 parameters. For weight goal do maintenance.
Do we still need to take vitamins? Fish oil and things like that? NO!
My glucose levels have been high as of recent, will this help me? *** Glucose is high because you have excess body fat surrounding your cells stopping the glucose from being absorbed. This is the cause of Diabetes 2 and Insulin Resistance.
And last, what do you guys eat on a typical day? I just need to hear some ideas. **Water upon rising. Watermelon after that. Fruit smoothie -- about 10 cups throughout the day. Salad or other vegie snack during the day. Huge salad, raw soup, evening. Green smoothies -- you'll need a Blendtec or Vitamix for this. Eat a lb of greens per day. Build up to this standard. Rotate the type of greens you use.
80/10/10 stands for 80% of your calories from fruit - primarily bananas; 10% MAX of your calories from plant based protein; 10% MAX of your calories from plant based fat.
This program also stresses the importance of additional hydration; sleeping 8 hrs a night; exercise/outdoors/fresh air
Eat as much of your produce organic. Don't even ***** about the cost. If you have a cell phone, cable TV, computer, etc., this is just another expense but one that will give you more than it's price. Health is not a commodity. It is something that we determine with our actions and our commitment.
READ THE BOOK!! You can't do this program flying blind. The 1st 3 chapters are a bit slow, but then zoom-zoom.
Honey is not supported here. It is not vegan and it really is not needed. If your fruit is nice and ripe it will be sweet as can be. You can also soak a few dates and blend them with your other fruit and it will taste like a caramel milkshake.
You should keep your fat below 10% of your total calories. Download cronometer...a free website/app that will help you track your intake. It will help you see your ratios...80/10/10...and ensure that you are getting the proper amount of calories which is a reccommended 2500 for you and 3000 for your boyfriend.
You do not need any vitamin or mineral supplements or fish oil. Your sugars and other levels will level right out if you keep your ratios t 80/10/10.
Most succesful peeps eat roughly what you are saying but be careful of the nuts...you will get to 10% very quickly. Again, make sure you are eating enough or you are setting yourself up for eating off plan foods.
Keep ripe fruit in your home. Make it a priority to have the right stuff around all the time so that you are on a cycle of havinging ripening furit in the house. If it starts to get too ripe, freeze it.
Look at all the info here for newcomers and I highly suggest Megan Elizabeth's youtube vids. Her story makes this seem doable and her recipes are great.
Best wishes! Let us know how it goes!