Hi I'm new, trying to start this week. Strangely, I'm finding myself really intimidated by the fruit I have all around me. I think I have this notion that I can't just pick up *a* piece of fruit and eat it, that I have to eat 6 of them or something. How to get over the calorie-intimidation hurdle??
If there's one thing I hear from conventional nutritionists (or my mom, lol) it's that "oh gee, girl, you're not getting nearly enough calories!!" I'm not anorexic or any other food disorder, but have always had a hard time eating what is recommended in terms of calories. And yet that's been going on for years and I'm not dying of starvation or malnutrition. I am 5'5", 127 lbs. Relatively sedentary except for chores around the house and garden (I know this will change as I get lots of energy and begin adding yoga and other exercise). Today I've had a little over 500 calories over two meals (this will be about 1200 by bedtime) and I'm not hungry.
Is there any chance that fewer calories are okay? Or does this change as I transition— will I find it easier and easier to eat more and more? I have a table full of fruit staring me in the face and all I can really think to do to get the calories is to shove a bunch of it in the Vitamix.
If calories are about Energy, can I get calories from things other than so much food? ;-)
I would say just start upping your fruit daily. Shoot for 2500 ultimately. Fewer calories is going to make you tired. You'll get used to eating fruit, it takes some adjustment time. Here's a few tips.
Make a 7-8 bananas smoothie with 1/2 liter water and 1 cup berries Heavenly!
Peel and slice 5 ripe mangoes, eat out of a beautiful bowl.
Half a honeydew and scoop out bites with a grapefruit spoon (eat both halves if you can)
Have 16 dates - about 800 calories or blend them with a few bananas
Eating fruit means eating more bites (as opposed to eating calorie dense foods), your stomach will adjust soon.
Well the cool thing about fruit is that if you're eating a big meal, quickly after you start eating, fruit leaves the stomach, making room for more as you eat, as opposed to conventional food which can sit in the stomach for an hour+ digesting. Or you can spread out your meals to to have 6 meals as opposed to 3.
More calories means more nutrients. Unfortunately conventional produce is grown for weight and look and not taste and nutrition, so if you don't eat enough you may not get enough nutrients.