I had been raw till 4 for around 4 months. I live at home and don't work (and can't due to balancing school and extracurriculars). It was really expensive. Now I can understand that sometimes you have to invest into your health but as a teen girl I can't really expect my mum to fork out so much money just for me to eat. I've been starch solution for maybe 3 or 4 weeks and it's been a lot cheaper and easier to eat enough. It is easier to bring my school lunches because it can be hard to pack large volumes of fruit.
According to Cronometer I have been hitting my macros, nutrients and carbs every day although some days I'll eat only maybe 1600 cals (I'm 15).
Now my question is, will the Starch Solution have the same positive effects as Raw till 4? Is it worth adding another activity to my busy schedule to eat Raw till 4 or should I just stick to the starch solution
I live in Australia. When I was eating less it was maybe $65 a week but to eat the quantity of fruit I'd need would be a lot more. I just feel bad because my family has to pay for it all.
Yeah I was thinking to combine the two so that I eat as much fruit as I can but also mix in starches so I'm eating enough :) Thanks for responding!! I am going to hopefully be getting a paid internship soon which will mean it might make it a little easier. Still it can be hard to bring so much fruit to school. :P
btw I love thrift stores :D so many cute things you wouldn't find at mainstream stores.
Hi. I agree with Adriana Bakic, the more fruits I have in my diet the better I feel. I kinda am in the same situation as you are, except that I can afford to have fruits for breakfast. I feel that on the starch solution I am a little more tired than when I'm on fruits but I've almost got the same the energy. I'd say starch solution is very good as a plan B though. If you have an already busy schedule I'd stick to the starch solution to get rested. But then again I've been on the raw till 4 diet for only 4 months so maybe more experienced people will show up. Good luck with the starch solution!
Thanks :) I definitely still eat as much fruit as I can. I have banana on my oats in the morning along with apples and oranges throughout the day.
Yeah I'm very busy with school and will probably be getting an Internship soon as well as piano and my freelance software development. It's so hard to eat enough xD I think I might try combine the two and eat as much fruit as I can, but when it's not possible eat starches instead :)
Here's a tip for transporting your fruit... make a smoothie and fill a 64oz mason jar. Better, fill 2. On days when I'm going to be out of the house for 6+ hours, I'll pack two of these, and a container of dates. No problems, and the bag will get lighter as you go. Plus, drinking usually more socially acceptable that eating it in many circumstances e.g. meetings, work, school, etc.
I find dates far too sweet but I can definitely start bringing a smoothie to school! any good recipes? :) Mine with water always taste icky
Hmmmm.... I think I remember seeing that bananas are much more expensive per pound in Australia than they are in USA? Just looked it up and the exchange rate is $1 US = $1.28 Australia. So relative cost vs. wage to consumer is about the same per dollar in our countries. Bananas here in the Northeast USA are as low as $0.39 per pound($0.85 per kilo) conventional, and as low as $0.59 per pound($1.29 per kilo) organic. Making the raw/raw till 4 style diet a breeze for me the past few years. What are bananas going for per kilo down under? I'm guessing not $0.85 per kilo ?
Definitely not $0.85 :P $4.50 per kilo for conventional bananas at a supermarket.