Hey everyone! I've been on the Raw till 4 lifestyle for about 3 solid months! YAY I love it so much but I've hit a road block! I'm feeling really under carbed (Tired, drained, no energy, border line depressed, emotional) I'm just feeling really weird and not myself, I'm pretty sure I haven't been eating enough lately! I just need support, It really doesn't help since I've gained weight on this lifestyle, and I'm not feeling too comfortable at the moment. In the beginning of my journey I was eating about 15 bananas a day now I'm eating 5 or 6! With other fruit of course but apparently not enough. I just hate feeling like this of course, who would enjoy this? I'm wondering If I should do banana island for a week? Any tips?
Thank you :)
-Stephanie de Bourmont
I've been fully raw its amazing! I mainly survived off of bananas haha! I like raw till 4 since its flexible and I enjoy cooking as well! I don't have snapchat of kik haha but I do have a Facebook and instagram! :) I'm just at a point where I know I'm undercarbed and its taking a toll on me and making me so freaking un motivated. it really sucks!
When I first began I would eat 1000 plus calories for breakfast and then 700+/- calories for lunch then about 600+/- for dinner? And I really felt great! So around 2200-2500! But recently I've been eating like 600 for breakfast 600 for lunch and 600 for dinner. And I'm feeling pretty run down! I'll follow you on instagram! I'm Stephsplate and I actually created a specific Facebook for vegan friends haha :)
haha thank you! Being fully raw is great but I prefer Raw till 4! :) I just can't get enough of my rice hahaha
Are you tracking your calories on a site like www.cronometer.com?
Were you underweight to begin with? On a high raw diet, our bodies often heal, and brings us to our genetic weight, not necessarily our mental ideal weights.
Have you considered or are you able to to a high raw diet?
RT4 involves cooking foods which denatures nutrients and or involves use of starchy foods which are low in some essential nutrients like vitamin C, and or antinutrients like oxalate acid and phytates which prevent the body from absorbing nutrients.
Do you eat lettuce greens? For long term success, most members have to eat about 1/2-2 heads of lettuce a day.
Are you able to eat a high raw diet, and eat less cooked foods? If so...
When cooked foods do not work:
99-100% Raw Long Term Success
Eat a raw frugivorous diet where most carbohydrates and calories come from whole, raw, ripe, sweet, and juicy fruits like oranges, papaya, or mangoes, supplemented with about ½-2 heads of lettuce greens a day ,(not high oxalate veggies like kale, chard, and spinach), and about a handful of raw nuts or seeds a day. Eat simple meals (like mono meals, or only use a few ingredients) but a rainbow of foods over a period of time.
Eat enough on a daily basis with at least 2500 calories for females and at least 3000 calories for males. Drink 8 or more cups of water a day and pee clear. Get 8-12 hours of sleep as needed. Exercise about 30 minutes a day 5-6 days a week with at least one day off for rest and repairs. Get about 30 minutes of sunshine a day on your skin for vitamin D, mental health, eye health, and healthy bones and teeth.
For more science behind how a raw foods diet optimally for long term success:
I tracked my calories in the beginning, I no longer do because I am conscious of what is caloric dense, but I do tend to ration my fruit, thinking I won't have enough for the week if I don't ration. This leads me to under eating! I was not under weight when beginning but I do come from a restrictive past, I have actually gained fat weight ( I have fat rip lets on my stomach which I have NEVER had before). I do eat 801010, But on the weekends I do have higher fat content meals when eating out, and sugar and fat don't combine well, so I'm positive if I stopped eating out and eating these restaurant foods I would get better results! As for being fully raw I do not have the means to do so, So raw till 4 it is! I just need to keep up my calories! Do you recommend fruit besides dates and bananas that are caloric dense as well as cheap?
Lettuce greens are nutrient dense and cheap in many places. Nuts and seeds are too. Even though we eat few of them because of high fat content, they are nutrient dense and a good source of fat soluble nutrients like E and K. They are also a quick way to get calorie counts up too without the bulk.
Oranges are nutrient dense and cheap, or you can watch the sales. Oranges have compounds in them like coffee that are a great mental pick up.
Ways to save money in the USA include shopping sales of course and stocking up. I can store apples and oranges for weeks in my dark pantry. Sams club and Costco are great places to shop too. In the baking aisle, Costco has raw to minimally processed nuts and seeds at good prices too.
If you live close to a big city, check out the ethnic neighborhoods and shops too for cheap fruits. You can sometimes find great deals on imported exotic treats and organics.
For people on a budget or food stamp plan, some of the smaller shops do take these too.
On RT4, potatoes are more nutrient dense than other starchy foods.
Here is a nice post by ednshell on fruit ideas: