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First food emergency as an HCRV.

So yesterday I did not have nearly as much food as I thought I did.  I only had enough orange juice to cover breakfast and greens for later on.  I had no options.  None of my bananas are near ripe nor could I access ripe ones, or ripe anything for that matter that was also organic- I'm extremely sensitive to pesticides and always have been so I don't even try with non-organic, sooo not worth the burning in my mouth and stomach pain, etc.

First, I tried to get my hands on some dried fruit.  I found ~500kc worth of organic dried mango, no sugar added and a package of dried papaya.  Liked the mango.  I had never tried dried papaya before.. Turns out it's #$^%&%@ disgusting.  Nothin but love for fresh papaya though, I have one ripening(not fast enough!!!) as I type this.  Normally my other go-to would've been dates, but those are too rich for me to make a meal out of.

Then I got really discouraged.  I'm four months into HCRV and I haven't had to eat cooked food once.  Not once.  I think I had one Japanese sweet potato in the beginning, I'm talking within the first 3 days so I barely count it.  Even though DR says all the time that LFV cooked carbs are still fine to eat, I've had a really bad mental block against it.  Maybe that's a remnant from my restrictive days- black and white thinking.  That it's all raw or I am a failure.  The lack of carbs was making me forget about what was important!  So I made a mental list of all aspects of this lifestyle that I consider most important.

1)Vegan/Fair trade.  No matter what I eat, it can't be something that caused harm to another being in any way, shape, or form.

2)Whole, unprocessed, organic.  If it isn't all three I have trouble considering it food.

3)HC/LF.  I function my best when I am full of good carbs.  I feel, and therefore function, like @$$ when I eat any overt fat.

4)Raw.  It's important to me to eat raw so that I obtain the full nutritional value of everything I consume.

Raw was literally last on my list!  Another thing I could've put on the list is that it's important to me to eat enough.  Like I said, restrictive past, so going one day without eating enough at this point is NOT an option.   I would literally rather force down a package of frozen vegan mac n cheese than under eat for one day because out of all the things I could do to self-sabotage, I feel that under eating would be the worst.

So after considering all of that, it was fairly easy for me to reconcile eating potatoes.  I mean they're toxic anyway in their raw state, so you gotta cook em!  I even used a little organic ketchup.  Only ingredients I had a problem with were salt and white vinegar but there wasn't a high amount of either and DR said in one of his videos he'd eat potatoes with ketchup and even rice with soy sauce(too big of a step for me haha) so again, easy for me to reconcile.

Bottom line- I had steamed potatoes with ketchup for dinner last night, in addition to several handfuls of baby spinach.

I didn't feel remotely sick or less-than-fantastic after eating, I felt 1000% better with some LFV carbs in me!  And this morning?  I feel just as premium as if I had stuck to a 100% HCRV day.  No bloat from the sodium, which was my main concern.  Also, given the good results, I feel proud of myself for successfully overcoming my first challenge as an HCRV.

Big thanks to the community, and Freelee/Durianrider especially, for all the great advice in the forums/blogs/videos!

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Comment by ednshell on April 24, 2012 at 1:12am

Good for you thinking outside of the box, reasoning it out and taking great care of yourself! :)  Changing habit patterns is not always easy!  It's also a good lesson in being prepared.  When you go natural hygiene you always have to think ahead.  It's a different lifestyle in so many ways!

    

Normally my other go-to would've been dates, but those are too rich for me to make a meal out of.

What about datorade?  You can make it as watered down as you want.

  

Even though DR says all the time that LFV cooked carbs are still fine to eat, I've had a really bad mental block against it. 

What he actually says and/or means it that if you cannot get enough calories from fruit then cooked carbs are second best.  (low-fat/high-carb raw vegan is much better for us than low-fat/high-carb  cooked vegan and low-fat/high-carb cooked vegan is far superior to raw high-fat.)

  

I didn't feel remotely sick or less-than-fantastic after eating, I felt 1000% better with some LFV carbs in me!  And this morning?  I feel just as premium as if I had stuck to a 100% HCRV day. 

When I have gone off the wagon I have had this experience too but I also had the opposite.  In some instances it seemed my body was working so beautifully that it protected me from absorbing any toxins, I remember this one meal for instance where it was high fat and salt and MSG and I felt absolutely no side effects in any way.  I have also had very noticeable reactions to eating cooked, salt, high fat etc.  I think it can depend on the state of your body, if it's in the middle of a detox and under stress or well rested and well fed and in a peak moment.  And on a side note, (I'm not saying this happened to you necessarily), let's remember that salt and vinegar can give us adrenal kicks that make us feel good, lol. ;)

    

Also, given the good results, I feel proud of myself for successfully overcoming my first challenge as an HCRV.

You should be proud, no doubt you did the right thing!  :)  

Comment by Janna Bannanna on April 22, 2012 at 8:17am
Well done in getting through all that!
Have you tried wrapping your dates in lettuce or putting them between slices of cucumber? Great way to get dates in without feeling like they're too sweet. Also I like dates on apples, when apples are in season.
:) Janna

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