So, I was raw for about 4 months...basically 100% minus my morning coffee. But I ended up getting really, really ill... Not only did I drop down to about 100 lbs (and I'm 5-foot, 7-inches) but I started getting agitated, couldn't seem to think straight, etc. I was eating a great variety of food, fruits, veggies, nuts, coconut oils and such for fats, buckwheat, etc. but it didn't seem to matter.
I want to try the raw thing again because eating "normal" tends to really screw with my digestive system, and I can't seem to STOP gaining weight, even when I'm not eating a lot. (and I exercise 5-7 days a week! a combination of weight lifting and usually about an hour of cardio a day)
So is there any advice on doing this thing RIGHT, without getting sick? If any of you are taking vitamins, what kind of vitamins are you taking? I personally cannot afford the super expensive ones that some have suggested to me... I am okay with the vitamin part of my diet being NOT raw. I used to take some vegan vitamins from veganessentials.com called "Advanced Vegan"
Since I do some pretty intense weight lifting I'd like to up my protein a bit too...any suggestions for that without overdoing it on the nuts?
Again... I am on a budget. Vitamins under about 25-30 dollars are what I'm looking at. And I'd like to hear some great sources of protein, other than nuts. I've never had any experience with lentils, but know they're a good source, so if anyone has any ideas on how to prepare lentils for a newb, that'd be great :)