I have only recently gone raw (9/19) with a couple of (bad!) slips, but I am still struggling with many issues. I am not feeling nearly as good as I could and I’m still dealing with lot’s of bloating, fluid retention, constipation, cravings on and off,- basically not much better than my previous (healthy SAD). I have recently really been monitoring my ph and it is way to acid, so I have been working on that and not getting anywhere. I’m in the process of reading Conscious Eating by Cousens and I think the light bulb has gone off. He basically states that everyone’s metabolism is different and no one diet will suit everyone but there are systems that dominate in each individual and this is what determines how food and nutrients work for each body. He really goes into great biochemical detail and by going through my self exam I am a fast oxidizer for sure! The only thing I’m having trouble deciding is whether I’m oxidative dominant or autonomic nervous system dominant. I think oxidative because I’m eating a lot of greens and such that should push me alkaline but it’s not. My protein intake has been fairly low but adequate(I think) and on days I do eat more protein (almonds, hemp) my urine is more alk several hrs later.Being a fast oxidizer I actually need more protein at every meal to slow the ATP system, so today I’m starting to really pay attn to that. I do know that when I eat only fruit in the morning, as many people here do, I feel hungry all of the time. I can’t eat more fruit because my blood sugar goes to high, I get a sugar crash and I’m in a fog an hour later. The other issue is that if you are oxidative dominant then the things that are normally listed as alkalinizers may actually acidify you. I find this all really intersting and certainly the likely reason that some people thrive easily on this diet high in complex carbs, low (but adequate) protein and fat and others struggle and just don’t feel like they know they could. I do think that balancing my body’ ph is the key to getting rid of all of this fluid and bloating, I just have to figure out which way will work for me! Anyway. I was wondering if anyone else has hammered out their partcular metabolic type and how you went about it. Today will be my first day really working at this.