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What should I eat? I am so hungry!!!!!!

AVLAVL Raw Newbie

OK so can someone tell me what I am doing wrong, because I was SO HUNGRY today, like to the point of passing out. This is what my day looked like:

5:00am woke up and jumped rope for 1 hour 10 min

7:00am smoothie with 2 scoops of VEGA powder, 10 strawberries, 1 banana & handful of spinach, 1/4 buckwheat porridge (measured dry)

9:00am apple & Cliff bar (why I only eat in case of emergencies)

10:00am 300ml fruit juice because my blood sugar was very low and I was on a field trip with my students, and that's all they had there

12:40pm salad: 1 zucchini, 1 tomato, 1 mango, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 large carrot, 1/4 red pepper. Smoothie with 2 scoops of VEGA powder & 5 strawberries

3:45pm 2 large apples

5:00pm 1/2 cup edamame beans & 7 strawberries

Now it's 5:45pm and I feel like I haven't eaten all day. So I still have dinner left to eat. I usually eat dinner between 7:30pm-8:00pm. I am trying SO HARD to be mostly raw (except for my porridge in the morning), but I just kept feeling so hungry and light headed all day because nothing seemed to fill me up. What should I do? What should I have for dinner?

Days like these don't happen too often (thank goodness), but I don't know what to do when I have days when I am super hungry all day long.


  • AVLAVL Raw Newbie

    SO I just had dinner, and was full for about 10 minutes, but now I am STARVING again! Here's what I had:

    Salad: 2 tomatoes, 1/2 avocado, mixed greens, 1 cucumber, 1/2 yellow pepper, parsley, 1 orange, juice of 1/2 lemon and 1 lime

    2 cups of broccoli & cauliflower (pureed in food processor) with tomato sauce.

    ARGH!!!!! I'm so frustrated!

  • superfood2superfood2 Raw Newbie

    Honestly, I would skip the powders and bars (except if you have no time for anything else, nothing else sounds good) and go for some fresh, ripe melons and/or bananas. The sweet fruit will up your calories, and in my opinion, is the healthiest, most nutrient-rich way to be raw.

  • waterbaby12347waterbaby12347 Raw Newbie

    AVL~ I hear you and feel your frustration... When I look at your munchies, I don't see any seeds or nuts... If I don't eat hemp, pumpkin, sunflower or chia seed in my smoothies or alone as a snack, I too starve... They aren't high in fat like nuts... Is there a reason you don't ingest them???

  • I agree with Waterbaby, you need a bit more in the way of nuts and seeds. Not a ton, just a few. I use Nutiva Hemp Protein powder and I feel it fills me up better than any other powder I've tried. I mix it with almond milk and greens powder and sometimes fruit.

    I think the almond milk would be a great addition. Also try adding some chia seeds to your diet. I mix 1/3 cup dry seeds with 2 cups of water and it makes a gelatinous mass. I eat about 2 Tbsp. of the gel mixed in a smoothie or with water. This really helps fill the hole:)

    Here's a link for the chia: http://www.therawfoodworld.com/product_info.php?products_id=1002259

    Hope that helps,


  • bittbitt Raw Starter

    when i was first raw i had to have a huge salad and flax crackers and a smoothie for lunch. and i was losing weight. eat more! of whatever you like! veggies don't have tons of calories so you'll need to add veggie juice or smoothies or seeds to add more calories. yes fruit too will work although try to have it on it's own.

  • TheFitnessFreak said "Hope that helps"

    that defiantly helps me..

    i'm a pedicaber and i have been looking for something like this for a while...thanks

    but i'm not going to have plants growing out my back am i?

  • AVL,

    As a raw vegan while in the military, I can assure you I have faced just about every dietary challenge out there! I am going to have to agree with the recommendation for some nuts and seeds. When I was in Affrica I was eating primarily fruit, and due to my activity level and the heat, I was always starving. I added a few glasses of almond milk, and raw hemp powder to my daily diet, and my hunger subsided. I eat a lot of avocados too when they are available, mostly because they are my favorite food ever! Good luck.

  • troublesjustabubbletroublesjustabubble Raw Newbie

    Add a couple more bananas to your smoothies and waaaaay more fruit during the day.

  • AVL,

    Although I dont 100% agree with the nuts and seeds thing, since your eating avocado which is a fat, you may want to give it a try. Personally, I dont think you are eating enough food. Since you are a teacher (i believe) you probably dont have enough time during the day, but if you get a chance while home, put your food into a cron-o-meter or my favorite nutridiary.com. You will quickly see that fruits and veggies dont have alot of calories, and according to what you listed as eating you probably didnt eat more than 500-700 calories. Eat More!! Yesterday I ate 2 cantaloupe, 2 cup of watermelon, 4 bananas, 10oz bag of cherries with i freshly squeezed lemon smoothie, a salad of spinach, two cloves garlic, one sweet onion, 4 plum tomatoes, green pepper, cucumber (peeled) and some liguid braggs (as dressing). and I still didnt eat enough! I only consumed around 900 calories! But I am active and it just is not enough to keep me going.

    Try to drink a big green smoothie in the morning will give you alot of energy and make you feel fuller longer, and then add more fruits that you like!!

    Good Luck!!

    Good luck!

  • Oh and i should also mention that I typically dont start eating until Lunch (noon) to give my body a rest from digestion... and I fell asleep around 8! So that was only 8 hours of eating. :-)

  • superfood2superfood2 Raw Newbie

    I also disagree with adding nuts and seeds or eating any of those regularly, but it's up to you. See how you feel!

  • AVLAVL Raw Newbie


    So I went to the store today and bought chia seeds, hemp seeds, almonds and goji berries. The thing is that I'm trying to lose 5-10lbs so I don't know how much and how often I should eat seeds/nuts. Could anyone tell me?

    Today was another one of those days :( For breakfast I added another banana but that didn't seems to make a difference. My breakfast was 600 calories and then I had a cliff bar 1 hour later because I was still hungry. Like, seriously...that very rarely happens. And it's not "that time of the month" either...I just finished.

    I kinda "cheated" too. I had a lot of crackers (like crappy kinds...Ritz) & almond butter at work. I feel so bloated and guilty. ARGH :(

    I just want to continue eating raw vegan because I LOVE IT, but I've just been feeling so hungry.

  • AVLAVL Raw Newbie

    Oh ya, I bought ground flax seeds too

  • First of all don't feel guilty,

    The true idea behind going raw is doing what's good for your body, sometimes the transition can be difficult, and we are not trying to discourage you from being raw by you being hungry all the time, or getting you sick.

    Almond butter is great, you can make/buy it raw is well, so if that is something that helps, stick to it. As far as how much seeds/nuts you should be eating depends on your activity level really. I get most of mine in the morning to get a strong fuel base for the day, and then do fruits throughout the day and get my veggies in at night. Also, I'm curious if you are transitioning from vegan to raw, or from veg, or omnivore. If your diet was heavy in meat or cheese prior to you going raw, weight loss will be emanate pretty much regardless of how much seed and nuts you eat.

    Lobo is right about the quantity of food you are eating. When I went from vegan (about 5 meals a day) to raw (about 8 meals a day) i just had to keep eating glorious fruits all day (it so terrible) :-) People all need different amounts of food at different times of the day, so there is no set amount you should be eating. The beauty of eating sooooo healthy, is that you can eat when your hungry and it is fairly hard to become "fat."

    Making some raw hummus and snaking on that throughout the day with some peppers might work for you too.

    Good luck, keep us posted on your progress!

  • AVLAVL Raw Newbie

    rubber duck,

    Thank you for your input. I started transitioning 2.5 weeks ago. I was vegetarian for 14 years, but ate eggs and fish. I started eating chicken, turkey, (no cheese) 3 years ago. So I wouldn't say I was eating a lot of meat, but a bit every day.

    I'm also trying to recover from an eating disorder (ED-NOS) and exercise compulsion, so eating a lot can be very scary for me. I am fairly active every day, but eating foods with a lot of fat can cause me to feel very anxious. But

    I know that I need to eat fat and that good fats won't make me gain weight.

    Also, I absolutely LOVE fruit, so I'm not worried about eating that.

    My brother has been raw vegan for a few years now and has also given me pointers on how to get started, so at least I have someone to look up to in my family (too bad he lives far away).

  • AVL,

    I am glad you have the support of family, always a plus, and it is too bad he doesn't live closer to you. Based on your exercise routine, and past protein intake, I would definitely incorporate some seeds like hemp or chia (I prefer hemp, but that is just my preference). Your exercise compulsion is definitely the main issue you are facing here. I had a girlfriend who also had an ED/EC, and she was a veg (lot of cheese and eggs) when we first met, tried the raw thing with me, and too was starving. We started incorporating Avocados, Yams, Sweet potatoes, and cashew butter into her diet, and then some hemp seeds in her morning smoothies, and that seemed to to the trick. Fruit is awesome, don't get me wrong, but with your activity level, you could eat fruit until you are blue in the face and never fill up. Keep on eating them though, great staple in your diet.

    Let me know how everything works out, we'll do some more brain storming in a few days if you are still having problems. Good Luck

  • AVLAVL Raw Newbie

    Thanks Rubber Duck,

    Well for dinner, I kind of had a mish mash of things, because I felt like eating a lot of different things. I had: 1 mango, 1 orange, 1/4 cantaloupe, 1/4 avocado, goji berries, tried some chia seeds in a tiny amount of buckwheat porridge. Man, it looks like nothing "matches", but it was juicy, sweet and good!

    I'll try to put some hemp seeds or chia seeds in my porridge tomorrow morning and see if it keeps me full longer.

  • HortalisaHortalisa Raw Newbie

    Hello AVL, I feel you! I very much had the same experience. When I went raw vegan for the first time, I was constantly hungry. And I did eat a lot, but not quite the right things, I learned in hindsight. I ate a lot of dried fruit and nuts to fill me up, but at some point I had cravings for savoury crunchy food. I was also not equipped with raw food kitchen gears such as a dehydrator, so I was not able to produce raw crackers, marinated vegetables and the like. In the end, I stopped being raw-vegan and returned to vegan, still with a lot of raw veggies, but also cooked foods, such as pasta, lentils, and falafel. 

    So, in an empty nutshell cause the contents were eaten, here are my learnings that now help me live on a raw-vegan diet:

    1. Trust your food. Trust your food to nourish you. This is a more a mindset thing, but I realised that I did not quite believe that cucumber to stop my cravings. However, what would be the alternative? We are eating raw because we really believe in the health benefits of food that is alive. So, once I realised this, I really trusted the food to fill me up. 

    2. Indulge yourself. This means to do abundant groceries. Create a sense of paradise! Do not feel guilty of buying delicious food. Just enjoy it smile

    3. Mean your meals. I realised that I would snack a lot. Like, all the time. Because I was never feeling satisfied. What helped me here is to consider raw meals real meals. In practice, this looks as follows: I take time to prepare something that will really satisfy me (what this is: see next point) and I eat a big bowl of it. This morning, it was a raw "muesli" for breakfast (e.g., this morning I had 1 kaki, 2 bananas, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, carob powder and a bit of fresh chopped mint together in a bowl and I added soy yoghurt. I think the latter is not everybody's thing since it is not 100% raw, but it does have living yoghurt cultures in it that are supposed to be good for your belly - and the non-fat-associated protein in the yoghurt fills you well.) When I was raw vegan the first time, I did not have plant-based yoghurt at all but ended up with cravings. I think especially when you are transitioning to raw-vegan, you benefit from good gut bacteria to build a gut environment that creates synergies with raw food. This is not a scientifically proven statement, it is literally my guts that tell me this. I also had two tangerines before. 

    4. Satisfy your cravings aka nutrient needs. A big difference for me is to add dark leafy greens, fresh herbs, garlic, buckwheat (dried for some crunch in zucchini pasta or salads), citrus fruit and water-rich green vegetables like cucumber and celery. Eat juicy, ripe fruit. And again: Make a really nice meal for yourself. You deserve it. You deserve to be satisfied after having eaten! 

    5. Explore new kitchen devices. One thing that helped me back in round 1 of being raw-vegan was a lack of all those amazing kitchen devices that I read about in all of those amazing recipes that I never made because of a lack of those devices. I did not want to invest for various reasons; I was a student, I did not trust myself to stick to it (at least, not really), I thought they were too expensive etc. But, actually – it's not that much that we need, is it? A blender, a juicer, a dehydrator and you get the full gourmet update. Of course you can still make simple meals as well, I do that all the time, but it's great to know that you can be a raw food chef and even invite friends over to share these meals with you. The mono meal is not exactly what most non-raw vegans understand as a nice dinner tongue-out

    6. Sprout and soak. You can sprout and soak so many things! Chickpeas, quinoa, oat, wheat, ... so you can basically eat everything you were used to when eating cooked food but it's raw. My first oat "rice" pad thai was a satisfying revelation. Also, soak your nuts for easier digestion and more nutrient uptake. 

    7. Have meals with friends. Be casual and inviting about raw food. When I went raw the first time, I was having a hard time to not get weird looks from friends. They were confused about "what I would even eat". I'd bring amazing salads to dinner parties and abundant fruit to brunches, but you know... it still was not quite the same as eating the same as the others. And they would try and like it, but it remained weird. We need to acknowledge and cherish the fact that food is a social and cultural good, around meals, not only our hunger for nutrients is satisfied, but also our hunger for community and love. So, I suggest to invite your friends over for a delicious raw-vegan potluck where they can also bring bread or whatever they want to have on the side to feel filled and satisfied after. But chances are that you surprise them with how delicious raw food can be!

    8. Go on that inner journey. This is my last point. Maybe it is also the most important one, at least it was for me. When I ate raw-vegan the first time, I often thought: "Man, this diet is really only for people who have their shit together!" (which was not the case for myself, to be honest) because raw food does not satisfy psychological hunger. It leaves our feelings naked. I used food a lot to satisfy non-food needs and to numb unresolved feelings inside me. So that added a lot of extra hunger. I even once thought: Great, I finally can eat as much as that hole in me wants and I don't gain weight! I believe that this is the wrong reason to turn raw, because it is a negative, a fear-driven one. A positive approach would be to think "I eat raw vegan because I love this food. And I love myself, so this is why." Now that I am working on the psychological side of my being, I learn how to fill that hole in a different manner – with more understanding and acknowledgement of my feelings, grievances, and let them all wash out. It takes time. But this is for me the most important thing that food has taught me: You cannot use it to numb your feelings. But you can use it to fuel your energies and to enjoy the sensation of happiness and satisfaction. There is a meditation that helped me: You very slowly breath into that psychological hunger, acknowledge it. Then you breath out and release the negative energy. Breath in again and invite golden or white or silver... whatever pleases you... light into your body. 

    All the best!


  • glenn_rglenn_r Raw Newbie

    Even though it's been said, nuts are the best if you want to eat as they're sooo filling. I am really hungry if I just have greens so I make sure I have a small amount of a pulse as well as nuts. Goji berries, currants and seeds are great to fill in between your main meals.
    I would also add more avocado since it's a good fat and another great filling too with less sugar in it.

    And twice that you're shouldn't feel guilty. Since you're in transition, it's really hard for your body and it wants more calories to compensate. This is a normal reaction.

  • ClaireTClaireT Raw Master
    glenn_r said:

    Even though it's been said, nuts are the best if you want to eat as they're sooo filling. I am really hungry if I just have greens so I make sure I have a small amount of a pulse as well as nuts. Goji berries, currants and seeds are great to fill in between your main meals.
    I would also add more avocado since it's a good fat and another great filling too with less sugar in it.

    And twice that you're shouldn't feel guilty. Since you're in transition, it's really hard for your body and it wants more calories to compensate. This is a normal reaction.

     I agree. Nuts, seeds, and avocado are essential, especially during the transition. 

  • Nutriveggie101Nutriveggie101 Raw Jr. Superstar

    Adding more fats without doubt helps with hunger and dehydration can give us a feeling of being ready to eat so trying drink water at the point of starving,but for me when you change to raw, you need to seperate the old feeling of hunger and don't get that feeling confused with the feeling of emptiness they are similar feelings but very different, I now love that empty feeling.

  • Harmony1Harmony1 Raw Superstar

    I feel like those salads should be bigger. They have enough ingredients, but maybe not enough of each. I'd go with a whole carrot, for starters. 

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