OK, my first post to one of Gone Raw’s forums was complaining that I felt like crap after being raw a couple weeks. I could not stop craving pate´s and sweets. I pulled back on the heavier stuff and started to feel better. However, I don’t feel as I would have expected. It has been over a month and I am doing OK I guess, but I still don’t feel so great.
I also feel frustrated about having to think about what I eat. Part of my interest in the raw diet was that I was hoping I would not have to think so much about food. I already don’t have the healthiest relationship with food, (other than that no one has suffered for my meals in 20 years. Been veg for 20 and vegan for 12 of those years). But even being vegan, I managed to overeat and do the yoyo. I have battled my weight all my life. I am freaking tired of it. So I thought if I went raw, I would be able to eat whatever I wanted and be free of thinking so much. I have read many others have been liberated from their unhealthy relationship with food.
So here I am raw for over a month, and I still struggle with eating too much. I do notice it is a bit less because it is hard to eat way too much. My body will protest, as I am hoping it is due to my nutritional needs being met, but if that were the case, I would feel better.
My point in rambling is that I don’t feel energetic, I don’t feel lighter in my body and I still want to eat fats and sweets. I paid for a phone consult with a raw person from Chicago and she said just eat whatever I want and it will balance out. She said many people crave sweets and fats and things will improve over time. Does everyone agree with that?
I am not going to deny that I want to lose weight. I always want to lose weight. I do, however, care about how I feel and I care about my health and the health of the planet.
One struggle is that my husband LOVES sweets and I find myself making a lot to make him happy. We will eat half of a chocolate pie in a day! We are slobs! He does not have interest in being 100% raw, but he is so supportive and does not eat cooked food at home to support me. But I make some of the heavier stuff so I know he will be full and satisfied and of course if it is here, I will eat it.
Anyway, any general advice would be appreciated. I almost gave up a couple weeks ago, but decided to stick it out. I just bought a bunch of kitchen gadgets to help with prep time, so now I am more invested.
One last thing, (OK this is not glamorous), I feel a little constipated. So many people talk about having 3 bowel movements a day. Not happening over here!
What the hell am I doing wrong.
FYI – I eat green smoothies or fruit for breakfast
Fruit for a snack
Lunch varies but may be a little pate´in lettuce leaves or cut up veggies or a big salad with olives and flax crackers
Fruit for snack
Dinner varies but may be zucchini pasta with pesto
One last tidbit (sorry for the book long post) I am hypoglycemic so I have to eat between meals. I also exercise pretty hard so I can’t sustain on lettuce alone :o)