Yesterday my daughter's coach (knowing we are 100% raw) asked me if we supplemented anything, and was I sure the kids were getting enough protein. I talked with her for a bit about protein in the raw diet. Then last night for fun I typed in everything my daughter ate that day to see just how much protein she'd taken in. Since she'd been at a volleyball tournament and we'd packed her food I knew fairly accurately how large the portions were.
The amount of protein was amazing. Prior to her coming home and making raw brownies and eating one : ) she'd taken in approx. 55 gm of protein. (She weighs 114 pounds.)
But what really got me was seeing the amount of calories she'd taken in. 2,593. (Again that's approx.)
Her raw brownie snack was 1700 calories with 54% of those from fat. That puts her total for the day at (approx.) 4200 calories and 94 gm of protein.
Isn't 4200 calories a day high? Don't worry, I'm not saying "high" as in, "I think she needs to cut back." She is healthy and thriving on raw (and pain free which is another story.) It's just everything we're taught is that if you take in more calories than you burn you gain weight. She is not gaining weight. And while she doesn't eat brownies every day, she does usually eat even more veggies and fruits during the day than she did on this one day I kept track. This particular day she was busy and had games throughout the day, so her eating was on the light side. So I'm just wondering if that rule about calories and weight gain pertains to cooked food and not a 100% raw diet. (Emphasis on 100% raw. Someone who is not eating any cooked food.)
What are your thoughts, or what articles/research can you point me to?
When we first went raw both my daughter and I lost weight quickly, but whereas she didn't have that much to lose, I had lots! So at that time I wondered if I'd have to encourage her to eat more fats eventually, but no, she hit 112 and the weight loss stopped. She doesn't weight herself often, but when she does she's always 112 or 114. And we ate even more calories back then, trying all sorts of raw desserts. I look back on the amount of dates and agave we were going through then and I shudder. ; )
Anywho... I'd love to hear other people's experiences with calories and raw.