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how often to eat and how many ccal?

This is all new to me but i have been reading and gathering information for some time now about being Raw. This is my first day of my transformation, i was going to start a few days ago but instead of just going for it got delayed. It was like quitting smoking, instead of thinking about what i would gain i started thinking about what i was giving up. I don

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  • In general terms, and since you are new to being raw, keep in mind that it takes 20lbs of green veggies to equal 2,000 calories. Yes, that's 20lbs and feel free to try to eat as much as you can. Fruit and nuts are obviously different but you'll notice that everthing digests differently in your system as well. I've noticed that keeping bags of fresh fruits and veggies helps any cravings.

    I would look into reading the book called "Eating For Your Blood Type" by Peter J. D'Adamo. I typically refer to this book as well as being raw. My best friend and I have done this combination and have both seen drastic changes within the last few months. When I say drastic, I'm not kidding. I've always been in shape and have had no health issues other than high blood pressure. Which is odd since I'm 29 years old and have blood pressure issues since I was a kid. I'm 5'9 and not overweight at all. I was a professional model for years in Europe and the US and have always eaten generally healthy. In theory, it was that since my body simply does not handle wheat at all- period. (Most people don't since quietly even whole wheat has always been growth modified and altered in the US- and I'm sure everywhere else...)

    I'm a type O blood type and since I've gone raw and somewhat referred to this book, my blood pressure is now 130/78. It was always 150/110 when I was eating meat, cheese and wheat. Going raw changed my life and this book helped a bit too. (I'm not affiliated with the book either just in case you were wondering.) Carol Alt's book is good too. I can't remember what it's called, but she beat breast cancer by going raw. Great recipes and such, you can pick both books up at your local library. Superb reading. :)

    Evelina

  • the59soundthe59sound Raw Newbie

    eat when you're hungry, but also make sure you're getting enough - counting calories is essential for us raw foodists as it's sometimes challenging to get calories in when you're first starting. eating meals varies, as sometimes i'll even have 5 meals a day, but sometimes it'll just be 2-3. you'll find a balance, keeping fit is great on raw, you should try the high fruit low fat approach...this may allow you to eat whatever you'd like and still lose the weight you'd like to lose ensuring you won't fall off the raw-wagon as you're getting enough carbs.

  • alexa.alexa. Raw Newbie

    I'm pretty skeptical of the whole "eat right for your type" movement. All animals have different blood types. They still eat species specific diets, not blood type specific diets. I know you say it worked well for you, but is that not just because it encouraged healthier eating in general (the absence of wheat, which everyone is allergic to in some degree,) coupled with raw?

  • Yes, you are correct, but keep in mind that animals have totally different digestive systems than humans do too. I don't stick to the blood type diet entirely, because it's really not a diet, but it basically tells you what's ideal and works best. And yes, if it's in a box, I don't eat it. :)

  • Thx for the replies. I have no problem eating fruit and for me it would be impossible to eat mostly veggies. Think this change will be trial and error. Some things that will work for others wont work for me.

  • alexa.alexa. Raw Newbie

    That's a pretty bold statement, considering we are animals, and there are many animals that eat like we do (or like we're intended to by nature at least.) Closely related frugivores (primates) eat a species specific diet. Whatever makes you feel the best though, I suppose. What changes have you made under the guidelines of eating for your blood type? I'm curious.

  • rawlizardrawlizard Raw Newbie

    Marantz, if you are not a 'cold turkey' person, you may want to start more gradually. It is still the transformation that you are looking for, but a slower pace will help you figure out what to eat for each meal over a period of time, without the "I am very hungry right now, but I don't know what to eat" dilemma .

    Usually with raw food you have to try many things, prepare them in many different ways before you find your own staples; the food and other ingredients that you have to have in your refrigerator. For me is bananas and avocados, for somebody else may be cashews and grapes, etc. This is a personal discovery process since we are all different and have different tastes.

    I would suggest to make a plan, and start by eating a raw lunch or dinner. Then add breakfast, and so on, and see how things work for you. I hope this helps.

  • thx for the reply rawlizard.

    The cold turkey thing does not apply for me with this transformation. I

  • hannahmariehannahmarie Raw Newbie

    marantz,

    Have you read the book "the 80/10/10 diet", yet? If you are going for a low fat approach (which I do myself and highly recommend, you should read it. It's very informative about what you need to eat in order to get in enough calories and keep the protein and fat low (hint: it's a lot of fruit!)

    There is also a blog by a goneraw member that I find covers a lot of things that Dr. Graham covers in his book on her blog. That blog is fitonraw.com

    You can also check out 30bananasaday.com, which is basically a community like this of 80/10/10ers.

    To actually answer your questions, I would start off counting calories so that you get an idea of how much you should be eating (like I said, it's a lot so you have to get used to it!). I would also try as hard as possible to make it 3-4 meals/day. Snacking all day makes you hungry all day and that's awful.

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