Eat lots or limit myself?
I have been high raw for about 2 weeks and i've decided today it's time to go full raw.
I want to make sure I don't binge on nonraw things tonight, because this is what happened the previous times I attempted going raw. Do you think it's ok if I eat a large amount of calories on my first week or so of adjusting to raw? I know i'll gain some weight but I want to make sure I don't binge on this attempt. (Although the goal of my raw diet does include losing weight.)
I'm also curious as to your vegetable/fruit ratio. I'm only a teen so I can't afford to eat 5 fruits every meal, it's really expensive. Would eating half fruit and half vegetable and the remaining 5-10% in nuts be an ok sounding plan?
I'm just speaking from my experiences, but I started out eating more calories than I normally would and indulged on the "raw gourmet" foods. Now I very rarely have a piece of raw "cheese"cake and my calorie count is closer to normal. I do notice on days that I haven't had enough calories at work, I come home and binge - fortunately it's on raw food because I threw out or had my husband eat the stuff I love and turn to when starving. I tend to eat a lot of fruit in the morning and then move to more greens and seeds later in the day. I'm not sure why, but it tends to work for me. I bring a shopping bag of food with me to work and spend the day snacking on fruit and have a humongous salad for lunch (I just got really teased for that - fortunately I think it's funny too).
Yes, I'd say it's definitely okay, especially because you've been struggling with it. If you're worried about too many calories, maybe have carrots, melon, celery or something low-cal on hand.
I ate more too when I started out (although I didn't have anything gourmet), then I got used to it and went back to normal. It was an adjustment, and I think I ate a lot not because I was hungry, but just because I was craving other things and felt unsatisfied.
After that it was fine, so if eating a lot helps you get through the transition, go for it. Also, I did lose weight without restricting myself.
Your plan sounds fine- I eat fruit for breakfast, 2 green salads a day on most days (with oil, vinegar, sometimes nuts), & fruit for snacks, and that works for me. Good luck :-)
Never "limit" yourself, you should always be doing what is best, whether its eating more or less. Whatever you choose, be positive and feel good about it.
i agree :) . eat well and enjoy. sometimes you need a little.. sometimes you need a lot. definatley don't go nuts with the nuts (hee hee, yes, i'm a geek) or the oils, trust me , speaking from experiance, big fat tummy ache, and the next day feels rough too. cheers and fun with food :)
What they said! I really don't think calories matter TOO much if you FEEL you eat enough. (ONLY if you're eating mostly fruits and veggies, and limiting to a very small amount of nuts and oils/fats) Don't stress over it. :)