New to Raw
Hi guys. My name is Kel, I'm a n00b here. I've started making an attempt to incorporate more raw/whole foods into my diet. I've been eating "well" for about two years and exercise regularly. Over the past two years, I've dropped about 40lbs. I thought that green smoothies would be a good way to get some more greens, but it seems they hate my body :(
I've been having them for breakfast for about two weeks (I took a few breaks for a day or two) and ever since I've had digestion issues. First off, I've had issues with constipation (sorry for the TMI!) which kind of shocked me because I thought it would do the opposite. I've increased my water intake (from at least 64oz a day to 96) but it doesn't seem to help. All the research I've done basically tells me to eat more leafy greens, so I feel I'm at a loss here. I also have found that the smoothies give me horrendous heartburn!
I thought maybe this was a fruit/almond milk issue, so I tried cutting those and simplifying my smoothies, but it doesn't seem to make it any better. I've done some research & heard that perhaps I had low stomach acid, so I tried the ACV trick and it just made everything worse!
I thought green smoothies were supposed to be healthy and make me feel awesome. I do feel like I have more energy (which I love!) but the side effects are bumming me out! Has anyone had any similar experience? Will this pass? Any ideas?
I should also mention my boyfriend has been drinking the green smoothies as well but he is fine and loving them!
I started incorporating raw foods a lot more into my lifestyle this past April. About two weeks ago, I began eating 95-100% raw. I drink green smoothies almost every morning, eat a lot of fresh, watery fruits, and try to incorporate as much greens as possible. The one non-raw thing I have been consistently eating is steamed broccoli because it feels right to my body. In addition, I exercise about 5-6 days/week and have a fairly active lifestyle and job (lots of walking as I don't drive) .... yet, still, I haven't lost any weight at all! As much as I'd rather not admit it, it's pretty discouraging. Since I'm new-ish to the raw food lifestyle, I don't know if I'm doing something wrong or if that's just how it's going to be for me...
any feedback, information, support, etc. would be totally appreciated! thanks !
Hey everyone! I want to start a smoothie cleanse on August 5th going for hopefully 10 days. Anyone want to join? I'm going to include whole organic fruits and green smoothies. Right now I'm going to eat clean until August 5th to prepare.
I just typed something & i don't see that it worked so i'm doing it again, if it show up twice.. sorry.
I bought wheatgrass at whole foods store, i checked it for mold, didn't see any, then i rinsed it off & put it in my juicer,
I drank 2 oz.
The taste wasn't too bad bad the fact that it is warm is what bothers me a little bit for some reason.. anyway, about 15 minutes
after i drank it i felt VERY SICK to my stomach, as if i could vomit, this last for a good hour.
I also had a lot of burping (sorry if too much information) & that last 1.5 hours & then subsided about 30 min after
Anyone else have this experience? Is this normal?
I'm relatively new to veganism, but am considering progressing to a raw food diet. I've spoken to my kinesiologist (who is also a nutritionist) about going raw, and her advice was to only go partially raw, particularly now that we're well into the winter months.
I have also read that according to Chinese medicine, the stomach / spleen needs a certain amount of warm food in order to 'maintain long term function' (http://deepesthealth.com/2007/7-keys-to-a-balanced-vegan-diet-in...). I know there are a lot of arguments against raw veganism floating around on the web, but this one intrigued me, as I am a strong believer in Eastern medicine / philosophy. Is anyone able to shed any light on this debate?
In conclusion, I'm definitely going to start incorporating more raw foods into my diet, but will i still gain the same life-changing benefits that the majority of raw-vegans rejoice over, on a 50/50 raw diet (75/25 in the summer months)?
Also, what are your thoughts on grains? I've come across a few articles arguing that they are not suitable for human consumption, which makes sense, as humans only started consuming them recently, and of course, most of them need to be cooked in order to be eaten (with the exception of oats).
Sorry for all the questions, I'm quite new to all this!