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When I started to add animal protein back to my diet from eating all raw mostly fruit I did not gain any weight (I weighed 125 and still do). Though, my total calories went down considerably, as protein is much more filling to me and prevents me from eating.
After seeing this thread the other day I started to think about the good time I had on the diet, so for the last few days I went back to eating all fruit- oranges for breakfeast and as many bannanas and dates I can stomach throughout the day (blending the 2 with coconut water kicks ass). Oh my! my constipation went away… feel so relieved, so much lighter,digestion not slugish, lots more energy- even went running and it felt fun, not stressful.
Going low carb high fat lots of meat/dairy really f’d me up. which is why i’m in the trouble that I am today (left me practically in a coma with impaired digestion and so forth). I’m really starting to question how much fat I really need in the diet; carbs seem like a much better productive energy source.
I know better now then to restrict my diet to an all fruit/raw. Though, for now i’m considering making it my main food choice and “supplementing” fish, beef-liver, shell-fish & pastured eggs when feeling the need- as least as possible.
This site has lots of great info/perspectives on fruitarianism (well, actually all raw-food as well as primal/paleo views) –
I did it strictly for 7 months before. First 5 months were high carb then the last 2 months I started to add coconut, avacado and some sprouted nuts and seeds.
I loved it at first but it was short lasted. To this day I hardly consume any starch and prefer simple raw sugars (mostly from fruit) and also love juiced greens. Though, I feel much better with some animal protein/cholesterol/vitamins in the diet…
Thank you j-lo for sharing. 2,000 calories is indeed lower then what I wanted, just been struggling to get my body to take in more without feeling really uncomfortable. Though, these last couple of days I have gotten more in by utilizing some of your stratagesies you mentioned. I added gelatin to some fresh juiced oj throughout the day, was weird at first but something I can deffently get used to- it felt pretty good on my system. I reduced my fat intake and went heavy on the sugar (honey for the win!)- was able to get in more calories with less discomfort and I slept really good.
Thanks again for the input, It has been helpful.
Thank you all very much for your responses.
I did a little more research as well and basically just found out that hardly anyone has a lack of digestive enzymes, accept lactose. Besides I don’t have much money, so don’t think I will give them a go myself. I’m just axcited to hear others have had my problems and have gotten better.
j-lo it sounds like you eat pretty simular to the way I do, though I only seem to be getting roughly 2,000 cals a day and probly don’t consume as much gelatin. I love gelatin just never know how to use it… how do you? I’m thinking of lowering my fats and staying more diligent to the sugar and protein.
I have one more question if you don’t mind… That is, when your digestion was slow did you just force yourself to eat more, or did you excercise more to try to work up a bigger appetite?
House of herbs black strap Molasses is one of the hightest in Iron. 70% DV in 1 TBSP.July 14, 2013 at 2:28 am in reply to: Eating the food is great, but will I ever be able to do it in "moderation" #8858
In my honest opinion ALL humans have an “addictive” personallity. It’s just that some “addictions” get a more neggetive rep then others. That and some have multiple “addictions” as while some have fewer, thus are taken to more extreme due to the extra concentrated attention.
I find it to be very very hard to quit an “addiction” (especially ones that have a lot of repetition- habit) by trying to focus on said “addiction” and force it away by will. Rather I find it a lot easier to find something els to do that I find more inspiring and fun to do (hopefully something constructive, as apposed to destructive).
For instance- I train martial arts. I love it, it’s my favorite thing to do to utilize my time. In order for me to do a lot of the movements I want to do I need a not so full belly. Thus not eating so much is a breeze(working against me right now for my personal needs.. ).
I guess my point is- is that will power is overated. dont beat your self up. Stratagy is a much better tactic imo. It’s a big world we live in, with lots of options; I would suggest you try to find a hobby you like doing. If it’s something with physical activity- make it something playful, not stressful.
hopefully that makes some since..
I like making stock with cod heads best, then roasted beef knuckle bones. I usually use the broth to hydrate some rice to go with some shrimp or the like. Have used knox packets with good success- good consistancy, just no flavor. I’m not so certain I have noticed much of a difference kinesthetically. Though, I love eating it anyways.July 13, 2013 at 8:56 pm in reply to: Increasing carbs for heat but experiencing lots of muscle tension #8828
Thank you very much for the replies, it is much appreciated.
@Dutchie- I have never gone to the doctor to test my vitamin stores. Though, I live in So-Cal where i get good quality sun, and I take a 5,000 unit of D3 a couple times a week for good measure. As for protein, not sure what eneough might be. I eat about 100g a day and I weigh about 125-130, this seems to be what my body craves. I squirt magnesium hcl in my milk everyday-as I here it absorbs best when consumed with calcium.
@Jdubs- it is indeed a tightness. Though, it’s painful when I put that muscle to use- I train martial arts. Yea, noticed a harder time sitting still. My thoughts would race faster and I had the feeling like I always have to get something out of me.
I’m glad that it’s a normal thing among others and not a personal intolerance. When I first thought about it I only equated the amount of carbs I had been consuming and not the density. Over the last few years I had only consumed whole foods with lots of fiber and such- mostly fruits for carbs- spent some time as a raw foodist aswell. I now think it was the shock of eating the fiber free pancakes with lot’s of maple syrup really fast the set me off, as my body hasn’t had to recruit that much insulin so fast in a long time.
Other then this hiccup everything is going great. No more constipation and lot’s more enery. So happy. just got to work my way up to eating them pancakes lol.
thanks again for the help
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Thank you so much for your reply. I’m actually glad that it is normal. I was aftaid I might have developed a fructose intolerance or something ( I love my cherry juice and honey!).
Can’t wait to read the book. Have spent the last couple of hours reading the archives. So greatful for these different outlooks. Thanks Matt!
I have last question if you don’t mind…
Do you think eating starch as apposed to simple sugars will help my recovery faster? because of the greater insulin spike, due to more glucose?
also eating meals more frequently be better then a 16 hour fast with 3 larger meals cramed together? (habit)
It has been over 2 years since I have taken a single bite of wheat. I think for tomarrows breakfeast i’m going to make some Pancakes and go heavy with the maple syrup. Cant wait! best of all, not feel shameful for doing such. hell I might even be able to consider it medicine :)