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For quite some time, I've been scouring the internet, hoping to find tips and advice from people who may have overcome the kind of difficulties I am facing in regard to the raw food diet. My main challenge is that my husband and teenage kids reject the raw food diet (and even high raw diet) which means I have to carry a double load.
Having that said, I do want to add that I believe everybody should decide for themselves and have always felt that it was better to be an example for the positive aspects of my choices, thus non-verbally inviting others to follow my example rather than trying to push my choices on others. My family, however, decided against jumping on the raw band wagon and, unfortunately, I am the one stuck with the job to plan, shop for and prepare both raw and cooked meals.
I don't even have enough space in the fridge for both diets, and my husband and I can literally get into an argument over the several cans of beer he finds necessary to store in the fridge when at the same time I don't find enough space to put all of my produce- which is perishable and needs to be cooled. I wonder why there have to be about 10 cans of beer in the fridge when he is the only one drinking beer in this household, and the maximum number of beer he normally drinks on a day is maybe 3? Just wondering....
I am also running a time consuming business, driving my son to college and picking him up again, on top of all the other everyday nitty-gritty that needs to be taken care of.
In the beginning of this year, I went 100% raw for 3 months. Even though I had somewhat more energy, I thought I wouldn't be able to keep up with that lifestyle. I literally couldn't find the time to prepare enough raw foods for me. So I simply didn't eat. I made sure to have my green smoothie and a salad with some crackers, but that was basically it.
Since I am always running around and also working out on a regular basis, I simply didn't consume enough calories. Sometimes, after going to bed, my stomach would start growling, but I was honestly too tired to get up and eat a piece of fruit, because I would have had to go through the ordeal of flossing and brushing my teeth again.
I found out later that I severely 'under-ate' and thus, unfortunately, damaged my metabolism. How did I find out? I gained a lot of weight (I've never been so heavy in my entire life!), I was so exhausted that exercise wouldn't energize me anymore but totally deplete me, and I was cold all the time (which reminded me of the times when my hypothyroidism was still undetected and thus untreated).
I was told by my doctor that it takes, on average, 12 - 15 months of re-feeding (never going hungry...) for the metabolism to return to normal! As a German naturopath with years of medical training and experience, and on top of that having taught countless "body intelligence" - weight loss classes, I couldn't believe that I was so out of tune with myself to neither remember that fact nor realize what I was doing. However, I have decided that I shall be an exception from that rule... ;-) Fortunately, I have enough tools in my toolbox to help myself and my body get back on track way more quickly :-). If I am not mistaken, I may have already started to lose weight, again (yeah!).
Oops, I just realized how late it already is... I will continue my rumination whenever I find time, again!