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all's in the title I guess... I don't know much about raw food, but I can see that people who switch from a traditional way of eating to raw eating, loose weight gradually but in a significant manner. Those I know who are definitely long-term raw eaters are all...skinny.<br><br>
Why is that ????<br><br>
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In addition to other things, it's the lack of crap in their diet. They're not sitting around eating fried chicken and consuming pans of brownies, YK?
 

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true that most raw foodists are skinny; I believe a lot of this is because you really only eat what your body needs; you eat very little fat, you use most of what you eat.<br>
I personally was a pure fruitarian for a year and a half, and I wasn't skinny. I wasn't fat, just a regular woman, with a generous curve at the hips and bust.<br>
I spose I lost all of 10lbs over the course of that 18mo.<br><br>
not all rawfoodists are skinny in the same way that not all McDiet eaters are fat. but the lifestyle does lend itself to it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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and therefore, since I have a real tendency to stuff myself with food when my feelings are too strong, or when I am too tired (all that night nursing !!!), if I switched to (a lot more) raw food, I guess I would loose weight too ??? That's a question, actually <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">and therefore, since I have a real tendency to stuff myself with food when my feelings are too strong, or when I am too tired (all that night nursing !!!), if I switched to (a lot more) raw food, I guess I would loose weight too ??? That's a question, actually <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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i sort of "accidentally" went raw a few months ago (after doing a 3-week cleanse i felt so amazingly good i didn't want to go back to cooked foods and dairy, the previous love-of-my-life) and my weight has been drifting gently downwards even though i eat whatever i want whenever i want.<br><br>
i've often been a comfort eater, and that habit seems to have switched-off for me since becoming raw. i feel more in tune with my body's needs. some days i have a couple of green smoothies and a big dinner and snacks all day and other days i barely get hungry at all. you supposedly get a lot more nutrition out of your food when it's uncooked, and so need a lot less.<br><br>
i especially love that the sweet treats i make are real, nutritious food with no junk, and therefore guilt-free! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">and therefore, since I have a real tendency to stuff myself with food when my feelings are too strong, or when I am too tired (all that night nursing !!!), if I switched to (a lot more) raw food, I guess I would loose weight too ??? That's a question, actually <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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A friend of mine is raw and she still has to watch what she eats so it's not a guarantee. She watches the amount of recipes that contain nuts she makes. In fact one of the raw enthusiasts out there makes sure people using her cookbook understand nuts are not to be seen as a protein source but a fat source.
 

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I think it still depends on your body type.<br>
a lot of raw foodists need to make a special effort to get enough fat in their diet. my best friend is a natrually skinny guy, and on raw foods, it was a constant focus for him to keep some weight on.<br>
Definately if you're a comfort snacker and you switch to raw foods, you'll be better off than eating "junk".<br>
But I'd advise against jumping right into raw foods as a way to loose weight, or a way to indulge in guilt-free comfort food. Its definately more healthy to eat more raw, but I hope you'll look into why you need to eat to "fill the emotional hole" as well as eating better.<br>
the other thing is that if you go from a standard diet to a raw diet, it is likely to cause your body to detox, and this can make you sick in the beginning; its like you've been storing all kids of toxins for your whole life, and if you start to cleanse, (which a raw food diet is), the toxins start cleaning out wholesale. so you have all these toxins flushing out of your system, it can give you headaches, rashes, stomach upsets, etc. you get a very very strong craving to eat a hamburger (or whatever) to push it all back down and stop the process). So its important to ease into it slowly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
all that said, it's very likely if you switch from constant snacking on cookies or whatever, to raw veggies and fruit, you will lose wait.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">In fact one of the raw enthusiasts out there makes sure people using her cookbook understand nuts are not to be seen as a protein source but a fat source.</div>
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Curious - who?
 

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Alissa Cohen. <a href="http://www.alissacohen.com/" target="_blank">http://www.alissacohen.com/</a><br><br>
The recipes in Living on Live Food are SO amazing. Everything my friend has made me has been awesome. Alissa's a body builder so she's not the stereotypically ultra thin raw foodist.<br><br>
ETA: She has a DVD that I've borrowed from my friend and it's great. She walks a few ladies through some so super simple recipes and talks a lot about protein and fats etc.
 

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I want to know what she's been doing. She looks HORRIBLE. She has gained something like 50 pounds. I was shocked when I last saw her.<br><br>
But, yes. Her book is wonderful and her DVD makes raw food so look so easy (and it is!) She has a new show premiering soon, it will be interesting to see what she looks like. She was also on the Tyra Banks show and you can watch the episodes on You Tube.
 

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She's definitely looking fuller. I wonder if she's trying to compete in a higher class. Every time my friend has done that she's had to out on quite a bit of weight while adding more muscle. Once that's done then she starts leaning out again while trying not to lose the muscle.
 

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I'm pretty sure she doesn't compete. I believe that at this stage she just does it for herself. She has said that she's had to make adjustments in her diet...I just wish she were more forthcoming with what that meant.
 

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What?! Crazy. Isn't this picture of her pretty current?<a href="http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/blogs/blog-3/entry-7507/" target="_blank">http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/blogs/blog-3/entry-7507/</a><br>
She looks like a normal weight there, but it is a bit far away.<br>
Or have you guys seen her IRL?
 

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because of raw foods' nutrient-to-calorie ratio. generally speaking, the more calories a food contains, the less nutrients it has, and vice versa. Raw foods (green veggies etc) are high nutrient, low calorie. cooked foods often contain less water and/or fiber, and are therefore more dense than raw. you can eat more of a cooked food (volume-wise, and therefore calorie-wise) than a raw food.<br><br>
and to answer your question, YES, if you comfort-snack on raw carrots or salad (providing you have a very low-calorie dressing), you will absolutely lose weight. even if you precede every meal with a fresh apple and orange, this will fill your stomach up with bulk and nutrients (but not calories) so you'l be less likely to overeat on more calorie-dense foods. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
check out dr. fuhrman's Eat to Live book, he explains all this a lot better than I can <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Is it possible to comfort-snack on raw carrots? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> lol
 

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IF you're dipping them into a raw indian dip!<br><br>
Or shredding them into a raw carrot cake.<br><br>
Or blending them into a raw pumpkin pie milkshake.<br><br>
Then, yes. Absolutely. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I comfort snack on raw carrot sticks.<br>
something about the crunch <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">and therefore, since I have a real tendency to stuff myself with food when my feelings are too strong, or when I am too tired (all that night nursing !!!), if I switched to (a lot more) raw food, I guess I would loose weight too ??? That's a question, actually <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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The vast majority of people find that going raw (we're talking 100%) takes care of it. It was one of the things that suprised me the most. Food was no longer a crutch. I am reasonably sure that it's because when you are nourished you have no reason to overeat. I'm not saying that you don't still have to deal with whatever issues you have, just that food really stops being a tool in that way. I had a HUGE emotional connection with food. I don't anymore. I still have associations, but I am not at all motivated by them. I just notice them and move on. I no longer have that, " I just need something creamy/crunchy/sweet" thought process. If I'm hungry, I eat. IF not, then I don't. I don't obessess over food any more. This is the case for almost all raw foodists I know. It's not a guarantee, but it's what I have to offer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Oh- I was horribly depressed after I got pg with ds and it lasted until after dd was born. It was awful. Pre babes I was a professional dancer/acrobat. Dh and I had also opened a private gym and training studio. Now here I was at 5'6 and 210 lbs...and that weight was 10 months after I had dd. I was much higher.<br><br>
I cut out gluten and grains and lost some weight. Then I went raw. I am now 129 and still losing. Dh and I still own a fitness business and I am an olympic lifter. I am NOT skinny. I am however pretty well muscled, strong and lean. I happy to be back to where I need to be with minimal effort. Raw food really makes it SO easy.
 
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