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I'm just beginning to switch over to raw diet and see if it'll be healthier for me. I have been underweight my entire life and literally all I eat os crap food or fast food and I literally cannot gain a single lb. I know I should be enjoying this but it has been so annoying my entire life when meeting people hearing "OMG your soo skinny" I actually take it as an insult because I do not want to be this skinny. I have been to doctors, nutritionists, trainers in the gym etc nothing works. I have been anemic for 11 years and last summer was diagnosed with a b12 level of 0 which is very critical after fainting a bunch of times and feeling very ill for 6 months not even being able to function properly. I just startd eating really healthy and been boosting my iron intake by eating more leafy greens and more red meat. I have already gained 6lbs since eating healthier and I feel like I have been eating a lot more and have more energy. I also self inject b12 needles went from twice a week and now down to once a month.


Just wondering if anyone else eats raw and how it's been going so far. I get organic vegebtables delivered each tuesday so I feel like it forces me to eat up all the veggies and have been making some cool recipes with them also.


And if anyone has any weight gaining tips I'd love to hear lol I'd like to gain at least 5 more lbs.
 

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I've been debating raw .. but have not implemented it yet ( I sit here eating chips and dip)

I was like you my whole life, having kids fixed the skin and bones thing.. now I actually look healthy, grew some boobs.. have some meat on the bones, but I still wear at most a size 4.

I'd be interested to know how raw affects anemia, because I am anemic as well and find I only feel *ok* when I consume a lot of red meat.

Looking forward to reading the replies you get!
 

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Do you take supplements also like iron? I take iron pills and occasionally need iron shots but for the most part it's been up and down sometimes it will be normal for a month or so then low again.

I guess the key is to have a baby lol I need some more boobies for sure :)

I am trying to go wheat free and see if it'll make a difference in my health also it's super hard though I have realized in a short time.
 

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tried lifting weights with a personal trainer for a year I didn't even gain a single pound LOL! It's like genetically impossible or something really nothing works. I am going to a specialist who takes extensive blood work and takes hair samples and looks for anything possible that could be going on in your body they also offer a free dietician appointment after you get he results but it's like a 6month wait I have heard hopefully he can tell me something.
 

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Do you take supplements also like iron? I take iron pills and occasionally need iron shots but for the most part it's been up and down sometimes it will be normal for a month or so then low again.

I guess the key is to have a baby lol I need some more boobies for sure :)

I am trying to go wheat free and see if it'll make a difference in my health also it's super hard though I have realized in a short time.

I just saw this now, :D
I don't take iron supplements when I tried this when I was younger it made me so sick to my stomach! they threatened me with shots at one point but I am needle phobic.. ha ha

Pregnancy was definitely an issue with the anemia because if you have a bleed during birth it can make it harder to rebound, I did however and have managed ok on my own, do you find your monthly cycles worse when your iron is low? I do.

I find the key is to eat a lot of greens and for me personally red meat.
I have a little fetish for Filet Mignon, it makes me feel better when I eat quality red meat.
 

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I just saw this now, :D
I don't take iron supplements when I tried this when I was younger it made me so sick to my stomach! they threatened me with shots at one point but I am needle phobic.. ha ha

Pregnancy was definitely an issue with the anemia because if you have a bleed during birth it can make it harder to rebound, I did however and have managed ok on my own, do you find your monthly cycles worse when your iron is low? I do.

I find the key is to eat a lot of greens and for me personally red meat.
I have a little fetish for Filet Mignon, it makes me feel better when I eat quality red meat.
Filet Mignon is the only kind of steak i eat :D I used to have really bad monthly cycles so I used the birth control patch and only got my period 4 times per year but I decided not to be on it anymore and since being off of it my period lasts 3-4 days tops but they are very irregular! I eat a lot of spinach it's my fave veggie. I also try to eat nuts and I have made my own dehydrated peaches which are very high in b12 and iron so I read. My iron usually isn't too bad I can regulate it with diet.

I had no choice but to get b12 injections otherwise I would probably die if I left it at 0 for too long pills wouldn't work on it's own :confused: I self inject them it took a lot for me to be able to stab myself in the leg. But it made all the difference in the world I mean it was so embarrassing fainting in public places and I couldn't drive for awhile. It was hard for me to function I went on vacation for a week and felt miserable constantly felt like I was about to pass out this was before I found out the cause.
 

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Actually a raw diet is just that - raw. I did raw veg/fruit juicing for 10 days followed by fresh whole raw fruits and vegs for 4 days. The only raw meat allowed was fish - I'm not a big meat eater. It worked for the detox of your bowels but I sure missed carbs! I should mention I lost 16 pounds but gained back 12 of them two weeks later when I went back to eating balanced meals in the basic food groups. I have low iron anemia and take a supplement called Tandem. I take one each day. They are easy on the stomach.
 

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I eat a lot of raw food, but I'm not 100 % yet.

If you want to gain weight there are a couple of things I can suggest.
Do you know how many calories you eat per day or do you just eat when you are hungry ?

You'll want to determine what you maintenance calories are - typically around 1200 a day for a woman - depending on things. That's the level of calories your body burns in a day just sitting and breathing.

If it turns out that 1200 a day is YOUR maintenance you'll have to eat at least 200-300 calories more than that. More would be better but it's hard for some people. 3400 Calories equals one pound, so if you sat down and ate 3400 calories right now you'd gain a pound ( lol ).

Eating 300 extra a day means in about 11 days you'll gain one pound. You can see how it can be difficult - but it's good to go about gains or losses slowly.
Really it would only take 2 months at that rate to gain 5 pounds.

It's important to eat a lot protein, up to 1 gram per your body weight.

Peanut butter is a frequent choice of weight gain for body builders.
It's high in good fat and protein ( and calories ) so hopefully you like peanut butter. Also nuts, olive oil, and milk, but generally eat as cleanly as you can.

If you are VERY active or have a high metabolism ( sounds like you do) you'll
need more. You might need to consider some weight training to gain more muscle weight.

Oh, the last thing - eat regularly, don't skip meals, and don't skip breakfast.

Just food for thought ( boo :cool: )
 

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Do get your thyroid checked and if your doc resists, insist! I went 7 years with a bad thyroid before a doc finally agreed to do the simple blood test.
www.calorieconnect.com is a great free service to help you add calories. The setup questions determine your target calorie range and you select out the foods and serving sizes you're eating and it adds up. You can also add foods not already in the list.
 

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So you jut eat like fruit and veg?? Seriously??

That won't make you gain weight of anything you'll lose it (I'm recovering from an eating disorder for those who don't know) I am a total calorie counting freak!! I ate 400 calories a day at my lowest weight.

Honestly if you want to gain weight see a nutritionist they are such a valuable source also go to your gp get checked for thyroid problems, tape worm, diabetes etc
 

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Vegan foods that have calories and can be eaten raw or at least you don't cook them.
Brewers yeast sprinkled over everything will add a salty flavour and lots of Bcomplex including B12.
Vegemite is a form of brewers yeast in a paste format for spreading on toast and such. But then toast isn't raw. LOL
Sprouted grains and lentils. These will increase your protien intake nicely, they're not high in calories but they're high in nutrition. Studies show that it's the nutrients more than the calories that count in what you eat. Skinny people who eat a diet rich in healthy nutrients live longer than anyone else.
Nuts, any and all nuts, are very high in essential oils, fatty acids, protiens and calories.
Add those things to your diet whether raw or ordinary and you'll be a much healthier person.
If you don't eat anything but fruits, veggies, and peanut butter, you will get very sick. I ate a vegetarian diet that had very few beans in it because I hate legume type foods. The texture grosses me out. I was mostly healthy, but got these miserable monthly cramps. It was like having a baby for eight hours every month. Muscle spasms, back spasms, charley horse spasms in my thigh, and a stabbing pain that pulsed in my belly. Oh I still quake in fear when even a mild cramp comes or I feel a bit of nausea (yeah, barfing and diarrhea too the whole time so i couldn't just suffer in bed).
So anyway, I started adding fish and poultry back in the diet. Everything living has to take the life of something else living (except plants and algae) in order to live. Whether it's a rabbit taking out a clover plant or a lion taking down a zebra. We are no different. What's a shame is the way we factory process living mammals like us, pigs and cows especially, but even chickens deserve better. Buying organic free range can fix that, and it's enough for a woman to have one meat meal a month to keep malnutrition at bay. men do need a higher protien intake, like one meat meal a week.
Billions of buddhists and sikhs live their whole lives vegan so if you want to follow their diet you will do fine.
 

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So you jut eat like fruit and veg?? Seriously??

That won't make you gain weight of anything you'll lose it (I'm recovering from an eating disorder for those who don't know) I am a total calorie counting freak!! I ate 400 calories a day at my lowest weight.

Honestly if you want to gain weight see a nutritionist they are such a valuable source also go to your gp get checked for thyroid problems, tape worm, diabetes etc
I get my blood tested every 3 months for everything because thyroid runs in my family nothing has showedup health wise it's just my metabolism and their is no slowing it down :( lol you can eat meats and stuff but it's cooked at a lower temperature I believe....I wuldn't be able to live off just veggies and fruit lol I would probably die from lack of b12 and iron :(
 

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I get my blood tested every 3 months for everything because thyroid runs in my family nothing has showedup health wise it's just my metabolism and their is no slowing it down :( lol you can eat meats and stuff but it's cooked at a lower temperature I believe....I wuldn't be able to live off just veggies and fruit lol I would probably die from lack of b12 and iron :(
Sucks u guys don't have the nhs really can you go see a dietician??
 
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