Here's a rare question a Pure Jeevan family member recently asked:
I eliminated 100lbs on raw food, but I've been "stuck" for the last year. I feel absolutely amazing when I can stick to raw food, but it's sooo hard when time is limited!
First, congratulations on your success with the raw food lifestyle! You must be feeling like a new person, even though you feel a bit stuck right now.
This is a rare question, because most individuals who write to us are just starting out with their raw food lifestyles.When they begin consistently eating raw foods, we often hear their tales of joy in how the weight just "magically" disappears.
For an answer to your question, you'll need to take a look at your overall diet. I'm guessing you've been pretty much eating and living the same way for quite a while now if things aren't changing for you.
You mention feeling great when sticking with raw foods, but being limited with time, so I'd like to direct you to a previous post about not having enough time for health that may be very helpful for you.
Once you have a better handle on your time (and please make this a priority, as it's the only thing that's going to help you long term), take a closer look at your overall diet and realize that when we are stuck, it's time to change things up. When we've had success with weight loss by eating one way, it's not easy to change because we feel attached to something that was working. If it's no longer working, however, your only option is to change things a bit if you want to see more success.
If you're feeling better with more raw foods in your diet, then add more. It sounds like maybe you already know that's the answer for your particular situation, since you said you feel absolutely amazing when sticking with a raw food diet.
For some, however, they may already be eating a raw food diet and they feel stuck without losing any weight. There are many reasons this can happen. The first, of course, is that they have already reached an ideal weight for their bodies and they are placing unrealistic expectations on what is a healthy weight. It's best, in these situations, to seek information on what is considered a healthy weight for height and bone structure (and take into account that if you are very athletic, you may weigh a bit more than what's considered "normal" because muscle weighs more than fat).
If you're definitely overweight, however, it's time to switch things up with your diet. If you're eating high fat, try low fat. If you're eating high sugar, try low sugar. Don't be afraid to try more fat if you've been eating a low fat diet, also. For my own body, I required more fat in the beginning in order to release unhealthy fat.
Keep in mind that some bodies require more carbohydrates than others, some require more protein, and some require more fat. Be sure to experiment and find what works best for your body. And, when something is working well for you (you are releasing excess weight, feeling energetic, moving beyond health issues), then keep doing it.
When you feel you are "stuck," however, the best way to move beyond that stage is to experiment. Change is good for not only our physical health, but also good for other aspects of our lives. Don't just think about changing your diet, try changes in other areas of your life, as well. If dietary changes don't seem to be helping you, look to other aspects of yourself to see what may need some changes in order to move forward with a healthier overall self.
Be sure to let us know how you're doing, and if you're finding ways to move beyond your stuck stage. Many of us have found ourselves frustrated in the past, unable to figure out a way to reach our goals--sharing helps all of us.
For those who have succeeded in finding ways to move beyond your "stuck" stages, please share a comment now about what helped you!
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