Insanity is getting a bit easier every time, but im sweating like crazy in the first 10 minutes! This week i did the 20 min workout 2 times in a row two days. It was hard!
Last week i was a bit sick, but not anymore. I red a book "From Fat to Fabulous" by Alison Andrews and there was a chapter about the importance of vitamin D. She was talking about how she never thought that she would have the deficiency since she was living in a very warm climate year round, but she had the tests done and she had a major vitamin D deficiency! There are numerous symptoms of lack of vitamin D, but there were so many of those i was experiencing as well and i decided to just go out and get some more sun on my skin.
I travel in Australia right now, but actually i dont go out to get some sun very often at all. I prefer to stay indoors at the day time when the sun is its hottest. Also i wear clothing while out and never actually take the time to put on a bikini and just lay out in the sun. You dont have to fry yourself either, but about 20 min a day of sun exposure of your naked skin is very important for good health. And this means without the sunscreen. Sunscreen blocks the vitamin D absorption. Some people can tolerate sunlight better than others, some burn very easily. So just feel how much is right for you. Getting burnt by sun is bad, so make sure you dont go overboard.
Alison Andrews also very clearly explains why it is so important to eat enough calories of low fat vegan foods (either cooked or raw). And she also explains why some people start to gain weight at first when starting out with this diet. I wasnt restricting my calories before, but i still had this mindset that said "If you eat so much its hard to lose weight", or "Dont eat more you have had enought" while i was still craving more food....so now im completely convinced that eating as much as we want is a MUST on this lifestyle. You can eat as much food as you wish as long as its: low fat high carb vegan food. It can be cooked or raw, but you cant use any oils or fried or processed foods, it has to be a whole food and whole grains. And dont use any condiments or even salt.
So you can eat as much as you want of:
- raw fruits
- raw vegetables
- boiled/steamed/baked vegetables
- cooked whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat pasta, quinoa, millet, oats etc..)
No deep frying or using oil. No junk/processed foods. No salt.
I have been eating about 2500-3000 cals this week. I just ate when i was hungry or craving food, i ate more to make sure i didnt subconciously deprived myself. I havent gained any weight and I havent lost any either, but muscle weights more than fat and i FEEL better in my body each week. And i feel mentally better, as i dont have to worry about calories anymore. I eat when im hungry or having a craving, even when its late at night.
If you come from a disordered eating background - binge eating, anorexia or bulimia - your body have been starving and now you may feel thats its having this "abnormal" appetite. But your body tries to rebalance itself of the previous calorie restriction. So yes, at first you may gain weight. Since you have trained your body, by calorie restricting, that it has to store everything it can, because there might be next famine coming. So it will take time until your body understands that starvation is over and it dont have to store calories anymore. And eventually it will let go of all the excess weight :) It will just take time, so be patient and in the mean while start with a new exercise, drink your water, get enough sun and sleep and enjoy the ride.