I am currently approximately 10 lbs. underweight (according to most Western medicine weight charts/measurements) and although based on my physical appearance I don't think it is necessary for me to gain ten lbs., I do think I should try to gain a few lbs.. I have been about 90-95% raw for about a month (and have been a vegan for about 9 months prior to going raw) and find myself eating a lot of food! I am honestly astonished at my food intake - I graze all throughout the day.. eating a lot of vegetables, fruits, and nuts/seeds, but I am afraid that I am overeating the nuts/seeds category, however I have read that as an underweight raw-fooder, I should be eating a lot of nuts/seeds/avocado/etc to increase my fat intake. But in the past week, I have decreased my nut/seed intake due to digestion problems - to me a clear indication of my overeating nuts/seeds. I have also just started a exercise/weight program in order to gain some muscle. I am just curious about what everyone thinks about
1. Judging my weight based upon these accepted western systems - how accurate are they in light of the raw diet and western medicine's understanding of it?
2. If I am trying to gain a few lbs, how should I divide up my daily intake of foods? how much of nuts/seeds should I be eating?
3. Any other tips/ideas/etc.
If you are exercising I suggest you add more protein, sugars ( fructose ) honey, peanut butter, and fattening oils like extra virgin olive oil. Try smoothies of almond milk, bananas, honey, Agave, peanut butter. I don't know if you eat eggs or not or if you eat cheese they are fattening too. Hope this helps.