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02-20-2006, 07:13 PM
I really wish that once you start to feed your body correctly it would recognize the "good" food as "good for you" and you'd simply respond by craving more good food. Rawr. I have been craving chips this past week (and given in too many times) and I'm not even a chip person... I'm a chocolate person.
Anyone else having troubles with cravings (so that I know I'm not alone)?
02-20-2006, 07:24 PM
When I first went raw I had cravings, too. The problem with them is that, if you feed them, they will multiply. Kinda like rabbits.
Identify what it is you're actually cravings -- salty, sweet, crunchy, smooth -- and then find a raw alternative to fill that desire. So, for salty, marinate some chopped veggies in some nama shoyu ... or make up some flax crackers that have some nama in them or some Celtic sea salt sprinkled on them. Or ... have a couple of stalks of celery (natural saltiness). If it's sweet you're craving, have a date, then another, and another, if you wish. See where I'm going with this?
Of course, you didn't actually ask for suggestions, just for camaraderie. So ... ignore the second paragraph and concentrate on the first!!
p.s. No cravings any more. Least not for SAD foods. Stay raw and it WILL pass.
02-20-2006, 07:26 PM
Yeah. . . I've been committed to raw for almost five months, after a year or two of varying percentages. I didn't really have what I would consider strong cravings until I did a ten-day raw master cleanse-style fast a few weeks ago. Now I want warm, savory, starchy things, like pizza. Mind you, I stopped eating cheese about 14 years ago, and I stopped eating gluten about 8 years ago, so this isn't exactly a favorite I'm just missing eating on occasion.
I too am a chocolate person, but I feel like I can get my "fix" with raw chocolate. Maybe I just haven't found the right replacement for those savory snacks; I like nut spreads but they're so heavy I'm often sorry after I eat them.
Anyway, people say cravings are a sign that your body is getting rid of the remnants of what you're craving, so we should be proud. I also think that we can crave something because we need a nutrient in it; maybe my body would like the lycopene from the tomatoes in that pizza. So maybe I'll have some raw tomato . . .
I think lots of people switching to eating all raw foods (or switching to any kind of different diet) experience craving, and I bet you'll get plenty of answers on your thread.
Raw Truth has some great ideas--if you can identify the kind of food you want, you can often come up with a raw approximation.
02-20-2006, 08:37 PM
I believe that my daily intake of coconut oil takes away my cravings. If I mess up once in a while and eat SAD, I crave more SAD. I have learned that it is usually not the actual SAD food, but the fat, salt or sweet. I just have some coconut oil, or salt on veggie salad or some dates and that usually takes care of it.
02-20-2006, 09:51 PM
WannaBRaw, sorry to get off track here in this post, but that is the most adorable bunny ever! :D :D
Sorry, I'm a proud mama to a cute bun-bun!
02-21-2006, 12:56 AM
you are not alone!!
not by a long shot!
I have cravings, and when I eat the SAD food, the cravings get worse and worse and worse until I MUST eat Cooked and more cooked, and MORE COOKED, and I can't get enough, and it's this horrible challenge to eat anything raw, and well, you can see what I mean.
Just keep eating the raw foods, do the best you can, do your best to not eat SAD, and eventually the cravings will pass, I say this not from experience, but from hope. LOL
02-21-2006, 07:07 AM
thank you all so much. I will definitely be trying my best to identify my cravings. I didn't think about celery being naturally salty... but I'll give that a try.
Raw Truth... It's funny that you should suggest celery b/c just yesterday I kinda figured that perhaps I just don't want the really fruity fruits anymore and had planned on eating some more of the non-sweet fruits, like celery (which I'm loving), cucumber & tomatoe. So I guess my body was sending out a signal... but I just didn't get the message.
And don't you worry one bit b/c I'm always looking for suggestions, I'm just not the best at phrasing my threads lol.
Beanie... eeek! I just love my Jacub bear!! He's sooo sweet, but he was abused before he came to the lady whom I got him from (who rescued him from a very bad life), so he is still learning to gain trust. If you're interested in seeing my website it's: http://members.porchlight.ca/pinery21/ And you'll be able to see my other babies. However, Frodo has moved in with a friend of mine.
Karenisraw... I am going to start using the coconut oil on my salads I think (if I even remember to bring it to work lol)... as I hear it will also help my underactive thyroid.
Ambiguous... amazing... cravings after that long... WOW! Too bad they can't just go away... hehe. It'd be far easier for us.
rawpriestess... as always... thank you so much for sharing your experience, your honesty, & your encouragement!!!
Thank you all!!
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