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10-19-2009, 09:41 AM
I was just wondering if anyone else has this problem. I have brain fog from eating cooked food- I'm trying to go 100% raw and all I can manage to make is green smoothies. I want to make some of the wonderful recipes in Alissa's book, but I get overwhelmed. I did manage to make the blueberry pie and date nut torte last night (they're in the fridge for today) but it took me hours! :confused:
I can't seem to focus on a simple recipe. I'm hoping this will pass is a few days. Did anyone else have this problem?
10-19-2009, 09:50 AM
I've always done raw very simple and recommend that to anyone starting out. There are tons of recipes that require few ingredients and steps. You can try those out first and then later try the more complex ones when you feel better.
Besides smoothies, you can make soups, wraps, salads, puddings, marinated veggies, etc.
10-19-2009, 10:06 AM
i have brain fog a lot... but i think it's from fasting http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x87/recyclinggoddess/thsmiley_abzv.gif
keeping it simple. focusing on today and allowing myself to go with MY flow and not keep to anyone else's agenda really assisted me when i first went raw.
10-19-2009, 11:30 AM
That is what I'm doing; keeping it simple. But I want to make some raw food for my husband as well to get him on board, and he won't do simple. He looks for more substantial meals. I'll keep plugging away and hopefully the fog will lift.
10-19-2009, 11:41 AM
I'm having a bit of the same issue with my hubby. I've been raw-fooding for about a month now, and he's observed the positive change it's had on me, and has expressed interest in slowly moving more towards raw food for himself. But I can't serve him an apple and a carrot for dinner...he wants a meal! As a "cook", I used alot of Rachael Ray recipes, so you imagine the food he's used to. :) I'm hoping that prepping recipes raw style will become more second-nature as time goes by.
10-19-2009, 11:45 AM
Brain fog can be caused by so many things. But as the others mentioned, keeping things simple, focusing on a few fresh ingredients can be of help.
For example: You could try making 'simple' salads that have lots of color...For example, Mediterranean salad has a variety of color which makes it inherently interesting to look at, and is often very appealiing to non-rawbies. A favorite of mine:
Just chop and mix tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, yellow peppers, parsley, olives, etc...you get the picture. This tastes great served on simple crackers like flax or the onion bread that has been a popular one on this board. You can also stuff it in avocados for eye candy.
Other great simple recipes are Alissa's marinara sauce over raw pasta. (zuchini) I've often made this recipe but served it over whole wheat pasta for my hubby and he has no idea that it was 'raw'. A fun addition to the zuchini marinara is pine nuts...You'd be surprised how tasty.
Hope your fog lifts.
10-19-2009, 12:26 PM
Hi concrete woman,
I usually keep it simple. But on occasion I make raw zucchini lasagna for family as a choice. This weekend was first weekend that I made it for daughter and son in law.
They both wanted seconds. My son in law was skeptical. But loved it. It didn't take any longer to make than SAD lasagna. Maybe even faster. Plus nutritious. And very tasty.
10-19-2009, 01:46 PM
Yeah, I had major brain fog and migraine my first week of raw. It is the detox and you have to work through it. I kept it very simple my first week, not planned, just didn't have any books and didn't have the energy to do anything beyond salads and avocados. That is about all I ate. I made my first raw "meal" after about 1 week raw and thought I had died and gone to heaven. It was just marinated mushrooms and wild rice and was very easy to make. The next thing was zucchini pasta and marinara sauce, also very easy.
Look through the recipes you have and find the very simplest of things, and just keep it simple till the fog lifts. Green smoothies will really help. Detox stinks but you have to get through it.
10-19-2009, 07:01 PM
I was the same way. I started in the summer with fresh tomatoes. I ate Tomatoes on lettuce leaves several times a day for weeks. Find something you're craving, looks good & eat it that. I love the toma sand without the bread.
10-20-2009, 02:32 PM
Put your raw needs first for now. Another week or two of cooked won't do your husband much harm. Get through your fog first then you'll have much more energy for fancier dishes.
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