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08-30-2005, 07:34 PM
My mother made some tasty shrimp stir-fry with brown rice tonight. I came home from class tired and hungry, so I just ate some cause I didn't feel like taking time to get fruit or whatever... it was already right there.
Anyways, I never really thought about how eating cooked foods make you crave more - people have always said it, but I just never thought much when I would break away from being raw.
But now, feeling very concious, I find I am craving chocolate and sweets and more rice - despite the fact that I'm full and have eaten a lot today (mostly raw, except for the supper).
Now that I'm aware of how this affects me, I can be prepared and hopefully avoid eating more cooked foods when I occasionally slip.
Just felt like posting my observation. Any similar experiences?
08-30-2005, 10:10 PM
I know exactly what you mean with the cravings. When going raw, I didn't have any for about a month, really. But once I ate Mexican food and although I was stuffed I was thinking the rest of the afternoon about where I could get more food. I was wanting tons of things. Good thing we were staying at a campground and all I had was my fruit and veggies. But, it took until the next morning to get over the "I wanna eat something SAD" feeling.
Through the years, I've tried every diet known to man and I could never stay on anything because of my craziness with food. I thought about food all the time and was constantly snacking on stuff just because it was there. But, with raw it's been the easiest transition. I think one reason is that I had stopped a lot of things already, dairy, red meat, sugar, wheat, etc. I was so tired of trying to read labels and choose from the "best of the worst". With raw, I know I'm making the right decisions and whatever I eat is so good for me. (even if it's fudge balls) No labels, no wondering about additives, etc. And speaking of additives, I have read a lot of different things, for example, aspartame makes you crave more food. I think that is why so many dieters fail. They are eating all this "low fat" stuff that is nothing but artificial everything and a lot of chemicals. I truly think these chemicals react in our bodies causing us to crave things.
In the morning, have a good smoothie and the cravings will go away again. :)
08-30-2005, 11:24 PM
Cravings are something! Aren't they? I have found that for myself, the longer I stay away from cooked foods, the easier it becomes to stay away from them. Once I convince myself to go ahead and indulge, the cravings come back quickly!
Hope you can stay away from cooked foods for at least 60 days! That will help you immensely.
08-31-2005, 12:06 PM
Yes, cravings can come on out of the blue.
I was sitting the other night, and I wanted some cooked food, I acknowledged that I wanted it, then went on about my business.
The cravings seem to pass, if I can just accept that they are there, and observe them, but not try to force myself to eat something instead of my craving food.
I almost think it is like a memory, because I haven't eaten meat in over 10 years, and I have thought about cooked meat products several times, which is weird, because I can't even remember what they taste like. (and wouldn't want to) LOL
But it is almost like I can smell them. I have often asked my hubby what was he cooking, in the garage or on the grill, and he isn't cooking anything.
And we don't have any close neighbors except 2, and they never cook outside, or make that type of food (one is vegetarian, the other is older and stays inside), so never smell any food there.
So, I must say that I think that (at least some) of my cravings are memories, not necessarily cravings at the moment. And they seem to pass pretty quickly, so I'm lucky there.
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