View Full Version : Trying to go raw...what I will miss. Need advice
12-28-2009, 12:34 PM
So I really want to start raw the 1st of jan. I have been gearing up to it this week. I would have started this week but I am waiting for some crackers. Anyway, today I ate a veggie sub from Subway. The bread was toasted. I'm really going to miss the taste, texture, smell of the bread. I can see right now that I am going to have to come up with something to fill the gap. SO I need advice. Do you substitute something for that and if so what??? Or do you find something that takes its place? I need to figure this out by Friday so any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Kathy
12-28-2009, 01:12 PM
Though I personally haven't tried it, many rave about the "Real Toast" recipe in Juliano's book.
If you have a dehydrator, you can try all kind of cracker and bread recipes. The onion bread recipe on this site is also really popular.
12-28-2009, 01:19 PM
Kathy, I have the same issue! I need that crisp, satisfying texture. I'm stocking up on crackers this week in anticipation of going raw on the 1st.
12-28-2009, 01:20 PM
Which book is that?
12-28-2009, 01:22 PM
Well, there is nothing raw that is like subway sandwich bread, sorry! So you will have to ask yourself how bad do you want the benefits of being raw? For me there is no question that it is worth giving up bread forever. But I do love raw crackers and find a lot of satisfaction in the food I eat. And some people are able to eat high raw and have bread once in awhile. At this point I don't want to do that.
12-28-2009, 01:34 PM
In the beginning I ate Manna Bread once in a while to deal with bread cravings, usually with almond butter, raspberries, and honey. Also Mary's Gone Crackers Flax Seed crackers. Neither are raw, so I gave them up after a few weeks. I found the best raw substitutue was Lydia's Crackers, topped with pumpkin seed butter.
If you have a food processor and dehydrator then go for homemade crackers and onion bread. Whatever you do, don't let yourself go hungry during transition. Keep a bag of nuts and dried fruits in your purse.
Bread is a tough one, but it is all a mental process of letting go. When my non-raw friends tell me how they couldn't possibly be raw because they can't give up bread, I keep my mouth shut. I don't want to offend them by telling them what I really think about bread. Your tastes and ideas about what is good will change, too. :)
12-28-2009, 01:47 PM
Maybe if I can get it to gross me out it won't be so bad to walk away from. I also think its the warmth. I love hot hot food. Well hot hot anything. Of course I am determined to do this starting Friday. I just need to develop some you know whats
12-28-2009, 01:50 PM
12-28-2009, 01:55 PM
Haha, don't think that was the word....though why a beautiful FEMALE would want to develop male anatomy is beyond me. :-)
12-28-2009, 01:56 PM
12-28-2009, 02:11 PM
Kathy - Get a copy of Alissa's book LIVING ON LIVE FOOD. That is my advise to you. Get it before you launch into RAW, because you will then be armed with inspiration, information and RECIPES galore!
And remember something VERY crucial: Your tastebuds change when you go RAW, all the way. When you make that break from SAD, it won't be long before you'll be craving RAW foods over SAD. But you should arm yourself with inspiration + recipes + friends like us, to get through the Transition!
12-28-2009, 02:23 PM
I have Alissa's book and her dvd. I've made some of the recipes, I love the angel hair pasta and marinara, and several of the other recipes. I am totally ready to go. I tried to go raw last summer, which would have been the opportune time. Of course I do nothing opportunely (is that a word?) My problem last summer was that I started thinking about what I couldn't have, and I had a lot of turmoil in my life. So I started getting hung up on the small stuff. Now I have cut back on the turmoil and am trying to make this as easy as I can. Like instead of juicing I am going with green smothies. I have actually found some other people I know that want to eat raw as well. I'm pretty excited about it and have been preparing for over a month for the big day. I've also arranged it so I can take most of the month and just concentrate on my food
12-28-2009, 02:28 PM
My problem last summer was that I started thinking about what I couldn't have, and I had a lot of turmoil in my life.
You "can" have anything you want. It's a choice as to whether you want it or not.
Since you've got Alissa's book, look up her burger buns. They do look like burger buns and with a burger, some lettuce, tomato, etc., VERY filling and fulfilling.
12-28-2009, 02:45 PM
Eggs!!! The word is eggs... and not the kind you eat. She wanted to grow some eggs!!! Cause she is a wo-man!!!
Going raw is a great move and your intention and intuition will guide you beautifully. Take it in one leap, a bunch of smaller leaps or in baby steps... you will know.
12-28-2009, 02:51 PM
Just think about how mixing flour with water makes glue and how every time you eat bread you are eating glue. :eek:
I love Love Force Breads. Not at all the same as bread, but delicious for making pizza or spread with nut butter. There's many ready-made foods good as replacements, along with all of the recipes. I use to eat tons of bread and have never missed it once on raw.
12-28-2009, 03:43 PM
I really like bread too, especially the smell. Being raw for a month, I never specifically craved it or wanted it, so much as I just wanted a more fullfilling, denser food like it (i.e. sandwich), which I satisfied by eating some seeds and preparing denser raw food items. The only time I almost desired bread was walking past the bakery at Wegmans- the smell just hit me like a bullet and there was nothing I could do. But I never caved, or technically missed it.
Prepare yourself with a variety of nuts/seeds so you can make your own raw bread. Do you have a dehydrator? It's very helpful in the beginning so you can make transitional foods. I'm making raw banana bread in my D right now.
12-28-2009, 04:29 PM
i agree your taste buds will change
recognize that it is a process. every step you take in the direction of being raw today will get you closer to being raw today.
and that's how you get there tomorrow :D
it;s a lovely place to be
12-28-2009, 04:38 PM
On raw foods your taste change dramatically and bread begins to tast elike nothing. And a life free of gluten is amazing.
12-28-2009, 04:55 PM
When I first went raw, bread was the one thing I hunted every where for. I tried so many recipes. I remember trying the onion bread and thought...that's it...I could be raw forever. :p Until my husband came home and took a whiff of me. LOL :D Now I do without bread of any kind and I'm fine. It just takes time to adapt our thinking. We tend to think of a sandwich for lunch when there are so many possibilities.
Congrats on the planning and desire...you will be blessed by this lifestyle like you can't imagine. :)
12-28-2009, 06:20 PM
You "can" have anything you want. It's a choice as to whether you want it or not.
Revell beat me to it! This is PRECISELY what I was going to say. :)
Your life is absolutely your choice, and of your creation through your thoughts and actions. So, create your RAW Life, now. And revel in the simplicity, the freedom, the pure pleasure of Living Foods and a Nourished Body.
12-28-2009, 06:26 PM
Thank you all so much for the advice and suggestions. You all have helped me realize that this is going to work. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
12-29-2009, 01:20 AM
You could check out my other thread, where I posted a news story about how refined carbs cause cancer (called "Who says cooked food isn't scary?" If someone can link, that's be great, because I don't know how).
Also, if you're starting January 1, I highly recommend you practice making some raw recipes before. That way, you'll have a few standbys you know you'll love to satisfy your cravings. For me, always having a super raw dessert ready was key; there was no room left to binge after I'd eaten raw cheesecake, torte, fudge. Alissa also suggests making LOTS of raw entrees when you first start out. I also found this helpful, and I even felt spoiled, because I could eat gourmet food as opposed to the crap microwaved stuff I used to make at the last minute.
As for the Subway bread, I guarantee you'll be disgusted by the smell of Subway after a few days raw. That stuff is poison (I know, I used to work there). Try this: go raw for 3 days, then go to Subway for a veggie salad (bring your own dressing). Just smell the bread cooking. I'm willing to bet money that you'll find it nauseating.
Good luck, and let us know how it goes!
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