View Full Version : Help! I can't stop eating cooked!
09-14-2005, 01:23 PM
I haven't been on in a while, as I am no longer at that internship with a lot of time on my hands. I am in Month 4 of being raw, and at first I was eating one cooked meal per month. That was fine. But then I started giving myslef exceptions, such as Disneyland and when my sister was visiting. That turned into binging on the weekends. Then Monday and Tuesday of this week I was fine all day, but late at night I succumbed to cravings. What is going on? Where has my willpower gone? What is it with thinking that I am rewarding myself by eating gross SAD food? I always know I will feel crappy afterwards, but cannot seem to stop.
09-14-2005, 01:39 PM
Hi, PeatrixPotter (love that name!)
Now, first things first: Remove "I Cannot" from your vocabulary. Period.
You create your own reality by what you tell yourself.
Second, I think you already have touched on part of the problem, and that is too much time on your hands. Remove yourself from the area of temptation. As well, remove the offending foods!
Also, if you are experiencing stress or anxiety (not sure if you are), this may be causing your turning to food for comfort: Find it elsewhere, preferably within yourself -- search for the answers inside instead of searching for them outside yourself -- you'll never find them outside.
And, of course, balance your eating. When you were successful before, what was your diet like? Get back to that.
09-14-2005, 03:05 PM
some people say that it is easier to be 100% raw than to be 99% raw. I am not all raw, but it does sound to me like it would be easier for you to be 100%. that is the way with addictions -- that little bit of cooked that you allow yourself keeps the craving alive. It's like waking up the tiger -- i think that was one that victoria boutenko used -- she has a sleeping tiger in her - the cooked food tiger -- and one little bite will wake him up! yes, that is how it is with any kind of addictions - just don't take the first bite!
09-14-2005, 03:17 PM
Eating cooked food is like any other addiction, it pushes down our "feelings" of fear, inadiquacy, self worth, etc.
It doesn't matter what the feelings are,what matters is that you accept that there ARE feelings.
Once you understand why you eat cooked food, you can start to look at the challenges that trigger your choosing to eat cooked food.
Remember everything is a choice. Even when you feel out of control.
Will power doesn't work, if it did all drug addicts would be former drug addicts, all smokers would be non-smokers.
It isn't will power that works. It is persistance, accepting that you are not perfect, and allowing for those times that you do choose to eat something that may not be raw, then knowing that that was a one time situation.
So, if you choose to eat cooked once a month, that is fine, IF IT WORKS FOR YOU, but it sounds like it isn't working for you, so you may choose to NOT eat cooked at all.
You may choose to eat cooked on Monday and Tuesday, IF IT WORKS FOR YOU, but it sounds like it isn't, so you may choose to not eat any cooked food.
All you do, is to make the conscious decision, that you are a rawfoodist, not that you eat raw food.
Everyone eats SOME raw food, even the person eating a SAD burger, is eating some tomatoe and lettuce, so you are not eating raw food.
YOU are a rawfoodist, this means that even if you eat a little cooked, you KNOW in your heart that you are really a rawfoodist, and you can go right back to eating rawfood easily and immediately.
09-14-2005, 04:09 PM
Thank you everyone for all your words of wisdom and motivation. I instantly feel better. I know I can do it!
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