A couple of things have helped me over the years.
First, and most important, decide that if you DO eat cooked food for any reason, you will go RIGHT BACK to eating living foods. This becomes easier and easier over time and as you eat cleaner because you will feel "not good" after eating cooked carbs and proteins...the body lets you know it is not happy with what you fed it. The hardest times happen when you continue to "slide".
Second, remind yourself often that food is fuel for the body and you are eating now for nutrients over "pleasure". Eating good IS the ultimate pleasure but getting there requires transition time and releasing our old thoughts and patterns while the body releases the cravings.
Third, be sure to get some fatty foods (nuts, avos, cheezes, etc.) often as this will help with the cravings. I am including my favorite dressing recipe which is from Elaina Love originally but there have been several "versions". This caesar dressing is great as a dip, also. I have also used it on cabbage slaw.
Fourth, if you have a sweet tooth, or a chocolate jones, be "OK" with eating desserts as meals. Your tastes will change and you will ease away from the sweet and fatty foods down the line.
Fifth, if you can afford it, buy and take daily a "superfood" like Pure Synergy (raw & organic) from www.thesynergycompany.com
or Healthforce Nutritionals similar product. Also, David Wolfe has a similar product. I have tried Healthforce Nutritionals' product and prefer Pure Synergy over it but it may just be a personal taste issue. Healthforce Nutritionals' products are available at People's Co-0p on SE 21st between Division and Powell. David Wolfe also sells Pure Synergy thru his website. One of these products will vastly help with getting the essential minerals until you find the right foods for your needs. I feel "fed" after taking them...I mix mine with fresh squeezed oranges or grapefruit.
Sixth, have Lara Bars or nuts or some food with you along with filtered water at all times...this helps when you are hungry and surrounded with less than wonderful food choices.
All the Best,
CREAMY CAESAR DRESSING
2 cloves garlic
4 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp mustard powder
1/2 sheet nori
1/4 cup almonds, soaked overnight, then peeled
1 tsp Celtic salt
3 dates, soaked at least 4 hours, then pitted
dash kelp powder
1/2 cup water (can use date soak water)
Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until creamy. (Add water to thin, if necessary.)
Toss with romaine lettuce.
Can also add ground hazelnuts, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.
Store any leftover dressing in glass jar in refrigerator. (This is also great as a veggie dip.)
On Jul 19, 2007, at 11:17 PM, Tara Howden wrote:
I wanted to thank you all for your replys and words of encouragement. we had our first "mostly raw" meal tonight, of course weve had salad nights before but tonight felt diffrent because it was the start of something new.
i need to find someone to donate the meat thats in my frezer too. ill proably find someone on freecycle who could use it.
one scary thing about all this is that i basicaly have to learn how to cook all over agan ... this should be intreasting.
how did you guys deal with the idea of giving up some of your favorite foods? im kind of in a panic right now, iv commited myself to this and i know i need it. however the thought of not being able to have some of my favorite meals is making me kind of panicky. like eggs and hashbrowns among other things.
alright well, time for bed. ( i actually dreamt about swiching to raw lastnight)
*i can do this....*
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