Saturday, November 3, 2007

Question of the Day - Craving Cooked Foods

Question of the day:

Hi Anthony,
I love your site! You are doing a great job updating and adding videos which livens things up and really gives insight into the raw/live foods lifestyle.

I have a question for you as a person new to raw food: Do you ever get terribly hungry and/or have cravings for cooked food? I am 50% raw right now and can feel a difference due to adding a greens smoothie to my day and fresh fruit and veg. But I am concerned that I will get really hungry with higher % of raw foods each day, then eat too many nuts or high fat raw and get fat. Neither condition is desirable to me. Any suggestions?

Thanks so much!
P.S. Those figs look GORGEOUS!


For me, it was always specific dishes that I was craving. Like some kind of Indian food like saag paneer or Italian food like eggplant parmesan (sp?), or of course - falafel. Its amazing how falafel can even be referred to as "healthy". And I referring even to the regular deep-fried falafels. For some reason, many individuals will still relate "vegetarian" to "healthy". You can be a vegan that drinks and eats all kinds of bread and noodles and other cooked carbs, and be headed straight for sickness. The difference with me eating raw carbs and cooked carbs is shockingly noticeable. I'll add on 10lbs of water weight in 3 or 4 days. Once you go full raw, that fine line becomes so apparent. All of our years before, we literally floated around in the "meso-health" area. I had a little padding on my body (probably that last 10lbs) for years. I was around 180lbs (81kg) - 6'1'' (186cm), working out but still eating lots of cooked food.
When I reached 100% for extended periods of time, I leaned out and reached 165-168. You could see all the muscles that were they are there for everyone else too. We just have to remove the padding (both interior - the colon build-up) and exterior (excess water weight) and the beauty will again shine through.

Giving up cooked vegan dishes was MUCH harder than giving up meat. Vegans think they are making big sacrifices's laughable. Going raw is COMPLETELY different. You are in a different paradigm once you are raw. The whole concept of rejoining the rest of nature by eating RAW food is totally new for most of us on this planet.

So if you are craving dishes that you miss because you are trying to go raw, its likely that those dishes are cooked, because its all we have ever eaten basically. Sure, we ate our fruit and had our salads. However, the GOOD dishes...the ones that our parents would make for us, or that we would have when we went out on special occasions, we always COOKED. So, save that dish for when you reach the two or even three week mark of being raw. Make that your special occasion. But really give raw a serious effort and know that your special meal is coming. Once you have the breakthrough, you will be able to make an honest choice of whether you want to keep it at 100%. I've experienced profound moments being at 100% with lots of greens and by being active, and that feeling then replaces the old longing of those cooked dishes. And once you find unbelieveably good raw dishes, its so much easier to replace those cravings.

One more thing everyone, if you know someone having a hard time viewing this page, let them know that its best viewed at 1280x800 resolution. My mom was having that problem and a very nice woman from the UK just contacted me and said the same thing. Hope this helps! Have a juicy weekend...



Anonymous said...

Your blog is being cut off because of the videos on the side... I dont know if it's just my comp or if it's the set up...
but anyways, i really enjoy your blog! it's different from the majority of the other raw sites out there
have a good one :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Anthony,
I have just started reading your blog and i love, love, love it! :O)..Anyway, in this post you mentioned colon buildup and being that i have not started raw yet i have that kind of problem. No details of course, but other than doing the colon cleansing is there something i can start doing right now? I read on the raw food detox diet blog that aloe vera juice might you know and would you recommend this? I am getting my juicer tomorrow and will start on the right path to eating green and raw!! You are very inspiring! Thanks love!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the advice Anthony! I am saving up for a vita mix and learning to make some great mylks, fruit and veg puddings and soups which I think will help tremendously. No cravings so far which I am attributing to the greens each day.
Thanks again,

Jennifer said...

ha...anthony, your blogs are always so timely...that alcoholics analogy is EXACTLY how i feel...i'm headed back to the east coast for the holidays and while i'm a little worried about how it will be to face the family dinners, i also understand how important it is to go with the flow. it's OK to have a few bites of baked apples or rack of lamb if that's where my headspace is at in that point in time (tho you can be sure i will fortify myself by hitting lifethyme and westerley's before i go to my parents!)...i still can't lie tho: finding the balance between participation vs. purity is a challenge. i have an old-skool chinese uncle who has still not really forgiven me for refusing to eat his carefully prepared meat meals (even the veggie dishes were cooked in animal fat) and this was several years ago! it's hard, caz i know he made it with love and care, and at this point he's in his 70s and not about to change his lifestyle anytime soon. at the same time, he's having severe health problems, which i know are directly related to the diet he's maintained throughout his life...

so at any rate i'm back in the city for 2 weeks in december at the height of holiday season and i'm hoping the raw foods meet-up will have a few shindigs while i'm there. otherwise i think i'm gonna treat myself to a massage or two, maybe even a colonic. PFW will be my refuge, never was there when i was living in the city so i'm eager to check it out. my vegan nyc expat buddies over here rave about their desserts so i'm pretty excited...BLESS!

"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the 'Universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security."

raw by default said...

I just watched the new video. That tart looks so tasty and sweet!

I have a question for you. Have you experienced any problems with your teeth since going raw? The reason I ask is because I've noticed some awful sensitivity in my teeth (and I've heard this complaint from a lot of other people who are starting out with raw food). If you did experience this, how did you remedy it?