What this week has taught me about being raw:
1) Cravings happen.
2) I can deal with those cravings if I have alternates at hand. For example, I know that for “heavy” food, guacamole does the trick, for super savory, nut/seed pates are IT. For sweet cravings, fresh juicy fruits (like PINEAPPLE mmmmm) get the job done, and having *raw* cacao powder on hand wouldn’t hurt either.
3) If I have *not* prepared for this eventuality, my willpower will hold out for only a short time.
4) I will have to repeatedly confront these truths until I get it through my skull enough to change my habits and make being raw EASY instead of a struggle.
I will say also that it is a very odd feeling to eat “healthy” food and yet feel guilty about it. I recognize the bizarre aspect of this situation. Though I did have milk chocolate* of all things, on Easter, the rest of the time I have eaten raw or “cheated” with hardboiled eggs, egg salad very healthily made, homemade stovetop popcorn and some miso soup. I also indulged in some cold-brewed coffee. On the whole, really not terribly bad stuff.
I’m not going to bother posting pics from the past few days as there wasn’t that much interesting on the raw food front (except for the date-cocoa balls I made, and a deeeelicious raw “squashta”) unless someone wants all the torrid details. In which case, do tell, and I will share. Meanwhile, I am rebooting my raw-food month tomorrow, which means I had better get myself to a grocery store stat!
For my raw friends reading this, what tricks did you find helped the most? I feel like my first month was so easy, it actually left me ill prepared for sustaining this over the longer term.
(*I have quite an intolerance to dairy, so when I have regular chocolate instead of raw, I am quite careful to get a dark chocolate that is definitely dairy-free. Except for Sunday, when I went nuts over some milk chocolate pastilles that a family friend brought over for the egg-dyeing party the previous day. This, ladies and gentlemen, is why I don’t keep junk food in the house. Because I WILL eat it.)