Hey guys, I have been fully hclf raw vegan for the past 12 days and feel so great! I wasnt having any cravings at all...until today. Now I'm struggling . I feel unsettled. I didnt want to eat any of my raw fruits today at all. I'm still thinking about cooked food even though I am so full after my giant salad for dinner. Any advice? I really want to stick with this!
push through... last it out til you've been fully raw for a whole 2 weeks then see how you feel after you've made the achievment =) you can do this victoriya! message me if you want to let out some feelings or just talk privatley how you're doing..... I had those cravings the last 3 days (and also didn't want to eat on day 12 either.. whats with day 12? haha). but the award for saying i've been raw for 2 weeks, and then 3 and so on makes it so worthwhile... you'll feel great and so will your body =)
Just push through. Nothing will make it easier unfortunately. Just think about your end goals...where you are going with your health. Think about how you will feel if you have to "start again." Plus the longer you stick to it --- the less your cravings. Good luck!
don't follow ur cravings, only ur hunger... once u get those burnt (cooked) food craving sensations (and that's what those truly are, - just sensations), try to brush 'em off and listen to ur body, - what natural fresh raw food does it really want at the time? also, try and at least taste all the raw foods that are truly eatable, - that'll allow to re-awaken ur genetic memory so ur "fantom" cooked food cravings are replaced by (true) hunger for certain (again, natural fresh raw) food.
also, to dispense less generic advise, it would be helpful to hear what cooked items precisely u crave. my experience may not completely apply, but when i was still cooked vegan, i was only able to part with my cravings for fish by discovering and falling in love with seaweed, first, dried, then fresh (albeit pre-packed). and even now, years later, i eat it regularly, especially when i am not in the mood for sweet fruits. in the same vein, i, after switching to full raw, was able to develop ability to control my cravings for fries (agh!..) by eating some quantity of raw carrots and/or beets. also, i eat seeds and nuts (soaked for hours) periodically, especially at times when i feel as not eating only sweet fruits for entire day. but here combination and regiment rules kick in, and so on and so forth… great thing is that longer i’m full raw, better i am used to eating fruits only, with some amount of greens, of course.
good luck to u, not that u, strong smart woman that u are, need it… :)
Close your eyes, imagine what food you are craving, feel in your body why/where you are craving that food, try to understand what is underneath the craving, go into it and then release it.
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I know exactly what you mean! So what I do is I stuff my face with tons of dates and water. For some reason that seems to calm me down lol. and mangos too if there's any.
Just starting my third week today as HCLFRV too...
Some tips that work for me:
1) Tomato salad with (tasty) herbs and a bit of tomato sauce (low in sodium), so it tastes like cooked food ;)
2) Dates at will => careful to brush your teeth immediately after...
3) My favorite: Banana/Mango salad with cinnamon powder (thanx to The Fruitarian for this one ^ ^), the cinnamon has a relaxing effect, I'm eating one right now, it's 21:30 and I'm ready to go to bed, nice and easy.
Enjoy it !
"tomato sauce"?! from a jar?
When I first started I didn't have cravings all that badly. But after a few weeks I would get them here and there mainly because I was getting bored with the food I was eating. (This had a lot to do with the fact that I was really limiting myself on what I was eating). Plus they were very intense. To the point where I was starting to question why I'm doing this, and rationalizing like "okay I'll only have one of this or a few of these." But what really helped me was I got myself conditioned that whenever I felt this way I would remind myself why it is I'm doing what I'm doing. I would also think about how far I've come a long, and how eating one thing and getting a few minutes of pleasure isn't worth throwing away days, hours, and minutes of hard work. That is what's worked for me. Hope this helps.
If you can make it raw for 30 days the cravings will abate because it takes 3 to 4 weeks for most people to establish new habits and lose old ones. Good luck.
i already posted this reply to another comment, but here it is again.
"raw" hemp protein?! ever thought just beyond seeing "raw" label? if "food" is called "protein", it cannot possibly be raw for the reason that protein, as a substance, needs to be extracted from a natural unadulterated food item, and that means processing, and, if processed, it's not raw!
isn't that "protein leverage hypothesis" promoted in the above comment in direct contradiction to 80 /10 /10 teaching?! and, if it is, what is the purpose in pushing it here? to plant a seed of doubt in this community of ours? For what possible purpose other than hope to get it eventually destroyed? care to clarify?