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I keep switing between vegan and raw vegan!!!  Aghhhhh! I just want to be raw vegan but I keep craving cooked foods! I WILL NEVER GO BACK TO ANIMAL PRODUCTS EVER! I just need to choose vegan or raw vegan

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Comment by Isabel Powell on March 12, 2014 at 11:07am

It's a cooked world out there, Dani, and all your life you've been eating cooked.  All it is is a habit--we crave the things we've eaten and enjoyed all our lives, even if it doesn't make us feel good.  Our emotions are involved in the foods we choose to eat.  What if we grew up eating mangoes and coconuts and then tried to eat only cooked food--it would have no flavor and we would be craving the raw food we know and love and are emotionally tied to.  I now the only reason I even crave Puerto Rican food is because there's a whole slew of memories of my grandmother lovingly cooking and serving it to me!  Plus it's what I grew up smelling, tasting and eventually craving.  This way of eating requires a total paradigm shift in what we associate as food.  We slowly train our palates to eat a new way...and as you probably have experienced, our bodies like it and our minds suddenly wake up from that long, foggy sleep from cooked food and say...yeah, this is it! Keep giving it!! I remember this! lol!  Don't beat yourself up about it, it happens to all of us.  Just make sure you eat enough fruit, eat tons of greens and over time, your cravings will subside for subpar food.

Comment by elie chouinard on March 12, 2014 at 8:13am

I have been going through what you describe for about two years. Then I saw John Dempsey's blog in 30bad. What he said made sense to me. So I got a copy of Dr. Furhman's Book "Eat to Live" read it an started following his formula of Health = Nutrients/Calories, which is your health is predicated by your nutrient intake divided by your intake of calories. Two years ago when I started HCLF my goal was to lose 150 lbs. I was a morbidly obese out of shape old man and weighed in at 330 lbs. As you can see going from 330 to 313 lbs. over a two year time period, something was not working. I started the program on March 3rd 2014, weighing in at 313 lbs. today I weigh 296 lbs. with no withdrawal symptoms or feeling deprived which I feel is a good start. 

Comment by Robin on March 12, 2014 at 4:26am
I was thinking the same thing but WHY choose right now? For me I figure starting out with raw til 4 has got to be better then bingeing on raw almond butter and raw treats. Maybe the ideal is to just get it right and do 811rv and it is definitely what I am aspiring too, i can't imagine steamed vegetables and root vegetables at dinner being an unhealthy choice. I just figured I will get there when I get there and if on some days I choose some healthy cooked I feel better about myself then I those days i stuff myself with nut butter and kale chips. Hang in there!!! ;)
Comment by Justin Nimmo on March 12, 2014 at 3:11am

our culture isn't really designed to eat that way...although it is noble, I don't view it as necessary for great health nor is it healthy to worry so much about what you are eating.  feel good about yourself when you choose healthy options, but don't stress and try focusing on different things that improve your health, like breathing deeply to calm yourself, or thinking good thoughts about who you are as a person and what you have accomplished.  getting a good walk in is always nice.  Being nice to the people around you or going out of your way to give good food to people that you know.  I will always love you  ;)

Comment by Gingerroot on March 11, 2014 at 3:56pm
Maybe you're transitioning too fast? Perhaps give yourself a bit more time before going 100%?
Comment by Amelia on March 11, 2014 at 6:54am

Me too! I am the exact same way. Uhg, I pysch myself out when I eat fully raw and think of all the cooked food I will never eat, which makes me REALLY crave cooked food. It's pretty ridiculous, because this is not true; cooked food is a back up plan.

So I'm trying to focus on the now and taking things one day at a time.  I tell myself 'just eat fully raw today' and 'just for today'. This is much easier to focus on than 'just eat fully raw for the rest of your life'. I feel this will help me stay fully raw for longer periods of time and crave less cooked food because I'm not psyching myself out over all the cooked food I'm not eating.

Getting enough calories is also very important to help stave away cravings for cooked food! :)

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