Has anyone found that eating completely fresh, raw food keeps cooked food cravings away than say, eating 1-2 questionably raw things here and there?
For instance, staying raw and having fruit for breakfast, more fruit for lunch and a huge raw salad for dinner and then if you are still hungry, you just have some berries or other fruit. The next day you feel great and looking forward to another totally raw food day.
Then if you weren't totally all raw and fresh, having a fruit smoothie for breakfast, a big salad (no bottled dressing) for lunch and then for dinner you have a few steamed veggies off your friend's or spouse's plate. Before you know you want something else that is cooked, like a bean burrito, potatoes, some popcorn or rice. Then the next day you do okay in the morning with fruit or a smoothie but feel like having pasta or a veggie burger in the afternoon. You might tuck into a Lara bar or eat some raw treat or dehydrated thing you made with questionably raw dried fruits or nuts or cooked cocoa. Then the next morning you feel like having a bagel with Earth Balance and before you know it you are on a cooked 'roll'.
I am reading Jinjee's e-books from thegardendiet.com (excellent by the way-I got the 10 books for $20 and I can't wait to read through them all!)
and she often writes about breaking the seal. All it takes is letting in that tiny amount which breaks the seal you've created. Even though you've broken it and it is so small and tiny and it's just a little bit of bottled dressing, or some maple syrup, namna shoyu or miso or nutritional yeast or whatever, the seal gets just a little bit bigger every day and and before you know it you are eating cooked grains and soy meat analogues, etc.
I found that to be so true with me. I've been on and off raw for 5 years and see the pattern. Everytime I go raw again I eat less recipes and dehydrated stuff, more fruits, veggies and salads. Except this time I'm all raw I've been partaking in macaroons that I made from "Raw Food Real World" excellent book by the way, but I find that when I want something to eat I tend to have one or two of those instead of a nana or something that's truly fresh and raw. I guess I choose my 'crutch' that will help me get through the transitional part, but I am really wanting to let that little thing go before it opens the seal!