I’m new to all this, and have been trying my best to adapt to the raw foods lifestyle, but I’m struggling a little bit. I’m limited financially, so I haven’t been able to go out and buy all the ingredients that would be most helpful in this diet… the prices for olive oils and genuinely “raw” foods seem to rival those of brand-new DVDs; twenty dollars for this, fifteen dollars for that… it’s all a little more than my wallet can afford to stretch.
Any way. For at least the past week, I’ve been eating primarily “raw” foods, despite lacking most of the ingredients pertinent to majority of the recipes I’ve come across. My problem is this: I’m having much difficulty feeling inspired/satisfied… and I attribute part of that to the fact that I don’t have things like olive oil and nuts and grains and bountiful mounds of green vegetables to use, uninhibitedly, in large quantities (as in all the “green juices” that are reputable to be so healing); I haven’t once yet made a meal that I’ve liked, for all I’ve been able to do is puree what I have into mush or chop my vegetables into bland piles.
Another issue I seem to be having is my intense craving for sweets! Which I think may have to do with the fact that fruit is naturally very tasty, and since I haven’t been able to prepare any thing else, I’ve resorted to craving fruits because it’s the only thing I can think of to eat that doesn’t leave me feeling as if I’ve swallowed air. The sweets are not leaving me feeling so well. Eating nothing but bananas and raisins and apples (etc) is dizzying. AND, eating sweets makes me want to eat more, even if I’m already full; the more sweets I eat, the compulsion to eat more and more sweets just sort of takes over, which of course isn’t very nice feeling. But, I don’t even feel like eating any thing else… I have no desire to eat vegetables… well, I would like to, I have the desire to eat vegetables… I just don’t have the urge to eat them, I don’t crave them, and when I do eat them, it has to be with some thing sweet.
I just feel so discouraged! I really want to stick with this, and most of all, I really need to stick with this… I’ve relinquished all other hope for my miserableness and physical woes, and after hearing all this diet supposedly can do, how it can invigorate and energize, I need it to be true, I can’t even describe how much I long to just feel well, I need this…
I plan to go to a natural store and get the ingredients I think I need to be more successful… like oil and maybe some grains and nuts… even though I’m sure it’ll be more expensive than I wish it to be.
I was wondering if any of you would be kind enough to give me advice on kicking my sweet-addiction, and if any one knows of a good recipe book that includes recipes that are fairly simple, that don’t require tedious preparation, with pretty basic ingredients?
I need all the motivation I can get, and I am so grateful for discovering this support network. I look forward to getting past this bump, and appreciate any one who can help…