When people swoon over the smell of warm bread at the dinner table I also hear the internal struggle they go through. “Should I have a piece of bread?” “I’m just going to do it and only have one.” Then I hear them say,“ carbs are SO BAD but I want them SO BADLY!”.
I’ve gone through this struggle with many different foods and especially with bread products in general. Nothing was more alluring to me than the smell of warm bread and especially if peanut butter was going to be involved. Bread still smells delicious to me but I have found a way to enjoy the smell without needing to eat it. I know that bread is not a food that loves me back and here is the secret anyone can use to make peace with bread and stopping craving it.
Why We Crave Carbs
My relationship with carbohydrates changed when I learned that my cravings for them are not a struggle, they are a physical requirement. Our bodies are designed to crave sweet, juicy, colorful carbohydrates because every cell in our body depends on them. Our nervous system and brain especially rely on them just as they rely on some plant based fats and proteins.
Humans originated in the tropics before anywhere else where the main carbohydrate we consumed was a variety of sweet, tropical fruits on a daily basis. Our bodies were designed to process carbohydrates and very little has changed about our physical makeup since then. We still require them to thrive and when we don’t get them we settle for second best such as cooked starches and grains.
The Carb That Loves You Back
Because I’m always striving for the best with my health I consistently began incorporating more, sweet, juicy, tropical fruits into my diet and that is when my cravings for the second best carbs became a lot easier to manage. In fact, when I make these fruits my main calorie source my cravings for any “junk food” completely disappear on any given day.
There is a saying that if you crave sweets after dinner, you haven’t had enough fruit in your diet during the day.
Two Ingredients in Bread: Addiction & Fungus
Bread is also quite addicting, both physically and emotionally. You see evidence of this when you try to stop eating it. Even when you smell it, your body reacts. When you stop eating bread for any length of time and clean your body out from it, you stop craving it or anything similar. Additionally, bread supports fungus growth in the body and when a body is full of fungus, it will crave more of what supports the fungus to keep it alive within you. You basically are what you ate yesterday but the good news is that it does not take long to change who you are.
Photo Credit: 23 Signs You’re Addicted to Bread
What is this stuff?
After some time eating a whole foods diet rich in fruits and veggies without any processed foods such as bread, they will look very different to you and some won’t even look like food anymore. I know it seems to good to be true but your taste buds will change. Eventually, it’s highly likely you’ll start to see bread for what it is; an overly processed food, heavy in a yeasty smell with a bland glue like texture that feels like glue in your belly. YUM!
Fruits and veggies are alive, brimming with beautiful colors, energy and life force. Bread is a ground up substances that has been cooked and altered so intensely that it requires something to be put on top of it to make it taste edible. Okay, so I know you’re thinking, what about freshly baked baguette or any freshly baked bread?
I know it smells good and it tastes good to you now but I challenge you to not eat any bread products for a month, clean your body out with an abundance of fresh, ripe, tropical fruits and vegetables only and then taste a piece of plain bread. What you will most likely find is that, while the nostalgia of bread may be appealing, the taste is not as good or as fulfilling as you remember it.
Meat, Dairy AND Bread All At Once?
As we’ve established, bread is not a health food, however, if you are in the process of giving up meat and dairy and it hasn’t been long, don’t stress too much about the bread for now. Instead, focus more on what you’re putting on the bread, rather than the bread itself. This will help you stay Vegan in times when you don’t have many food options and it will help you transition away from processed foods slowly. Your goal should always be to change your lifestyle to a healthy, whole foods, fruit and veggie lifestyle but it’s important to go as slow as you need to in order to stay on track.
Here are some options to keep you off the meat and dairy on bread:
Vegan butter spreads
If you have moved on past bread here are some options to keep you off the bread:
Eat more ripe, spotty bananas than you’re used to. Try a smoothie with 4-5 or more bananas
Eat more tropical fruits such as papaya, mango, pineapple
Eat these fruits for breakfast and lunch if possible
Rice or other grain cakes without any additives
If you are ready to move into a lower-fat, high carb Vegan diet do as follows and you will NEVER crave bread:
Eat at least 2,000 calories of fresh, ripe, sweet, fruit, smoothies and juices
Eat your greens when they are appealing to you
Get 8-10 hours of sleep, going to bed no later than 10pm (for the most regenerative sleep)
Drink 2-3 liters of fresh, non- carbonated water
Get your heart pumping and lymph system moving with exercise
Get 15-20 minutes of sun in the morning
Get out in nature as much as possible
Have healthy relationships
Work on your spiritual or personal growth each day in some way
Be patient with yourself, if you give into a craving, notice how you felt afterward, both physically and emotionally and move ahead from there. You’re never back at square one.
NEVER give up!