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Created on: 03/09/14 08:50 AM Views: 1077 Replies: 3
Posted Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Please offer suggestions to minimize/eliminate cravings for bread. I've redirected to rye and pumpernickel, but I'm still eating way too much bread. Anyone else have this challenge?

RE: Cravings
Posted Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Is it having a negative effect on your health, such as prohibiting needed weight loss? Or do you feel like it is displacing variation found with fruits, vegetables, and other grains?

If so, you could consider how to crowd out bread products. By making sure you eat X amounts of fruits per day, X amounts of vegetables and beans, and at least one or two servings of some whole grains like oats and brown rice, you might find the bread intake and cravings will go down.

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education

RE: Cravings
Posted Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Maybe after you try more of the meal plan recipes, you'll choose to add some new foods to your diet & won't crave bread so much. When I started eating a plant based diet, I discovered there are lots of unrefined starchy vegetables, legumes, and grains (that satisfy hunger) that I'd never even tasted before. Here are a few filling plant foods to try:
brown rice
bulgur (cracked wheat)
couscous (refined wheat)
wheat berries
wild rice
sweet potatoes
celeriac (celery root)
Jerusalem artichoke (sunchoke)
taro root
water chestnuts
white potatoes
butternut squash
acorn squash
Hubbard squash
banana squash
buttercup squash
turban squash
aduki (azuki) beans
red kidney beans
black beans
mung beans
fava (broad) beans
navy beans
garbanzo beans (chick-peas)
pink beans
great northern beans
pinto beans
white kidney (cannellini) beans

RE: Cravings
Posted Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3:53 PM

I'm a pastaholic. When I started eating more potatoes my pasta cravings went away. Maybe it would work for your bread cravings too! Worth a try.

Vikki ~

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