No, your eyes do not deceive you that is a piece of toast with butter and no I have not fallen off the raw food wagon.
I remember in November, having only been raw for 3 weeks that I would have given my right arm for a piece of toast. I got so desperate that I would on a few occasions toast a spelt tortilla, spread butter on it and eat it. Now, I wasn’t just not eating toast (or specifically wheat and gluten) just because I was raw. I wasn’t eating it because my doctor had a theory that I was allergic to it.
Now having been tested for allergies already and diagnosed with allergies to, hog hair, rabbit hair (weird because I had pet rabbits growing up, never had a hog though), beef (yes I’m allergic to beef and yes I know that’s SO weird, so the no meat thing really wasn’t that hard for me), paprika (although I use it now anyway), rosemary (which I use now anyway), dill, pollen (all from year round flowering trees, yeah for me! so much for seasonal allergies), goats milk (and if you didn’t know that almost always automatically makes you allergic to cow’s milk which explains a lot!!), and that’s most of what I remember.
So anyway, I digress. You’ll notice I didn’t say wheat. Well the thing about a wheat allergy is it is very difficult to detect. So I did the old elimination test and cut out all wheat and gluten to see if I felt better. Now, I was already cutting out all the sugars and carbs, as well as anything that could turn into sugar for the anti-Cancer/anti-Candida diet, so once I added wheat and gluten I was lead straight to Raw Foods. In case you wonder how I got here! For that I am grateful for all my allergies. Every single one of them because I love my raw food diet.
I felt better almost immediately, despite horrific cravings for chocolate chip cookies (I had dreams that I was in a land of chocolate chip cookies like in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, I would wake up salivating and wanting to eat my bed thinking it was a giant cookie) as well as intense cravings for toast with butter. Except for my occasional tortilla I didn’t crack. Weirdly, and I can’t say when it happened exactly, but the cravings stopped. I guess I would have to say it was about two months ago. That was the turning point. I just didn’t have them.
So why am I eating toast NOW you ask? Well now that we know it’s made a difference we want to test for it. You can’t test for a wheat allergy if you haven’t eaten wheat. So here I am with my piece of toast with butter and I don’t even want to eat it!!!! I can’t believe I don’t want to gobble up the whole loaf! I’m pretty sure I have the allergy because the only thing that bothers me on a raw food diet is Nama Shoya – which in case you didn’t know (thanks to an article in Purely Delicious Magazine) I found out has wheat.
SO if you have to have toast, perhaps are transitioning or you know someone who loves toast but would love for them to have a healthier alternative I was pretty excited by French Meadow Bakery and their Sunflower Flax Seed Bread. It has only 15g of carbs!!! That’s amazing for a bread product, if I remember correctly as it has been awhile. No sugar and only 1.5g of fat. It is made mostly of Organic Wheat Flower, Wheat Germ, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds, Sea Salt, Wheat Gluten, Millet and Rye.
So I have to say if you were to eat bread this one is pretty great. I still had to find a wheat product that had no yeast and no sugar because I wasn’t going to jump off the Raw-anti-Cancer-anti-Candida-Diet Wagon completely! You may say why test at all; you are raw so it doesn’t really matter and who needs Nama Shoya anyway? Well, I just want to know. If they can find out than I’d like to know. So we’ll see what happens. I’ll keep you posted.