I am trying to have a more alkiline type diet. It is difficult for me. I grew up eating mainly hambugers, chicken, and luncheon meats, soda, white bread and potatoes. I have switched my diet gradually over the years to include healthier foods, adding salads, more greens, and other types of veggies. I crave hambugers almost all the time. I try to buy grass feed, lean beef now. When I am tired and don't feel like cooking, fast food looks really good to me! What can I do to help stop these cravings?
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Vegetarian burgers made from soya are very highly processed & often high in agri-chemicals, so not an overly healthy swap, aside from them containing complete protein.
I tried eating a few that vegan friends' gave me, & found they always gave me mouth ulcers within 30-45 minutes, followed by stomach cramps as they're not very digestible. Soy cheese does the same.
I tried catching mice with another meat substitute that's commonly sold in the UK, & some parts of the US, & promoted as healthy. Despite 12 hours in the live trap, & having no other food available as they'd eaten everything else, the Quorn remained untouched. If hungry mice won't eat fake meat, it can't be very healthy for humans.
I have a alkaline tortilla soup recipe. Soak a bag of black beans overnight or red beans. 500 mL of vegetable stock three celery sticks a bunch of cilantro 4 carrots two ears of corn two handfuls of spinach cut up a can of Chipotle in Adobo sauce mix in a blender cook all of it together and eat serve with tortilla strips or chips cut up avocado and some sour cream is good with it but it's not good for you
What do you think you're craving from a burger, the protein, fat, or iron?
Can you find a quick meal that might provide a healthier fix of the above such as an organic egg omelette? Add lots of veg for added nutrition & eat with a big multi-coloured salad for vitamn C, so the iron in the eggs is better absorbed. I like watercress, rocket, & baby spinach for extra iron, with red peppers & tomatoes for vitamin C.
I keep a nut jar with almonds, walnuts, & brazils on my kitchen table, chia & linseeds, along with a box of assorted >70% cocoa chocolate, & also fresh & dried fruits. The nuts are good for protein & minerals, the chocolate for minerals & a happy fix. I like a juicy medjool date for low GI sugar with magnesium. My easy late breakfast or supper is a mix of the above snacks with a large glass of kefir. It has >20-25g of protein, a lot of filling fibre & nutrients including vitamin K2, & no effort.
I believe it's the fat mixed with onion and tomato with cheese that I crave. I think your suggestions are very good! Perhaps I could satisfy this craving with cooked onion in oil oil, topped with fresh tomato thick slice and cheddar on top, with some nuts and pickles on the side. Wow, your post gave me that idea! Than you so much... perhaps after I get used to no burger, I can move on to other more healthy choices, thanks again!!
Omelettes pretty good with cheese on, too. Just as melty, & now I want one!
A scraps meal that I made last year was easy & tasty, when I couldn't be bothered shopping in the rain: half a bunch of spring onions, a finely chopped potato with skin left on, sauteed till the onion & potato are cooked. I use rice bran oil as coconuts too sweet for this. Add half a large bunch of chopped greens, & cook for a few minutes. I like cavolo nero, though ordinary kale, chard, etc, would be good. Stir this in for a few minutes, but don't overcook. Add lots of black pepper, then sprinkle the top with cheese & turn the heat down till it melts. I tried it with onion, which was good, but leeks are even better, especially with strong cheddar. An egg or two could be added, & cooked for a few minutes before the cheese goes on top.
If you like the taste & texture of olive oil, try stir-frying with coconut oil. It's expensive, but very economical to use. I found I didn't need to add any sauces, just a splash of tamari, as it tastes so good. It has the same nice oily feel to eat as it's (good) saturated fat.
If you're frying with olive oil, make sure to keep the temperature very low so it doesn't become carcinogenic. Sautee temperature is fine.
Anything processed is likely to be acidic. So as much unprocessed food as possible with lots of variety. Lots of fruit and vegetables.
Make your own nut, hemp or coconut milk -so no additives.
Try and avoid dairy products and processed meats.
Mind over matter- it's your health...you can get over your cravings.
Have a look at the following link/blog for ideas if open minded.