Ridding your diet of grains and grain-laden foods is one of the most difficult tasks adherents of the Kaufmann Diet are asked to do, at least for many people. This is because many people’s typical diet is so grain–heavy, with foods like pasta and bread making up a large portion of their daily food intake. Other types of grains, too, such as rice and corn, can make up a large portion of what people eat on a daily basis, either directly or via foods with grains as primary ingredients. These types of foods can be addicting, and ridding your diet of them can be a tall order for many.
If you are going to stick to a diet, it is often best to make it as easy as possible to stick to that diet. There are many strategies that people employ that work towards this end. Often, food preparation is key. Carrying food with you is also often critical for those times when hunger sets in and cravings hit. Another strategy may involve substituting foods in your diet that are similar to the foods you crave.
Sugar addicts employ this trick all the time, using sugar substitutes when cravings strike. Many people who are starting the Kaufmann Diet will experience sugar withdrawals. For times such as those, we allow sweeteners like stevia and xylitol on Phase One.
Perhaps heavy, carbohydrate-laden foods such as rice are what you are craving. In recent years, Doug saw fit to add quinoa to the diet. Quinoa, while having a texture and flavor similar to rice is actually a seed, not a grain, making it great for the Kaufmann Diet.
Maybe mashed potatoes are something you crave; try substituting for mashed cauliflower or similar recipes.
If pasta is your thing, opt for spaghetti squash or “noodles” made from zucchini. Texture and presentation can go a long way in sating cravings you have for foods that are not on your diet.
For baked goods, we have recipes available for “breads” that use almond and other nut meals in place of traditional grain flowers. These “breads” can be used in place of traditional bread with the added benefit of extra protein and healthy fats.
These are just a few examples of how you can sub whatever foods you crave with foods that are friendly to your diet. Whatever you cravings are, make plans to include foods that “replace” those foods that are not friendly to your diet. One of the best things about living in the age of the internet is that you will likely find it easy to find excellent recipes that are easy to make and can substitute for the foods you crave.