If you are reading this right now, you probably have heard the news about all the fantastic health benefits of pursuing a raw food diet. It is of course common sense that including a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet is a positive step in the right direction, but raw foodists take that to a whole new level.
According to those who follow a raw food diet (typically those who follow an eating plan with a minimum of 75% raw foods, though many are 100%), the health gains go far beyond meeting simple nutritional needs.
Some of the benefits touted by raw foodists include: (1)
- Weight loss
- Increase in energy levels
- Improved digestion
- Clearer skin
- Significantly lowered risk for developing cardiovascular diseases
Those are just a handful of the positives – many people attest that they have attained a higher level of spirituality when they began this lifestyle. Matt Monarch, executive editor of The Raw Food World News, has a video series that goes into this topic in depth, and is a must-see for anyone pursuing this way of eating and lifestyle.
So now that you are fired up and ready to get going, take a moment to review these three steps before diving into a whole new world of health!
1. Ease into it
Admittedly, this is probably not what you want to hear – but there’s a very good reason this tops the list. If you are currently not at least 50% raw, your chances of success may well hinge on taking it easy at first.
It can be a major shock to the system to change your eating habits drastically overnight. That doesn’t always feel so good, to put it mildly. This can lead to not only physical distress, but feeling disillusioned, and prone to giving up before you see any benefits.
Let’s avoid that by doing the following:
- Start by removing the unhealthiest foods from your current diet. The obvious culprits are junk food, fast food, alcohol, starchy cooked foods, and animal products.
- Replace the junk by adding raw foods to your diet. Replace one meal a day with a large salad chock-full of healthy veggies you love, for example.
- Last, pick 2 days per week to go 100% raw – it doesn’t matter which two, though you may want to separate them by a couple of days in between.
- On a timetable that feels right for your body, add another day, then another, and so on, until you one day realize – “hey, I’m really doing this!”
2. Set up your kitchen
This one you can implement as you begin easing into your new way of eating. You probably already have a good knife set and cutting board. Go get a couple (or more) of new cutting boards (you will be so glad you did once you are really getting into this).
You will want to invest in a high-quality blender or juicer (preferably both) – these can be pricey but they really are crucial to your raw food diet. It is well worth the investment.
Check out The Raw Food World store for an excellent variety of appliances and tools that are handy and sometimes downright a godsend for your new diet.
3. Compile recipes and menu plans
Before you head to the store and start filling up your grocery cart – get yourself a plan! If you get too little, you’ll possibly become too hungry and feel like “foraging” for something else. If you buy too much, you’ll find that many of your raw goodies are starting to go bad – which means a loss of money and variety of meals and snacks!
Also, while it is perfectly acceptable to just grab some fresh fruit or veggies for a meal – you’ll want to have some other ways to prepare them to delight your senses and give you that wonderful feeling of sitting down to a good meal. That’s a positive, fulfilling psychological boost.
A wonderful raw food diet meal plan can be found at the FreedomYou.com website here.
Start compiling recipes in a binder, and use page protectors, because if you are juicing and blending anywhere near your recipe – it will get splattered at some point – that is a guarantee!
A great source for vegan raw recipes can be found in the recipe section here at The Raw Food World News. (5)
Getting off to a good start
Congratulations on your decision to embark on a healthier, living foods diet – you will find a ton of support online – so jump into some web forums and discussion boards to trade ideas, recipes and encouragement!
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