It is an encouraging fact that ever more people are deciding to feed on mostly or exclusively raw food. Raw foodism has become a new world trend. There are more and more raw food restaurants, books and gurus. Raw food is IN!
Those of you that were ever on raw food know the little hidden traps that sometimes lead back to old ways. Each person has her own way of fighting the traps, depending on lifestyle, previous eating habits and person’s psychological profile. I believe what most people have in common is »previous life« that wants to temp us. In order to enjoy your new way of raw eating even more unencumbered I prepared 6 advices for a successful transition into the raw eating world.
1. Educate and equip yourself with necessary accessories
It is more difficult to sustain on raw food if we depend entirely on others. It is true there are more restaurants by the day offering delicious raw menus, but trust me, it is far more enjoyable if you are self sufficient and able to prepare raw food by yourself. So I suggest you get a few raw food recipes books (excellent books can be found on my page under »I recommend«) or find them on the internet (don’t forget to look up my ones on these pages). For raw food menus you don’t need any special knowledge; however you have to learn a few basic simple tricks to make preparing various meals simpler. It is also important to purchase a few kitchen accessories which will come handy (read more on this topic in my other post).
Last but not least I recommend educating yourself about raw food importance for your body and health and what amazing changes you can expect. I also recommend reading about other people’s experiences about starting and successfully staying on this path. All this will give you more impetus and will to persist!
2. Be aware of cooked food influence
Cooked or in other thermal ways processed food has addictive effects. Most people have great difficulty giving up bread, meat, sweets, salted foods, milk and milk products. Often people decide to eat their favourite food even though they know it harms them and increases their health problems. This type of food is addictive so you reach for it even when common sense, doctors or nutritionists tell you not to. Most people are more or less addicted to cooked food, so it is important to recognize this and start to control and lower this addiction.
3. Avoid temptations
Being addicted to cooked food it is important to avoid temptations especially during transition to raw food. The body sometimes craves the delicious meals it was used on its whole life. I suggest you simply don’t have any food in the kitchen that may lead you to the old ways. Also in the beginning avoid places where the temptation might be too great to pass (pizzerias, fast food joints, visiting friends where you know in advance you will have a hard time avoiding processed food, etc.). Of course I am not suggesting you retreat from your normal life and isolate yourself. Just help yourself to avoid the biggest and most obvious temptations. Trust me it becomes easier with time!
4. Find support of similar thinking people
I am convinced that anybody embarking on the path of raw eating can find support of similar people. There are many interesting forums, blogs and web pages as well as clubs and meetings. You are definitely not alone in eating raw and you can find numerous new friends. You know – the more the easier it goes.
4. Feed your body
Maybe you will find it strange and unbelievable, however it is true – a big percentage of world population is undernourished. At the same time it is true that there is an ever bigger percentage of obese people suffering illnesses connected to obesity. Western man eats too much! Gasping for food he consumes big meals of various highly processed foods. Even so he still doesn’t consume enough nutrients. The food is processed so much that the nutrients are mostly destroyed, so the body is often not fed and you reach for new mouthfuls.
The solution to alleviate this gasping for food and to stop overeating, is to consume as much of high quality food as possible even before the transition to mainly raw food eating. Don’t make fast changes that may lead to distress. Green leafy vegetables prepared as salads and smoothies are highly recommended. Also don’t forget healthy fats, suitable quantity of carbohydrates giving you strength, vitamins, minerals and healthy protein that build the body.
What is your experience with transition to raw food eating?
How did you (or still are) combat possible temptations?
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