5 Tips for a High Raw Diet
Embarking on a new diet or lifestyle can be a daunting task. But it doesn’t need to be. Plenty of people I’ve met in my time as a Raw Food teacher have thought that a High Raw Diet would be more difficult and time-consuming than their current way of eating, but this doesn’t need to be true. In fact, I would argue that, when done thoughtfully and intelligently, a high raw diet takes less time and effort than one with lots of cooked food. So here’s 5 important tips that can make this claim true.
Keep it Simple
A lot of the popular raw food blogs boast lots of complex, gourmet recipes with gorgeous photos that can be intimidating to try to replicate. But in my experience, most long term, successful raw foodies mostly eat simple foods, such as smoothies, salads, and lots of fruits and veggies in their original raw form. For me, making hearty, filling salads and eating them for the majority of my meals is the most effective way for me to eat a high raw diet and feel satisfied.
Invest in some useful gear
You will have to do a lot of fruit and vegetable chopping if you eat a high raw diet, which usually ends up being the most time-consuming aspect of this lifestyle. Invest in a couple key pieces of equipment and you can cut this time in half or even more. And they need not be expensive either. Getting a $40 spiralizer and a $100-$200 food processor could be the best move you make on your path to eating a high raw diet in the long term. With a spiralizer you can prepare large amounts of zucchini, carrot and other vegetable noodles in a matter of seconds. With the multitude of chopping, slicing and julienne blades that come with most food processors you can pretty much avoid all slow knife chopping, and in the process, speed up your preparation times significantly.
In a similar vein, if you prepare large quantities of raw ingredients at once it can save you lots of time and feel like you’re saving even more. I had a friend who would prepare a whole week’s worth of salad ingredients every Sunday, keep them in separate jars, and then mix and match depending on what she felt like each day. You can also make large quantities of salad dressings so that you can whip together a meal in seconds. This little trick is extremely convenient and time saving too.
Don’t be hard on yourself if you eat something unhealthy
Any healthy lifestyle change is a journey and you can expect ups and downs. If you eat something that isn’t great for you, don’t get down on yourself. It will only make getting back on the horse harder. One of my teachers liked to preach this lesson, and encouraged you to really enjoy every bite of that ice cream, saying that if you enjoyed it, you would feel less desire to eat it again afterwards. Being perfect is rarely a human quality, so just accept it for what it is and don’t add extra problems by feeling guilty about it.
Find Some Raw Foodie Friends
One of the biggest obstacles people encounter when changing diets relates to the social aspect of eating. Humans love to socialize over a meal, and there’s a good chance you won’t want to eat the same food or at the same restaurants as your friends when you switch to a high raw diet. Finding some raw foodie friends to share food with can help you overcome this. Plus, you’ll be able to learn and grow together, and lean on each other if you’re struggling to maintain your new healthy lifestyle.
I hope you enjoyed the article and learned something new.