How to Introduce Yourself to Raw Foods
- As Much as you can BUY ORGANIC, BUY LOCALLY GROWN and if possible grow some of your own produce and herbs.
- EDUCATE YOURSELF through books, documentaries, youtube videos and blogs. Watch our new documentary Serving Love.
- BECOME FAMILIAR WITH YOUR LOCAL HEALTH FOOD AND ORGANIC STORES as this is where you will find most of your whole food ingredients and produce. There are also many online stores that are now delivering to the wider community.
- LOOK DOWN AT YOUR PLATE, take a moment to ask yourself how much of what you are about to eat is cooked, processed and dead and how much of it is nature's living plant foods as they're grown?
If you are not going 100% raw, ALWAYS EAT THE LIFE-GIVING RAW FOOD FIRST. This will give you the enzymes needed to assist in digesting the cooked food. Try to maintain a minimum of at least 60% raw to 40% cooked.
- Try to eat fruits on their own to avoid combining fruits with fats or anything else (with the exception of leafy greens which digest well with fruits) as this can lead to fermentation and bloating in the stomach and can also inhibit the absorption of nutrients. Try not to eat anything else for at least one hour before and after eating fruit.
- Keep it simple by not combining too many foods in the one meal as this really helps to not overburden our digestive system. When we are able to digest food easily, it frees up our available energy.
- When you ask yourself the question, ‘what can I eat?’ observe whether the answer comes from a HABITUAL 'WANT' or a NUTRITIONAL 'NEED'?
- Give yourself a clear 30 day break to form new loving habits and to BREAK THE CYCLE from those unloving foods that you crave from your old diet. This also allows time for your taste buds to change.
- A great way to dramatically and easily increase your quantity of raw nutrition is through Smoothies and Juices
- Swap Conventional Bread for Raw Crackers and Breads
- Swap cheese for Nut cheeses
- Keep in mind that DETOX SYMPTOMS are very normal in the first few weeks of changing your diet. Often for many people this is the first opportunity the body has been given to clear out the rubbish. Some of the symptoms may include headaches, nausea, mood swings, changes in bowel movements, bloating, cold like symptoms/congestion, cravings, changes in sleep patterns and fatigue. Some people breeze through this stage and others experience symptoms that are more significant. If you experience some unpleasant side effects of detoxifying, stick with it because this will usually subside as quickly as it came. Don't be discouraged, it is actually a good sign that the body is responding but see your doctor if you are concerned.
- DOWNLOAD THE ‘HAPPY COW’ APP TO YOUR iPHONE to help you to locate vegan/raw or vegetarian places to eat, where to buy organic produce and health foods in your locality and when traveling.
- BE PREPARED - Always have healthy snacks on hand wherever you go, such as fresh fruit, dried fruit, raw nuts, fresh dates, raw treats, kale chips etc.
- IF YOU GET STUCK for options whilst you are out, locate your nearest juice, smoothie or salad bar and go for a green or fruit smoothie, fresh fruit or vegetable juice or vegan salad.
- PRE PLAN YOUR MEALS at least a day or two in advance as some recipes require dehydrating or soaking of nuts overnight.
- For those with a busy working schedule it's a great idea to set aside some time on Sunday afternoons to prepare some elements for your dinners during the week such as raw wraps, raw pizza bases, raw falafels, pestos, dips, nut cheese, raw bread, raw sauerkraut etc. It's so easy to have these on hand to put together a tasty dinner in minutes!
- KEEP IT SIMPLE - There are loads of recipes that you can
google online, begin with the easiest ones and don't be afraid to experiment
and create your own. Enjoy the process and follow your instincts.
- EQUIP YOURSELF with the right equipment as soon as you can
afford to. This is an investment in your health that will save you much more
than money in the long term. By having good knives and equipment you will find
the transition into your new lifestyle is a smooth and enjoyable one.
- SOAK YOUR NUTS - Nuts should be eaten raw, preferably activated and in moderation. Pre- soak nuts to unlock the full vitality contained within them. Learn more http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/the-benefits-of-soaking-nuts-and-seeds
- FERMENTED FOODS - LEARN HOW EASY IT IS TO MAKE YOUR OWN RAW SAUERKRAUT and Kimchi, and other vegetables at home from Sandor Katz, author of wild fermentation: the flavour, nutrition, and craft of live-culture foods.
- TAKE A MOMENT TO GIVE THANKS and connect with your food mindfully before beginning to eat, thank God or Mother Earth for the beautiful abundance that has been provided to you, the farmer for their commitment to supply you with fresh produce, whoever or whatever else you feel drawn to thank as part of the process that brought this food to your plate, and above all thank yourself for the loving commitment you have made to your own health & wellbeing.
- DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF, the very fact that you are reading this
information is already a step towards taking responsibility and building your
knowledge and awareness. If you truly want change more than you want to stay
the same, then change is inevitable so allow yourself to feel excited beyond
the little bumps in the road.
- ABOVE ALL enjoy becoming more in tune with your body and it's innate connection with nature's living food and know that anything is possible!