Ever since I entered college, I’ve been a bit infatuated with food. In experimenting with various diets over the years, I have always concluded that those which do not contain meat and dairy are the best. Although I was once vegetarian, I eventually gravitated towards the vegan diet after recognizing that it was a healthier choice. Then I somehow stumbled upon the raw vegan diet. After going through a detoxification period marked by periodic bouts of fatigue and cravings for cooked food, I felt more wonderful-both physically and mentally-than ever before. If you are currently following a diet that compromises your health or precludes you from operating at optimum levels, you may want to consider converting to a raw vegan diet. Here are three ways to make your transition easier:
1. Do Research.
During my conversion process to raw food, I spent endless hours watching YouTube videos and reading articles about how to be successful on the diet. You should do so too. Why? Because gaining information about raw veganism will help you determine whether it’s right for you. Additionally, raw vegan experts can provide you with great advice regarding how to handle detox symptoms, how to overcome cooked food cravings, and more. One of the more popular raw vegan books is The 80/10/10 Diet by Dr. Douglas Graham. Personally, I have profited from the advice and coaching of raw food expert Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram. You can visit her website at www.rawfullyorganic.com. You may also benefit from reading literature that does not come from experts within the field such as this general summary of the raw food diet.
2. Buy The Right Tools.
Although no two raw vegans are alike, most of them tend to have juicers and blenders. These two tools are great because although one can easily consume fruits and vegetables in their original form, you can also add variety to your diet by mixing them together in new ways. Blenders will typically give you a thicker, frothier texture than juicers. Juicers create a very thin, easily digestible consistency which is especially useful during periods when you choose to fast. I just purchased a juicer Monday and it’s working well for me. When you make your purchase, be sure to look at the label to see which types of features the equipment comes with.
3. Clean Out Your Pantry.
Cleaning out your pantry can be a very effective strategy for individuals who are converting to the raw diet. This is the case because keeping cooked food in your living space increases the likelihood that you will eat it. Doing so will be detrimental to your new raw food diet for several reasons. First, it precludes you from experiencing the cleansing effect that results from eating foods in their whole, unprocessed forms. Second, it continually trains your mind and body to crave foods that you are attempting to eliminate from your diet. Thus while you may have qualms about wasting food, cleaning out the pantry can work in your favor during your transition to the raw diet. If the idea of throwing food away is particularly egregious to you, consider giving it away to a food pantry.
In order to lead a healthy life, you have to make healthy decisions. And one of the healthiest decisions you can make is converting to a raw vegan diet that contains copious amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables. If you have been thinking about making this type of transition, consider implementing the strategies I’ve listed above. Good luck!