Shortly after I started a raw vegan diet, I experienced profound health benefits that caused me to reexamine my life and start researching my new lifestyle in order to learn how to obtain optimum wellness. In thinking critically about some of the mistakes that I’ve made, I realize that there are several strategies that I can offer individuals who are starting a raw vegan diet so that they can have success. Here are three:
1. You Don’t Have To Eat Everything To Be Healthy.
When I became a raw vegan, I grew immensely aware of the fact that I hadn’t been consuming adequate amounts of healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables while on the Standard American Diet (SAD). With that thought in mind, I began trying a lot of wonderful fruits and vegetables so that they could quickly become an integral part of my new diet. While I think doing this is a good idea, I am also aware that it can be overwhelming. There are so many fruits and vegetables out there and making a point to try new ones all the time can be mentally and physically taxing. Personally, I discovered that I love bananas right after I started the raw vegan diet. I like to eat them in their whole form, but my preference is to blend them into a smoothie as this makes them super sweet. In researching the health benefits of bananas, I understand that eating several of them a day can improve my health. This is an important concept to understand because we’re often told that we have to eat a ton of different fruits and vegetables to maximize health. And while it is a good idea to eat foods throughout the color spectrum given that they all contain unique vitamins and minerals, this does not mean that you have to eat a ton of different fruits and vegetables each day to be healthy. In fact, you can get a well-balanced and nutritionally benefit daily diet by eating just seven or eight different fruits, vegetables, and nuts each day. So don’t make it unnecessarily complex unless you want to.
2. Fasting Helps.
Individuals who are converting to raw veganism should note that juice fasting and water fasting can greatly aid them in their transition away from the Standard American Diet (SAD) or whichever other eating patterns they were adhering to. This is the case for several reasons. First of all, individuals who are converting to raw veganism from an unhealthy diet rife with processed foods containing additives and preservatives are probably toxic. Juice fasting and/or water fasting can greatly aid the detoxification process and prepare your body to start receiving all the great nutrients that you will attain through consuming fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Additionally, many people who convert to raw veganism state that they experience intense cravings for cooked food. By redirecting mental and physical energy away from food through the process of fasting, these cravings can be reduced and eventually eliminated.
3. Exercise Is Important.
Oftentimes we as humans have a tendency to compartmentalize different aspects of our lives in a manner that elides the fact that health is a synergistic concept and reality. When you convert to raw veganism, you may find yourself concentrating on eating healthy foods to the point where you are no longer paying as much attention to your exercise program as you should. Or you may be an individual who hasn’t been a consistent exerciser in the past. Irrespective of which category you fall into, you should note that both nutrition and exercise contribute to maximizing health. Thus simply eating fruits, vegetables, and healthy nuts is not going to entail optimal health. To see maximum results, experts say that you should be exercising for 150 minutes per week at a moderate level of intensity.
Converting to a raw vegan diet can be one of the most personally and professionally prudent decisions that you make. With that thought in mind, you should recognize that there are several strategies you can implement to make your conversion process more effective. By using the tips and tricks I’ve listed above, I think you’ll find yourself getting more out of the raw vegan diet in a relatively short period of time. Good luck! :)
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