Shortly after I decided to become a raw vegan, I began experiencing profound physical and psychological benefits. As a result of these benefits, I developed a deep fascination with and passion for health. In recognizing that many other people are interested in optimizing wellness and view converting to raw veganism as a viable means through which to do so, I would like to offer some strategies regarding how to start a raw vegan diet successfully. Here are three:
1. Make Sure You’re Eating Enough.
Not eating enough is one of the biggest roadblocks for individuals who choose the raw vegan lifestyle, and it was the biggest problem I encountered during the early stages of my transition. While I was originally confused as to why I wasn’t feeling as well as I wanted to all the time, it eventually dawned on me that the low caloric value of the fruits and vegetables I was eating meant that I oftentimes needed to consume more in order to maintain the energy I needed throughout the day. If you need a way to keep track of the food you’re consuming as well as its caloric value, Cronometer is a wonderful (and free!) resource that you can use.
2. Expect Some Peaks And Valleys.
While converting to the raw vegan diet has helped me feel better than ever, I still experienced some down days during the early stages. This resulted from the fact that I had been eating a diet comprised of processed foods that contained additives. As a result, I had to go through a detox period which is still in effect to some extent. If you were also eating unhealthy food products that contained additives and preservatives, you will undergo a detox process when you make the conversion. The physical effects of the detox will likely affect your psychological state as well, so be prepared for the transition.
3. Find Craving Substitutes.
Most people coming from a cooked food diet will find that they crave some of the foods they used to eat when they go raw. This can be problematic if you want to make the raw vegan lifestyle permanent. To overcome cravings, read literature about which foods you should replace your old eating habits with. Today I came across an article about raw veganism which explained that individuals who are craving salty foods can handle the craving by eating celery. Personally, I love sweet foods and found that ample consumption of banana smoothies helped me overcome my desire for energy bars and other sweet snacks I used to eat. As you continue on your raw vegan journey, you will discover which foods help you feel satisfied such that your food cravings become less and less prevalent. These days, I don’t really experience any deep or profound cravings for anything outside of fruits, vegetables, and healthy nuts.
As mentioned earlier, converting to the raw vegan diet was one of the greatest life decisions I made. And I think it can be advantageous for you, too. If you are thinking about transitioning to a raw vegan diet, consider implementing the strategies I’ve listed here. They will likely help you have a smoother transition into the world of raw veganism. Good luck! :)
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