Almost immediately after I converted to raw veganism last month, I began experiencing profound health benefits that convinced me I had made a great life decision. Once I became aware of all the mental and physical benefits that resulted from the raw vegan diet, I began researching it intensely. Having done so, I now realize that there are a variety of things individuals who are new to the diet can do in order to get the most out of it. Here are three:
1. Don’t Accept Every Concept You Hear As True.
While this may seem like an unnecessary piece of advice to offer, it really isn’t. This is the case for several reasons, including the fact that the majority of the world does not follow a raw vegan diet. With that reality in mind, it’s not unusual to find that individuals who convert to the diet are unfamiliar with it and want to soak up knowledge like a sponge so that they can integrate it into their daily lives in order to experience results. Yet while attaining and implementing information about raw veganism is important and advantageous, every claim about the diet that is currently being expressed is not necessarily true. Nor do all raw food experts agree about everything. I became aware of this reality recently when I grew aware that many raw foodies are gravitating towards raw cacao as a healthy type of chocolate to consume. While food expert David Wolfe is a big supporter of raw cacao and claims that it is a great superfood, other raw food experts argue that it isn’t. You will need both education and experience to draw accurate conclusions about which foods are best for you, so don’t simply accept every piece of information that’s being submitted as accurate and infallible.
2. Don’t Be Legalistic.
Oftentimes individuals shy away from the raw food diet because they believe a diet comprised of just fruits, vegetables, and nuts is too legalistic. Personally, I think they’re often drawing this conclusion because of the role the mass media plays in making the idea of consuming meat, eggs, dairy and processed foods seem natural, acceptable, and healthy. Irrespective of how you feel about the Standard American Diet (SAD) and the raw vegan diet, it is certainly true that you can make the latter diet unnecessarily legalistic. This can transpire in a variety of ways, such as not having snacks or fasting all the time. Remember that there are a wide variety of delicious, healthy raw snacks that you can eat without sacrificing your health. (My personal favorite is Arden’s Garden’s Very Very Berry Squares.) And while fasting is good, you do not have to fast every single week if you do not want to. In short, you should avoid dietary legalism and enjoy eating delicious fruits, vegetables, and nuts that you like to make the most of the diet. For me, this means eating a lot of bananas since they’re my favorite fruit of all time. It also means consuming my favorite nuts, cashews and pecans. Once you discover which healthy foods you love, go ahead and stock up your refrigerator and pantry with these items so your food life will be fun and pleasurable!
3. Put Your Food In A Highly Visible Place.
This trick works because it makes your raw food more accessible. Recently I purchased several liters of juice comprised of pineapples and other healthy items from Arden’s Garden. As soon as I wake up, I can easily start my day off right by simply opening the refrigerator and pouring myself a glass. I also keep a container of flaxseeds in the cupboard right next to my refrigerator so I can easily scoop some out as a snack if I want. Because my food is very accessible, it’s easy to eat and can preclude me from reaching for less healthy options that I might have lurking in my refrigerator or cabinets. Other ideas you can implement to make your raw food accessible include placing it on your kitchen counter right beside your blender or juicer so you can make a great drink on the spot if you experience cooked food cravings.
Converting to a raw food diet can be one of the best life decisions you make for yourself. If you are interested in experiencing immediate success on the diet, implementing the strategies I’ve outlined above can be very helpful for you. Good luck! :)
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