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How to save Money on a Raw Food Diet

Updated on September 20, 2008

Eating Raw and saving Money

Saving money on a raw food diet can be challenging. Depending where you live and the availability of fresh organic produce in your area you may have to do your home work to stay raw. Here are 10 tips for saving money on a raw food diet.

#1. Locate the Organic producing farms in your area. Bargain or barter with them for their fruits and vegetables that may not sell at the farmers market.

#2. Locate the farmers markets in your area get to know the farmers selling produce.

#3.Many of the farmers I know will sell you discount produce at the end of the day because they do not want it truck it all the way home. So visit the Farmers market at the end of the day. You will always get a better deal.

#4. Grow a garden, seeds are inexpensive and there is nothing like growing your own food. If you cannot grow a garden or do not have the space for one, find a friend or neighbor that you can buy their extra produce from. Most of my friends and neighbors will happily give me their extra food rather than waste it.

#5. Make friends with the produce manager at your local store. Local stores discard so much good food that doesn't sell or just isn't pretty. Give them your phone number and have them call you when they have something that is suited to your taste.

#6. Locate a farm or service in your area that is offering shares of their produce production. We purchased a share from a farm in Wisconsin and weekly picked up the fresh produce that was in season. This saved us so much time and money and the food was great! We knew every week that we were going to get fresh produce so we didn't have to shop for it. We paid ahead of time actually we paid in the winter a few payments so all spring, summer and fall our budget wasn't affected. This is probably the best idea for saving money and time that we had.

#7. Purchase the produce that has been picked in the last 24-48 hrs. It will last longer at your home.

#8. Watch for sales at your local grocery store, again get to know your produce manager and you will have a better time finding and consuming the raw food that you require.

#9. Visit your local restaurants , get to know the manager. Many of the places we visited purchased to much produce and are willing to sell it at a discount .

#10. Get used to eating plenty of raw food that you may not normally consume, if you do not have a garden of your own or know people that grow good fresh produce. You will find that you will not have a steady supply of the food that you think you need. So be versatile eat new foods that you haven't tried before. Do not get stuck on a certain raw food that you feel that you can sustain on.

Eating Raw

Well I know plenty of people that claim to be raw foodists. Most of them Americans. Now i would be the first one to stop cooking my food and just eat raw foos if the people that claimed success from these methods looked healthy. I cant think of one of them that looks healthy. I havent seen any of them that ar as srrong as gorillas. They eat all raw. Well maybe not King Kong but most of them do. In fact I see plenty of these people eating junk food. So I am not a big fan of the raw foodists. Yes it does make some sense to me and I even attempted to eat more raw food for several weeks. I was always eating and you have to be very careful these days.

Thee is so much crap in our food that we get from the store that it probably needs to be cooked to get the chemicals and pestisides out of them.

Anyway if you are a raw foodist and you are healthy, happy and not obsesed with telling everybody how good raw is. Good for you. Hey there is days where I dont eat cooked food. I have eaten some great raw food dishes from some world renound raw food chefs that didnt look healthy either. But I am going to stick with what keeps me surfing ;-)


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    Rik Rodriguez 9 years ago from Hawaii

    Thank you for stopping by, Have you ever seen anyone that was really healthy that claims to be a Raw foodist? I havent. Take a look at David Wolfe I am not impressed. I have tryed it. It doesnt suit me.

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    hot dorkage 9 years ago from Oregon, USA

    U should check out my raw food post on my food blog

    I also reviewed Patenaude's book on there

    I think one could do very well on a raw food diet if one had the time to truly balance it and do all the juicing they seem to do. I don't, and they also seem to require expensive ingredients for some of it. But hey an apple and a handful of nuts is raw... and simple.

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    ESAHS 9 years ago

    "Hey cool breeze I like the detox part of your raw food diet!"

    "Very insteresting!"

    CEO E.S.A.H.S. Association