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Starting a Raw Food Diet - Easy Steps

Updated on June 13, 2017

A Raw Food Diet Will Increase Energy Levels

Are your feeling tired and have no energy? It is always a good idea to check with your doctor first, but one of the causes may be found in your diet! Have a good look at what you are currently eating.

Does your diet include more processed, fatty food, than healthy fresh and raw food? If so, then changing your diet to raw food will increase your energy levels!

Below are some easy steps on how to get started with raw food. Before I get to those steps on how make a smooth transition from your current diet to raw food, let us just make sure we are all on the same page as to what we understand a raw food diet to be.

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What is a Raw Food Diet?

Typically one is said to be on a raw food diet when 75% or more of a person's food consumption consists of unprocessed and uncooked plant foods. That would be food like fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, beans, seeds, sprouts, dried fruit, grains and seaweed.

Book and DVD

Going Raw: Everything You Need to Start Your Own Raw Food Diet and Lifestyle Revolution at Home
Going Raw: Everything You Need to Start Your Own Raw Food Diet and Lifestyle Revolution at Home

This book is not only a feast for the eye but also have planned menus and easy to follow recipes. On the DVD Judita Wignall demonstrates her recipes food preparation techniques .

 

Before changing to raw food consider the following:

1. Why do you want to go raw?

2. What % of raw food intake should you aim for?

Why do you want to go raw?

Question 1

The first step of changing to a raw food diet is to know why you want to change your eating habits. Some people just want to eat healthy, some want to lose weight and others want to do a raw food detox. Knowing what you want to achieve with a diet change will help you to stick to your new diet when the going gets tuff!

What % of raw food intake should you aim for?

Question 2

How much raw food you will include in your diet will in part be determined by the reason for your diet change. People who want to do a raw detox will aim for 100% raw while others changing for lifestyle reasons may be happy with a raw content of 50 to 60%.

Something else to consider in deciding on your raw food intake percentage is the climate you live in. If you live in a warm climate it is easier to aim for a higher % and stick to it than when you live in a cold climate where part of the roll of warm or cooked foods are to provide heat to the body.

How to start with raw food - Easy Steps

Once you have answered the two questions above you will be clear on what you want to achieve with your raw diet. This will make it easier to keep to your decision to change your diet.

Below are some easy steps to get you started!

  • Make a list of all the fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, beans, seeds, sprouts, dried fruit and grains you can think of and add new ones to your list often. Keep your list handy for ideas when planning meals, snacks and shopping trips.
  • Start slowly by introducing more fruit and nuts for in between meal snacks and increasing the raw vegetable portion with your main meal.
  • Drink plenty of water as your body will start rid itself of toxins. Filtered or bottled water is best.
  • Keep it simple. Look for basic recipes (lots of free recipes on the internet) which are quick and easy to prepare.
  • Take some time to do menu planning. Focus on variety.
  • Research the benefits of a raw diet. You will find that the more you immerse yourself in the benefits of a raw diet the easier it will become to make better food choices.

These few steps will get you off to a good start. Keep trying new foods and recipes. Before long you will experience the benefits of a raw food diet like increased energy levels, better digestion and improved skin appearance.

Have you tried a raw diet or are currently on a raw food diet?

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      Always a good idea to increase fruits and vegetables and raw fruits and vegetables are even better. I've been trying to stay away from processed food as much as possible and I do feel a difference even in the little things I've done. Great lens!

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      jimporsche86 4 years ago

      My wife and I have started to eat better. We are not all the way there yet but at least we are going the right direction.

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      I just try to eat as much of a raw diet as I can. I don't really pay attention to what % of my diet it is....maybe I should.

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      LaurisB LM 5 years ago

      I eat lots of raw foods, veggies and fruits, which seems natural and normal to me. It seems that when I hear people talk about their "raw food" diet, they are talking about weird stuff like making "pancakes" out of nuts and seeds. I kind of don't get it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I first discovered raw food a couple of years ago in Bali. Love it!

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      100% raw food for a couple of days and a regular fast-day once a month are something to aim for. Still aiming.

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      I'm "mostly raw" and that's what works best for me. If you are all raw, you really have to watch your fat intake - it's easy to take in too much fat with nuts, seeds and avocados.

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      Coreena Jolene 5 years ago

      I admire people that have the discipline to eat so well. Very informative.

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      I've read about the raw food diet but it seems like an overwhelming task so its great to see someone put out some information on how to do it slowly. Nice lens. =)