10 Ways to start with a raw vegan diet.
If you’re curious about including more plant-based raw food into your diet and aren’t too sure where to begin then my top ten ways to get started with raw food listed below will, I hope, let you see how easy it can be.
When you spot something new and want to start making changes to your diet it’s very tempting to get all excited about it and jump right in feet first.
When I thought about committing to plant-based raw food it seemed too overwhelming for me to be making so many changes all at once. So, rather than ditch everything I was currently doing I realised that it’s totally possible to create new, longer lasting habits, by making lots of little changes instead.
If like me, you’re just not an all or nothing person, then you don’t like the idea of making so many changes all at once. Making smaller changes definitely works better for me. Over time I just keep repeating the changes I enjoy most. This way has an accumulative effect where you get what you want in a clear and steady way.
If you’re serious about making healthier choices you’re probably not going to do it unless it’s enjoyable and you start to see benefits early on.
It's a good idea to take your time and begin slowly. And when you face those little problems that show up (and they will!) like eating something you told yourself you shouldn’t be eating, you need to be able to forgive yourself and not start down the road of negativity by cursing yourself for making a mistake. Or worse, quitting altogether.
Making healthy changes shouldn’t be about trying to be perfect at something, so don’t put that pressure on yourself. Successful long term health goals can be achieved by making small actionable daily or weekly changes.
Before you get started quickly check out my downloadable Easy Raw Food Shopping List at the bottom of the page which you can grab for free. It's not meant to be exhaustive, just a go-to list of easily available foods from most supermarkets.
When you’re ready, go through each item on the shopping list highlighting items you already like. These are a win-win straight away! Leave out items you're not sure you of and new foods that you'll maybe try later on.
The reason for doing this is because it’s an easy way to begin with raw food. You can come back to the list over and over again and print new ones when you're feeling adventurous to explore more.
Now that you’re armed with a list of fresh foods that you do like, here are some suggestions to get started transitioning to a raw food diet:
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Here are 10 ways to get started with raw food
My top 10 ways to get started introducing more raw food into your weekly meals, drinks and snacks:
1) More fruit and vegetables
Start adding more fruits and veggies into your diet. One extra portion of these a day will get you started quickly. Or you could try one extra portion per meal. If you can then make them raw.
2) More salad
Can you move on up by introducing a salad every day? Could you enjoy a salad with or for lunch for example? Or to accompany your evening meal? Happy to move it up to both meals?
3) Homemade soup
How about a homemade veggie soup? You can make a big batch and freeze some for another day. It's also a great way to use up leftover veggies in the fridge. It’s economical and will help to reduce any your weekly food waste at home.
You can gently warm them if you don’t yet fancy giving raw soups a go and this will help to leave more of the nutrients and enzymes in place.
4) Fresh Juices
How are you with freshly squeezed juices? If you can, get hold of a juicer (they can be reasonably priced) make them veggie based and green. If you need to make them sweeter then add a piece of fruit to make them more palatable such as an apple or a pear.
5) Colourful smoothies
Have you been lured into the greatness of smoothies yet? I find these work really well in the mornings especially with kids who like to create their own.
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6) Dips, dressings, sauces, salsa
Do you like salad dressings, dips, salsas and sauces? Try creating some of your own raw versions to liven things up a little. It's not very time consuming or expensive to do. Your freshly prepared raw food contains no nasty ingredients that are often found in our supermarket foods. Another win!
7) Make some fun food swaps
How about substituting some cooked foods for raw ones? Cauliflower rice instead of rice, (who knew that was so good?) or spiralized courgettes, sweet potato or beetroot instead of pasta? Playing with your food until you find what combinations suit you is pretty fun and easy. Especially when theres no cooking involved. Keep it fun and keep on moving forward, little by little.
8) Drink enough water
Remember to swap your regular drinks for water when you can. It's so much better for you and essential to us all. Not only does it hydrate you but it gives you energy, flushes out toxins and aids digestion.
9) Listen to your body
Eat when you're hungry, find out which whole foods work well for you. Are you hungry or do you need a glass of water?
10) Consciously chew your food
Chewing produces saliva which not only moistens your food so that it’s easier to eat, it also contains enzymes that aid the digestive process beginning in the mouth.
10 Ways to Get Started with Raw Food
by Juliette Young
Just have fun with it all
Once you've begun experimenting with raw food recipes in this way and you've found things you really enjoy then start to write them down and keep them in a file so that you don't forget. Very soon you'll have enough raw food dishes to start putting them together.
Challenge yourself to enjoy introducing new techniques, new flavours, new ingredients little by little each week. Keeping it simple, fun & interesting and not taking it all too seriously will help to keep you from feeling bored or overwhelmed.
Don’t forget that some foods need to be soaked and sprouted before eating such as some legumes and chickpeas! Please remember to do your research first as some foods really must be cooked as they cannot be eaten this way for example, kidney beans are toxic unless they have been cooked before eating. Here’s a great article for you to help make that clear.
Don’t forget too - as with any change in your diet you should always speak to your doctor or qualified healthcare professional before making changes and discuss if including more plant-based and raw foods will be suitable for you.
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In the meantime, here’s a little something for you to print off and pop on your fridge at home.
It’s my Easy Raw Food shopping list to help you get started upgrading your diet with healthier plant-based ingredients.
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I’m off to make some tea.
mum, dog owner, lover of raw food