Today I’ve been fully raw for two whole weeks! I never thought I’d be able to accomplish this. I tried years ago but failed miserably because I was eating too much fat and not enough calories overall. I am buzzing with energy and wish everyone could experience a taste of this.
Fortunately, you can! No matter the current state of your diet, you can start taking steps to be fully raw or at least take steps to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet.
Examine your diet and lifestyle.
Do you drink alcohol? Drink coffee or tea? Eat processed foods? Eat take-aways? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you will have more work to do. The cleaner your diet is currently, the easier it will be for you to slide into a fully raw lifestyle. If you aren’t vegan, your first step needs to be cutting out all animal products from your life.
These are things you will need to give up if you want to eat fully raw:
- Animal products.
- Alcohol, coffee, any and all sedatives and stimulants.
- Processed foods.
- Fatty foods and overt fats like oil and nuts.
You might think you could never give up these things, or that you’d suffer without them, but trust me, the pay-off is huge! Once you experience the health benefits that come along with eating more raw foods, you will wonder why you didn’t give these up sooner. It won’t be a struggle to avoid these non-foods; you simply won’t want them anymore.
Choose to give these up in exchange for:
Unlimited energy. Fruit is easily digested unlike cooked fatty foods. Your body won’t need to expend extra energy digesting your meals so you have all this energy at your disposal. If you aren’t active now, you will be once you start eating more fruits and veggies.
Easy digestion. Fruit is the easiest food to digest. Once your body gets used to eating a healthy amount of fiber, you won’t have any tummy troubles.
Happiness and mental clarity. You will not meet an unhappy raw foodist, I guarantee it! Once you start fueling your mind and body completely with pure, wholesome foods, you have no choice but to be happy. Without anything to fog your mind, you’ll wake up every day refreshed and excited for the future.
Clear skin. Fruits and veggies are full of water and hydrating. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants essential to a clear complexion. Skin issues are caused by internal troubles. A fatty diet, dehydration, some medications, and processed foods wreak havoc on the digestive system and liver. When our body isn’t working as smoothly as it should, skin issues emerge. Additionally, skin issues can be caused by external factors like cosmetics, skin care products, and over-washing.
Effortless weight loss (or weight gain depending on your current weight). It is almost impossible to overeat on fruits and veggies because of all the fiber they contain. You can eat as much produce as you want without worrying about gaining weight. (I explain this in more detail in Low carb works, but low fat works better.) Rest assured every bite is nutritious and good for you, so dig in!
Also, you will no doubt lose significant water weight just by cutting out salt. Fruits and veggies contain trace amounts of salt and this is plenty for a healthy diet. Adding more salt to your food isn’t necessary. Excess salt causes bloating and distorts your taste buds.
Veganism is not a sacrifice, it’s a joy.
This is one of my favourite vegan quotes. I feel the same way about raw foods because going raw is just like going vegan. No one ever thinks they can live without cheeseburgers, fried eggs, or bacon, but once you go vegan you realise life is so much more than these foods. Similarly, you might not think you can survive without cooked vegan comfort foods like mac&cheese and pizza, but you can! You can enjoy low fat raw versions of these dishes instead or turn to fruit. The cleaner you eat, the healthier you become and the better you feel. This is how you live life to its fullest!
Some people may never want to be fully raw, and that’s okay. You don’t need to eat 100% raw to reap the health benefits. Aim to eat more fruits and veggies than you currently do.
Put your money where your mouth is.
If you aspire to eat more raw foods, you have to make a conscious effort to clean up your diet little by little. It doesn’t need to happen overnight, but you need to actually commit to healthy eating in order to succeed. If you simply say you want to eat healthier or go raw, while still drinking alcohol and eating junk food, you are purposely sabotaging your efforts. Clearly, you don’t want to move forward. YOU are the only person standing in the way of what you hope to accomplish.
To accomplish anything, you need to take that first step. Don’t keep putting it off, because eventually years will go by and you’ll still be in the same place and situation, unhappy with yourself and lack of progress.
You may feel fine now, but the best you’ve ever felt pales in comparison to how you’ll feel once you start eating mainly fruits and veggies. Seriously! You have to make a choice. What’s more important to you? Eating out, drinking alcohol, and smoking, or feeling completely happy, healthy, and full of energy every single day for the rest of your life?
Take that first step today.
I plan to focus several blog posts on topics related to starting a raw diet including detox symptoms and what to expect, how to deal with cravings, and how to eat raw in social situations. Look for these later this week or early next week.
If you have any questions about raw foods you’d like me to address, please ask them in a comment. Thanks!