Did you know one of the oldest diets is making a comeback? Known as the raw food diet, this consists of unprocessed, natural fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and other things that provide the necessary vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes required in our diets, without the need for meat or cooked foods. This diet is either geared toward weight-loss or more generally, a healthier diet regimen. We understand that starting a diet can sometimes be as difficult as sticking to it, so we put together this short “how to” list to help out those of you who may be considering this.
- Motivate – To be successful we need to be motivated. Know what you want to accomplish with the raw food diet, and remind yourself of this motivation as you continue on. Whether this is losing weight, being healthier, or even detoxing, everyone has a different way to motivate themselves, and by knowing yours you will be more likely to succeed.
Educate – While there are numerous health benefits to the raw food diet, there are also some dangers that accompany eating raw foods. Things such as food-borne illness that results from raw or undercooked food are a real concern, and some foods like cashew nuts and red kidney beans require being cooked to be safe. Consult your doctor, read books or blogs on raw food diets, and even join groups for raw food enthusiasts.
- Moderate – If jumping straight into a strict diet is difficult for you, be open to different ways you can incorporate the raw food diet into your lifestyle. From setting aside one day a week as “raw food day” and eating only raw foods, going “raw” until dinner, doing certain parts of the meal as raw (such as dessert), or coming up with your own creative way to ease into the new diet are all avenues you can take.
- Accumulate – Stockpile your home with fresh, organic fruits and veggies and other raw food options. The more you surround yourself with these options, the more inclined you’ll be to eat this healthy food.
With these tips you’ll be well on your way to fulfilling whatever it is you set out to do with the raw food diet. Don’t get discouraged if you slip up here or there, and be sure you are eating enough calories to stay full and maintain your energy!
Sometimes vitamin deficiencies can occur with a raw food diet, commonly vitamin B-12, vitamin D, as well as a few others. If you notice this is the case for you, adjust your raw foods to include those foods rich in these vitamins, or supplement with the appropriate options we offer. If you need specific recommendations, or have questions in regard to what the signs and symptoms of these deficiencies are, browse our other blogs or feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email, and we’ll be happy to help!
By David Benic, DR Vitamin Solutions