Friday, July 27, 2007

I thought I would share some of my top tips on going Raw.

I would start by writing down the food that your eating now, then take a highlighter pen to the list and highlight all the foods that are raw.

Then go through the list and in another colour highlight all the foods that you couldn’t live without. These are the foods that you will want to replace with raw alternatives. I would call these your prime foods, you only need a five or six of these dishes and you have a few good staples that you can turn to.

Now a really important thing to do now is read, read, and read some more. You wouldn’t try to build a model boat or bake a cake if you didn’t have instructions or a recipe. Your about to change a really big part of your life and you need to make sure your getting all the right foods.

Always double check any information you get on the Internet, there are some real strange people out there and a lot of them have websites.

Start of simple, don’t try and run before you can walk. You don’t need to run out and get a dehydrator of a Vita-mix (though if your serious about it then in time you may want to invest in them).

Make a menu plan that A) Works for you with the amount of time you have to prepare all the dishes. B) Put down foods that you would really want to eat, things sound good in a book but if you don’t like a certain vegetable before you go raw you may want to leave it for a bit before you try it raw, give your taste buds a chance to change and to develop. You also don’t want to end up eating Avocado salads for the rest of your life.

Shop for three days at a time no more, fresh vegetables always taste better if they are fresh. I would love to say go out and get organic foods all the time, but if like me your money situation goes up and down depending on the length of time till your next pay day then fresh and cheap is sometimes better than organic and expensive. But one thing I will say is try to by local, food that has spent more time in the air than you have in your own life is not going to be fresh and good for the environment.

Go out and get yourself a good coffee grinder, they cost very little nowadays and are really useful grinding small amounts of nuts and seeds. (Never use your new coffee grinder for grinding coffee beans, as you will flavour your entire nut with coffee).

Water, I’ll say it again. Water. It’s the most important thing in your life, if your not drinking enough of it you will get headaches, feel tired and hungry. (I’m sure if you ask Baz he would even say I was a bit ratty without my morning glass of water).

Get support. Both from loved ones and friends, nothing is worst than trying to do something new when all your getting from people around you is negative words. Reading lots of books will give you enough information to be able to answer questions such as ‘where are you getting your calcium and protein from?’

In your first few weeks you may want to keep distractions at bay, nothing is harder than having a few birthday parties to go to, the buffet will seem like its full of all the foods you love even if you wouldn’t eat them if they where the last food on earth normally.

O.K I think that is enough to start off with… well for now.

Bear. X

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