1.Become informed about the raw food diet. Understanding the purpose and philosophy behind the raw food diet is an essential part of becoming an advocate for and ensuring that you are enjoying it, as well as benefiting from it. There are some well-known advocates of the raw food diet you can begin by reading about, and there are numerous websites available to read.
2.Find community. Join a local potluck or start one of your own. It’s wonderful to share food with others. Online forums provide a great resource to meet fellow raw foodists, exchange recipes and have questions answered. And there are a number of raw foodists using Twitter and Facebook to exchange messages, meeting events, and ideas that can spark your own knowledge and expand your group of raw food friends.
3.Try it. If you’re concerned that you don’t necessarily agree with the rationale for eating raw food all the time, the best advice is to give it a good shot. You’ll only know if eating raw food works for you if you try it and see how it makes you feel.
4. Acquire the appropriate kitchen equipment. Quality kitchen equipment makes following a raw food diet much easier and less time-consuming. Look for items that a simple, affordable, easy to clean, and will do the range of things needed. When preparing raw food, typical preparation techniques include cutting into chunks, chopping coarsely or finely, dicing, mincing, slivering, julienne, shredding, grating, tearing, and chiffonade.
5.Consider the source of your food. When switching to a raw food diet, the source of your food is important. Organic food is unburdened by the chemicals used for conventional crops. Even though the scientific arguments continue to rage over the benefits of organic versus conventionally grown from a nutrient perspective, it’s hard to argue with the fact that placing undue chemical burdens onto the environment is harming our environment given that foods grown with excessive chemical loads are depleting soils, fouling up rivers and seas, and have questionable residues from pesticides on many of our foods.
6.Know which foods form part of a raw food diet. There is a wide range of food available to the raw foodist, contrary to scoffing by those who dismiss the diet. What you can eat are unprocessed, preferably organic, whole foods such as:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Nuts and seeds
- Beans, grains and legumes.
- Dried fruit such as dates, raisins, cranberries, goji berries, pineapple, coconut, apricot, mangoes, apples, etc.,
- Fresh and dried herbs and spices
- Seaweed: Look for hijiki, dulse flakes, nori sheets, and wakame.
- Young coconut milk
- Cocoa and carob
- Raw food pate
- For raw omnivores and carnivores, eggs, fish (sushi, sashimi), meat, milk and dairy products (non-pasteurized/non-homogenized) may also be included.
7.Transition. Introduce raw foods slowly into your current diet.
8.Exercise and relax. Optimal health is about being healthy in a well-rounded way. What goes into your body is important but so is getting adequate exercise, relaxing properly to reduce stress, and thinking positively to ensure that you aren’t bombarding your body with negative thoughts, emotions, and resentments.
Also, check out this interesting video of How to Start a Raw Food Diet!