by Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN
Author, Eating for Energy
If you're brand new to raw foods and are wondering what the raw food lifestyle is all about, then you may be surprised to find out that you don't need to radically change your life in order to follow a raw food diet.
In my case, when I started eating raw foods a few years back (80% of my diet was raw foods) nothing really changed in regards to my lifestyle. I was still frequenting the same produce markets, still preparing foods at home, and maybe spending a little less time going out to eat and sipping on cappuccinos. The misconception many people have is that you need to spend hours in the kitchen preparing complex raw food meals that take 24-48 to dehydrate and exotic ingredients that you can rarely find. That's not necessarily true, although many hardcore raw foodists propose meals that are anything but sustainable to the newbie raw foodist.
For me, eating more raw foods is simply a matter of making better decisions. It's about being prepared with fresh ingredients and experimenting by trying new and exciting raw recipes that you may not be used to. Most often, these "foreign" recipes end up astonishing your tastebuds and keep you coming back for more.
The other beautiful thing about eating more raw foods is that they give so much more energy, vitality, and clarity of mind that you just function so much better. Why on earth would you want to go back to eating how you used to when you know the good you're doing for your body with a raw foods diet?
At the end of the day, the raw food lifestyle is simply about making a commitment to eating healthier. There's always going to be a compromise in that you'll avoid certain foods but when you think about the health and energy benefits you'll be reaping it should really be a no brainer. But remember, keep it simple at first with easy raw food recipes and you'll find yourself living the raw food lifestyle much more easily!
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