Raw Food Weight Loss Diet


by Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN
Author, Eating for Energy

You might have heard something about the raw food weight loss diet from friends, people at the gym, or in the media. It sounds so radical and Hollywood, and well beyond the reach of a regular person like you. You don’t have a personal chef or a dietician, and you have a busy life. The chances of you being able to set aside the time and effort to eat raw are just not very likely. Besides, you wouldn’t even know where to start, right?

Well, you might be surprised at just how easy it is to work yourself into a raw food diet. The key to it is not to dive in with both feet, but to dip your toe in the water, and slowly ease yourself in, allowing your body time to get used to the changes.

So, how do you start? The first thing you can do is to start tracking what you eat every day. Keep a small notebook with you, and every time a morsel of food goes into your mouth, write it down. Don’t worry about judging it at this point, just track it. Do this for a week, no more. You don’t want to become obsessed with this.

After your week is up, take your notes, and split them into two lists. One list will be the foods that you’ve eaten raw, without really planning or trying at all. Grabbed a banana on your way out the door in the morning? That counts. Whipped up a smoothie with the leftover fruit that was going to go bad if left for a few more days? Definitely counts. Chose to drink a glass of water instead of coffee? Put it on the list. Now, on the other list, put all the things you ate or drank that were cooked, baked, pasteurized or otherwise not raw. Do not be surprised when your non-raw list dwarfs your raw list.

Now, pick the easiest meal for you to make substitutions for and changes to. For most people, that will be breakfast, but some people are too rushed in the mornings to start there. If dinner offers more time and space, go with it. Pick the meal that works best for your schedule. Now, pick the worst three days of the week for you ñ the days that offers no personal time or space. Maybe you have classes, errands, or other running around to do. Whatever the reason, those are your days off. The other four days of the week? Those four meals a week are going to be your testing ground.

Let’s say you picked breakfast, and gave yourself an out for Monday, Friday and Saturday. On Tuesday, try a green smoothie for breakfast. On Wednesday, try an oatmeal replacement of apples, bananas and flax seeds, chopped up in a blender. Thursday can be raw granola. And on Sunday, take the time to find something new and exotic online. Do something a little different every morning, and before you know it, you’ll be in the habit of eating raw foods. It’s one small step for you, and one giant leap for good health.



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