Starting a Raw Food Diet

 

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

If you are in the beginning stages of following a raw food diet plan, you might be at the point where you’re starting to tire and not because you’re not getting the required vitamins from your diet, but because you’re hitting the beginner’s wall.

The beginner will be highly excited to start the raw food diet plan. Maybe they’re doing it on the recommendation of a friend, or because of a book they’ve read, or something they’ve seen on television. Whatever their motivation, the first few days are always exciting. The first big meal with no cooked items will be a real treat. The beginner will buy cookbooks, look up tips online, talk it up endlessly with their friends, and raid the local grocer more often than they used to, looking for fresh new ingredients.

But after a few weeks, even the most exciting newcomer to the raw food way of eating is going to get a little tired out. The dozens of recipes they started with have been whittled down by availability and personal taste to no more than half a dozen irregular dishes that will start to become stale and repetitive; they will have all the cookbooks they could ever use, and read so many web articles that their eyes hurt. They’ll miss coffee and bread and the smell of a roast in the oven. Their friends will be sick of hearing about it, and they’ll be sick of ordering salads when they go out for dinner.

In the end, the raw food diet will become just like every other diet, unless you do two mantras you need to learn, right now, and repeat every day to prepare yourself for the beginner’s wall.

“It’s not a diet.”

 If you go into eating raw foods because you want to lose weight, you can definitely achieve those goals. But if you think you can eat raw for a few weeks, drop a few sizes, and then go back to “normal living”, you might as well stop right now.

Diets don’t work because people don’t see them as lifestyle changes, they see them as quick fixes. So once the diet session is over, they go back to old destructive habits, and gain back all the weight they lost, and lose all the benefits of their quick trip to Healthyland. Now, no one is saying that in order to lose weight and keep it off, you need to eat nothing but raw foods for the rest of your life.

But if you want to see real results, you’re going to have to incorporate the information here into your own life, and make it work. The raw food diet is a lifestyle change, not a diet.

“You don’t know it all yet.”

You may become bored with this new raw food kick, but only if you let yourself become bored. When you stop learning, your attention falters, and other things grab for your interest. If you want to stay with it, you need to remember there is a lot of information out there, and you can’t possibly know it all, but it’s fun to try. Make an effort to learn one new fact about raw foods every day, a new recipe, a new way to prepare an old favourite, a new item that you’ve never heard of. Make every day different, and starting a raw food diet won’t be so difficult.

 

 

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