Raw foods are live foods, bundled up with nutrition and energy The moment we cook our food, we change its chemistry and its nutrition component, apart...
Raw foods are live foods, bundled up with nutrition and energy. The moment we cook our food, we change its chemistry and its nutrition component, apart from stressing out our digestion system. Have you noticed how light you feel after eating fruit or a raw salad as opposed to a cooked meal?
While the ultimate goal is going fully raw, which is actually a spiritual process and will take time to adopt, it’s good to gently and steadily increase the raw intake in our diet. Fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are considered raw. Considering 25 per cent as each of your meal – breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner – calculate your current percentage of raw intake. Now set a practical goal on the raw percentage that you wish to achieve.
Here are some tips to help you reach your goal:
Read up on the benefits of going raw: The more we educate ourselves the more it is easier to be on the path. Watch videos of people who have gone raw, they will inspire you.
Understand why YOU are doing it: It could be energy gain, weight loss or just being healthy. Once you figure out your purpose, it will be easy to act on it.
Avoid animal products: Dairy, meat and honey are not meant for us, so let's just stick to what nature has intended for us to consume.
Look up recipes: You will be amazed at the variety of things that can be rustled up when you go raw. We make excellent Thai curry, rice, pasta, pizzas, chocolate mousse, ice-cream and even carrot halwa raw!
Stock it all up: Visit the organic farmers’ markets and stock up on the amazing produce that nature has on offer. Although you can even order in, it's only when you personally see and shop for yourself will you get the chance to learn about the bountiful options.
Let breakfast be raw: Eating breakfast like a king is about eating the highest quality of foods available. Only fruits make the cut of being completely wholesome and nutritious. So, start your day with a large glass of green smoothie. If you feel hungry again, simply grab a fruit!
Start your lunch & dinner with salad: This makes you eat less of the cooked. Even when you dine out, ensure you order a salad.
Soak beans every night: For the evening snack craving, mix your beans (cooked or sprouted) with a lot of vegetables, nuts and even chutneys that are usually raw.
Set a goal: Either decide to go raw one whole day in a week or maybe one meal in a day.
Eat as much as you want: That’s the beauty when you pursue raw; there are no restrictions! However, nature is so amazing – it never lets us overeat when we eat raw.