Hi everyone. I’ve just started my high raw lifestyle and I wanted to ask you all if you have any pearls of wisdom that you wish you had known when you first started out. It can be about food, attitude, or whatever…teach me something!
Wow, now that’s a big pearl you’re looking at right there. I guess my big one is plan ahead but don’t kill yourself if you aren’t 100% right away or if you fall. I have done months in time then big fall into SAD. You have to make eating raw as fun and delightful as anything else. Be creative, read everything you can, and don’t be afraid to ask about stuff you don’t know.
I wish I’d of known that doing yoga every day stops my detox symptoms. I went through hellish emotional detox, and periods of total tiredness and achiness which stopped completely as soon as I got my act together and got the yoga mat out. Might not work for everyone, but it works like a dream for me.
I found that eating plenty of the right food was helpful in staying raw. When I was hungry I ate. People are amazed at the size of the raw veggies salads I make for myself. I had to sort of rid myself of this phobia of food you get when you are eating cooked food that piles the weight on you. Good luck to you.
i second what audrey and rose say!! don’t be afraid to enjoy TONS of greens, fruit, and veggies – they’re so low calorie that you can enjoy plenty of em! bring crunchy salty snacks to outings… guac and flax chips and watermelon helps keep me raw. create an environment for yourself that’s cooked food free. i did that with my kitchen. if you live with others, you can have a little cutting board and bowl of fruit in your room, so you can enjoy raw when others are preparing cooked in the kitchen. that’s what i do – i always eat raw food when others eat cooked, both cause i’m hungry and i don’t want to feel left out. spend lots of time on goneraw – this is a great support. find other raw in your town if you can. visit raw restaurants. buy a raw cookbook if you like and follow recipes exactly – FRESH is a good cookbook – as raw foods can be hard to prepare. start with very SIMPLE recipes with a few ingredients. soups can be tricky to prepare. simple dishes and quick desserts are good places to begin. the fewer foods you combine, the simpler it is. taste foods as you make them. make small batches of foods at a time, so if you screw up, you don’t waste much. try eating fruit anytime and all the time – snacks, meals, lunches, breakfasts. enjoy green smoothies daily. HAVE FUN!!
This is GREAT feedback! Thank you for posing the question; thank you all for awesome answers!
Allow yourself to throw away anything you don’t like – that’s how I got good at making lots of really good stuff. If I thought I had to eat everything I made, I never would have been so willing to experiment & try new things. I agree about taking a lot more food with you than you think you’ll eat – that would have saved me a lot of trouble more than once! :) Enjoy your life, your food, your journey…and laugh!
these are all great tips. i have had a hard week because i could not prep any staples (like crackers, raw granola bars) over the weekend. as a back up I had some pecans and raisins. i bring LOTS of food to work and almost eat it all!
one thing that is super that I think really helped me is green smoothies! they are a great way to get lots of greens.
Get yourself a 40 ounce Klean Kanteen stainless steel bottle and fill it with Green Smoothie. I have found that I get irritated when people can see the color of my smoothie and go “eewwwwww! what’s that?” If it’s inside the stainless bottle, no one can see the color and I can drink my amazingly delicious and filling smoothie anywhere. isn’t green prettier that a fake orange Fanta or a gross brown Coke? I think so!
that’s funny. i have had some questions about it and tell them, yes is green because of the greens in there, but it’s delicious. and the smile on my face makes them jealous or perplexed. :-)
Throw away any food you make that doesn’t come out well. If you don’t like it, don’t eat it. Find one or two ‘safety net’ meals that you can make quickly and well. Always have the ingredients for these on hand as a backup.
For me, when I first went 100%, my ‘safety net’ meal was Tomato and Avocado chunks in a bowl with salt sprinkled on top. This would always tick all the right boxes at mealtime. I deserve to to only eat food that I enjoy. Don’t fret about the wasted food you will get the hang of making Raw dishes and eventually everything you make will be lovely.
also… Eat before you leave home, and take food with you!
I also agree with the ‘Eat all you want’ advice. That is very true!!! If it is fresh and plant based then there should be no limit. Have all you want.
one thing i wished i had known before i went SHOPPING: check the dead food list on purelyraw.com. just because it’s in a raw cookbook doesn’t make it raw. we don’t need cooked food to make raw foods taste yummy. there is always an alternative (which should seem obvious to people who are making pasta out of zucchini!)
and about the wasted food. my dad’s expression is: “better wasted in the trash then wasted in your tummy.”
about wasted food: get a dog or compost or worm bin. you’ll feel less guilty.
my grandma alwasy used to make me eat because of “all the kids starving in africa”. i wish i could have shipped my slimy meatloaf to them. never made sense to me.