07 Aug Tips for Getting Started on a Raw Vegan Food Diet
There is the vegan diet and then there is the raw vegan diet. The two are both types of veganism but the latter is all about raw foods as the name suggests. The raw vegan diet comprises of unprocessed raw vegan foods. These foods are not to be heated above 115F. The notion is that foods heated above this temperature have lost their important enzymes and nutritional value.
The raw vegan diet has been associated with many benefits including:
- Weight loss
- Energy boost
- Clear skin
- Improved digestion
- Improved overall health
If you are thinking about starting a raw food vegan diet for a week or a lifetime, you need the right tools and knowledge.. Here are some tips to get you started:
a. Stock up on the essential raw vegan ingredients
When starting out on the raw vegan diet, you will need to stock up your pantry with plenty of food since you will be preparing most meals at home. There are many raw vegan foods that you can stock up and some have exciting names. Just to mention a few, you can have nama, shoyu, wakame, raw cacao and the like. You also need to build up on your spices, nuts and seeds. It is important to have plenty of food options around so that you don’t feel like there is ‘nothing to eat’.
b. Try out new vegan recipes
Eating raw foods can become boring especially if you prepare your meals the same way every day. Contrary to popular belief, there are so many ways to work around raw vegan diets. As a matter of fact, there are so many recipes to try. You need to try out fun recipes for your raw vegan diet. Otherwise, you will feel as though the diet is limiting you and be tempted to call it quits. There are plenty of online sources where you can get information on raw vegan recipes that you can try. From simple raw vegan soup recipes, raw vegan chocolate recipes to raw vegan desserts, the raw vegan diet has go you covered for every meal.
c. Have a meal plan
Following a raw vegan diet can have you eating the same vegetable every day. For example, you might be thinking that the only raw vegetables you can have are carrots and cucumbers. However, a raw vegan diet is like any other diet and it requires a meal plan. You don’t have to religiously follow it but it will relieve some of the daily pressure that you go through. It saves you time when shopping in the market and when preparing meals in the kitchen. You should also plane for satiating substitutions.
d. Educate yourself
Information has potential to be powerful as long as it is utilized. It is important for you to continue learning about the raw vegan diet and how to provide your body with the essential nutrients even while you are on this diet.
The raw vegan diet may sound boring and uninteresting but it is quite the opposite. Hopefully these tips will help you make the best out of your raw vegan food diet.
Go to our page on the Vegan Food Pyramid to learn exactly what you need to eat and drink to live a healthy vegan lifestyle.