I’ve been learning a lot about raw food lately and I have to say the idea of living a raw food lifestyle appeals to me, although I’m not ready to make the leap to fully raw just yet. one step at a time.
What is a raw food diet
Well, first of all it’s not really a diet as in the “I’m on a diet to lose weight” sort of diet. It’s more of a lifestyle and a diet of plant-based foods eaten raw. You eat fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, seeds and nuts.
I’ve been learning a lot from Kristina at Fully Raw
I’m all about more
When I first started the 30 Day weight loss challenge I knew I wanted to focus on increasing things rather than depriving myself of things. Increasing my activity levels, my water intake. The reason I’m so interested in raw food is that I really do enjoy fruits and vegetables. And I want to increase them in my day to day life.
More fruit and more veggies with every meal
I would be happy with a mostly fruit and veg diet and when you look at the amount eaten, it’s loads. We’re not talking an apple and small bowl of salad for your meals.
So my intention is to be deliberate about eating much more fruit and veggies and a wider variety to make it really interesting. And keeping them raw more rather than cooking them.
Other family members
At home it’s just me and my teenage son so it’s fairly easy to fit this into our meals. My son has never been a big meat eater anyway and prefers raw veggies. So including more fruit and veg will not be an issue for him.
I do still intend adding chicken, small amounts of meats, eggs, dairy, pasta, potatoes… to our meals, especially our evening meals.
My focus is going to be on fresh and natural produce.
One step at a time
I’m going to be honest, if you look in my cupboards, you’ll find tinned produce, packets of food, chocolate wafers, crisps and biscuits. I’ve never been keen on ready meals so that has never been a problem. Yes, I could go and throw the whole lot out and start over from scratch and maybe I should, but I prefer to take things one step at a time.
Small changes, small swaps.
Planning ahead is key
When I don’t plan ahead what we’re eating, I can end up eating a whole load of stuff I don’t want to. So I make sure I plan ahead and make sure I’ve always got plenty of fresh produce in so that I can fill up on lots of fruits and veggies, keeping everything else to a minimum.
If you’d like to know more about Raw Food, I’d like to recommend Fully Raw. I’ve found Kristina’s tips and especially her videos really helpful.
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