If you are planning to get on a raw food diet, then you need to do some research as to its viability, healthy quotient, inclusion of all nutrients, and supplementation. A well planned raw food diet can be a great way to reap nature’s healthy benefits. First of all you will have to understand and get acquainted with the linked purpose and philosophy behind the raw food, in order to ensure you are not only enjoying your raw food diet, but also benefitting from it. Thus, today we bring to you a few things to consider before going on a raw food diet.
Make sure you've done your research well. Now that you have aimed at adopting the raw food diet, you would know the basics. It entails consuming organic, uncooked and unprocessed food items. At least 75% of your daily food consumption should come from raw food and only the leftover 25% can be heated. Reason being, people who advocate raw food diet believe in the idea that higher temperatures used in cooking food destroy the valuable enzymes that our body takes in digesting and absorbing foods. Make sure you are well equipped to take on the raw diet, by talking with your dietitian or healthcare provider. Ideally, they will look at your medical history, age, health condition, exercise routine and such factors before clearing you for the raw food diet.
Trying the raw food diet. Make sure you chalk out a well carved plan before fully committing to the raw food diet. Search in-depth about the raw food recipes online or join a community, which propagates the raw food idea. An intelligent way to start this diet would be to start this diet for a small period of time before making a long term plan. A whole transition to the raw food way can be quite troublesome. You need to ensure that you eat fresh, unprocessed and organic sources as the main constituents of this diet and there can be no adulterations in these rules whatsoever.
Equip your kitchen with the right equipment. Try and buy all the equipment needed to prepare your raw food diet beforehand. Buying quality kitchen equipments, which are affordable, easy to clean, simple and can do a range of things is a must. A few equipments, which you might want to consider, are sharp knives, good quality cutting boards, blender, and a food processor. Make sure you get your hands on a quality dehydrator and a good quality processor and a juicer.
Try and adjust your tastebuds. This can be done by eating easy-to-prepare raw foods and finding recipes that are not filled with exotic ingredients. Make sure you meet your daily eating requirements only from the ingredients, which you can source locally as freshness of the food is the key in maintaining a long-term raw food diet plan.
Get acquainted with the sources of raw food. Sources of your food are important when planning to go on a raw food diet. If possible grow your own food or try and aim at buying fresh organic produce. Always have a good variety of greens, root vegetables, and fresh herbs in your fridge. Eat nuts, seeds, dry and fresh fruits, such as dates, raisins, cranberries, goji berries, pineapple, coconut, apricot, mangoes, apples and coconut milk in your raw food dietary routine.
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