Sounds like the simplest thing in the world doesn’t it? Eat more raw food. A couple of years ago when I was still in my early transition to raw foods (do we ever leave transition?) ‘eat more raw food’ was my mantra. Not ‘don’t eat this’, ‘don’t eat that’. I found that didn’t work too well for me – generally whatever you tell me not to do, the rebel inside me goes bloody haywire finding every conceivable way to do just that!
For me, ‘eat more raw food’ was so utterly simple and to the point that it became a focus on the positive rather than focusing on not having the negatives – for anyone that understands or works with Law of Attraction you’ll understand that focusing on what we don’t want, just brings more of that to our experience. Generally, the more you chase after something, the more it eludes you…
It’s relatively easy to find ways to get more raw food in to your diet. For a start you don’t need to worry about eating all raw, or even a fully raw meal, but just how to get more raw IN to your existing food choices. So for example if you wanted to go all out and have kebab and chips, a nice big tasty salad on top of your kebab is a prime example of eating more raw food. How simple is that?
People say to me “Oh, I could never be raw, I like (insert food choice here) too much to give it up”. That’s fine! Nobody is saying you have to give anything up if you don’t choose to. If on the other hand all you choose to think about is how to squeeze some extra raw food in to those existing choices (whatever they may be) then there’s no pressure, no stress.
The good news about this approach is that the more fresh, raw ingredients you add IN to your existing diet, the more your body comes to know and understand the nutritive qualities of different foods and will (believe it or not) start to crave or choose those foods in the future over other foods! Hard to believe I know! The reality is that your body will naturally shift in it’s own time; mentally imposing a diet or set of nutritional ‘rules’ on to your physical body is sometimes a recipe for disaster! All you need to focus on is getting more of the good stuff in. Whether that’s goji sauce on top of your chips or a large salad with your pizza!
I talk about this more in my forthcoming book ‘So You Want To Be A Raw Foodist?’ due out in Feb 2010.
Meantime, here are some useful ways to add more raw food IN:
- Eat an extra piece of fruit/portion of veg/handful of seeds or nuts per day
- Enjoy a salad with your lunch or dinner (or both)
- Enjoy a raw chocolate bar instead of a conventional chocolate or candy bar
- Get used to having juices before your breakfast
- Eat a raw breakfast or smoothie every second or third day
- Enjoy a raw smoothie for lunch – green smoothies are the best!
- Eat a raw lunch e.g. soup or pate to accompany your typical lunch of sandwich or wrap
- Go raw for a full day one day a week
- Enjoy a raw starter before your main meal
- Enjoy a raw dessert after dinner
- Make a nut milk to enjoy at the weekend
- Make a raw granola to have for breakfast for a couple of days
- Add fresh fruit to your breakfast cereal or porridge
- Make a raw curry/pasta sauce to accompany steamed or cooked vegetables and pasta
- Make a cooked curry/pasta sauce to accompany raw vegetables and rice or pasta
- Add superfoods such as hemp seeds, sea vegetables or bee pollen to your breakfast, lunch or dinner
- Ask yourself “How can I get more raw food in to this meal?”. This will open your mind up to the endless possibilities.
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/