So you’ve just found out about raw food.
Your curiosity is piqued.
You’ve done some preliminary google-shaped research. The blogs… The endless blogs! The forums. The youtube videos. The before and after pictures. The raw food gurus. The millions of recipes…
You’re excited now. A whole new world has opened up. One that you didn’t know existed.
You’re hooked. You want to know more, MORE about the raw food lifestyle. You want to drink it all up like a smoothie. Scrap that. You want a bloody raw food IV drip. You want to get rocking with the raw food thang, like, yesterday!
But wait, what’s this?
How many bananas? What? Oh, no bananas? Hybridized, you say?
Rotate my greens? What? No Green Smoothies? At all?
Ooh, raw chocolate, are you shitting me? Count me in! What? No cacao? Snake oil, really?
So I shouldn’t eat any animal products at all? Oh, I can. Are you sure? Isn’t that against ‘the rules’?
I have to be 100% raw? Oh, I don’t. You mean, you eat cooked food? But I thought…
Hello! Overwhelm much?
I hear you. By the very gods I hear you. Been there, done that, started numerous t-shirt shops.
When it comes to raw food there is A LOT to learn, a lot a lot. A veritable shit tonne, if you will. Whilst this is fabulous in the sense that there is so much information available these days to help people like you transition to a raw food lifestyle, this doesn’t really help when you’re lost in a quagmire of ‘I haven’t a fucking clue what the fuck I’m fucking doing‘.
So where do you begin? How do you actually get started?
Here’s what I recommend.
Get recommendations for 2 or 3 raw food books. Borrow, buy or steal. Preferably one with recipes, one with solid information about the raw food diet and one with both. Here are the ones I recommend.
Take notes on what appeals to you and any questions you still have. Research those questions online and in raw food forums.
Raw food forums have a lot of positives but don’t be surprised if you come across some dogmatism. And crazy people. Raw Food Rehab is a nice gentle intro forum with less crazies. I like Give It To Me Raw because I need crazies in my life.
If you sign up to most raw food blogs these days you get a free recipe book or something to help you on your way. You’ll also likely get a newsletter once in a while that will share something useful. Or, if it’s my newsletter, something probably offensive, inappropriate and off the wall – hey, someone’s got to liven things up around here, right?
Join a raw food group in your area. Being able to ask questions of people who’ve been there, done that, is absolutely invaluable! I know it was pivotal in my own journey. Plus, at potlucks you get to see what kinds of raw food meals are possible. You will learn loads!
Know that everyone does it differently. Ev-er-y-one. All raw foodists I’ve met, eat and don’t eat particular things that work for them. A lot of us are still tweaking and playing with ideas. It’s a bloody evolution in progress. How you like to kick it raw-style is as individual as who you fancy. Note: Alex Salmond. Hello?
Consider investing in a ‘raw food for beginners’ class or a raw food coach.
Lastly, remember, you have plenty of time to get to grips with it all. This isn’t a race, but if it was, it’d totally be a sack race. Cause they were cool. I say that because I always won sack races at primary school. Tangent.
David Wolfe, Brian Clement, Gabriel Cousens, Shazzie, Karen Knowler and every other raw Tom, Dick and Harry, all had to start somewhere and that somewhere was exactly the same place you’re starting now! But you’ve got the advantage because you’ve got the benefit of all that experience.
It’s a journey, enjoy the ride and all the arse-ups you’ll make a long the way.
For more information on transitioning check out So You Want To Be A Raw Foodist?
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/