Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 4 takes a look at transforming your kitchen to acommodate your new raw food lifestyle.
In Step 3, we talked about processed foods and why you should avoid them. Have you noticed a difference in the way you feel yet?
As we have discussed before, switching to a raw food diet doesn’t mean that you have to give up all the foods you’re used to eating. You just need to start eating more raw, organic and live foods.
Before you begin your transformation make sure that you do some research online, go to your local library or bookstore and get a couple of books about eating raw foods, so that you can have a better understanding of what eating a raw food diet can do for you. If you haven’t already done so, please get a copy of Scott’s amazing book ‘Understanding The Divine Gut – How To Eat Your Way To Ultimate Digestive Health’ – (it’s available in printed version as well as a pdf download to your computer, android phone or tablet).
OK! So, where’s the best place to start changing your eating habits?
It’s at the supermarket or better still, your local greengrocers store or Farmers Market if you’re lucky enough to have one in your area. Whether you have a few pounds to lose or you’re at a good healthy weight, there are two simple rules that you should keep in mind when you go shopping.
1. Always go shopping with a well-planned list.
2. Don’t go to the grocery store hungry.
This way you won’t walk out of the shop with things that you don’t really need and you will be better able to resist the Mars bars and potato chips that are usually strategically placed near the checkout!! I have taken the liberty of attaching a Shopping List to help you get started!!
It’s a good idea to clean out your refrigerator and your cabinets before you go to the store. Be sure to throw out the half-empty bags of snack foods. Put any unopened, processed foods in the donation box at your local grocery store or better still, take a deep breath and chuck them in the bin. (I know that will feel like throwing money away at this stage, but trust me, you will save a small fortune when you start eating RAW).
As for prepackaged microwavable foods, think seriously about this modern way of cooking… does it really contribute to your new healthy lifestyle? Why not put the microwave in the garage for a while and see how you get on without it – Remember ‘out of sight is out of mind’, at least in the beginning stages of your transformation!
Clean out your crisper drawers, invest in a good food processor like a Vitamix* or Thermomix and pick up one of those little ‘Magic Bullet’ individual processors for fast sauces, salsas and guacamole… (these cost around Aus$40 and are available on eBay and at local appliance stores). Get your kitchen ready for an influx of new organic and raw foods.
With a few simple tweaks you can easily transform your kitchen from processed food prison to a haven of health and wellness for you and your family.
On your initial visit to the greengrocer or local farmers market, be sure to stock up on dried fruits and nuts for snacking. Load up on fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Buy some grain fed chicken, fresh fish and choose only the leanest cuts of beef if you can’t resist red meat and keep your intake of animal proteins to a minimum if you can. Don’t worry, you won’t be eating your meat and fish raw, but if you must have it, then buy the best and gradually reduce your intake until you are ready to do without it altogether.
The key to success when changing to a raw food diet is to make eating this way fun. Try some new recipes and invest in some new kitchen utensils like a salad spinner and the food processor I mentioned earlier. Try using more herbs and spices to jazz things up. Click here for some free recipes!!
Make sure you look out for Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips – Step 5 when we’ll be talking about some of the tools you’ll need in your kitchen to help complete your transformation. Feel free to ask a question or give me some feedback on this post. Just leave your comments below.
Until then, remember that raw food is about liberation not limitation 🙂
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Clare Darwish moved to Australia from her native Scotland to be with her Business and Life Partner Scott Mathias. Scott is an author and creator of raw vegan recipes and Clare takes care of the online marketing and social media aspects of their business. The 61 yr old mother of two boys, has made a major transformation in her own health and lifestyle since moving to Australia. She now assists Scott at his Raw Food Masterclasses, blogging and encouraging others to follow her example and embrace a healthier, safer lifestyle as she enters her Golden Years.