A Raw Food Diet Is Intimidating - Should I Go Fully Raw?

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A Raw Food Diet Is Intimidating - Should I Go Fully Raw?

by Ken
(North Conway, NH)

Ken's Question:


I just recently started eating veggies somewhat regularly. I find it really intimidating to go to a fully raw food diet.

I'm not even sure I really want to.

Is it better to take baby steps forward or does one need to fully immerse themselves in vegan raw foods for this to benefit them?

Also, is a nice blender like a Vitamix or Blendtech, required for most of your recipes?

Andrew's Answer:

Hi Ken.

It's always better eat a little bit better instead of not eating better at all.

That being said, my experience is that you don't get all the benefits of a raw diet unless you go 100%. Personally, I prefer to yank the band-aid off instead of ripping it off in small spurts, but that's a matter of preference.

Progress seems to be quicker that way, and you're less likely to get "stuck".

But the nice thing about life is that you don't have to commit to anything forever. What is there to be intimidated about?

If I was in your shoes, I would do what I always do when contemplating a lifestyle change - give it a 100% trial run and see what the results are.

If the results are good, then keep going. If you don't get the results you're looking for, then stop and try something else.

Blind faith and adherence to dogma does no one any good, and so I suggest you decide via experience, which can only be gathered if you give things a fair shot.

I feel that the minimum amount of time needed to gauge whether a lifestyle change is worthwhile is 30 days.

Anyone can commit to something for 30 days, as it's not such a long enough time period that it seems like the horrible, unending, "!FOREVER!".

On the other hand, 30 days will probably get you past the hump and give a fair approximation of what you might expect if you went full out.

I talk a lot about how successful my 30-day trial method is for testing things out here.

What You Need:

You don't need a whole lot to test out a raw diet besides lots of fruits and vegetables.

Don't get me wrong, the Vitamix is a wonderful tool. It's the only appliance I have in my kitchen, actually, and you can use it to help out with all kinds or recipes.

A vitamix is useful even if you're not a 100% raw foodist, but it is an investment, and if you're unsure about the whole healthy eating thing you can do without it for awhile.

All you really need is a good knife, a fork, and a spoon, and you'll do fine.

What I would be more concerned about is that the diet you enact will actually bring about good results, because there's a lot of ways that you can fail on a raw diet.

For instance, accidentally undereating calories, eating too much fat, and several other mistakes ensure that most people who try a raw diet will fail for lack of good info.

I will toot my own horn here and suggest you check out my book, Raw Food Weight Loss And Vitality.

I designed it to help new raw foodists avoid the many potential pitfalls that derail most people to try to go raw. Sections in it talk about how to eat enough, shopping and money-saving tips, sample menus, sample recipes, and an explanation of why it makes sense to eat what I suggest.

It's helped a lot of people go raw, and so it's a good place to start.

Other than that, just remember that it's only a trial. Run with it, and see where it takes you.

Enjoy the ride.

Happy eating.

- Andrew

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