You’ve made the commitment to eat more raw foods. Your kitchen is set up for success and you’re enjoying your new ways of eating. You’re beginning to see the difference in your energy levels, the way you look and the way you feel on all sorts of levels. Your body is feeling lighter and your taste buds are responding well to the new and exciting flavours you’ve been introducing.
So what next?
Well, there’s more to explore!
Go online, read new books and find out about unusual foods and their uses.
Spend time familiarising yourself with the key nutrients necessary for building and maintaining a strong, healthy, vibrant body.
Make a pact with yourself to try AT LEAST one new food per week – ideally two at the stage when you are first starting.
Spend some time planning out the best way to save time and money shopping for the foods you like, according to the suppliers and resources available to you.
Pay attention to your eating habits – see if there’s a pattern to the colours, textures and types of foods that you naturally feel drawn to.
When you feel ready for more, empty out your entire kitchen and clean it from top to bottom! Only put back in those items of food and equipment that you know will support you in continuing to increase your health.
Define new parameters for yourself. What foods will you major on? Which ones will you eat only once in a while? Which ones will you ban from your diet, your kitchen and your life? Write these down on paper and commit to them. Then make your kitchen reflect this commitment, whether it be via the foods you bin or give away, or something you pin up on your wall to remind you of your new commitments.
Consider (if appropriate) stashing your saucepans and other cooking equipment in the garage or loft and see how you get on in the kitchen without them!
Invest in a new piece of equipment as soon as you are able to if there’s something you really want to own and that you know will make eating raw a lot more varied and enjoyable for you.
Create a binder packed full of all your favourite recipes, hints and tips, articles and resource guides.
Personalise the recipes in your binder by writing on them. Don’t be afraid to mix things up a little or to add or subtract one or more ingredients. Raw food cuisine is very relaxed in many ways. It’s not a science and its real essence is fun, pleasure and discovery. So have fun, enjoy and learn as you go!
Continue to add to your recipes by surfing the internet and investing in a good raw food recipe book.
Experiment a little with some superfoods and find a way to incorporate these into your diet as simply and as frequently as possible. The most straightforward way of doing this is in your daily juice or smoothie, but whatever works for you, do it, even if it’s just to take them with water.
As time goes by and your experience and confidence increases, you will find that “going raw” really is easy. It’s all just about un-learning some old patterns and habits and replacing them with new, more beneficial ways of doing things. And – it’s about having lots of fun!
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