How to Transition to a Raw Vegan Diet
Transitioning to a raw vegan diet is empowering, but it can also be bit overwhelming. If you are transitioning from a diet of highly processed foods and animal products, then going fully raw will be a shock to your body, in a good way. Eating raw food is very nutritious and is full of enzymes. Eating raw whole food will give your body a nutritious boost of energy, help with weight loss, and give you an amazing healthy glow. It is important to make sure you are getting the right balance of foods. Eating raw vegan is very healthy but some people struggle to get enough calories from whole foods. We are going to cover some great ways to ensure healthy caloric intake and proper food balancing. If you are starting to feel over whelmed don’t worry, there are plenty of amazing raw vegan dishes and smoothies that will help you make this important lifestyle change.
How to Start
As we mentioned earlier making the transition from eating processed foods and animal products to a fully raw vegan diet can be daunting. We recommend making the transition gradually. Instead of going from the SAD (Standard American Diet) to a 100% raw vegan diet, we recommend starting with a 50/50 balance. So that would be 50% your current diet and 50% raw vegan foods. This way your body and taste buds have time to acclimate to the change. Some other important tips for making a successful transition to a raw vegan lifestyle include:
Keep a Food Diary
Food diaries are very beneficial when it comes to making dietary changes. A food diary will help you to track your meals and log how you feel. This will help you to correlate what eat with how you feel. As an example, if you have a delicious green smoothie first thing in the morning and start the day feeling happy and energized you would write this down in your food diary. Let’s say that in the afternoon you are rushed for lunch and settle for a cheeseburger with French fries that leave you feeling sick and lethargic, you would also write this down in your food diary. As you continue to log everything you eat and how you feel, a pattern will emerge. Whole foods make you feel good and give you energy, while highly processed foods leave you feeling tired and bloated. This will be all the evidence you need to continue on this amazing journey. Keeping a food diary will also help to keep you accountable. You will probably be less likely to eat a hotdog if you have to write it down.
Join a Raw Vegan Club
Having a strong support system is very important for anyone transitioning to a raw vegan diet. Going fully raw vegan isn’t always easy and it can become over whelming for some. That is why it is important to surround yourself with likeminded people who are embarking on the same journey as you. The raw vegan community is big and growing larger every year. There are raw vegan clubs and groups all across the world. These groups are made up of raw foodies who are looking to connect with other people who are also living a raw vegan lifestyle. We recommend joining websites like MeetUp. MeetUp allows people to create their own “meetups” and connect with likeminded people who share their same interests. There are numerous raw vegan groups on MeetUp to join. Just search your local area and you will be amazed at the amount of people who are also living this amazing, healthy lifestyle.
Educate Yourself about Nutrition
Learning about nutrition will enable you to understand what vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals your body needs. Eating a raw vegan diet can be very healthy so long as you are getting the right balance of nutrients. This comes from eating a large variety of whole foods. It’s easy for us to stick with what we know and love. This is also true when it comes to the food we eat. When eating raw vegan it is important to get as much color on your plate as you can. This is true for both fruits and vegetables. Think of a rainbow. Try to get all the colors of a rainbow with each meal. Also, educating yourself about whole foods and nutrition will help you determine whether you need to add supplements or not. Two of the most common vitamin deficiencies among vegans and non-vegans are vitamin B-12 and vitamin D. Make sure to have your doctor check your blood levels before adding any supplements to your regimen.
Transitioning to a fully raw vegan diet is a process and should be done gradually. We think it’s best to start out with a 50/50 ratio. That is 50% of your current diet and 50% whole foods. This will help your body and taste buds to adjust to the amazingly healthy and nutritious whole foods. In order to ensure a success transition to a fully raw diet we recommend keeping a food diary, joining a local or online raw vegan group, and educating yourself about whole foods and nutrition. Implementing these strategies will help to ensure your success with this amazing journey.
What strategies have worked well for you?