When I first got excited about eating raw, I bought a few raw food books and a low budget dehydrator and starting eating raw. And, not that I was looking to loose weight by eating raw, but I thought I might loose a few pounds…boy was I wrong. I might of even gained a few pounds. The problem is is that you get so focused on what you can’t eat that you loose sight of balancing your protein and saturated fats. The truth is that Raw foodies and Vegetarians have to be hyper aware of their nutritional facts and that takes time and experience too.
This is a common raw foodie transition problem. I look at my raw food “cook” books and think. “These are just like your regular cookbook. It gives you recipes but not a balanced diet plan.” When you were a meat eater, did you make every meal out of a cookbook? Most likely, no because that would not only be time consuming and expensive, but also be fairly decadent. See, most of the recipes in a Raw Cook Book involve nuts and quite a bit of them. So, you are loading up on fats with nuts. So, portion control becomes more important that ever! Same goes for avocado. The proper portion of avocado for one person is 1/4 of an avocado per day. Yes! That’s less that half 😉
I remember making a big salad and thinking, I’m eating healthy so I’m just going to put in half or all of this avocado and then sprinkle it with some sunflower seeds for lunch and then dinner would be a zucchini pasta with walnut ‘meat’ balls and then some cashew or almond based dessert. In my head, I would think that it’s all raw and vegan so I’m eating healthy, but for a day of eating, I just overloaded myself with saturated fats.
I also think that there’s an emotional response to the deprivation of cooked food. Cooked food = comforting and so, when one transitions, they may seek comfort in indulgence of fats or justification is 2 servings because you aren’t eating cooked rice or beans etc…
Here’s the Raw Food Pyramid to give you an idea of balancing your diet.
That means that your foundation as a raw foodie is greens and fruit and veggies. The other stuff is in modest portions.
So, you may be wondering “how do I transition then?” And, my advice is to do it slowly. Start by eating 1 or 2 raw meals a day and then one cooked one. (this is how I am eating now) This also helps you to start buying all the stuff you need to be raw. Be intuitive about your body. I highly suggest starting with a raw food cleanse or juice cleanse (check my previous posts) and give your body a clean start and then listen to your body. If you feel like a bean burrito, go for it.
This brings me to another issue with the Raw Food Vegan community as a whole. This, of course, is a generalization. But, there seems to be this egoic attitude that if you are not 100% then you’re out. So, you have people saying, I’m 80% raw or 60% raw etc…It’s just silly to me. It almost gets competitive with some social circles. Like, how raw are you? Somehow your level of rawness makes you more committed or authentic. That’s just ridiculous. The most authentic person you can be is someone who is honoring their body’s needs at all times. And my body, prefers a balanced diet of raw and cooked meals.Here are some links for some raw recipes!
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