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Going Raw: How to Make This Diet Switch

By Genevieve Cunningham

Sometimes eating and maintaining a healthy diet feels like such a challenge. There are so many diets out there from which to choose! How are we supposed to know which is right for us? Atkins, Keto, Clean Eating, Paleo … the options are endless. For some people, the easiest place to start is with the basics. One way to do this is by simply going raw. If you’re interested in taking your diet in a raw foods direction, take a look at these tips to make it easier.

Scope Out Your Options

Let’s face reality: Raw food diets are easier in some places than others. Before you jump in, scope out your local options. Do you have a place to buy organically grown fruits and veggies? Raw milk? Homemade cheese? It’s important to pool your resources before diving in, so take note of your available options, and make a plan of action from there.

Start Simple

You don’t have to do it all at once. Eating a raw diet takes dedication and time. To keep from burning yourself out, just go at it slowly. Start with organic veggies. Anytime that you would normally use canned veggies for a side or a snack, reach instead for an organically grown option. Once you’ve mastered the veggies, you can move on to fruits. And lastly, you can go for dairy products if you choose to include them. Building yourself up to the raw food diet tends to have far greater success rates than going all in at once.

Know the Diet

Many people jump into a diet without ever really doing adequate research. Before you even consider beginning this diet, you should know what you’re getting into. Raw diets are generally plant based … or in other words, it’s a form of veganism. Some people choose to include raw, organically grown and made dairy products, and a few people even include raw fish. But for the most part, you’re looking at plants all the way. It’s also important to know what products to avoid, how to prepare food (you generally don’t), and whether any supplements are necessary. The bottom line? Get all the information you can before you jump in full force.

The raw food diet can work. It will take some patience and time and diligence, but many people find that they feel lighter, healthier, and more clear of mind after consuming such natural foods. If you’re interested, use these tips to get you started. Be patient, stick with it, and you may find that moving to raw foods is easier than you thought.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Collins, Colo.

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