Starting a Raw Food Diet
Posted by idontdocrowds22 at 03/15/2009
After doing a lot of research, I have decided that I would absolutely love to transition to eating 100% raw foods, but I had a few questions and concerns. How would you reccomend going about the transition and how much time do you think I should allow my body to go through a transition period to just eating raw foods? One of my main concerns with this diet, is that it seems rather expensive. I am a college student, I don't exactly have much of an income right now, and it's hard for me to spend so much money on food every week, regardless of how good I know it is for me. I don't have any equipment, such as juicers or blenders, or dehydrators, and I was wondering out of these machines (or other machines that I haven't mentioned) Which one would be the most important for me to have? What foods do you buy that are the least expensive, but are staples to your diet? I would sincerely appreciate any help you guys couls give me about this!
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I also have some friends who swear by 100% raw - especially professional athletes.
Myself I choose to eat some steamed veggies & boiled / baked whole grains & roots - the rest of my diet is raw.
So eat 1/4 raw food compare the amount you was eaten you get same amount of nutrition.
To mention myself i need 1/3 less food compare to cooking so expenses reduce,
Plus if you are raw you save money from the snacks and junky food around.
Of course eating organic it's also another financial factor to consider.
I suggest you to make sprouts yourself, sprouts are cheap and give you up to 10 times more food nutrition's than the dry beans and crazy amount of enzymes plus they turn 3 times or more in quantity, dehydrator is ok but not really consider as 100% raw I guess it's good for transition time... food processor goes with dehydrator so you must consider that also financial. If I was you I will focus on juicer and sprouting...
I think a powerful blender like a vita-mix is the most important. Green smoothies rock! Use fresh fruit, water and fresh leafy greens. You'll get lots of important fiber as well as all of the nutrients in juices. I've been a vegan for over a year, and a vegetarian for decades. Nothing has made me feel as energized as these fresh green smoothies. Bananas are inexpensive, and greens are too. You can drink several of these a day, and reap enormous benefits. Plus they are delicious and raw.
There are more than 50 on sale there today.
Some are real bargains.
I also recommend www.rawfoodtalk.com
Eating raw can be totally affordable. And you probably won't have to eat too much, anyway.
Try eating foods whole. Or cut/diced/sliced in salads.
Don't rush in to buy equipments like juicers and dehydrators. Probably a blender with a food processor combo will be just fine.