If you’re new to raw foods you may have noticed that even though there are now hundreds, if not thousands of raw food web sites on the internet, what seems to be lacking is real basic nuts-and-bolts info about how to get going from a standing start. Only too often do books and web sites jump in at step 2 or 3 (food or equipment) before setting the context in which raw food needs to be placed, or explaining how to get going when everything about raw food is new. And what newbies want to know of course is: 'How can I do this?', and when they ask me, apart from recommending my eBook , I genuinely struggle to find a written resource to point them to that will take them from the very first basics up (which is why my new book, Raw Food Made Simple is going to be a lifechanger).
Now, even if you feel that you're personally beyond what you'll learn about here, this information may well be perfect to pass on to a friend or family member who is struggling to comprehend just what you've been getting so excited about, or who may want to hear it from someone other than you! (Don't worry, mine are like that too!). Either way, the information that follows is well worth a read as you may just get a little boost of much-needed inspiration.
1. Understand what all the fuss is about. The concept of eating raw food isn't new by any means, but it has gained much greater popularity during recent times owing to its unquestionable benefits on health, energy and overall vitality, as well as its ability to basically make us look and feel a whole lot better than we've ever done before. As old as time itself, raw food was, of course, what we ate before fire was discovered (we must have done OK on it to get that far ;) and more recently, thanks to the efforts of pioneering authors such as health researcher Leslie Kenton and others outside of the UK who bravely waved the flag for raw food in the 1980's and beyond, we now find ourselves in an era where raw food is no longer seen as the domain of extreme health "fanatics" but instead merrily making its way into the mainstream media, celebrity diets, healing centres and retreats, increasing numbers of health and nutrition books, products and seminars, as well as featuring more significantly in supermarkets, health food stores and much more besides. And not a moment before time - because when you look at it up close and personal, it really does make a whole lot of sense...
6. How to keep it interesting. When you're new to raw food it's easy to assume that salads, soups and smoothies is as good as it gets when you're watching the clock. While it's true that the more elaborate recipes often do take more time and energy, there are always short cuts and whipping up a delicious dressing, dip or even a nut "cheese" or veggie pate takes literally seconds and can totally transform a meal! When you've tasted a fabulous raw food pizza and raw ice-cream (no dairy, no white sugar), there really is no going back!