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Starting a raw food diet with the raw food conversion chart

Posted Aug 24 2008 6:39pm

Do you want to start a raw food diet and you don’t know how to transition?

Esme Stevens made a fantastic and easy raw food website for starters: thebestofrawfood.com.

This raw food conversion chart comes from the Best of Raw Food and tells you exactly how to transition.

Once you have decided that you want to try the raw food diet, you get a feeling of what not to eat. But now the question arises "what can you eat"? To help you with the transition to a raw food diet, Esmé made this raw food conversion chart, a great help for starters.



The conversion chart is divided into the following categories:

  1. General Guidelines

  2. Food

  3. Beverages

  4. Condiments and Spreads


  5. Special Treats


  6. Supplements





1. General Guidelines

Bad

Better

Best

Resources

Grocery store

Health store

Home made foods



Green/farmer's market

Grown

Conventional grown

Organic foods



Naturally grown



No pesticides, herbicides, chemicals



Local farmer's/green market

Wild



Local and organic



Own garden, sprouts

Processed

Junk



Pre-packaged



Fast food



Grilled



Microwaved



BBQ



Fried

Steamed



Cooked



Stir fried



Baked at low temperatures

Raw



Juiced



Blended



Dehydrated

Ingredients

Many ingredients



Conservatives



Sweeteners



Chemicals



E-numbers



MSG, flavor enhancers, etc.

Few ingredients



Ingredients you can pronounce

Home made



All fresh ingredients










2. Food

Bad

Better

Best

Sugar

All forms:



- Dextrose



- Corn syrup



- Rice syrup



- Malt

Raw honey



Agave



Maple syrup



Raw fresh fruits



Raisins



Dates

Stevia



Vanilla



Cinnamon

Artificial Sweeteners

All forms:



- Aspartame



- Splenda



- Xylitol

Stevia



Vanilla



Cinnamon

Salt

Table salt

Unrefined sea salt



Unrefined Himalaya salt

Organic salt from plants:



Celery



Seaweed



Phytoplankton

Flour

White flours from:



- Wheat



- Corn



- Rice, etc.

Organic whole flours from:



- Spelt*



- Kamut



- Quinoa



- Buckwheat



- Millet



- Brown rice*



- Other non stored grains



*stored grain

Sprouted grains



Almond flour



Coconut flour

Bread

From supermarket

Home made



Health store



Yeast free



Wheat free



Sprouted

Dehydrated flax crackers



Essence bread



Lettuce wraps

Pasta

White pasta

Organic spelt or buckwheat



Sprouted pasta

(Raw) pasta made from squash

Fat

Butter



Shortening



Margarine



Chemicals



Trans fats



Animal fats



Fermented fats

Cold pressed coconut oil



Olive oil



Hemp seed oil



Flax seed oil

Whole hemp seeds



Whole organic flax Seeds



Nuts



Fresh coconut

Meat

Cold cuts



Processed meat:



Hot dogs



Bacon



Salami, etc

Organic raised



Nitrites free



E-numbers free (EU)



MSG free, etc.

Vegan nut pate's



Raw "meat" balls



made from nuts/seeds

Fish

Farm raised fish

Wild fish



Not endangered

Wild Alaskan fish



Caught same day



Cold smoked wild Alaskan salmon

Eggs

Conventional eggs

Organic farm free eggs

Egg replacers:



- Agar agar



- Flax seed



- Psyllium fiber

Cheese

Cheese



From cow



Pasteurized



Not organic



Homogenized

Organic raw goat cheese



Organic raw sheep's cheese

Nut cheese



Seed cheese



Raw milk from seeds & grains



Raw coconut juice & milk

Milk & Yoghurt

Milk, yoghurt



From cow



Pasteurized



Homogenized

Organic milk



Raw goat's milk



Almond milk from store



Rice milk



Coconut milk

Raw almond milk



Raw milk from nuts



Raw milk from seeds & grains



Raw coconut juice & milk










3. Beverages

Bad

Better

Best

Water

Water from tap

Plastic bottled water



Evian, Poland Spring, Fuji Water

Distilled water



Low mineral spring water



Bottled in glass

Thee

Black tea

Herbal teas

Coffee

Coffee



Decaffeinated coffee

Coffee replacer

Raw ("hot") chocolate milk

Soft Drinks

Lemonade



Jam



Soft drinks



Fruit juices

Organic fresh juices



Flash pasteurized

Freshly squeezed juice:



Fruit juices



O.J.



Vegetable juices



Green powder juice



Juice fresh from juice bar



Superfood drinks



Coconut water (fresh)



Smoothies



Home made lemonade w stevia










4. Condiments and Spreads

Bad

Better

Best

Tomato Ketchup

Tomato ketchup



From supermarket

Organic, sugar free ketchup



Home made ketchup

Raw ketchup

Mayonnaise

From super marked

Organic, no sugar added



Home made

Raw home made mayonnaise



Raw mayonnaise made from avocado



Raw mayonnaise made from nuts/seeds

Pasta Sauces

From package



Cans



Mac n cheese



Ready made

From health food store



Organic



Home made



Pesto sauce



Tomato sauce



Organic Cheeses

Fresh raw tomato sauce



Raw pesto



Nut cheese



Salsa

Bread Spreads

Cold cuts



Processed meat



Jam



Chocolate spreads



Cheese

Organic almond butter



Jam/Jelly 100% fruit



Raw honey



Raw cheese

Avocado



Pesto



Tapenade



Salsa



Guacamole



Nut pates



Nut cheeses



Coconut butter










5. Special Treats

Bad

Better

Best

Candy

Candy from supermarket



Energy bars



Diet bars



Chips



Cookies

Organic from health store:



- Candy



- Chips



- Cookies



- Popcorn

Larabars



Raw Cookies



Raw cakes



Fresh fruits



Dried fruits



Dehydrated crackers/chips

Cookies, Cakes

Cookies from super marked



Cakes from super marked

Organic from health store



Home made cookies



Home made cakes

Raw cookies & cakes



Raw cakes & pies



Dehydrated cookies










6. Supplements

Bad

Better

Best

Supplements



Vitamins

Supplements



Vitamins



From supermarket



From drugstore

Supplements from some small companies

Whole foods supplements



Super foods



Green powders



For the best raw food website for starters, go to http://www.thebestofrawfood.com/



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