Eating a Raw Food DietBetter health is just one reason some people prefer a raw food diet. There is also cost, limiting carbon footprint and decreasing consumerism. If you are looking to transition to a raw food diet, you can do it with some research and planning. You will want to have on hand quality ingredients and several easy recipes to start.

Things You Will Need

Raw Food Recipes
Organic Fruits and Vegetables

Step 1

Eat simply.
Eat fruits and vegetables that you already enjoy and know how to prepare. Look for new recipes that use only a few ingredients so that you can get accustomed to preparing raw food. Plan to try several new recipes a week to find out what you like and what you don't. Keep track of your favorite easy recipes so you can pull them out and have something healthy and quick to prepare when you're in a time crunch.

Step 2

Go slowly.
Start by gradually increasing the percentage of raw food you eat, both as snacks and at meals. Although you may be excited to transition to a raw food diet, allow your system to adjust to the new foods and preparation methods gradually. You will be more likely to stick with a raw food diet if your changes are incorporated over time.

Step 3

Buy organic.
Buy organic fruits and vegetables as much as your budget allows so that you can fully enjoy the health benefits of raw produce. Even though your fruits and vegetables are organic, make sure to scrub all produce thoroughly to remove any trace of being harvested or being handled during transport.

Step 4

Go shopping.
As you get more accustomed to preparing and eating raw foods, try a new fruit, vegetable, herb or other ingredient each shopping trip. Don't overwhelm your body or your budget; avoid buying a lot of new and unusual ingredients all at once. Don't forget to check out the bulk food sections of the grocery store where you will find raw, unsalted nuts and unsweetened dried fruit, often at lower prices than pre-packaged (and often salted or sweetened) versions found in other parts of the store.

Make sure your food intake includes all the necessities that your body requires to thrive; don't forget healthy fats and proteins, for example.

Step 5

Drink water.
Drink plenty of water. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables with high water content will increase your body's hydration levels, but drinking plenty of additional water will help keep your body's organs functioning at their peak. Array

Tips & Warnings

Consult your doctor before drastically changing your eating habits so he or she can help you prepare a safe and healthy eating plan.