Make Gradual Changes

Don't Starve Yourself.

There are many diets around today to help you to lose weight or to just remain healthy. But above all these diets is the raw food diet as it not only helps you to avoid diseases, but it can also help to cure many diseases.

However, because the body is used to eating processed and other foods that are harmful, it is rather difficult to switch to the raw food diet. The reason being is that the raw foods clean the body out, and thus you will experience symptoms of detoxing such as headaches, fatigue and emotional problems. Following are some tips for switching to the raw food diet:

Don't Switch Overnight

There are some who might tell you to switch overnight, but that is the worst that you can do for your body as it is too hard. The reason being is that your body is very toxic and raw foods contain many antioxidants that go to work immediately at releasing those toxins from the tissues. If too many toxins try to leave the body at once, the eliminating organs cannot keep up, and thus the toxins continue to circulate in the body.

Therefore, the best thing that you can do is pace yourself and make gradual changes that you can stick to. You can start with a raw breakfast and work your way up to eating raw at all your meals. The diet does not require that you eat all your foods raw, and thus you can enjoy a partially cooked meal at supper if you like. As long as you consume your foods raw 75% of the time you will be able to reap many health benefits.

Prepare For Emotions

Switching to the raw food diet will cause you to become emotional at times. Thus it is essential that you prepare yourself ahead of time and learn to deal with stressful situations. Getting plenty of rest will help to reduce stress and food cravings that are commonly associated with making the change.

If you are an emotional eater, then you should find alternative ways to deal with your emotions. A hot bath, a walk or a phone call to a friend can help to cheer you up and take your mind off of food.

Eat and Drink Plenty

When you first begin the raw food diet you will not be able to fill up on raw foods as you should. Therefore, it is very important that you eat plenty of foods to fill you up so that you can avoid hunger. Avocados, coconuts and nuts and seeds are very filling foods that will fill you up and keep you feeling full.

Other foods to consume in high amounts are leafy greens, as well as other vegetables and fresh fruits. These foods are not as filling, but they are able to provide you with many essential nutrients.

Drinking lots of fluids is also essential as they are able to help you to feel full. Some of the best fluids to drink are water, tea and fresh fruit and vegetables juices.