Hey guys, so I'm currently RT4 and wanting to go raw within the next 2 weeks.
I know all of the basics and things like that- but I was wondering (for those of you who have been doing it for a while) what things you wish someone had told you before you started. Should I expect more detox symptoms after starting raw? I am open to any advice, suggestions, encouragement, etc. I would really appreciate responses concerning your personal experience and how it went for you.
YES, expect MUCH more rapid and intense detox symptoms on 100% raw. Cooked dead food slows down your detox, raw speeds it up because it's all LIVING!! :)
Get enough calories, but don't overdo your volume because you will not digest as well if you are in pain from overstuffing. Eat more than 3 times a day to help lessen the load per meal. Get enough good fats. People tend to think Avo and soaked nuts, but I say SEEDS are very understated and highly beneficial. Chia seeds and Hemp seeds can bulk up a salad or smoothie and aren't heavy in weight.
Keep calm and relax because there will be healing crisis/(es). You do not want to go back to dead food after going raw simply out of FEAR since you might not feel well. Expect headaches, esp. if you had more salt in your diet. Celery is a very special food to have on hand at all times if you start to feel woozy. Always pay in mind your potassium-sodium levels. These are a good example of your beautiful electrolytes you need in balance. Eat tons of greens, as they are healing. Variety is your friend. Don't drink with your meals, only before or after and not too soon before/after. If you crave something cooked(dead!!! void of nutrients!!!) remind yourself why you went raw and what you can have as an alternative (ask yourself, am I "craving" _____ because I want something savory or salty?") make alternatives according to this. Raw foodies IMHO do not get enough veggies, so be mindful of that. Cucumber is amazing when you want something a hydrating as fruit, but not so sweet.
Congratulations on getting off the void-of-nutrients food :) Welcome to the raw RAINBOW!
PS I recommend checking out TANNYRAW on youtube.
Buy more than you think you need. Eating more than you think you need is such a given, but I had such a hard time actually choosing the food at the store/farmers market and purchasing it. It seemed like SO much and I got timid about it. So, I subconsciously rationed my food and didn't eat enough, because I didn't have enough at home.
Also, I don't eat salads that much. Everyone is all salads salads salads but I much prefer a raw soup. So don't be afraid to tailor the diet to your preferences. You can get your greens in lots of different ways.
What I wished someone had told me when going raw:
Drink plenty of water
Get enough calories
Eat soaked nuts if you eat nuts
Blend more than juice
Eat A LOT of greens
Kroger, Turnip Truck, Whole Foods (sometimes) and farmer's markets in late summer. Hello from Nashville!
I didn't wish to be told anything thing in hindsight, because all of the questions I had were explained in the book "the 80/10/10 diet" There's a lot of controversy regarding the author, but continue to believe it's an indispensable resource for anyone trying to go all raw.