Getting Proper Nutrition on a Raw Food Diet

Part of the Raw Food For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you start transitioning to a raw food diet, knowing what to eat can be tough. Be adventurous and try new things, but also be sure to follow these eating tips to ensure you get proper nutrition:

  • Eat a wide variety of fresh, ripe, raw, organic fruits and vegetables.

  • Consume all the colors of the rainbow to get a full spectrum of nutrients.

  • Make nutrient powerhouse green foods the largest portion of your diet.

  • Consume a variety of raw nuts and seeds in moderation.

  • Include foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Minimize fried foods, saturated fats, and oils.

  • Soak and sprout nuts, seeds, and legumes before eating them.

  • Choose organic whenever possible to minimize chemical residues.

  • Minimize or eliminate meat and dairy products from your diet.

  • Reduce sweets and concentrated sweeteners, like white sugar, corn syrup, evaporated cane sugar, and sugary drinks such as soda, candy, and desserts made with sugar.

  • Use only a moderate amount of salt.

  • Choose gluten-free grains such as quinoa, millet, amaranth, and buckwheat.

  • Supplement with vitamin B12.

  • Supplement with vitamin D if you aren't getting enough sunshine.

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