So now you have your refrigerator and pantry cleaned out. We need to get all the foods necessary to ensure success. Having these items on hand will make it easy for you to whip up a healthy meal quickly. Being prepared is key! So shall we get to shopping? Come on!
(**If you are just now following you may want to go to step 1 here.)
*It goes without saying that FRUITS and VEGGIES should be at the top of your list. And lots of them! Purchase as much as you can eat without it going bad ( we don't want them to go to waste!).
*Next on the list is raw nuts and seeds. You may need to go to your local health food store for these. Keep stored in the fridge to keep them from going rancid. Try these: Almonds, cashews, walnuts, brazil nuts, pecans, pine nuts, macadamia nuts, hemp seed, flax seed, pumpkin seed, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds.
*Seaweeds-Dulse, Nori (black), Wakame
*Condiments-Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, Nama Shoyu, Cold-pressed Olive Oil, Sea Salt, stone-ground mustard
*Nut & Seed Butters-Almond butter, cashew butter, cacao butter, coconut oil (unrefined), tahini
*Spices- have a large variety. Indian spices are great!
*Dried Fruits- pineapple, mango, raisins, cherries,coconut, goji berries, carob powder
*Raw Honey makes a great sweetener.Stevia works good too.
* Misc. Items-great to have but not 100% necessary: raw cacao, vanilla bean (expensive), superfood powders such as spirulina, hemp powder, lucuma, maca, mesquite, green powder
*raw olives and sundried tomatoes are great too!
For me, the best foods to have lots of daily are my greens. Spinach, kale, cilantro, parsley, etc.... These will alkalize and balance your body. You can juice these, make green smoothies, and eat big salads. There are many ways to take these in. It's like getting a big dose of sunshine!
All the items above are the main items needed to go 100% raw. If your goal is to go high raw (at least 60-80%) then these item are needed but also the cooked foods you eat should be healthy and whole. Have lots of ancient grains on hand such as amaranth, millet, and quinoa. Whole grain brown rice. Raw milk, raw cheese, and raw butter are great if you can get them (see realmilk.com for farms close to you). Organic, free-range eggs. Just make sure you eliminate the foods we had listed in step 1. If you eat meat, then make sure it is organic, or hormone and antibiotic free, and limit your intake.
Step three, we will discuss equipment needed or that is helpful but not necessary. Plus, we will start on our green juices and green smoothies. Yummy!
Get stocked up and begin to incorporate as much fruits and veggies into your diet that you can. The more the better!