One of the biggest challenges of following a raw food diet is finding the food that you can eat. It might seem a simple task to find shops that sell fresh fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, there is a marked difference between fresh food and processed food. The sad truth is that most fresh fruit and vegetables in ordinary supermarkets are processed in some form. Remember that all forms of processing involve some form of pesticides and preservatives. Eating these foods is not very helpful for a raw food diet. This is why it’s important to find the right kind of place to buy raw food.
Even before going shopping, you need to be aware of what to look for. The truth is that even health food shops, which claim to sell raw food products, may not be telling you the whole truth. For instance, many people assume that the almonds sold on the shelf are safe to eat. However, it’s important to know there is a difference between 100% raw almonds and the ones sold on the shelves. Many almonds bought from stores are simply unsalted but are pasteurized, which is a form of food processing. Many people experience the same problems when trying to buy raw seeds and grains.
It should be remembered that, with a raw food diet, food that has been heated or processed at temperatures of 116 degrees Fahrenheit and above should be avoided. This does mean that there are a number of lightly processed items that can be included in your diet. These are items like raw nut butters, raw soya sauce, cold pressed oils, foods cured in vinegar, fermented food like sauerkraut, and raw nut milk. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, it is best to purchase them at local farms or farmer’s markets. In this way, you can be sure that the food is natural. Other items can be purchased at health food and organic food outlets. This brings us to another major challenge in the matter of raw food shopping, that is, navigating the actual grocery store! It’s interesting to note that many people find this very difficult, especially if they are just starting on their raw food diet.
While sticking to your raw food diet may seem pretty easy at home, it immediately becomes more difficult once you hit the grocery stores. Even in health food outlets, it’s easy to be tempted by things that are not part of the raw food diet. Thankfully, there are ways to overcome these obstacles and make your shopping spree a success. First, never go shopping with an empty stomach. You are far more likely to give in to the temptation to buying something. Make a list of things you need before you hit the grocery store. This will prevent you from casually wandering along the aisles and picking up whatever may be interesting. It can be very helpful to actually plan your menu before planning your shopping list. This way, you will be more focused on shopping, since you will have an actual dish to look forward to.
Some people may be concerned about money when they buy raw food. This is understandable, since these food items are often more expensive than processed foods. A good way to deal with this problem is to buy food items in bulk. Don’t be worried about buying too much food. Instead, make sure that you start thinking creatively so that you use every bit of food that you buy. You will find that this is not only creatively challenging, but also very rewarding, especially when you concoct something that is very tasty!
If you haven’t bought fresh fruits and vegetables before, you may end up making some bad choices in the beginning. You may inadvertently buy damaged items or something that looks good but tastes awful. This is something that can only be learned with practice, so it’s best to buy your raw food items yourself. The more you buy, the more you’ll be able to notice subtle facts. For instance, a certain discoloration means the fruit is not ripe. Certain fruits and vegetables may feel lumpy or soft; these might be decayed from the inside. You will notice that fresh produce looks great, and its skin and texture will be firm. It will have a fresh, pleasing smell. The more produce you buy, the more you will pick up on these subtle nuances. With the right kind of game plan and by knowing exactly what you need to buy, your raw food shopping experience can get you what you want and can even be fun!