How Practical Is It To Live on Raw Food Diet? An FAQ

Here are some common questions and apprehensions that come up when the concept of eating raw food comes up.

    Raw Foods are bland and have a raw smell. How can I make them as my main diet?
    I like some vegetables raw, but not most. So I can’t have raw food as my primary diet.
    Fruits are okay, but eating vegetables all the time? Nope, can’t think of it.
    Yeah those recipes based on cashews and dates and almonds and all that is good. They do look and taste good. But isn’t it too expensive to have them as all of my food?
    Sure, I can have a full raw food meal a few times, but I can’t imagine myself eating them all my life.
    I don’t have a problem eating those raw foods, but who will make them for me? I am not good at cooking nor do I like to be a cook.
    They are complex and need lot of patience to make. I can’t.
    Yes, raw foods can also be tasty and good, when properly made. But I also like cooked foods. There are many I can’t even think of giving up.
    I don’t have any major health issues. Why should I shift to raw foods?
    These are for elderly people. I am young. I need lot of energy. I can’t eat just raw food.
    What about when we go to a restaurant or function or party or family gathering?
    I make only roti or rice at home and buy the curries from curry point or order from restaurant. Eating raw food will add more work to me. I am a busy person. I have more important things to do that I can, than cook. Waste of time.

Let us look at this questions and see if we can genuinely consider and do something about them.

Raw Foods are bland and have a raw smell. How can I make them as my main diet?

Not all raw foods have raw smell. And some you may like. Few examples: Banana, Orange, green chilli, tomato, onion etc. When we make raw food recipes, we can pick and choose what we like, and make them tasty and smell good as well by adding some supplements.

I like some vegetables raw, but not most. So I can’t have raw food as my primary diet.

Yes, not all vegetables are well suited to eat raw. So we use only those that we can.

And vegetables are not our primary diet. We also include lots of fruits and nuts, and dry fruits and few grains.

Fruits are okay, but eating vegetables all the time? Nope, can’t think of it.

We don’t eat only vegetables. Depending on your liking, you can choose how much you want to have vs fruits and dry fruits and others.

For example, I consume less vegetables and more fruits. But that’s just me. You can decide for yourself.

Yeah those recipes based on cashews and dates and almonds and all that is good. They do look and taste good. But isn’t it too expensive to have them as all of my food?

As a matter of fact, no. Watch my detailed video on “Economics of Living on Raw Food”.

You will spend only Rs.4,000 per month at current prices, which is lower than regular food per person. I gave my ‘actual’ numbers for last 2.5 yrs in my video on this subject.

Sure, I can have a full raw food meal a few times, but I can’t imagine myself eating them all my life.

You need to start somewhere, and scale up as you like. Perhaps one day in a week? Or one meal in a day? But make sure you make ‘actual’ recipes; not just having fruits for dinner. Good recipes will encourage you to scale up.

I have two regular (cooked) meals in a week now.

I don’t have a problem eating those raw foods, but who will make them for me? I am not good at cooking nor do I like to be a cook.

If in a family, ideally making the meal should be one person for all for one meal at least. But if that’s not workable for you, then you can start making simple ones that take only 15-30 minutes. It’s not hard. Anyone can make. Unlike cooking, doesn’t require watching over stove!

They are complex and need lot of patience to make. I can’t.

Not all recipes are hard. Just as in cooked food, we don’t make gourmet food all the time. Several of them (actually majority) are very easy. Try some of my recipes. There are even two and three ingredient recipes if you search.

Yes, raw foods can also be tasty and good, when properly made. But I also like cooked foods. There are many I can’t even think of giving up.

You don’t need to give up. I have not. You can replace your daily food with raw food, and have cooked food when you are making some special recipes at home or outside.

I don’t have any major health issues. Why should I shift to raw foods?

A wise person said, “It is not he who is healthy who has no diseases, but he who is not likely to get diseases”. Our target is to improve our immunity from common diseases and viruses.

Also, raw food diet increases your strength and energy, and even mind power!

These are for elderly people. I am young. I need lot of energy. I can’t eat just raw food.

All animals eat food naturally provided by Mother Nature. That is the best, provides most energy and immunity. Even for young. You have a right and opportunity to look beautiful or handsome and strong. Skin improves tremendously with vegetable juices.

What about when we go to a restaurant or function or party or family gathering?

No one is stopping us from having interesting regular diet from eating once in a while. If that appeals to you, why not?

But if you want to follow strictly, there are options. For example, during my first month of shifting to raw diet, I ate only salads (or none) when I had to go out.

I make only roti or rice at home and buy the curries from curry point or order from restaurant. Eating raw food will add more work to me. I am a busy person. I have more important things to do that I can, than cook. Waste of time.

What could be more important than to live, and live healthily? If you were to catch a virus or fever or stomach ache or diarrhea, what’d you do?

Hopefully you will not be sick if you shift. Long established priority – Food, Clothing, and Shelter.

Do let me know in comments, if you have any questions that I can help with further in this journey that you may consider.

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