One of the biggest mental hurdles that most people struggle to overcome when trying out a raw food diet is the idea that they’ll need to eat bland and boring food. They feel like they’ll need to sacrifice all the yummy and tasty dishes to eat rabbit food.
The hard truth is that there will be a slight uphill struggle in the initial stages. Your body is used to processed ingredients. It may have a sugar addiction without you even realizing it. It may crave more salt than your body needs. All these physiological cravings will arise when you switch to a raw food diet.
However, these are temporary and will dissipate over time. If you cave in to temptation and eat the foods that you’re not supposed to, you’ll not be able to break free from the invisible chains of these harmful foods.
The raw food diet does NOT have to be boring and tasteless. There are many ways to flavor your food. You just need to know what to do, and this article will give you a few ideas.
There are 5 primary flavors: bitter, sweet, salty, sour, and umami. You’re probably familiar with the first four. Umami, however, is a Japanese term that refers to a taste the body craves. It’s the craving for savory glutamate that can be found in foods such as cheese, mushrooms, etc. In fact, the additive, monosodium glutamate, was created to mimic the taste found in these foods.
Now that you know what the 5 flavors are, all you need to do is flavor your food with the right ingredients to achieve the flavor you crave.
If you prefer sour foods, you can use limes to flavor your salads or juices. Want a burst of sweet flavor with your vegetable juices? Add some pineapples or tropical fruits such as lychees and longans into your juicing.
You can make your food salty by using Himalayan pink salt, tamari, or soy sauce. While soy sauce is not a raw food in the traditional sense of the word. a light dash of it will really help to flavor your food and is not that harmful to your body when consumed in moderation. The umami flavor can be achieved using dark miso or seaweed.
Besides these, many other spices and ingredients can make your food much tastier. Ginger, garlic, chili, cumin powder, turmeric, etc. are all ingredients that you can use.
You can even use extra virgin olive oil or cold-pressed coconut oil to flavor your dishes. Not only will they add that little ‘kick’ to your meals, but these oils are highly beneficial fats that your body needs. Despite all the negative information you may find about coconut oil, the truth is that it’s one of the best ingredients on the planet.
The real danger comes from hydrogenated oils, which are responsible for a plethora of health problems in millions of people around the world. Yet, people are focused on coconut oil instead of removing the actual culprit from their diet.
A raw food diet can be tasty once you learn to flavor it with the right ingredients. You may even wish to be adventurous and try out using cacao butter, psyllium, dried fruits, avocado, etc.
What really matters is that you get over the initial hump at the beginning when you’re trying to make the raw food diet a part of your life. The raw food diet can be a lifestyle choice, and it could change your life.
Start small and choose a raw food meal every day, and over time, you can substitute most of your meals with raw food. Ease gently into the diet. There’s no need to make an overnight change. Little by little, a little becomes a lot.