One of the things that people find most challenging about the raw food diet is the shopping. This is problematic for a number of reasons. For people who are just starting out and still feel the pangs of their old diet, it can be very hard to walk through a grocery store and not feel tempted to buy something outside their diet. Apart from that, it can be hard to find the items you need to make your diet a success. Remember that raw food diets are based on items that are unprocessed and uncooked. And while many products in shopping markets may be uncooked, the majority of them are processed in some way.
The Processing Factor
It’s important to understand that with most large corporate grocery stores, the produce that they sell is not fresh. Even allegedly fresh fruits and vegetables are harvested a long time before they even hit the shelves. Most items from frozen goods to canned items are processed and preserved in some way. This is to ensure they don’t spoil and that they last a longer time on the shelf. As a result, a lot of what you buy in an ordinary grocery store has already been processed. For instance, many people buy unsalted nuts assuming that these are raw nuts. But the truth is that these are usually pasteurized or processed in order to preserve them.
So what are your options? It’s clear that many mainstream stores won’t be able to cater to a raw food diet. But the good news is that many places specialize in providing foods and other items for raw food diets. A good place to start looking is stores that specialize in health foods, organic products or vegan cuisine. Many raw food communities like to talk about and exchange ideas on where you can get the best raw food supplies. When it comes to getting fresh fruits and vegetables, it’s a great idea to look into the local farmer’s market. Buying produce here guarantees a level of freshness that you can’t get at ordinary supermarkets. You may even be able to find farmers who don’t use pesticides on their produce either. It’s important to constantly be on the lookout for new places where you can buy your produce. Even if you’ve found a couple of places you are happy with, there’s always a chance you will find another place that will offer you better variety or lower prices.
How to Shop
When it comes to shopping for the raw food diet, it always helps to have a plan. This means knowing exactly what you need well before you head into the supermarket. This is important for a number of reasons. If you only have a vague idea of what you want, the chances of you wandering around aimlessly and picking up things you shouldn’t buy are much higher. It’s also easy to get overwhelmed, especially if you find that there are many options to choose from. Even little factors can make a big difference to your shopping trip. For instance, if you go shopping when you’re hungry, chances are you will end up buying unnecessary snacks. If you go when you’re tired, you will probably be less focused on the shopping and more focused on getting home. The truth is that in order to get the best out of your raw food shopping, you really need to be prepared for it.
First of all, make sure you are physically prepared to shop. Make sure you’re not hungry, thirsty or tired. Prepare yourself to shop in a leisurely manner so that you’re not rushed in the choices you make. However, make sure you don’t end up spending too long shopping either. It goes without saying that making lists is a must. It can be helpful to list a few alternatives in case something isn’t available. Many people find it useful to plan their menus ahead of time and write their shopping list accordingly. This provides a boost for shoppers, since they already have a plan for the produce they are buying. In other words, they have something to look forward to.
Another concern many people have with raw food items is that they are expensive. It can be very economical to buy things in bulk, even for items like fruits and vegetables. Don’t worry about these items going to waste- remember that raw food preparation thrives on creativity! If you’ve bought a box of fresh tomatoes, start thinking of new and exciting ways that you can prepare them. You may find that you’ll go through that box of tomatoes faster than you’d expect!