A common hesitation that I hear about eating more raw vegan, or plant-based food, is the lack of food choices and variety available. Many say it is too limiting.
It’s actually quite easy to send people running in the other direction if you tell them they’d have to eat a diet without meat, dairy, processed sugar or processed foods (luckily I like to take the gradual route with newbies!).
But what about our diets today? As is? (i.e. before raw of plant-based diet). Did we or do we eat a massive range of different foods on a daily basis? Tasting the most delicious sauces and seasonings three times daily?
While many of us feel we have a range of options to eat from on a daily basis, the truth is, we really eat the same things over and over.
I, in fact, remember that when I ate more mainstream foods, I would often complain to myself that I was just “tired of food.”
Have you ever felt this way?
When we consider this – that we really eat the same things day in and day out (keep a food journal for a week if you don’t believe me!) – the real issue is that we are dealing with an attachment to our personal comfort foods.
And to stop eating these comfort foods mean we suffer a temporary withdrawal.
Of course, humans like other animals, get really attached to the things we love. We LOVE our coffee. We LOVE our croissants. We LOVE our _______ (fill in the blank), so much so that we can’t imagine a world without them.
But when we make the conscious decision to do so (for various reasons), know that, in time, you can easily become attached to new foods.
The truth is, there are loads – and I mean loads – of food options on a raw vegan diet.
If you allow yourself a little bit of cooked vegan food, than even more food options are available, like some cooked grains, curries, vegan stews, stir-frys and more.
Raw vegan meals range from raw chilis, to pates, to lasagna, to alfredo sauce (yes, this can really taste amazing), ULIMITED numbers of desserts (you will never feel deprived in that department) to salads with kelp noodles (which perfectly mimic the consistency of real noodles), to pasta with marinara sauce, to crackers and hummus, to various and wide-ranging soups (that you will also never be deprived in) and to endless salad variations. And I’ve only named a small portion of all the options!
There are so many options you can really go crazy.
That is why buying new cookbooks and going to classes, is a really great way to keep learning (I’m constantly doing it!).
This will keep you on the cutting edge too so you always know the newest ingredients and the freshest tastes to hit the raw and vegan world. If you’re tired of all the raw or vegan cookbooks, I sometimes find the greatest salad gems in more traditional cookbooks as well.
In time you will love your morning green juice or smoothie green as much as you did your coffee (stranger things have happened!), or you will LOVE that salad dressing that just makes all salads so glorious or you will LOVE the familiar taste of your favourite pate.
This can and will actually happen.
It might not happen quickly and your body may resist at first but give it a try. It is just like with sugar, where your body might kick and scream during the withdrawal but soon you will relish the clarity and alertness you feel after you have stopped relying on sugar for a quick boost in the afternoon.
So the next time someone says this to you, you can say, think again!
Always have an appetite for new recipes and keep searching. There are far too many great raw vegan and cooked vegan recipes to get stuck in a repetitive cycle. Feel like eating out? Then check out my favorite places to eat.
What are your tricks for variety yon a plant-based diet? Leave your comments below – I’d love to hear from you!
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