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The Raw Food Diet Transition: How to Do It Right!

Let’s say you are now sold to the benefits of eating more raw foods. How do you go about it to transition to a more raw diet?

Transition to a raw food diet can be difficult because you’ll have to make some radical changes to your diet, often after years of established habits.

The first thing you should do is be clear about what you want. Do you want to simply improve your diet? Do you want to transition to a 100% raw food diet? Do you want to transition to a 75% raw diet?

Be clear first so you’re not constantly focusing on food and forgetting about the other important aspects of your health and your life.

There’s also a lot of misconceptions and lies about the proper transition to a raw food diet. First of all, simply “adding” good foods to your diet (like fresh juices and smoothies) won’t have a big positive influence on your health unless you first work at *removing* the foods that are harming you the most.

In other words, it doesn’t matter if you just add good stuff to your diet. Your health will be directly influenced by the bad stuff you still consume.

Here are the items you should consider eliminating first:

– Coffee (the regular habit, not the occasional cup)
- Dairy products
- Fried foods
- Junk foods
- Flour products (bread, pastries, etc)

Once you’ve done that, you want to take big steps, one a time. You don’t want to try to improve a little bit everyday. Instead, make some radical changes in your diet, but not all at once. Here are some first steps:

First Meal to Change

The first meal you should change is your breakfast. The reason is that breakfast is the easiest meal to control. My recommendation: start green!

Start your day with a green smoothie. This will help alkalize your body and give you enough energy to get through lunch.

For more information and sample recipes, make sure to sign up for the free green smoothie mini-course at

Second Meal to Change

The second meal to change, surprisingly, is not lunch, but dinner. Why? Because it’s the hardest opponent. Lunch is easy. But dinner is difficult. However, it also is the change that can make the greatest impact in your overall health.

Why? Because if you eat a raw dinner, you’ll clear your system for the entire night, providing your body with better rest and increased energy.

So that’s why dinner should be your next target. Replace your dinner with the following:

– Start with a fruit entree or snack
- Make a raw food meal (including lots of greens and a light dressing)
- If desired, include some lightly steamed vegetables.

With this transition, your daily schedule could look like this:

Morning: Green smoothie, fruit

Lunch: Cooked meal

Snack: Fruit or smoothie

Dinner: Raw food meal, lightly steamed vegetables

The next step after that, if you want, is to tackle lunch! But once you’ve done the changes I talked about, you’re already doing 1000% better!

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.