1. Myth: Eating a raw food diet is too expensive.
Truth: On a raw food diet, you won’t be eating the meal, dairy and packed foods that are the most expensive items in the supermarket. And, you will likely prepare your food more often, which is a lot cheaper than eating out. A raw food diet does not need to be expensive. Just like with most food, buying in bulk is often cheaper. Dehydrating, freezing and fermenting produce from your garden or a friend’s will also save you money from tossing spoiled produce. Focus on “regular” super foods like greens and fruit, rather than exotic powders and potions and you will see your bills stay low. In comparison to a steak dinner, a raw meal is much more affordable and more nutrient-rich.
2. Myth: You can only eat cold fruits and vegetables.
Truth: Soups can be warmed on the stove and food straight out of the dehydrator is hot! There is much more to raw food than plain fruits and vegetables; you can make raw breads, crackers, desserts and even cheeses. With the addition of nuts, seeds and oils, the potential of raw food is only limited to your imagination.
3. Myth: You need too much special equipment.
Truth: While a dehydrator and high speed blender allow for more speed and creativity, they are not essential. Green juices and smoothies can be made in ordinary blenders. Fermented foods only require jars and a cool, dark place. Your go-to kitchen tool will be a sharp knife, and even that does not need to be expensive.
4. Myth: It’s best to go 100% raw or not at all.
Truth: This is not true at all! The easiest thing you can do, even if you change nothing else about your diet, is drink a quart of green smoothie a day. Incorporating even one raw meal a day can add a ton of nutrients to your body. As you get more comfortable with raw food, you will find what raw percentage works best for you. A 100% raw diet is a great detox method, but aim for what is realistic and sustainable over the long term.
5. Myth: Won’t I become deficient in calcium? Iron and protein?
Truth: Dark, leafy greens are extremely high in iron, calcium and protein. Kale, broccoli, spinach and sprouts are just a few nutrient-dense foods commonly found in the raw food diet. Nuts and seeds also contain healthy fats, calcium and vitamins. The only supplement you need to take is B12.