I started reading and researching the raw vegan diet about 6 months ago, I've been vegan for about 5 years and got really enthusiastic about the whole raw thing and thought it sounded amazing, but have been travelling around this year so was just thinking about starting it when I finished. Now I've got back home and full of enthusiasm for going raw but I'm not really sure what to do now...
I've already added loads more raw food into my diet, lots of fruit and salads, but want to try making some other meals and getting a bit more variety in but I feel a bit stuck.
I'm not really aiming to go 100% raw, more just want to cut out all the processed foods and eat a lot more nutritiously. I've got quite a few things that aren't raw but I think are ok for the moment, like some dates, seeds, cocoa powder...I think its better for me to be eating some non raw things than something heavily processed and full of refined sugar and stuff.
Anyway I had a look at loads of recipes on here earlire and just felt overwhelmed as they all seem to involve an ingredient I don't have. I went shopping earlier and bought some fruit and veggies, and some millet and linseed which I'm not really sure if its raw or what I can do with it...can I sprout it? It just seemed really healthy. I also bought some nori sheets, I don't know if they're raw either but it seems like a step in the right direction making a nori wrap instead of a sandwich. And I've started sprouting some chickpeas as well to maybe make a raw burger or something, oh and I bought a load of raw nuts too.
Today I've eaten:
porridge which wasn't raw but just made with water and I added a banana, dates, figs and goji berries for breakfast
lunch was a salad of lettuce, carrot, tomato, mushrooms, mixed seeds (hemp, flax, sunflower and pumpkin I think), more goji berries and half an avocado
Then later on I had a nak'd bar as a snack
And for dinner I had a go at making a raw soup...blended up carrot, spinach and red pepper in a food processor and heated it on the stove but I didn't let it get too hot (I read that 40 degrees c is when its hot to touch), but I added some dried herbs which I don't think were raw. And also had a clementine for dessert.
Does this sound like an ok way to start off? I'm just trying to make things made of whole ingredients rather than ready made things and not worry too much if everything isn't raw but try and make something as raw as possible when I can.
I just feel like its a really hard thing to start, to get into the habit of making and eating differently. How do I decide what to buy when I go shopping? I was just wondering if anyone has any advice for me and if it sounds like I'm starting off ok?