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Raw Mistake # 1: Just because it's raw, it doesn't mean it's good for you.

Today we're going to look at the first of The 7 Biggest Raw Mistakes.

Raw Mistake # 1: 
Just because it's raw, it doesn't mean it's good for you.

For anyone starting a raw diet, this is a really important point to understand early on. 

Let me say it again...  Just because a food is raw (and vegan too, for that matter), that doesn't necessarily make it good for you.  A perfect example of this principle is the assortment of raw recipes that you’ll see in many raw ‘un-cook’ books on the market. They’re often loaded with oils and other fatty ingredients. Sure, they may be cold-pressed extra-virgin oils, but that's really not the point.  Most of those recipes are bad ideas.

I remember when I started out raw and a friend of mine was keen on making all sorts of weird raw-concoctions in the dehydrator, like veggie-loafs and so forth, but they made me feel awful (and her too, for that matter.)  There were several major dietary rules that these meals completely clashed with — primarily the issues of having way too much fat and committing food combining blunders.  If you wanted to, you could make a diet that was "raw" by definition but incredibly unhealthy.  For example, you could start a diet that was just raw meat, eggs, salt, cold-pressed oils and nuts, but you wouldn't make it very far.

What I want you to get from this first rule is the fact that the label “raw” isn’t everything.  What are you doing this for?  Remember why you're interested in a raw-vegan diet in the first place.  It's because you want to treat your body well and eat in the healthiest way possible, right?  Just remember to keep that in the back of your mind.  It’s not about “raw”, per se. It’s about being healthy.  Don't get so caught up in thinking about "rawness" that you lose sight of the big picture — feeling great!

Tomorrow we'll talk about Raw Mistake # 2: "Don't eat too much dried fruit or fats."


Mike Dillman has lived a raw-vegan diet since 2004. Because he's experienced the learning curve firsthand, he wants to save you from making the same mistakes yourself. You can visit Mike's blog at Real-World-Raw.com to learn how easy it can be to make a raw-vegan diet fit your busy lifestyle. You can also download his free eBook, "The 7 Biggest Raw Mistakes", where Mike lays out the major missteps beginning raw foodists make that undermine their success and tells you how you can avoid them. To get your free eBook click here.

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