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Tuesday
Jul132010

Start Every Day with a Fruit Smoothie

Here's a great tip to help you kickstart your raw diet!  Make the first meal of your day a raw smoothie.  There are a lot of good reasons to do so:

  • You start the day on the right path.
    If the first meal goes according to plan, then you're more likely to do well with the rest of your day too.  We've all experienced that feeling where you eat something that you immediately regret and then end up writing off the whole day because it's "too late" to salvage the situation. 

  • You won't be tempted to snack.
    One of the main reasons people stumble with their raw diet is they don't eat enough.  They leave themselves in a perpetual state of hunger and, understandably, end up falling back on their old habits to make up the difference.  It's not that they do it on purpose.  They just don't realize that raw food, with all its moisture content, takes up more space than the dry, cooked foods on everyone elses' plates.  Two apples and an orange aren't going to keep you going for long.  A fruit smoothie is the way to make fruit into a proper meal, not a teeny side dish.  Go ahead.  Fill yourself up!
  • You'll have plenty of energy to get you going.
    Fresh raw fruit are the best source of energy for our bodies.  They're loaded with easy-to-digest carbohydrates that get you the fuel you need to tackle your busy day.

  • You'll supercharge your body with vitamins and minerals.
    When it comes to vitamins, you can't beat raw fruit.  Even better, if you turn your smoothies into green smoothies, you'll be loading up on minerals as well.  I make most of my smoothies into green smoothies by adding lots of fresh spring mix or spinach.  If you're just getting started, you'll likely want to ease your way into the greens, but it doesn't take long to acquire the taste for it!
  • Your stomach will thank you.
    Since there's no heavy foods hanging around in your stomach and getting in the way (your body had all night to clear the pathway), the smoothie will digest perfectly.  This can be especially important for people who are only going partly raw and are still eating various heavy cooked foods as well.  Remember to pay attention to the basic food combining rules to get the most of your raw diet (or any diet for that matter).

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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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