How do I get Appropriate Nutrition with Raw Food?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

By eating a variety of foods and being mindful about one's diet, it is possible to get proper nutrition with raw food. A raw diet offers a great deal of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, especially to those who consume a range of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Some people, however, have a problem getting enough of a certain kind of mineral or nutrient such as calcium or protein. By doing a bit of research, one will find that making a few additions to one's diet can solve these problems. Broccoli, for example, is very high in calcium and a handful of nuts can help to boost one's protein intake.

A raw food diet should include a range of nutritious, non-starchy vegetables.
A raw food diet should include a range of nutritious, non-starchy vegetables.

For anyone who is on a restricted diet, being conscious of what one eats on a daily, weekly, and even monthly basis can be very important. In some cases, those who are trying to get appropriate nutrition with raw food will need to use supplements in order to get all of the nutrition that they need. There are some people who are part of the raw movement who eschew supplements, asserting it us possible to get all necessary nutrition with raw food. Before embarking on the journey of a raw diet, be sure to consult with a medical professional and get a good guide with tips about how to get plenty of nutrition with raw food.

Nuts provide a good source of protein.
Nuts provide a good source of protein.

A very good way to get proper nutrition with raw food is to plan meals a week at a time. This means thinking about breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks ahead of time. Doing this sort of planning is a good way to make sure that there are plenty of different foods incorporated into one's diet during the course of a week. Including different food offerings in each meal will help to make sure that one is getting complete nutrition with raw food.

For those who are just beginning to keep a raw food diet, it may make sense to use a nutrition calculator. There are pieces of software and web applications that allow users to plug in their daily food intake for nutrition analysis. This sort of program can help users to find out if there is a certain kind of nutrition that they are lacking. With this knowledge, one can improve one's diet and make sure to get the best possible nutrition with raw food.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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