Healthy Hacks

5 Steps to a Real & Raw Lifestyle

Making big life changes is so refreshing. To me, it feels like cleaning out my closet or getting rid of junk–changing makes me feel more open to happiness in the world around me. I don’t feel so bogged down by the everyday mundane tasks when I’m living a new, changed life.

I do know that it can be scary to make the really big changes–like all of a sudden becoming a vegetarian or a vegan. Those aren’t easy life changes, but they can be totally worth it.

It’s always easier to start small than to start big, so I’ve got a short little list of small ways to make changes that will help you #BeRealBeRaw. Who knows–maybe one day you’ll be a loud and proud vegetarian like me!

1. Clean out your fridge.

Living a raw lifestyle means eating fewer processed foods. I know, I know, processed foods are the easiest to buy and make, especially if you’re a busy momma. Trust me, though, you will find yourself bubbling with energy once you make the switch to whole, clean foods.

2. Shop smarter.

Cleaning out your fridge means you get to restock it! Head to the grocery store with a shopping list in hand. Be ready to say “no” to your regular sugary foods and meaty products–you are a vegetarian in training! Start in the produce section and spend most of your time there.

I’m pretty serious about shopping with a detailed shopping list. Having a list will help you stick to the healthy foods you thought about earlier. It also helps if you eat a meal or a filling snack before you hit the grocery store because we all know that shopping hungry leaves you with a cart full of sweets and a bigger grocery bill!

I also like to make sure I’m always stocked up on IdealRaw Organic Protein. Having an easy protein option readily available means I’m always prepared! I can pair it with a lower protein meal for a protein boost, use it as a snack, or use it as a meal replacement!

3. Search for yummy recipes that use whole ingredients.

That grocery list we talked about in Step 2 should be built with yummy, clean recipes! Start searching for things that sound good to you. If you’re feeling stumped, start by taking the Veggie Lisa 7 Day Eat Real Challenge. I share my absolute favorite clean eating recipes in this challenge–you’re definitely going to love it.

4. Find a physical activity you actually enjoy.

Being real and raw isn’t all about eating–it’s also about having fun and moving your body. Find a fun physical activity that you enjoy enough to stick with! If you aren’t sure what kinds of activities you like, you should totally try my 28 Day Eat Real Challenge. I show you a range of super fun workouts you can do in the comfort of your own home! Plus, delicious raw recipes! You can’t go wrong with this fun and fast challenge.

5. Start feeling amazing!

You are going to be shocked at how amazing you feel once you start a more real and raw lifestyle! There’s something wonderful about the combination of clean eating and moving your body. Try out the real and raw lifestyle–I’m sure you’ll love the results!

What are some other ways that you like to #BeRealBeRaw?

Lisa Danielson

Lisa Danielson

Vegan Nutritionist

Major advocate for all things green and vegetarian. With the nickname “Veggie Lisa”, I am here to help you love veggies as much as I do! With my tips and tricks for preparing delicious veggies, you’ll never think plants are boring again.

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