1. This is not a “diet” but a lifestyle

Being a vegan, eating mostly raw is a long process and does not happen overnight. Some people take longer to transit to a raw vegan lifestyle, you have to listen to how your body feels and eat accordingly. I would not call this a diet, as you want to focus on your energy level and health. Feeling good is more important than looking good. Once you feel good and are bursting with energy, you will naturally be in great shape.

2. Health is your foundation

Everything we do in life is dependent on our health. Time, family, friendship, love, or even money – we cannot enjoy any of these without our health. We need to be sure we take our health seriously before it is too late. Prevention is always better than cure.

3. Healthy does not mean expensive

Apart from juicing or blending organic baby spinach and all types of berries, not everything has to be organic. Please do not let the word “organic” stop you from wanting to be healthy even with a tight budget. You are worth every penny spent for your health and well-being. Treat this as an investment for your body in the long run and avoid expensive medical bills.

4. Add variety to your daily foods

Eat the colours of the rainbow, try out new exotic fruits or introduce yourself to other greens, besides spinach. It is essential to always make your meals interesting and fun. The more you enjoy what you eat, the more you will stick to it in the long run.

5. Raw food transition plan

Start off your day with my beginner’s guide to raw foods. Try to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet daily and gradually increase the amount being consumed. Here are my recommendations: Breakfast: Green smoothie, Tea break: An assorted plate of fruits you love, Before dinner: Green juice in the late evening, Dinner: as per normal but do try to avoid fried foods and desserts at the very least.

ALICIA ANN LIP is the author of “Raw Vegan On The Fast Lane”, which offers quick and easy smoothie recipes for busy people. She is also the founder and creator of StayingRaw.com, a raw vegan website featuring vegan smoothies, cold pressed juices, raw food meal and raw dessert recipes.