Making the transition to a whole food diet or raw food lifestyle might mean you have to make some major changes. When you are in transition this is a critical time. If the transition you are making becomes to difficult, frustrating or confusing, you tend to give up more easily, to drop out of the game so to speak. Don’t let this happen.
We want to help you be successful at making the transition to a healthier lifestyle. Getting your kitchen reorganized and stocked properly will greatly aid you in your transition and reduce frustration. Below we have listed the staple foods, tools and storage containers we have equipped our kitchen with. These are things that we use every week if not every day in some cases.
First, the whole food staples we keep on hand are the following:
Pure Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil for salad dressings
Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil for cooking (what little I do)
Bragg’s Amino Acid – cold pressed soy beans - flavor enhancer and salt substitute
Bragg’s Cold Pressed Apple Cider Vinegar
Cold Pressed Flax Seed Oil
Tahini (Raw not roasted)
Sea salt – unrefined
Whole grain pasta
Whole grain raw cereal
Seeds for sprouting
Raw unrefined honey
These staples are used in a variety of common whole food/raw food recipes. So, if you outfit your pantry with the above ingredients, you will be off to a good start in making the transition to a whole food diet lifestyle.
Next, the food preparation tools we have on hand include:
Coffee Grinder (for grinding flax seed)
Mandoline for slicing veggies
If you acquire these tools you will be well on your way to making a commitment to a whole food lifestyle. Additionally, you will be able to whip up just about any recipe you come across. Having the right tools available when you find a recipe you want to try is as important as having the right ingredients. It will make your transition smoother and limit your frustration.
Finally, let’s talk about food storage containers. Our favorite food storage containers are glass canning jars with the wide mouth. I like the look of the small mouthed ones, but my recommendation is, stick with the large mouth containers. They are stackable and easier to pour dry ingredients into. Also, they are easier to clean because you can fit your hand inside to wash (I do dishes by hand). We use all three sizes – half pint, pint and quart. Because they are clear you can easily see what’s running low. The small ones are perfect for soaking nuts and beans. The large ones are fantastic for storing dry goods and the medium are great for storing sauces and left overs.
Another advantage to glass is you never need worry about plastic leeching into your foods. Additionally, you can see over time that the plastic storage containers become stained and pitted. This does not happen with glass, suggesting that glass is a much more stable material to use for storage. If your lids begin to rust, simply purchase new lids. If you loose a plastic lid or it gets damaged, it’s difficult to find a replacement. With canning jars, new lids are readily available. Overall, glass canning jars are in our opinion, the most economical and practical choice when you practice a whole food/raw food lifestyle.
There you have it. These are the staples we use every day that will help you transition to a whole food diet