I have one more day left, and to be frank, I’m glad. But in an all-around glad sort of way that I ventured into these unchartered raw waters, glad for all the new things I’ve learned, and most glad to be able to broaden my diet moving forward. I do miss hot, cooked grains and delicious roasted veggies. I miss cooked fish, and sauteed wild mushrooms.
I also miss chips. Which reminds me of a major “miss” of mine over the past 2 weeks: I didn’t dehydrate. Oh, I have a dehydrator! I actually inherited it specifically for this diet. I thought I would make Raw bread–but, instead I found Manna bread at Whole Foods. I thought I’d make chips, but then I discovered “Brad’s Kale Chips” at my local health food store. I thought I would make flax seed crackers to have with my hummus–but I bought those too. Also, the dehydrator is big. It’s a machine that needs to be plugged in, and it has dials and moving parts. You’d definitely need to read the instructions to operate it. Am I proud of it, not really. But would I do it any differently? Nope. No need to reinvent the wheel, plus I’ve been so busy soaking, sprouting, peeling and blending, I cannot imagine where dehydrating would have even fit into the equation! BUT. All that said, I am still a lover of all things food, and all things that makes food delicious, so I will make the following promise:
After this Raw Diet concludes, tomorrow, and I reclaim my vege/pesque/veganish life back, I will break out the dehydrator. I will focus on it, and I will make delicious things with it. That counts, right? I mean, I plan on bringing many of my Raw lessons with me into my regular diet, and I think this is a great way to keep the spirit alive, and keep my commitment to Raw up my diet real.
So, I say, we are really fortunate to live in a place where Raw foods are so abundant and plentiful, that you don’t have to limit shopping trips to just the produce section. There are aisles! There are aisles with lovely prepared and packaged raw foods in them. I’d have been remiss not to support those artisans and their products. After all, even though they have broken into the mainstream, they still are swimming upstream, and against the current of other packaged food titans and heavyweights. But with support, they’ll do well! Just look at Salmon.
Kevin’s Sunday Shake Up:
- 1/2 a frozen banana
- A mango
- Some pineapple
- 1/4 cup of oats
- A bunch of spinach
- 1.5 cups water
- A few shakes of cinnamon
- A shake of sea salt
- A small handful of almonds
Garnish with pomegranate seeds and ENJOY!