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An Apology and a Plea…Post Raw Diet Day 4

So I’m on an airplane…nope, not a cheap joke…and I have an aisle seat with two hours and eight minutes flying time in front of me, on a 12 row puddle-jumper.  It’s also feeding time.  Ever since my raw diet journey, I have times I have to eat, and increments I must abide by.  Yes, must, to avoid the wild hysteria that would otherwise ensue.  Another side effect of the diet has been appetite regularity.  My body knows exactly when it wants to be hungry, and can usually even tell me exactly what it wants to eat.  Oh, so as I digress even further, in thinking of how much raw I will hold on to (I currently am still at about 80%!), say I choose to let go.  I am curious what happens to the lessons and results?  Will the diet regularity fade away, returning me to my previous wild-with-hunger self?  What about the great nails and glowing skin?  Ugh.  More to think about. So the airplane.

Aisle seat, with a teenager to my left at the window, and it was my feeding time.  I had some more of the left overs from my fridge–actually, the last of them since I was going away for the long weekend–waste not, want not!  Anyway, about a half hour into the flight, I decided to take out my salad I had made for myself in anticipation of this time hours before–avocado, tomato, red onion, olives, some lemon juice, red peppers and cucumbers.  Maybe carrots too.  When I took off the lid to dig in, I unearthed one of the most pungent smells I had ever experienced.  Some may call this the best marinade ever, I choose to be a part of that group.  Others, likely my teenage row mate, may call that a nightmare on a plane.  It was actually slightly reminiscent of the smell that comes from the salads the little Russian women make–the radishes, tomatoes, and onions with dill.  Still, even though I likely created a masterpiece, I scarfed it down so fast I hardly even noticed the taste!  Airplane etiquette 101 probably says something about strong odors on board.

So I apologize, 7F, for any discomfort you had to endure.  But to my foodie nation, I know you understand, so I also enter a plea for forgiveness!  Would I do it again?  Well, yes.  But would I take the liberty in scarfing it down to lessen the time of offense?  Um, actually, debatable.  I was thinking after I had finished…really what extra harm would have been done if I had just savored every creamy avocado’y bite.  So maybe, I will put out there a standing “I’m sorry”, on behalf of myself, foodie nation, and our Russian lady friends.

Bon Appetit!

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One More Day…Raw Diet Day 13

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!

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