I work full time, I post on Yes and Yes twelve times a week, I’m putting together the 2011 Year in Yes calendar, I ship off sets of Karma Cards, I’m planning an eight-month, six-country trip, I’m writing a series of ebooks, I have a Gentleman Caller I see a couple of times a week and a circle of friends who throw great parties and play in cool bands and are generally too awesome to ignore.
And eating raw? It’s time consuming! Yes, I realize how ridiculous that sounds. The entire point of eating raw is that you don’t “prepare” your food as such. Theoretically, I could just maw on carrot sticks and apples and nuts every few hours for two weeks and be in the clear. But I’m afraid one tires of salads and dried fruit pretty quickly. And all the lovely raw food recipes out there? They require a lot of chopping and peeling and food processor-izing and dehydrating.
I am not exaggerating when I tell you that my average food intake these days, goes something like this:
Breakfast: Avocado toast
Time spent preparing: 45 seconds
Lunch: Soup and baguette, eaten in front of the computer while I prepare for my afternoon class
Time spent preparing: 1 minute and 30 seconds
Snack: mochi. or want wants. or tamarind candy. or something else that my students give me. Or an ice cream sandwich.
Time spent preparing: the time it takes to reach into the bag and insert said food into my mouth.
Dinner: Corn on the cob. Or quorn fake chicken patties. Or vegetables and hummus. Or pasta.
Time spent preparing: never more than 4 minutes
Hmmm, that all sounds rather dire and like I’m a workaholic with time management issues, doesn’t it? And really, I do love cooking! But I love it in more of a “this is my hobby and I do it once a week for funsies” way, rather than a “let’s devote an hour of every evening to this” kind of way.
But my raw experiment was not without it’s benefits. I’ve always known that I’m an emotional eater (a hard day in class automatically equals one bag of Cheetos plus an ice cream sandwich) but trying to eat raw really forced me to be a conscious eater. When you can’t just pick up any old thing at the gas station to placate your feelings of frustration, you’re forced to consider what’s really bothering you and try to find other ways to comfort yourself.
And I did find some fantastic recipes! My favorites:
1 avocado, mashed
1 apple, shredded
1 tablespoon lemon juice
agave nectar to taste
Stir together and mow.
Red pepper and Avocado Salad
1 big red pepper chopped into small pieces
1/2 an avocado diced
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds (exponentially more delicious if roasted and salted)
Balsamic vinaigrette to taste
salt and pepper
Stir together and mow.
Apple Banana Breakfast Stuff
1 apple shredded
1 banana chopped
1/3 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup almond milk
cinnamon to taste
honey to taste
Stir together and be prepared to be full forever.
1 and a half cups sun dried tomatoes
1 and a half cup macadamia nuts
(can use pine nuts)
A fourth cup sun dried tomato soak water
2 sprigs basil (about 10 large leaves)
Soak sun dried tomatoes in enough water to cover for about 1/2-3 hours or until soft. Drain sun dried tomatoes and save soak water. Using your food processor with the S blade, process the macadamia nuts and then add the soaked sun dried tomatoes. If the mixture is too thick for your food processor add a little of the sun dried tomato soak water until the food processor runs smooth. Add the basil last and process the mixture until it forms a thick paste.
So there ends my experimentation with raw-dom. Official findings: makes you feel good, makes you think, too time consuming for my life at the moment.
Have you ever successfully gone raw? Can you share any goals that you attempted that you discovered weren’t for you?