My Raw Reality

My Raw Reality
Back in 2009, I participated in a 100 day raw food challenge. Afterwards, I was feeling so good that I just kept going! Fueled, partly by curiosity, as well as, a belief that raw fruits and veggies are some of the most healing foods around, it became a fairly effortless lifestyle with few obstacles. Somehow, eight years has gone by, just living my life on my divergent dietary path. The experience has taught me a lot about myself, my body, nutrition, food culture and what constitutes “health.”However, in the past year or so, adhering to an “all raw” diet has started to feel like a bit of an arbitrary choice, given the context of my life right now. Food is, obviously, integral to my sense of well-being, but, these days, my attention is equally focused on the “nourishment” I get from movement, relaxation, relationships and time for creative pursuits. So, a few weeks ago, I decided it would feel good to experiment with my diet right now. I am having a bit of a love affair with steamed sweet potatoes at the moment.

Though I still love to play around in the kitchen occasionally, and I will always have a passion for a good salad, it seems that food has become less of a creative outlet and more of a practical endeavor in recent years. I just want the most efficient, affordable, nutrient dense food… fairly quickly. Admittedly, I had gotten in a bit of raw food rut with busy schedules and waning energy. So, it feels nice to have a few other foods “on the table” when the raw options are less than ideal, not good quality or expensive.

As I move forward with a few tweaks to my long-standing routines, I am sure some new insights will arise. So far, aside from some subtle changes in digestion, I have no startling differences to report. My raw food experience has changed my palate significantly, for which I am thankful. I will continue to prioritize a “clean,” whole foods vegan diet, and balanced lifestyle, in my best efforts to stay off medications, and, keep my weight, fitness and emotional health on an even keel as I get older. So, that is my raw reality… for now! Can you relate? Or do you think I’m “out to lunch” with my dietary musings? Either way, if you took the time to read this, thank you! -P !!!

October 30, 2017 at 04:52AM by Greens N Goodness [Facebook Post]

Mushroom Suprlus Soup

Mushroom Suprlus Soup

We have a lot of dried mushrooms we’ve dehydrated, so to use some up, today I blended…
2 cups soaked cashews
4 cups warm water
2 cups dried mushrooms
1 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp Bragg’s Aminos
1 clove dried garlic

I blended that up, until steaming a bit, in the Vitamix.
Then I threw in one small chopped onion, black pepper and a couple more handfuls of mushrooms and pulsed a few times to mix it up.
Topped with more mushrooms, fresh pea shoots and a few kraut crackers I had leftover.
This made two bowls. Pretty tasty!

What Does Health Look Like?

As we move along through life, it’s likely that our perspective of what constitutes “good health” will shift over the years. Surely, the six pack abs we were striving for in our 20’s will be less of a focus in our 80’s, and feeling “well” begins to be the marker by which we gauge our health, rather than any aesthetic standards we may have once imposed upon ourselves. The full spectrum of health begins to unfold as we age, and we realize that a weight on the scale or specific physical attribute is not the benchmark of a successful or fulfilling life, but rather, our bodies are reflections of years of varied experiences, habits and beliefs, and there is no “right or wrong” way of pursuing health. It is simply that; a lifelong pursuit.

Friendly Dinner Inspiration

Friendly Dinner Inspiration

I had about 8 minutes to make us dinner tonight before rushing off to various activities for the kids. So, when Darren arrived home from DC with gifts in hand from our friend, Carla, including this simple “Latin Style” purple cabbage salad made with just lime and salt, I was inspired to combine some with avocado and a few flax crackers for a perfect quick meal! Bueni­simo!

Green Tea Revival

Green Tea Revival

I can tell I’m struggling to balance my family and school schedules with sleep these days, because green tea has made its way back into my diet in the form of this drink most afternoons, as I launch into studying. I’m loving this matcha powder, blended with a tiny bit of fat (usually a Brazil nut or two, or tsp of coconut butter), a pinch of sea salt, 1/2 tsp vanilla powder, a tsp of maca powder and a little green stevia liquid drops). Smooth!

Pretty Simple Smoothie

Two Ingredient Smoothie

We have a bunch of nectarines that my mom gifted us, so we’ve been using them in creative ways. Today was a simple smoothie… nectarines blended with frozen mango… Can’t get much easier than that, and the kids gave it two thumbs up! Flo was unconcerned with my attempts to take pretty pictures for Facebook and decided to become part of my smoothie photo session! Cheers! 🙂

Banana Expansion

Baby Banana Breakfast

How did I not remember these are so good? They taste so much better than “regular” bananas. I haven’t had just bananas for breakfast in a long time, but, today I had no time, and these were the only fruit in the house. So, I grabbed them to eat on the run, expecting to just satisfy my hunger with a less-than-exciting meal. I was pleasantly surprised. Yum!