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 !!!

 

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!