3 months of blogging all my meals have passed. I go through phases of liking certain meals on my fruit based raw diet, for many weeks sometimes, and then everything changes and I like something new. Perhaps every raw foodist is slightly different in their preferences, and this is how it is for me. For example, a couple of months ago or so, I went to the movies and saw “The Hundred-Foot journey”. This reminded me about my former love to Indian cooking, and so I decided to try some spice added in my salads. I discovered that I have a taste for chili. I was really curious about this newly found preference. And then I discovered that my fruity friend Kveta uses chili in her fruit salads. I think, for the first time in my life I went and got me some red chilis, chopped them up and ate them with toms and mango salad. This was yum! So, I am still in my chili phase this month, and am not sure how long this will last. Also, recently, I started having smoothies quite regularly. I used to have smoothies often in my early years of raw, but not for a long time after, and I am back to enjoying them again.
I have been putting the images of all my meals on my instagram page (here) since October now. I have made a point to show the true images of my daily life, showing it as is, because I want to show the ‘real’ life. I have my meals sometimes unplanned, sometimes in a rush, sometimes less than perfect, sometimes glorious. I often eat at my desk, amongst all the papers and work, as I spend a lot of time doing research. I guess there still are a lot of misconceptions about the life of a raw foodist, and I am trying to show how normal and ordinary it can be. That’s just another way of eating, as easy to maintain as any other, the only difference being, in ‘my’ view, that it is a lot gentler on my body. A lot healthier.
On the 15th I went on a camping trip to Bruny Island. This was my first time there. Beautiful place. I enjoyed some hikes and site seeing with my family. I took my foods with me and tried local strawberries there too. A girl in a shop near the ferry at Bruny asked me whether I was eating raw foods only and for how long, when I was asking whether they had some raw vegan salads in the shop. I had a feeling she knew about raw foods quite a bit. This was a nice surprise. Raw seems to become more widely known.
This month I learned that my beautiful cousin Isabela, who had been battling breast cancer for some years, and then liver cancer, was told she was dying. I do not have the words to describe what this means. I am sad and yet still hopeful, all at the same time. People who are part of our life, are part of us in some way. Their existence adds the meaning to our life, and so losing them, is losing a part of our own self. What would we matter if all the people that matter to us and that we matter to, were gone?
Life is a precious gift and although sometimes we think we have figured it all out, there are many factors, some of which may not be completely in our hands, which contribute to our health. Prevention is better than cure of course, and I do believe that diet is a major health factor. Another really important factor, more so than the diet I believe, is the attitude.
I discovered a new fruity love this month. Passion fruit. It started with me buying some in a local supermarket, just to try. I had tried passion fruit before, some years ago, but have not been drawn to it since. This time, wow, what an amazing fruit I thought. Next, I bought a whole box when I found it was available at the wholesaler, and had a feast. There is something in it that I find irresistible. Perhaps my body is craving something that passion fruit provides. Whatever that is, this is a magic fruit. I eat it with passion. On this note, every summer I enjoy this lovely desert I make when young berries and raspberries are ripe in my garden. This time I tried it with passion fruit. What an explosion of taste. Mm mm (see the layered berry delight in the recipes section).
On the 30th I had more than 50 passion fruit. I just kept going and stopped once I felt that the desire has left. This month I learned that there are other tropical fruit that I can order via the wholesaler. This means a lot to me. Also, I finally found a company that delivers fresh dates to Tasmania!
Below is the summary of my December 2014 meals, and a few images too. I did not keep the records of the amounts but only the types of foods eaten. I did not necessarily record every single bite of food I took (those bites when preparing foods, or when having seconds or thirds etc of passion fruit for example), but made an effort to record the general patterns. I have days I eat very much and days when I eat less. I follow my desires in a spontaneous way and this is what works for me best.
1 Dec 2014: green takeaway smoothies, strawberries, watermelon, green grapes, toms n avo with spice salad, green spicy chips
2 Dec 2014: dates nanas coconut water berries greens cinnamon smoothie, pawpaw, watermelon, oranges, greens toms avo n spice salad
3 Dec 2014: nanas blueberries coconut water home-grown greens cinnamon smoothie, oranges, more oranges, toms avo n spice salad, mangoes
4 Dec 2014: nanas dates mangoes strawberries n cinnamon smoothie, mangoes, oranges, toms avo n spice salad
5 Dec 2014: nanas dates blueberry coconut water smoothie, mangoes, mangoes, green smoothie at the city, greens toms avo and curry salad
6 Dec 2014: nanas dates blueberry coconut water smoothie, greens toms avo and spice salad, mangoes
7 Dec 2014: nanas dates blueberry coconut water smoothie, green smoothie at the city, toms avo olives and curry salad, bliss balls
8 Dec 2014: nanas dates blueberry coconut water smoothie, mangoes, bliss balls, mangoes, greens tomatoes avo and curry salad
9 Dec 2014: nanas dates blueberry coconut water smoothie, mixed salad, bliss balls, toms avo and curry salad, bliss balls
10 Dec 2014: green smoothies at the city, bliss balls, mangoes, toms avo and curry salad, bliss balls
11 Dec2014: nanas dates blueberry coconut water smoothie, greens alfalfa sprouts tomatoes avo salad, same salad again, bliss balls, nanas dates blueberry coconut water smoothie
12 Dec 2014: mangoes, oranges, toms avo and curry salad, nana date blueberry coconut milk smoothie
13 Dec 2014: nana date raspberry coconut milk smoothie, bliss balls, salad at a café, cherries, toms avo and curry salad
14 Dec 2014: date strawberry coconut milk smoothie, passionfruit, watermelon, toms avo with a hazelnut sundried toms sprinkles and curry
15 Dec 2014 (camping trip): local Tassie cherries, dehydrated eggplant with hazelnut crunch spread, hazelnut, cherries, tomatoes avocado hazelnut crunch curry salad
16 Dec 2014 (camping trip): cherries, hazelnuts, strawberries and a salad at a Berry Farm café, tomatoes avocado hazelnut crunch curry salad and dehydrated mushrooms and celery pieces
17 Dec 2014 (camping trip): bananas, hazelnuts, strawberries, tomatoes avocado hazelnut crunch curry salad, cherries
18 Dec 2014 (camping trip): oranges, hazelnuts, strawberries and a salad at a Berry Farm café, strawberries, bliss balls from Eumarrah organic shop
19 Dec 2014: vanilla bean banana ice cream, kelp and nut chips, green grapes, tomato avocado curry salad, green grapes
20 Dec 2014: Kensington Pride mangoes, cherries, bliss balls, tomato avocado curry salad, green grapes
21 Dec 2014: vanilla bean banana ice cream, passion fruit, tomato avocado curry salad, cherries, kale chips, passion fruit, layered berry delight (see the recipes section)
22 Dec 2014: layered berry delight shared with my friend, tomato avocado curry salad, bliss balls, cherries
23 Dec 2014: watermelon, tomato avocado curry salad with kale chips, bliss balls, layered berry delight
24 Dec 2014: strawberries, zucchini noodles with pine-nut cashew basil tomato sauce topped with parsley, crunchy coconut hazelnut bliss balls, tropical mango cake (see the recipes section) with vanilla bean banana ice cream
25 Dec 2014: cherries, passion fruit, tropical mango cake, crunchy coconut hazelnut bliss balls, grapes, passion fruit
26 Dec 2014: green smoothie at the city, tomato avocado and curry salad, tropical mango cake, crunchy coconut hazelnut bliss balls, passion fruit, cherries
27 Dec 2014: passion fruit, take away green smoothie, toms avo greens from my garden dill curry salad, tom mango curry salad, passion fruit, cherries
28 Dec 2014: lots of cherries, strawberry banana smoothie
29 Dec 2014: cherries, crunchy coconut hazelnut bliss balls, lots of cherries again
30 Dec 2014: lots of cherries, lots of passion fruit, cherries
31 Dec 2014: cherries, mixed greens salad, bliss balls, tropical mango cake, star fruit, cherries