There are so many dishes to discover, ways to quench a particular hankering. Just getting familiar with how a new dish affects you…I am discovering that is taking quite a bit of time!
Even transitioning from a mostly vegan diet, going raw is a very big overhaul of habits of thought. It is obvious how important it is though…when I first went veggie it was move over meat hello pasta with cheese! Yeh, after a few years I discovered that doesn’t work.
The more I learn it seems like the more there is to learn. It is a little daunting. There are many dishes I have become so comfortable with making and that are so easy I can quickly either refer to a recipe or guestimate and voila there is my dish.
It is odd because really most raw dishes are pretty fast since there is no cooking (mix the amazing combo in a bowl and roll it in a leaf or put it in a processor or toss it on some greens or get a spoon, etc). It is thinking of the amazing combo and then knowing how that appeals to this hunger or that hunger that you are having. Think sweet tooth – oh yes my favorite – dates! MMmm. Ok go there. These days I crave raw brazil nuts. But when your hankering is more complex…it is funny I find myself standing there in the kitchen scratching my head sometimes. I am in this funny period of yeah I am sick of cooked foods I want to do some more of that raw stuff. Sometimes -gasp- I just don’t eat any snack if I can’t come up with a funky new raw dish. Here have some air. Maybe that is what I will have to answer next time I get one of those, “what Do you eat?”, “I eat air”.
Then I discover a completely new thing to do, grate a carrot into a nori, zucchini noodles, and I am wishing for that as my new comfort food. It is work to keep increasing the circle of comfort foods and the wider the circle gets, the less interested I am in cooked foods. It seems like the more time I put into discovering new dishes the more successful the attempt to increase raw foods into my life.
I just wonder how most people are inspired to walk into the work it takes to take the leap (many mini-leaps really) into raw. What inspires you?