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When you are thinking you would like to incorporate more raw veggies into your daily routine, it can be helpful to narrow your goal. As in, pick a single veggie/fruit that you like and that you don’t eat often. Pick one that you think it might be reasonable for you to try eating once a day. Just think of that one vegetable or fruit. Just one. And maybe take a week or so occasionally imagining eating that beautiful production of nature, one time every day. Think about how that one fruit or vegetable grows from a tiny few cells into a complex creation. Think about all the thought, time and energy that went into that. It is pretty different from the way a boxed synthetic food gets mechanically pumped out of a dark factory.
If you don’t live on a farm I think it is real luxury (an honor) to get to sink your teeth into a part of a plant that sat outside all day in the hot sun. So see what happens with your idea and do yourself a favor, don’t play the shame blame game, if it happens it happens if it doesn’t move on, be kind and honest and open with yourself and then be kind again.
Apparently it is pretty common to shoot too high and have unapproachable goals that end up calling the whole deal off. It is much tougher to keep your brilliant sights to a smaller deal at least during implementation. That way you are not stuck: big hat and no plants. The nice thing that can happen is you can find your list of plants your addicted to eating growing and that is what you find yourself filling up on. Once a raw food guru I knew told me, your body chemistry will change so that iced espresso will just not work for you anymore, it will feel way too acidic (the way hot coffee already is too acidic for me). Well I am certain that has happened to me with many many foods, meanwhile so far iced espresso is still a staple. Still there are a lot of foods that just don’t attract me anymore the way they used to and I would rather eat guacamole, brazil nuts, walnuts, grapefruit, grapes, cherry tomatoes, a delicious kale/grapefruit smoothie, carrot juice, honeycrisp apples, etc.
When you are thinking of foods you might like out of your diet, think the same way. Just think of one. For example when I first started to think about white rice, it was easy one because I never noticed having strong feelings about it. I tried rice totally plain and surprise it had no flavor for me at all. No flavor, how can that be? Try it once, see what you think.
I started thinking the reason we like rice is because of what we piled on top of it, that is what we were really after. So can we get creative and pile that on something healthier and get a similar result? That’s sans bleach and added nutrients and maybe even less calories – blink, blink you mean rice has calories too?! Here I have been eating all this rice with no flavor and it has calories! Aye. It was helpful to see how plain and boring I thought this thing was that was adding to my waste line unnecessarily. Dropping rice was kind of a no-brainer. However maybe you love love love rice plain or with whatever, it is your experience that you are looking for, just pay attention to it and listen-in.
Of course rice is an important staple for people all over the world. While having options it is nice to see you can order a burrito no rice or a “naked” burrito no rice (then you don’t have to deal with the burrito shell (also for me a zero taste/no-brainer)) have them pile on the corn/tomato/green salsas, lettuce and guacamole and squeeze some fresh lime on that. In fact so many people have realized gluten problems that food preparers expect this more and more common request. It is your body, your own personal laboratory, feel free to experiment.
One way to get stuck, big hat and no plants, is to go to the grocery store, big hat and no plans. Recipes are the plan and raw recipes are ALL over the internet. I have a links on this blog to search or heck just google raw recipes or YouTube Ani Phyo (she has very clear recipe videos), there is great stuff out there, print one off and walk into the grocery store with it and just go for it. Open a new door and see what happens.
And remember be kind and patient with yourself, falling in love with a newish plant food can take time.
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