Here is some trivia for you:
Keziah: “No thanks, I’m a fruitarian.”
Max: “I didn’t realize that.”
William: “And, ahm: what exactly is a fruitarian?”
Keziah: “We believe that fruits and vegetables have feeling so we think cooking is cruel. We only eat things that have actually fallen off a tree or bush – that are, in fact, dead already.”
William: “Right. Right. Interesting stuff. So, these carrots…”
Keziah: “Have been murdered, yes.”
William: “Murdered? Poor carrots. How beastly!”
Just an update on my rawesome journey with raw foods. I am really thinking of staring a separate blog to discuss all this on a naturemoms subdomain but for now here is my progress.
I am feeling AMAZING! The other morning my family was eating breakfast with my parents and this is how the conversation went with my Dad:
Dad: You look really great. Is it that raw foods thing?
Me: Yes, I feel really good….lots of energy.
Dad: You look it…you seem really alert and your skin looks really healthy.
Me: Yes, I usually get dry skin this time of year but my hair and skin seems to be looking better than ever. In fact, I am just rinsing my hair with water and no washing and it just doesn’t get oily.
My husband also noticed a difference. He said I was more smiley and happy than he had seen me in awhile. It is hard not to be that way when you feel so good.
I have not had much of the detoxing symptoms I have heard about though and I think that is because I am still eating 30% non raw as suggested in The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose. She feels that people will give up on raw foods if their detox symptoms get too bad so she doesn’t recommend going cold turkey…she recommends making a slow transition.
I am conflicted about two things though. I have really run into the vegan police again. They are everywhere in the raw foods arena. Many of them think that raw means raw vegan…no exceptions. So I have already run into some raw vegans saying that meat eaters are setting themselves up for disease and parasites and they are saying that meat eating is inefficient and has a negative impact on the earth. They also don’t want to hear about ANY study that says otherwise…so far I am not so impressed with the “tolerance” of the raw foods crowd…they seem pretty militant. I can’t understand why they would get so upset about their fellow raw foodies eating a bit of meat or dairy when the alternative is the SAD (Standard American Diet). It seems kind of silly to me.
I am also wrestling with the environmental impact issue of not eating seasonally or locally. Meat eating hardly seems to be such a environmental horror when the raw foodists are talking about the exotic Asian fruits they are eating. WTH? I think this might be why many raw foods eaters live in warm climates. I am eating a lot of salads and fresh veggies and fruits and those surely are not growing here. The summer would be a snap eating raw but the cold weather months are troubling me.
I did buy some nuts from a raw foods farm here in Ohio though and I am excited to find out they have quite a few other offerings like dehydrated fruits and sun ripened tomatoes. I am looking to buy my own dehydrator this month too. I also found some local raw goat’s milk cheeses at Whole Foods that are really yummy. Another awesome find was Larabars. They are raw and so delicious it blows my mind. I love the lemon, key lime pie, apple pie, and cherry and they sell them in bulk at Costco for a steep discount.
I am just easing my kids into eating raw so they are not eating as much raw as I am but so far so good. I made my son a raw lunch for school this morning with raw key lime pie, fresh salad with sprouted beans and lentils, fresh fruit, dates, and a banana cookie Larabar.
The box is a Laptop Lunchbox.
I am participating in The Fall, Y’all Bloggy Giveaway! This giveaway is also a celebration of my 500th post!!! Wow…it has been a great ride getting this blog up and running.
I started it just a hair over two years ago and with over 300 feed subscribers and twice as many visitors each day this blog has come a long way.
Looking back here are some of my favorite posts:
I wrestled with my decision to get Chemo in Is Chemo Part of Natural Family Living.
My son started eating lunch at school and we turned to the Laptop Lunchbox system.
I discussed making healthy and frugal school lunches too.
Many people responded to my sharing my son’s vaccine injury.
One of my greatest hits has been the post about BPA Free Sippy Cups….followed closely by the post about BPA Free Baby Bottles.
I have met many great people along the way and many great bloggers. Here is to another 500 posts!
For the contest I am giving away two products that are perfect for the natural family AND perfect for the cold weather months that are upcoming. One product is for mom and one is for a child.
Just leave a comment on this post telling me why you LOVE this blog and you could win:
1. A Pair of organic, mantra knee socks from Maggie’s Functional Organics that say “I am Calm”. They are size 9-11 and a natural cotton color.
2. A pair of organic, natural colored BabyLegs leg warmers. These are a HUGE hit in our home and I am sure they will be in yours too. They can be worn by either a boy or a girl.
They would make excellent Christmas presents too!
A winner will be chosen at random on November 5th. Open to US and Canadian residents only. Thanks everyone for making this blog rock!
And make sure to check out the other fall giveaways here.
My husband was back in town this weekend so our family had a busy weekend. On Friday we had a little mix up with my hubby’s work schedule so after I picked him up in Columbus he had to return to work to take care of something. It didn’t make sense to drive all the way home and back (a two hour round trip) so he suggested I stay in town and do some shopping. Well, okay…he made me do it! LOL. I just ended going to Whole Foods and Borders bookstore. I lost my keys in the bathroom of the latter store and didn’t even realize I was using my spare set until we got home…grrr. But we got a lot of food for the weekend and I got some more raw food books. Then we went out for sushi…yum!
On Saturday we took the kids to Chuck E. Cheese and we did order a pizza but no one ate much of it because it tasted terrible. Luckily no one noticed when the kids started munching on rawsome Larabars…which we all adore. I got some good pictures of the kids playing and we did not see any kids with green snot noses running around touching everything like tlast time. I also picked up my keys at Borders and then we went to Costco.
Sunday we all worked out in the yard doing garden prep for nest year. We bought a tiller and we tilled our two garden areas and put down compost. I am pretty pleased with the soil quality in both areas. I think we are going to have some yummy veggies next summer but right now my arms and legs are sore from the workout. We treated ourselves to some raw key lime pie after that!
But alas all good things come to end and dear husband is leaving town again this morning….sigh. What did you do this weekend?
I made a delicious raw peach cobbler for desert tonight. The kids loved it and so did I and it is oh so healthy.
2 peaches (chopped)
1 teaspoon raw coconut oil
4 teaspoons agave nectar (raw honey will also work)
2 dashes cinnamon
3 ounces raw walnuts
5 dates, pitted
Peach filling: In food processor or Vita-Mix, mix peaches with coconut oil, 2 teaspoons agave nectar and a dash of cinnamon until smooth. Empty into bowl.
Crumb topping: In food processor, grind walnuts. Add dates, cinnamon and 2 teaspoons agave nectar. Grind again until crumbly. Put crumb mixture in bowl on top of peach filling.
Serve immediately and enjoy!!!