Breakfast- 5 peeled sliced Barlett pears
Lunch- large almond milk banana smoothie
Dinner- a large salad: 2/3 head Romaine lettuce, 1 shredded carrot, 3 sticks shredded celery, 12 soaked diced sundried tomatoes, 1/4 cashews, juice of 1 lime, 1 1/2 avocado
Today, TheState.com reports in "The Joys of Uncooking" that "To prepare meals this way requires both dedication and time." Dedication, yes, unequivocally, but time, absolutely not unless you choose to spend a lot of time. I feel annoyed when the media regularly reports that raw foods require so much time and labor intensive work. It can, but only if you choose to get in to that type of raw food. My breakfast this morning took about 10 minutes to prepare; that's only because I chose to peel and slice the pears. I usually don't bother with peeling and slicing pears. My lunch took about 15 minutes to prepare! Labor intensive raw food is a choice. I save it for special occasions or a treat.
This weekend I spent two days with my raw food friends Rhio and Leigh and they prepared 4 delicious meals while I was there. They did not seem to spend an extraordinary amount of time in the kitchen. The ice cream was probably the most labor intensive. Yes, it helps to plan ahead. For example, last night I spent about 30 seconds putting almonds into a cup and pouring water over them in preparation for the smoothie that I made for lunch today. I like the complex raw recipe food, but it is not a requirement for success on raw.