Breakfast- 1 large Mexican papaya
Lunch- 6 Navel oranges, 1 avocado
Dinner- 2 plates of sliced mixed fruit: strawberries, melon, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, pineapple, 1 plate of sliced mixed vegetables: asparagus, red and yellow peppers, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli.
We brought a lot of raw food with us. We have little piles of oranges, apples, avocados, and bananas, as well as little plastic bags of dates, walnuts, cashews, figs, carob powder, plus a cucumber and a few cherry tomatoes. I definitely have enough to eat. The hotel room is a little raw food oasis; there is a sunny window and there are trees and a nice view.
There was a pleasant casual reception last night for the out of town wedding guests. I knew in advance that there would be a bar and that tapas would be served to the guests. I decided to forego drinking alcohol and had water with lime. There was crudite but the setting was not one where you could sit down and have a meal so I decided to not eat there. I'm eating three meals a day and the crudite wouldn't have felt like a satisfying meal.
As a society we are so used to using food and alcohol as social lubricants. Last night I first felt a little uncomfortable being in a new place with people I'd never met before. The alcohol and food would have definitely been a welcome distraction. However, it all worked out. I hung with the few people I knew, met a few more new people and felt very present. The world didn't come to an end because I didn't eat or drink at the reception. The raw food I ate later for dinner was worth waiting for. This morning I felt rested and not hungover. Michael and I went for a run around the Mall and I fantasized about what it would look like if the Mall was transformed into a grove of fruit and nut trees and a large beautiful vegetable garden. This is my American dream!