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Why not fruit...

Breakfast- 2 pints blueberries

Lunch- 1/2 watermelon

Dinner- 1 cup pistachio nuts, large tomato salad, small serving of mock mashed potatoes(cauliflower)

The macadamia nuts that I ate for lunch yesterday eventually began to feel like gravel moving through my digestive system.  It's the same old story; I ate too many nuts.  However, I was really proud of combining them with a large tomato salad!  Oddly enough after eating Miss Lillian's carrot cake the discomfort I had been feeling subsided and I have felt fine ever since.  I knew it was too many nuts when I was eating them but I pushed the envelope hoping I could get away with it.  You can't fool mother nature!

This morning I was waiting in the checkout line at Whole Foods at Union Square.  The line was 4 people wide and 10-12 people deep; there were a lot of us.  I began to take notice of what people were buying and practically no one was buying produce.  People had bottled juices or other beverages, crackers, protein bars, little packaged snacks, fruit flavored yogurt; it was all packaged food.  What has happened that people don't view fruit and other produce as food?  What are the reasons that someone would choose pasteurized yogurt with canned fruit and added sugar over fresh blueberries?  What thinking or logic goes in to that decision?

I'd venture to write that my breakfast contained more usable nutrition than the small container of yogurt I saw a man buying today.

By the way, when I first logged on this morning, I absentmindedly glanced at yesterday's blog title and my eyes grew wide because I thought I had written "Raw Food Vegans Stink!"  I was relieved to see upon a second glance that I was mistaken.


Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at 10:55AM by Registered CommenterStephen Parker | Comments4 Comments

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I really enjoy your blog and your simple yet not simplistic views on food

a lthough keeping track of this sort of thing doesn't seem to jive with your philosophy, I wonder if you know your average caloric intake.
August 2, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterkeda
Great question! I do keep track, but not daily. At least one day a week, sometimes more, I enter everything I eat into fitday.com and it gives me the caloric and nutritional breakdown. The calorie range is usually between 1400- 1900. Sometimes a little higher, sometimes lower. When I eat watermelon and store bought raw cuisine, its usually higher. Yesterday, I consumed about 2100-2200 calories. I used to worry that I wasn't eating enough calories but I always have plenty of energy and I am active and pretty fit.
August 3, 2006 | Registered CommenterStephen Parker
thank you for your reply. i am fascinated by the raw way of eating (i am a vegan and probably about 75% raw - yesterday was my first 100% day and it was awesome) but am a little leery of all the sprouting, dehydrating type food prep that goes with it. your blog has shown a pleasant alternative.
August 3, 2006 | Unregistered Commenter-keda
Congratualations on having a 100% raw day. That is something to build upon. Over time you can just begin to string those all raw days together. And yes, sprouting and dehydrating are unnecessary. Sometimes they're fun, but they are not required!
August 6, 2006 | Registered CommenterStephen Parker

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