Food log, Wed. 8/23/06
Breakfast- 1 cantaloupe
Lunch- 1 cantaloupe
Dinner- a large salad with Romaine lettuce, 1 large tomato, 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, 1 large cucumber, 1 avocado, 1/2 cup pistachio nuts, chopped fresh parsley and cilantro, dulse flakes
For a couple of hours until I stopped for lunch I was really focused on some detailed work at the computer. When I stopped my shoulders felt tense, my eyes were tired, I felt thirsty and hungry and I just wanted to eat. There was some part of me however that was saying "don't eat when you feel like this, you're all tightened up from work and you won't enjoy your food." It required some focus to not give in to the desire to wolf down my lunch, but I knew that voice was right; I needed to unwind for a few minutes first.
I decided to take a walk. The sun was out, so as I walked I took off my shirt, walked on the sunny side of the street and soaked up the sun. I walked for about 20 minutes, the sun and the movement was just what I needed. On the way back I stopped by a produce market and bought two very large watermelons and carried those heavy suckers 3 blocks. I got back home; I had a real appetite, not just a desire to fill up, and I enjoyed my meal. It was enough.
My point here is that when we begin to cultivate paying attention to how we feel and choosing how to respond rather than reacting, we can begin to make healthier choices for ourselves. My lunch yesterday consisted of more that just cantaloupe. I had sunshine, deep breathing, and physical exertion, topped with fresh cantaloupe. Raw foods living is about our whole way of living, not just what we put in our mouths. It helps to turn off the auto-pilot and begin to identify the small changes, the small quiet decision that leads to the next right action. The raw food serves to open the door of our awareness.