Breakfast- 18 fresh apricots
This morning I was craving something fatty, nuts or some kind of raw confection. I'd like to get out of this recent habit of eating on the heavy side of raw though. I've been giving myself a break because I've been navigating my way through some personal matters and all the accompanying feelings. The heavier food is comforting but it seems to take over. Anyway, this morning I was near the farmer's market and I made a deal with myself. It's okay to go buy the treat that I was craving, I wasn't sure what it was, but first I had to go to the Farmer's Market and buy some fresh produce to take home.
The good news is that I stopped with the fresh produce. I bought apricots, blueberries, slicing tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. Then I found a place in the morning sunshine where I sat and took off my shirt and let the sun hit me square in the middle of my solar plexus and I ate apricots for breakfast. I feel changed both in my mood and energy. I feel recharged, literally.
Lunch- 1 1/2 lbs. red seedless grapes
I'm reading Tonya Zavasta's "Beautiful On Raw, Uncooked Creations." Tonya has included interviews from numerous women who share their thoughts about raw foods wellness and beauty. Many of the them use make-up from time to time and they stress the importance of vegan and cruelty free make-up.
- Being a man, I realize that I'm entering dangerous territory here but why do these healthy beautiful raw women want to continue to use make-up? There is something genuine and attractive in the glow of fresh healthy skin and the eye sparkle of raw foodists. It's nature's beauty coming forth. I applaud Tonya's work in helping women to cultivate their beauty and healthful radiance. However, if encountering a beautiful doe with her fawn in a forest would you say that she needed some blush? Does a squirrel need lipstick? Does a monkey need foundation? Does a tigress need eye liner? Does a butterfly need a mask? Does a bluebird need eye shadow?
Does the use of make-up contribute to the health of skin or does it inhibit the health of skin?
Dinner- 1 bowl chopped fresh tomatoes, 1/2 lb living mashed potatoes, 1/2 cup pistachio nuts
This morning at the Farmer's Market I struck up a conversation with a rose farmer. He says he's the only commercial rose grower in the north east U.S. He was very adamant that the policies of our current government administration in Washington are hurting local and small farmers like himself. This reminds me of an article I just read about how shopping at your local farmer's market helps everyone. In "4 Reasons to Buy Local Produce" Chris Freytag writes "When you buy locally at a farmers' market, you're doing your little part in reducing the energy consumption needed to support large-scale food systems. You're also helping to put money directly into the pockets of local farmers who don't or can't produce supermarket quantities. And you're buying recently harvested produce—cutting down the time between the harvest and consumption means more nutrients are preserved."