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Why keep doing this raw food thing...

Breakfast- 5 large Navel oranges

Lunch- A large salad: Romaine lettuce, chopped fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded carrots, marinated artichokes, walnuts, raisins

Dinner- Mock mashed potatoes (cashews & caulifower), sliced tomatoes, Real Pickles raw Kimchee, fresh Guacalmole from Westerly, Dill "cheese" crackers, dried bananas, and Ms. Lillian's Berry Lover's "Cheesecake"

I really like oranges; I wrote that yesterday.  Sometimes however, when I'm walking to work I smell the fresh coffee from the street vendor's cart and I see the donuts and pastry and I really wish I could have that for breakfast.  Sometimes I think, "Why do I keep doing this, eating only raw food?  Is it really going to make a difference in my life.  There's not a lot of evidence that raw foodism extends life, people die around the same age, they just live healthier lives.  Why not just eat what everyone else is eating?  But noooo, I get to eat oranges - whoopee!"

I don't know why I keep eating raw.  Yes, I think I feel better, but everyone else who eats cooked food gets through life one way or another.  I think I keep eating raw because I feel that I have to; its almost as if raw foods chose me and not the other way around.

About last night's dinner, I had planned to eat a few oranges because I would be eating late after returning home from an evening yoga class and I didn't want to eat something heavy and go to bed with a heavy full stomach.  "The road to hell is paved with good intentions..."  -the pie was already in the fridge and the little package of nuts was in my cupboard and I like to eat when I get home at night regardless of the time.  You know the rest of the story.  There are worst things I could do (like having coffee and donuts for breakfast) but I'm not giving up on making the healthier choice.

The other side of the story is that I felt a strong urge to skip the oranges this morning and leave for work early enough to go buy Didi's raw Fudgy Brownies and fill up on them for breakfast.  I recognized that the choice felt a little compulsive and crazy since I already had the oranges at home, I'd have to leave the house much earlier, and I'd have to eat at my desk in my office at work versus a more leisurely consumption of oranges at my beautiful wood dining table in my own living room.  I don't regret choosing the oranges, I can eat Didi's brownies tomorrow if I still want to.

Dinner was pretty good in a traditional kind of way.  I had a plate with servings of several different things of various colors and textures and then I had dessert.  It would have been a fairly good example of basic proper food combining exept for the dessert.

Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 12:41PM by Registered CommenterStephen Parker | Comments8 Comments

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Go have a full-boat, just lost a golf match, steak and eggs dinner at Chilies'. The reasons why you eat raw vegan will come back to you all too quickly! By the way, it's real important to "fall of the raw wagon" every month or so to remember and appreciate how wonderful you feel when you're eat raw.
February 1, 2007 | Unregistered Commentermike ciaccio
I have no intention of falling off the raw wagon! I remember all too well how that feels and how difficult it is to get back on. Mike, for a moment I thought you wrote "...have a full bloat," Bloat also fits with what you're describing. Thanks.
February 2, 2007 | Registered CommenterStephen Parker
My apologies if you felt i was encouraging you to fail. I was trying to point out how sick you would feel now if you ate now the way I used to eat. A normal day for me would be a golf match followed by gorging ourselves on steak and baked potatoes, butter, sour cream and beer. I ocasionally "fall-off" the wagon, but less and less frquently. Now falling off the wagon is as little as cooking my vegetables. For me. eating raw is not a "success or failure" type of thing. It's more of a practice, and for me personally, I need to be reminded once in a while why I've chosen raw diet.Your long streak of days eating eaw is a great acheivement.
February 4, 2007 | Unregistered Commentermike ciaccio
No apology needed what so ever.
February 14, 2007 | Registered CommenterStephen Parker
Give up coffee? ouch. Do we have to? In fact I have been able to give up everything else. That is a killer the coffee addiction. It seems it will never shatter. I have managed to give it up for months at a time and have tried for 10+ years. Now I settle on a couple cups a day.

Doughnuts? Yuck! I would dare you to eat a bite mindfully, if you haven't eaten one in a while I bet you will feel sick. You can feel your arteries clog and for what?
February 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
Sorry, but I don't think you are varying your foods enough to be healthy and you need to eat more vegetables raw - try zuchinni "pasta." The fact that you can't stop and also that you aren't prepared suggests to me you have an eating disorder and that health isn't your primary concern - especially with frequent dessert as a convenience option. Please consider varying things a bit to be actually healthy (or at least listing these things if you are eating them! you are giving a poor representation of raw foodism!) not so that you psychologically feel like you're doing the best thing - they are two different things entirely.
February 27, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterrandom
Wow, I haven't looked here in a few days and it's great to read the comments that have been submitted in the interim.

I feel a little defensive regarding "random's" comment and I see that random is well meaning.

My diet is quite varied and I'm not sure why the sugestion to vary things and to eat more vegetables comes in response to a food log entry which included variety and vegetables. Recently I have not had the time to enter here what I each day.

I believe that worldwide, we are all suffering from an eating disorder which stems from a worldwide addiction to cooked food. Food altered by fire (heating) creates confusion in the body's response to it, decreases the available nutritional value and sets up craving and unnatural desire for more and more and more. This is my opinion, based on many years of experimenting and striving to incorporate raw food eating.

My purpose in publishing my food log is not to hold it up as the "right" way but to share that this is one person's experience with eating raw. Whenever I speak on raw food topics, or attend talks by other raw foodists, I hear, every time without exception, someone asks, "what do you eat?"

Somedays I don't want to write what I've eaten, because even though it is raw, I recognize that it may not be the healthiest raw choice that I could make. Even so, I believe that we help each other by sharing openly what we eat and that we learn from each others experiences.

My path to raw food is not perfect, but after 12 years of experimentation, years of raw days, and now 1 year and 26 consecutive days of 100% raw eating, I know that in my core self, physical and emotional, I feel greater strength and well being than when I was not eating 100% raw.
March 4, 2007 | Registered CommenterStephen Parker
Elizabeth, donuts, no thank you! I hear you about the coffee thing. My experience with coffee and caffeine leads me to believe that it's tough to let go of because of the adrenaline fight/flight energy rush that it induces as well as the euphoria that accompanies it, but unfortunately, always with the depression and melancholy that follows after the affect wears off. Don't give up, eating raw can only help.
March 4, 2007 | Registered CommenterStephen Parker

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