Breakfast- 2 lbs red seedless grapes
Lunch- 9 very large red skinned yellow flesh plums
Dinner- a large salad: 1 large head Romaine lettuce, 4 medium sized tomatoes, 1/4 cup pecans, juice of one lemon, tahini, a few drops of tamari, a few pine nuts, a few sun dried tomatoes, a few sliced olives
Obviously, I'm still enjoying the grapes. Westerly now has the thin skinned red grapes from California as well as the thicker skinned French variety. I've had good luck with both. Today the California grapes were particularly sweet.
I attended the Raw Health & Happiness Society meeting last night. There were 20 people there. That's an amazing turnout for a night without a guest speaker. Robert Dyckman facilitated the meeting. He emphasized that the way things look in our lives is a result of the way we look at things. If we see things as a problem then they will be a problem. Being a raw foodist who is invited to a non-raw social engagement could be seen as a problem, but it doesn't have to be. Robert also got the meeting going by stressing the importance of recognizing that cooked food is poison. He asked point blank, "Would you like some poison?" Of course not! However, one participant was able to admit that if it was in the form of coffee and a donut then maybe yes, she would like to have some. Bravo for honesty.
Robert pointed out that for many the idea of eating all raw food for every meal for the rest of our lives seems overwhelming and impossible. Looking at it this way might lead to a "why even try?" feeling. The solution to overcoming this defeating attitude is to recognize that you don't have to eat all of the meals for the rest of your life at once; just do it a meal at a time. We can only live in today. Robert instructed us to "Raise you hand tomorrow, go ahead, raise your hand tomorrow." Of course no one can raise their hand tomorrow today, just like we can't eat tomorrow's meals today. We can only eat today's meals today. So just focus on eating one raw meal at a time.
The only down side of the meeting was at the end when Robert began to give a sales pitch for his raw food/life coaching services and seminars. He does really good work and I admire him but I'd rather not be given a sales pitch when I attend a raw food support and discussion group. I felt the whole energy of the room take a nose dive when the sales pitch began. The good news was that it was only just for a minute or two. All in all the meeting was very helpful and inspiring and I'm glad that I went. There were a lot of new faces and that really energized the meeting.