No rigid rules, labels or dogmas.... just REAL food, for your body, mind & soul!
Time flies when you're eating lots of kale. And sprouts. And avocados! I'm cruising along with my "lazy lady's raw." Basically, I wake up every day and make a green juice and drink it. I bring I quart of green smoothie with me to work. I sip on that all day till lunch. I usually have a big salad with tons of veggies and a few tablespoons of cooked beans (I am high raw, a la Hallelujah Diet, so I get 15% cooked veggies or legumes.) Then for dinner I have something fancy--but I don't have to make it. :)
I have several options, here in Portland, Oregon. I can go to one of our many raw food restaurants: Blossoming Lotus, Prasad, Islas Garden Cafe, Harlow, Proper Eats, Raw Potential, Healing Foods Cafe, Crave and Glow, Pololco, or Papa G's Organic Vegan Deli.
Live Lasagne, zucchini noodles with pesto, and live super-food fudge from Papa G's Organic Vegan Deli in SE Portland.
Or, I can get some pre-prepared raw food yumminess from People's Co-op or New Seasons or Whole Foods:
My favorite! "Mock BLT" with cashew cheese, flax cracker bread, tomato, lettuce and eggplant "bacon"
Portland is famous for our food carts! No matter the cuisine, you can probably find it, on wheels at a cart near you. Thankfully that includes raw/live food:
Eatin' Alive Collard Wraps and zucchini lasagne, and Genesis juice (raw) strawberry-apple juice with some Gopal's power wraps to keep in my purse to "be prepared" and "never get caught hungry with no raw food."
And yes, sometimes I do actually make food at home. :) I make kale chips and noodles with thai almond butter sauce and all kinds of yummy crackers, etc. But I am very spoiled to have so many great options and it has made being raw and taking off weight so much easier and more fun. Is it more expensive? Undoubtably, and I am not made of money. But, I am worth it. My health is worth it. And heck knows I have spent lots of $ on junk food and other stupid stuff.
So what if you are not lucky enough to live in Portland, or LA, or the Bay Area or New York or any other place that has lots of awesome options? Well, how do you think we got all these cool places?! Demand it. Tell vegan and vegetarian places you want some raw options. Educate people! Hold seminars and food prep demos. Start a company yourself! Start a meetup group and have yummy food exchanges. And most of all, if you are lucky enough to get a good raw place or juice cart, PATRONIZE them and tell everyone you know about them so they can stay in business. Look at what Paul Risse has done in Stephenville, TX, or Matthew Kenny in Oklahoma? Those places are way more familiar with barbeque than kelp noodles, but they are spreading the word and making it happen.
What are you doing to make it happen where you are?