Friday, September 26, 2008

Remember that one time she did that Raw thing?

I love putting warm things in salads. Like peas or corn off the cob or grilled tofu. Last night I put warm peas on top of my salad and it felt friggin' great. So, as you may've guessed, I really didn't like the raw thing. I'm not saying that it's not a good thing, it just wasn't for me. Going into it cold turkey may've not been wise, but that's how I roll. I think that Raw would be a healthy way to live, but you'd really need access to all the materials: good books, fancy kitchen equipment (like a dehydrator, a food processor), fancy foods, time for food prep....

Here are some things that I struggled with:
* You know, I don't like raw veggies very much! I love salads, but I like them with beans and tofu and grilled eggplant.
* Acidic fruits! Tomatoes, apples, grapes... these are all things that I love, but my sudden increase of them in my diet or perhaps the lack of balancing them out with whole grains and not so many veggies, my throat started to hurt. I dunno. It was just real uncomfortable.
* Trying to make things spicy to warm up my body without warm foods or beverages also made my throat hurt.
* Everything felt bland. That'd probably be different if I had things like nori flakes or raw tahini in my pantry. At any rate, eating felt like a boring task, which I viewed as sinful.
* No nooch.
* I thought being a social vegan was tough!

Here were some things that were good:
* No processed foods!
* DIY is cool!
* I wore my new, sexy apron a lot.
* Felt thinner because of all those reasons in the first list?

Maybe if I did stuff like this guy!
ps- you have freakin got to look at that link.


Tim said...

That link was eye candy.

Raw foodism just doesn't make sense to me. It's not as if there's anything to gain ideologically from it. And the science for it as an overall healthy lifestyle isn't really there either - it's harder on your digestive system, and in any case it limits the variety of foods that enter your system, which is never good. It's tasty, I know, when it's done right. Just not for me, I guess.

Regina said...

Lots of prep, little return, which is great for the anorexic types. Not for me! I like my brocolli steamed, thank you very much. As far back as humankind goes, (which in this country 45% say that we go back only 3K years - can you phoquein' believe that?) we've been sauteeing our veggies in herbs and olive oil with a fine wine out of the goatskin.

Rachel said...

Mom, I really don't think it's nice to assume that anyone's moral and/or health choices also infer an eating dissorder. Not to be a total buzzkill BUT we should be sensitive to tossing those things around.

And I know you were joking, but how we evolved as a species ought to have nothing to do with our food choices of today. That's apples and oranges.

Tim, I think you're right on it being harder on the digestive system. But I don't think that either of us has read extensively on the matter, nor do I care to investigate it more. I know folks who benefitted a lot from this diet. I really bet it'd be different with a dehydrator.

max said...

I think it's cool you found your equilibrium... the mix between raw and cooked. I find it interesting the veggies I digest easily and the correlation with what I find tastey cooked vs raw. Carrots and celery are great examples. No bad gas (yes, there is good gas), and great taste...for me, raw.

I agree with your assertion that salads rock with hot things added. The complexity makes them more interesting. I never tire of a good tomato..warm or raw.

Thanks for ideas, especially about the use of nuts. I've yet to try to the soaking.

That guy's pics of his fruit tart are crazy. You and your kindred friends have taken the art of food prep to an artful form. I don't take any pics of my cooking. It protects the guilty of servicing taste over presentation!

Any travel this weekend?