By the time I’d finished writing the book “Smoothie Power! Recipes for Weight Loss, Vitality, and the Occasional Superpower” a few years ago, my eating habits had changed drastically. I had started the recipe book by stuffing myself with smoothies in an effort to create as many recipes as I could, as fast as I could. What resulted was a pretty major shift in my health, something that took me totally by surprise. By the time the book was published, i was eating an 80- 90% raw food diet. (That means raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts – not raw meat. That would be icky.) I loved it! The recipes I was discovering through going raw were amazing, I felt great, my asthma went away, and my eyesight even improved.
But I have a family. And my family wasn’t so hot on the idea of going raw. They did love a lot of the recipes (especially the desserts), but neither my husband or my son were willing to give up cooked foods, and quite frankly, I wasn’t always willing either. So that meant I either had to cook them food, then prepare my raw meals, or go back to cooking for all of us. Option #1 was getting way too time consuming, unless I wanted a big bowl of salad three times a day.
While I did keep adding a higher content of raw foods to our diet, I wasn’t able to keep eating the way I wanted to. That’s always bothered me. How can I get more raw food goodness into my family’s diet without making anyone feel they had to give up things they love? And how can I do it without knocking myself out?
I have no idea.
But I’m going to find out, and I’ll take you along with me. I’m going to get back to blogging more often. I’ll share some recipes as I learn, I’ll let you know about any good raw food/healthy eating cookbooks, and I’ll share my experiences with you – failures, successes, and all. And, yes, you’ll be seeing some herbalism posts coming back into the mix as well.
So hold onto your Vitamix. We’re about to fall into the rabbit hole. I hear there’s kale down there.