I awoke at 5:45am in Chicago to catch my flight home to Maui. No juicer. I sipped a coffee (no sweetener) in route and doubted my Day 1 (and 2) of this half-baked experiment while traveling. I had no idea what I was in for when I arrived 2.5 hours early for my flight, only to find out it was 'delayed' by 6 hours. I mean, seriously! I am now 'blogging' via the United Club; awaiting my flight to San Francisco. Furthermore, I have to spend the night in San Fran and awake (again) to no juicer. Hmmm, this is a rough start to my 'detox'. I did however manage to find a Jamba Juice at Chicago O'hare International Airport, that now serves fresh squeezed juice. I am sipping a tasty blend of carrot/orange right now. I did discover a Mediterranean cafe as well, and grabbed a cilantro/lemon wrap with raw greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and feta. Even in an airport, I am finding it 'possible' to enjoy (mostly) raw foods. I have been a Vegetarian on/off for years, as well as an 'experimental' raw/vegan for months. I recently discovered The Raw Detox Diet book by Natalia Rose, and was awakened to a new way of eating. I realized that I was combining food improperly and truly bored with my recipes. I LOVE to 'cook' and never thought in a million years I could go Raw (or 100% vegan) ever. But, I have now realized that not only COULD I do it, but that I LOVE to do it!!! I am so much more 'creative' in the kitchen and feel more indulgent than ever before. I have found a rhythm that works for me; soaking, chopping, and preparing foods during my 2 year olds afternoon nap. I make sauces and salad dressings in batches to last all week long. Just like anything in life, once you make it a habit out of it (good or bad) it just seems 'normal'. I can't imagine it any other way now. I walk around (the airport) today noticing all the people and their 'bad' eating habits and can't imagine even eating like that again. I've said it before, and will say it again and again... If I could buy one thing for everyone I know; it would be Natalia's book The Raw Detox Diet. This book (amongst many other 'influences' in my yogic-life) has truly changed my life. Its changed the way I really honestly 'experience' food at its fullest potential. We've all heard (again and again) 'you are what you eat'; so then why do 'we' put things into our bodies that aren't even considered 'food'? If you can't read/decipher the ingredients or can't figure out where the ingredients derived from; then its not REAL food. What really awakened my senses was that Waste = Weight. Anything that is not easily 'passed' through the body, gets stored in the body, not only creating weight but a mecca for dis-ease. I know we all have crazy busy lives, and find excuses after excuses for the habits we've created and learned to accept; but I always have to focus on and remember "It's never too late, it's never too bad,you're never too old, your never too sick to start from the scratch once again,to be born once again." Bishnu Gosh. Even in an airport (for what's going on 10 hours) you can find a way to take care of your-self, your body, your soul and eat REAL food.
Love & Lightness,