Wednesday, November 15, 2006
  a new approach

pretty snack, originally uploaded by estacey.

raw foods. you heard about 'em?

i read about it a long time ago. there's this whole movement of eating raw foods rather than the cooked ones we're used to. it would seem that there is a belief that once food is cooked over 117 degrees or so, the nutritional value and necessary enzymes are killed.

so anyway, the more i read about it and the more i thought about it, the more it made sense. and even if the 117-degree thing is off.... eating raw foods has to be a healthy way to do it. after all, what are they? vegetables, fruit, and nuts. some raw foodists incorporate raw seafood and dairy products as well. (some people may do raw meat, too, but i don't really want to think about them.)

i figure if i do a meal or two a day, i'll be happy. the bonus is that, the way i eat raw, it basically ends up being vegan too, which is something i had been intending to do, at least part-time, for years. the only animal product i had yesterday was a bit of organic raw cheese on my (sprouted bread) sandwich (the bread tastes just like bread normally does, it's just better for you! and more expensive!). same thing today. oh, and some half-and-half in my morning cafe.

i definitely don't plan on becoming 100% raw, but i think 1-2 meals a day is an attainable goal. it seems like such a healthy thing to do.

glaser farms organics makes it easy - they're here in south florida and make sunburgers, raw fruit pies, and little snacks that are sold in refrigerated cases in whole foods markets. you'd swear the fruit pies were sugary or SOMETHING, but they're 100% fruit with crushed almonds & dates for a crust.

so anyway, this was my afternoon snack: starfruit. was walking back to my desk and thought, "wow, this is like a piece of artwork!" it looked even better before i gave away a couple of chunks. i was compelled to take a picture.

in health news, i've also cut out my daily diet mountain dew. soda isn't good for you, even the diet stuff. and it doesn't taste good. so why the hell was i drinking it? well, now i don't. today i had a green tea instead. it ain't as tasty as a nice sugary coffee drink, for sure, but it satisfies that afternoon urge of taking a break to get something to drink. and it's good for you to boot!

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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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