I’m going to keep track of the trash I produce this month and try to keep it at a minimum. I am very embarrassed about yesterday; I did not have any time and ended up producing way too much trash by buying processed stuff.
- Three plastic wrappers: from dried apples and two amaranth biscuits
- One salad box and a paper cup. Gahhh I was too immersed in my vegetable vocabulary at the salad bar and forgot to tell the man I didn’t want the salad box. I’ll finally cook for tomorrow and avoid eating out again this week.
Hola amigos y amigas!
Mkay, so I really cannot be compiling steps to becoming raw before I have fulfilled my month; however, I will make a list of steps I am taking and will then amend this list as I learn more about the process. Pleeeeeeeeease if you have tips, let me know.
1. Stock up on veggies and fruit, especially the former. You do not wanna starve and end up binging on non-raw stuff.
2. Meditation. Going raw, for me at least, requires dedication and a healthy state of mind.
3. Tell your friends and be ready to go out and be hungry. You don´t wanna be a bother to everyone; it´ll be difficult to find raw food if you go to a restaurant that doesn´t do salads. So, as this is your decision, you´re gonna have to be ready to deal with this. I really do not want to be a hassle to the people around me.
4. Water. You´ll be getting loads of it through all the fresh stuff, but really remember that often you feel low and snoozy cos you ain´t hydrated.
5. Going to bed EARLY. This is the most difficult for me. Really, really, really difficult. If it´s past midnight, I see no point in going to bed as 3 am is the same as 4… And that´s how it goes on. Not getting rice and quinoa and beans is going to take a lot of energy out of me, so I´ll have to compromise by finally sleeeeeeeeeeping a tad.
A nice side-effect: I had already decided I really wanted to cut down on the garbage I produce, ie. consume no more plastic. This is automatically going to happen if I continue to avoid plastic bags – cos hey, veggies and fruits aren´t packed tight in cling film.
Mkay, so I tried to do it for two weeks and I gave up after 12 hours, but I’ve just had a junk-filled weekend (in my terms that means a shitload of peanuts and tostados) and I need a cleanse like hellllll.
Raw food from September 3rd to October 2nd. Nothing cooked, nothing steamed; raw all the way – hard and damn fine. I WILL do this. I’ll post about how I’m feeling and about my progression. I need to get back on track and cleanse myself of my obsessions and currently neurotic state of mind; I know I am gaining weight. And suddenly I am paranoid that everyone thinks I’m fat – and I don’t usually give a fuck about other’s opinions if they are materialistic and insignificant. Need my trousers loose and my thoughts happy.
Shall keep you (me?) updated! x
My flatmate, whom I nicknamed PastaMan (he doesn’t even make it himself, he buys the ready-made shit! And he’s French!!), has nicknamed me FrijolesFrau. Yeah, I think I’ve chosen beans as my go-to meal here in meat-obsessed Mexico.
Which ain’t a bad thing: I’ve been experimenting loads! I even managed to make a real meal yesterday – not like my three mangoes a day routine. I’m actually getting sick of that fruit, which I thought was completely impossible.
Got any of this in your kitchen?
- Beans (whatever kind): soak’em for hours and then bring to a boil and let simmer. It took me THREE fucking hours. Ah, well, what one does for food.
- A green pepper
- Lime (I have my own tree now! Well, it hangs over the wall between us and the neighbours, but that which falls into our yard wanders into my meals ;))
- A handful of wholewheat rice
- Olive oil
- A MASSIVE APPETITE ‘CAUSE THAT WAS WAY TOO MUCH FOOD FOR ME!
How to Mush & Mash
Whilst the beans are in the end stages of simmering, begin to cook the rice, chop the onion, and place all the spices in a heated pan with the olive oil, adding the onion in. Ideally, you’d have some garlic, too, but these ingredients are all the things from my cupboard thrown together. Lower the heat and very slowly let the onion get crispy.
Once the beans are nice and mushy, mash’em up with a potato masher – my student accom only has forks, but that worked out well, even though it took 25 minutes.
With dainty vegan fingers, fish the pepper out of the water and do NOT make a hole in the middle the way I did. Make sure you drain all the water from it.
Add the onion to the beans and mix in some chili and paprika. Stuff the pepper! Minding the aesthetics, place the rice next to the pepper on a beautiful kitschy Mexican plate and garnish with lime and salt.
- Consume no more plastic and create as little waste as possible (meaning I will avoid anything packaged in plastic and other useless and harmful materials)
- I will cook my lunch in the evening of the day before and NOT eat the expensive salad (packed in plastic, gahhh) at the cafeteria
- I will do my exercises every day
- I will stop eating at 18:00
- If I feel like eating later, I will drink loads of water
- I will remove all of the under-wire from my bras
- I will remain happy and sane while doing all these things and will not become insanely neurotic and drive myself to craziness if I do something ‘wrong’
- I will go to bed before midnight, if possible, and get up early
- I will love myself
You guys got any plans or goals or things you do that make you happy?
P.S. That up there is the beautiful ceiling of the Bellas Artes