Wow. I can’t actually believe it is nearly December! So much has happened in the last 12 months that when I added up everything that I have done this year, I wondered how the hell I have managed it all! I started teaching raw food classes in March, with the last one at the beginning of November and in total I have taught over 13 classes and over 120 people! Amazing! If you happen to be one of those people, thank you – it has been a privilege to meet you and share my message.
It has been about 18 months since I started eating more raw food and while it certainly hasn’t been all plain sailing (be under no illusion that this has been easy for me all the way!), it certainly has been an amazing journey. There have been times like you, where I have stared into my fridge or my cupboard and thought, “What the hell can I eat”? And ” I know I should have a smoothie, but I really want……you name it; bread, toast, cheese, chocolate, crisps etc etc.” Yup. It happens. And sometimes you give in and have what you really want (or should I say what you think you want) and sometimes you don’t. I hope that you have come to eating more raw just because you want to be healthier and haven’t had to weather a shitstorm of a diagnosis but whatever your journey with health, know that everyday is a new day and every next choice you make can be different from the last.
Last year after having been 100% raw for about 4 months, I had a crash and burn Sunday where I was in a bad mood, felt fed up and ended up eating an egg on toast. Now in the grand scheme of things, there are worse things that I could have eaten but after eating it, I felt even worse than I did before I ate it. Eggs have started to make me feel sick since I went raw vegan (yes I realise the raw vegan diet doesn’t include eggs but it is for this reason that I crashed and burned!) But the point of my story is that I was so pissed off with myself for eating an egg on toast that I stressed myself out to the point where I suddenly realised that the stress of eating the frickin’ egg and toast was probably more harmful than eating the damn thing in the first place!!! And so, this is Lesson 1. Whatever you eat or are about to eat, it’s better to bless it, thank it and enjoy it than to eat it begrudgingly with the fear of the foods effect lurking in every bite. Sometimes we have to compromise when we are in situations outside our control where we are faced with little options and sometimes we just need to cut ourselves some slack. If you’re one of those people that’s hard on themselves, join my club! So Lesson 2 is cut yourself some slack!
I have found it much much easier the more time that has passed as I love experimenting and being creative in the kitchen. THAT is what I am doing when I lose track of time and recently I have been spending waaaaaay too much at my computer and not enough time in my kitchen making delicious healthy meals. So today, I took myself away and made raw sauerkraut, spicy pickled cucumbers and finalised and photographed the recipes for my latest ebook. Now that I have completed all my raw food classes for this year, I thought it would be a shame not to make the recipes I used available to those that weren’t able to make the class. I know some of you live far and wide and I want you to try my famous Berry Blue Pie!!
So my new book “Best of Class 2011” is exactly that. I have taken the best and most loved recipes from my Beginners Guide To Going More Raw Classes and put them in an ebook which is NOW available to buy!
From Creamy Caesar Salad to Caramel Crumble to Sesame Ginger noodles to crackers and more. Check out the recipes here!
Let me know in the comments below what lessons you have learned on your raw journey ;o)