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Meal Planning

Planning your meals can be a powerful tool in transitioning your diet and in establishing healthier eating habits.

Do you plan your meals? Weekly, day by day, not at all?

Read here, how i do it. Why i do it. And how planning your meals can help you transitioning to a healthier, more conscious way of eating.

How much and how accurate i plan my meals differs a lot, depending upon my current situation. If travelling, staying, the possibilities of getting my food and so on.

Note: Of course you don’t necessarily need to plan your meals to succeed and thrive living on a raw diet! It CAN be a great tool for transitioning. And, for regaining your balance if necessary.

Me, i did not do any meal planning when going raw so many years ago. I simply enjoyed this newly discovered abundance. And most of the time, i still live and eat like this. Just in times, like now, i plan my meals. Why, how, and how meal planning might be helpful for you too – this is what this article is about.

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Golden Milk. Or: how to stay balanced in autumn.

Autumn is here. Trees are dressed in their most colourful leaves … letting them go one by one. They know that it takes time to rest in order to grow.

Every year in autumn, i am coming back to the ayurvedic wisdom, to spices – and to the most delicious golden milk, aka turmeric latte. Which, originally, is not vegan nor raw. So today, i am going to share my raw vegan fruitbased lowfat recipe with you.

While western medicine does not care about change of seasons, except of calling people to get their flu shots in autumn (which i don’t recommend to do!), healers in the eastern world, both in TCM (traditional chinese medicine) and Ayurveda (traditional indian medicine), know that while transitioning from one season to another, we have to take special care of ourselves, our bodies.

In chinese five element theory, each season is associated with one element: wood for spring, fire for summer, metal for autumn, and water for winter. In transition periods between seasons, food is recommend to be chosen primarily from the fifth element, earth, and that is thermally neutral or warm. I. e., food that will ground you, calm you, nourish you.

In Ayurveda, everything has a dosha. Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. Each person’s constitution matches on or a combination of two or all three doshas. Seasons, times of the day, phases of life, they all are associated with the doshas. During autumn and winter, Vata is dominating. With it’s elements of air and space, it brings wind, movement, aridity, and cooling – all of which tend to bring Vata out of balance. While also people with main dosha Pitta or Kapha can be effected by this, Vatas are the most prone for this.

In order to rebalance, warmth, humidity and rest are recommended. Talking about food: sweet, sour, and salty food. All of these will warm and moisten your body. Nothing cooling (like icecream, tomato, melon). Try to use warming spices and herbs like ginger, garlic, basil. Maybe a bit more fat than in summer.

Especially when located in cold areas, i enjoy golden milk drinks almost on a daily basis. Sometimes adding some green in 😉

Recipe for golden and gold-green raw vegan milk – Raw vegan turmeric latte

Raw vegan golden milk

– Light, sweet, warming, moistening, grounding. Including lots of turmeric, one of nature’s superfoods.

Ingredients:
– 1/2 cup tiger nut milk*
– 1 ripe banana
– 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
– 1/4 tsp ginger powder
– 1/4 tsp ceylon cinnamon
– 1 dash of cardamom and nutmeg
– 1 mini dahs of black pepper

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth.

*For tiger nut milk, soak tiger nuts over night and blend with triple amount of water in a power mixer. Strain and enjoy.
If you cannot get tiger nuts, use any other homemade raw nut or seed milk of your choice.

For green golden milk simply add 1-2 handful of wild edibles or farmer’s lettuce.

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Why we eat chocolate

“Your deepest desire [is] intimacy because, in truth, you are open as love–but you assume yourself to be a separate, isolated individual. So you scheme and dream to experience in your relationship what, in truth, you already are.
You want to enjoy financial security because, in truth, you are abundance, although you assume only effort will provide a feeling of ease…. You want to eat chocolate because, deep in your heart, you are blissful fullness, though you often close to its pleasure and so seek its taste”.

von David Deida

The universe is LOVE, and you are a part of it, you are all.

Be aware of your love, your abundance, your perfection – and you won’t need food anymore to nourish your soul. To compensate. Enjoy food only when your body is asking for it.

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Trust your instinct!

Each wild animal living in nature will choose their food following their instinct; they know without doubt, what food is best for their body. We, as humans, also have this instinct, body’s wisdom, this inner knowledge – but it may be buried deeply after years of conditioning in the modern, “civilized” (= seperated from nature) society with processed and artificial so-called food, and our food choices are quite often based upon addictions and/or emotional stuff: eating for stimulation, comfort, boredom, as reward, or for whatever reason but the one: our body being hungry, in need for food.

Added the fact, that we are surrounded by non-natural food, we were taught to accept as “good” for us.

Good news is: we can find back to a natural relationship with food!

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You know you’re a raw foodist when …

… your microwave oven has been converted into a sprout and herb garden.

… you can’t remember the last time you visited the “other side” of the grocery store.

… you measure the time since your last illness in decades.

… you spend more time thinking about digestion than sex.

… you consume your own body weight in less than a month.

… you believe that $5 is a fair price for a 3-oz piece of chocolate.

… you feel confident that you could survive on Gilligan’s Island — and you know you can make a better coconut cream pie than Mary Ann.

… your diet is a combination of the diets of bonobos, cows, and plankton.

… you can identify every item in the produce section.

… the grocery checker has to look up the codes for half of your items; the other half she must ask you to identify.

… you gladly offer to “help out” any friends with fertility problems; they decline because they just want one baby, not a litter.

… you fantasize about a raw foods version of Costco.

… you store produce in your oven.

… you’ve turned down lunch invites for logistical reasons.

… your blender costs more than your car (and has a better warranty).

… you own functional kitchen equipment made of bamboo.

… you weight train by grocery shopping.

… your last remaining addiction is a bean.

… you spell juice fasting with an extra e.

… you don’t believe in pre-detox sex.

… you can make a salad from your backyard, even if you don’t have a garden.

… you know how to cure cancer, heart disease, and diabetes… but no one believes you.

… something in your kitchen is currently underwater.

… you know the difference between raw and really raw when it comes to foods like almonds, tahini, and agave nectar.

… it disturbs you when people start talking about really, really raw.

… you want to try solar gazing soon.

… you refer to the Food Network as the Horror Channel.

… your diet helps restore the hearing you lost from using your blender.

… you call yourself a chef and/or coach even though you’ve never been to school for either.

… you know what Cassandra felt like.

… your first name is an emotion, an adjective, or an insect.

… you shop for clothes in the children’s section.

… your bathroom is devoid of reading material.

… vegans ask you, “But where do you get your protein?” (Some things never change.)

… you qualify potential dating partners based on their level of toxicity.

… your job title begins with the words raw, eco, or alternative.

… your health care practitioner’s job title ends in -path or -ist.

… your crackers cost more than $1 per ounce.

… you meet a breatharian and have to ask, “But where do you get your protein?”

… your breakfast smoothies contain items from six continents, four oceans, and a volcano.

(By Steve Pavlina: Source)