Day 4 – Naked And Raw…Is Meat Murder?

Veggie mountain bread wrap
Veggie mountain bread wrap

New Moon Detox – Day 4

Today whilst still lamenting the absence of coffee I felt a shift. Instead of feeling restricted and a loss I felt happy to be putting healthy stuff into my body. It felt really good to be eating life giving foods. Particularly raw foods.

There’s a huge movement and lots of information around Raw Foodism’. Essentially it’s the belief that consuming raw foods offers the highest life giving properties.

How do you feel in the morning? Do you awake feeling energised and healthy? Do you manage to avoid all the bugs that go around? Colds, flu, coughs and sniffles? Or do you feel less than optimal? Would you like more energy? Would you like to feel cleaner and clearer? You’ve  heard the maxim “you are what you eat” right? Well it’s so true. If you’d like more information on how to start incorporating more raw foods into your diet and minimising the stuff that is more for pleasure and less for health then check out the few links I’ve included at the bottom of this post.

I’m truly feeling healthier inside and out. My skin looks clearer, my eyes are brighter and I awoke this morning feeling excited to start the day, clear headed and energised. I started the day with a cleansing hot water and lemon and some writing on my mac in bed.

Again breakfast was of museli, soy milk and fresh berries. A later beach visit given that it was Sunday. Learning how to body surf, diving under the waves, floating on my back looking up at the sky, bobbing around on top of the ocean.

Veggie Mountain Bread Wraps
Veggie Mountain Bread Wraps

For lunch mountain bread with a delicious array of crispy fresh vegetables and sprouts.

For dinner a global amalgamation of flavours and dishes. First a fresh green salad involving rocket, cucumber, sprouts and red capsicum. Some cous cous and also some left over Thai Green Curry with Tofu. It all smelt amazing and tasted even better. Inventive home fusion cooking at it’s best!

Home fusion cooking- Cous cous, thai green curry, salad
Home fusion cooking - Cous cous, thai green curry, salad

What I’m realising is that it’s not so hard to eat healthy and cut out the bad stuff. Sure at the end of the 12 days I’ll be enjoying coffee again, and wine and meat and dairy but I’ll have more of a realisation of how consuming them makes me feel and make a choice based on that. Eating right isn’t an exercise in puritanical deprivation. Food is one of the many great pleasures available to us in life. The key is moderation and balance.

Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver

Lots of famous chefs are bringing awareness to the inhumane treatment animals undergo as a commodity for human consumption. Jamie Oliver has a lot of media sway and he’s used it for good, teaching his masses of viewers about just what happens to battery hens for example. The fact that he suffocated male chicks on TV created a big public backlash. But still plenty of us buy cheap ‘cage eggs’. Just don’t tell us where they came from.

Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall is another English chef committed to healthy eating and awareness of the process involved in getting your meal to your plate. His River Cottage series documented his move from London to Dorset as a ‘Dorset Downsizer’ setting himself the challenge of living off the land. The series that came after that River Cottage Treatment took Londoners to his country farm and put them in intimate contact with exactly where all their meat comes from. Including trips to the abatours to watch sheep being slaughtered and then butchered.

High Fernley-Whittingstall
High Fernley-Whittingstall

And take a look at this youtube video of Hugh cooking squirrel in his other production A Cook On The Wild Side where he challenges hypocritical carnivores.

Meanwhile in Australia Stephanie Alexander is teaching school children about growing and cooking their own fruit, vegetables and herbs with her Kitchen Garden Foundation.

If you’re a meat eater are you conscious of the choice that you make by eating meat? The reality of where it came from?

Guess what? Eating healthy, delicious, yummy food isn’t hard. It’s all about creating new food habits and there is so much information out there. It doesn’t have to be about being vegetarian, vegan or fruitarian unless you choose that. It can be about whatever maximises your health for you, your life and your own happiness. Food can be fuel and pleasure all in one!

Here are a few great links if you’d like more information on readjusting your diet for optimal health and happiness:

Raw Pleasure

Raw Food Diet Australia

Gaias Table

Raw Foodini

Slow Food Australia

Go Organic

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