Yes, I love you guys! And those of you who know me know that I love giving hugs…and maybe even the occasional peck on the cheek…for that super special friend 😉 But the title of this post isn’t referring to a physical show of affection. It is an acronym for Keep It Simple Sweetheart! And I think it is a message many in the high-raw foods community would do well to remember.
Today I logged into my LinkedIn account (www.linkedin.com/in/tracyjohnson/), something I haven’t been very consistent about doing lately, and was attracted to a video I thought sounded compelling. A few days ago I received an email from LinkedIn with some recommended groups that they thought I might like to join, based on the people in my contacts list and my other expressed interests (gawd bless ’em for keeping an eye on me, lol!) One of the groups they recommended is called Raw Life (http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Raw-Life-971997?trk=my_groups-b-grp-v). It sounded like it might be a great place to meet more like-minded, raw foodist-type people. So, I took the plunge and joined. Today was the first time since joining that I decided to go to the group page to see if there was anything interesting going on. That’s when I saw the post by Jack Albritton…a raw foodist I have yet to meet. The title of his post was “Keep your raw food lifestyle simple for the best results” and that title grabbed my attention.
I’ve tried a lot of versions of the raw food diet…we all know there are gurus and teachers who promote their own particular philosophy and eating style as being the best, or even the only, way to achieve optimal health and fitness. But Jack seemed so unpretentious and transparent, that I was interested to hear what he had to say on the subject.
If you’re at all like me, sometimes you tend to over-think and complicate things. On the flip side of that…the idea of eating 30 bananas a day or only drinking Master Cleanse lemonade makes my brain hurt and also seems like an unbalanced and unhealthy, long-term eating plan for achieving balanced nutrition.
Rather than share too much of my own opinion on the matter, I’ll just share Jack’s video here, and you can come to your own conclusions…
I’d love to live in Costa Rica, or some tropical paradise, like Jack does, that would enable me to eat all my home-grown food, straight off the trees and from the garden. I would say “unfortunately I live in Portland, Oregon”…but I LOVE living in Portland, so I can’t really make any pretense to apologizing for that, lol! Yet, it IS impractical, if not impossible, (without a green house or space for a substantial hydroponic garden) to grow all, or even most, of my own food here. But I love that Jack makes some great recommendations for doing the best you can, where you are!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on all of this. Personally, while I don’t actively practice the mono-meal lifestyle…I do think there is wisdom in simplicity. I’ve tried using a dehydrator to make crackers and some of the gourmet foods that many raw foodists embrace and advocate…but personally, I just get bogged down with the complexity and sheer blocks of TIME it seems to take to implement much of that into my own eating style. I suppose much of my thinking probably has to do with the fact that I was raised by a mother who taught me to bake a lot of goodies…and the final product, at most, took 60 to 90 minutes to prepare, from start to finish. Even my favorite, whole-grain, from-scratch bread recipe only calls for allowing the dough to rise once, on the pan, before putting it into the oven, lol! So, I just don’t have much patience for recipes that call for 12 – 72 hours of prep time before I can eat!
Let me know what you think about all of this! And thanks to Jack for sharing this really great, non-fancy or pretentious, video with his own point of view.
Until next time…
Big Hugs and Bright Blessings,