Contributing Monkie Sarma Melngailis
Published on February 16, 2009
Look back at Sarma’s Jan 2008 Post
SO January 1st, back to reality, the day that so many of us out there (probably mostly girls too) swear that we’re going to be ‘good’ and loose that stubborn 5 to 10 pounds, or whatever it is. How hard can it be? Eat less, exercise more? The problem is, it’s not about that. It’s all wrapped up in personal history, emotion and mood, with a big wad of anxiety tossed in.
When I made the rather sudden switch to raw foods, the shift in my relationship with food that came with it felt like a huge relief. I was a typical over-achieving girl in high-school and college (loooong time ago!) who turned to ‘disorderly’ eating as a distraction from the real issues that otherwise would have been bothersome to have to dwell on. Better to beat myself up over something else, of course! But now this was the first time in my life that food in fact became something more meaningful, but in a good way… it’s not just about me anymore, and my own loopy obsessions and tastes, it’s also about the future… hopefully a sustainable one. For the first time, eating to feel good became the focus… an idea that seems obvious, yet most of us don’t get it. Eat crap = feel like crap. Eat fruit = feel fresh and yummy. Eat chemicals = get weird diseases. Eat natural = be naturally healthy, like we’re supposed to be. Eat raw = live long. And feel happy.
MOOD. There’s a reason why it rhymes with FOOD. Eat just enough of what you really, really, really want, (what you know will make you feel good) and surprise… you’ll feel good. Of course, SO MUCH easier said than done – I know this as well as anyone. More on that later.
What is my favorite feel good food? Pink grapefruit. And they’re in season – and they’re perfect to mask the otherwise yucky flavor of my favorite supplement, the chlorophyll packed E3-Live frozen algae. Cut a few grapefruits in half, scoop the sections and juice into a big glass or medium bowl, (or you can just use grapefruit juice, but I like the pulpy sections), add a couple tablespoons of thawed E3-Live, and some stevia or agave nectar or raw honey for sweetness, and stir. I usually add some of David Wolfe’s Nature’s First Food too just for good measure. All but the grapefruits can be found at oneluckyduck.com (of course!). It looks like murky swamp water, and will scare all your non-like-minded friends, but it tastes excellent, and of course, feels good. E3-Live is among the only supplements where I felt like I could in fact legitimately notice a difference… love it.
So my last piece of eating-related advice, if this is in fact what I am dispensing here and now, has to do with… music. I’ll elaborate more soon, but put on your favorite song, and feed your soul. Usually that’s what’s really hungry. Happy New Year!