My name is Rawbin. I’m addicted to raw food and sparkly sunshine. I have two cooked teens and a non-raw husband. I began my raw journey early summer 2007. Rewind a few years to see health issues including allergies, abdominal surgeries, and weight problems. Fast-forward to present and find I’m feeling symptom free almost all the time. I’m thinner and healthier. When I stick with raw food and remain meat, gluten, & preservative free, I notice that my mind is clearer, my energy is high, and my need for sleep is low. Unfortunately, I get to feeling so great, that I feel invincible. I occasionally go into denial or, in a way, self-sabotage. I start thinking that maybe I could eat a little cooked food, some wheat or cheese, perhaps? But then I only crave more. Sometimes I can get away with it, but often times it hits me hard with belly pains, acne, & headaches. I get bloated, crampy, sluggish, and irritable. A few days all raw and I’m feeling magically healed again!
Each morning I get up with the sunrise. I have certain things I do every morning, but try as I might, I can never do it in the same order every day, making it difficult to stick to a set routine. Let the dogs out. Put on my yellow bumblebee boots to feed the horses. Lure the escapee goat back into her pen. Make a green smoothie, which I share with my family. Make salad for hubs and daughter. Rough house with the dog. Offer fruit & veggie scraps to chickens. I skin brush, then bathe, but I only shampoo my hair once a week. I try to check email and twitter messages last, because they’re distracting.
In my ideal routine, I intend to exercise, practice the piano, or do housework, but often those things are forgotten until bedtime, when I vow that tomorrow, I’ll do it first thing.
Recently, my “routine” has been altered because we’re working on the grandparent’s old place, built in 1920 called Bayfields. We’ve been camping there a few nights a week, fixing, winterizing, running back and forth for school, work, and feeding animals. The house has no cable TV, no phone, and no internet connection. Cell phones have no bars. It’s peaceful.
That said, here’s a sample of my week, my way:
We arrived at Spirit Bliss Farm with 2 pies, a salad, and “fresh squeezed” coconut water. I was blown away by the spread of great looking food and was glad I had my camera with me! I was especially thankful, because my hubs voluntarily came with me, giving up his annual day of S.A.D. feasting to try out my world. He couldn’t have picked a better day than this one! The drive was beautiful, the day crisp, cool, and sunny. The place was filled with wonderful friends and there was plenty of yummy food sampling. There were Natural Zing samples. There was homemade sauerkraut and raw pumpkin nut-cheez-cake.
At one point, Jeff, president of Natural Zing, asked if anyone wanted to go out and pick up Mike, a stranded motorist. Not knowing who Mike was, but thinking if he’s raw, he should be here, I volunteered. As my hubs handed me the car keys, he asked me, “Do you know this guy?” Well, no, but I left Spirit Bliss armed with cell phone, a GPS, and Mike’s number. When I arrived at the gas station I found Mike and Iva, who I remembered meeting before. They were happy, grateful, and hungry… a perfect combination for a Thanks Living Dinner, don’t you think?
After dinner movie plans were next door home. We puttered around a while, changing lightbulbs, pulling off wallpaper, poking into closets... The movie was good ( Michael Clayton ) and microwave popcorn was served. So much for a 100% raw day. I polished off a whole bowlful without guilt.
Dinner with Mom and Dad suddenly became a traditional turkey dinner for nine! I grabbed a bowlful of kelp noodles with cooked vegetarian spaghetti sauce. Out to the market for more food. Back at Bayfields, I noticed sails and little boats were just put away for the winter. In the kitchen, my brother and I worked as we chatted. He cooked beans while I made salad. He put out a veggie platter while I sliced apples for the dessert. My sister-in-law and I peeled potatoes. We all sat together, I had portabella mushrooms, leftover kale salad, serving of mashed potatoes(not raw). Everyone tried my raw dessert except Dad. With his diabetes, I hoped raw food would help him. He refuses to try anything raw and tonight was no exception. Maybe I should tell him it’s cooked.
Hosted coffee hour at church with my best friend this week. She brought cookies and cakes. I brought fruits and veggies. My older daughter was packed and ready for her ride back to college. Car stocked with raw snacks and two dogs. First pit-stop, with my permission, both girls ran to a fast food restaurant. I walked the dogs and ate in the parking lot while they were inside. Rain combined with holiday traffic, a 5 hour drive became 8. Car filled with the smell of clementines.
Home to shower and change for Annapolis Chorale practice. I finally got my voice back! At practice they always have water and cookies for sale. I brought a bag of organic apples to place on the sale table so people have a healthier choice. They sold 2.
Drove to Natural Zing for an experimental workday. Ate the sweetest clementines and cherries together during the drive. Jeff greeted me with my favorite snack: a Wild Bar! I admired pounds of packages of raw cacao, goji berries, nut butters, and spiced olives. Thought up a nice mental shopping list as the day went on! During lunch back at Spirit Bliss, I grabbed red chard from the dome to snack on as I worked. Jeff gave me a mini tour of what was growing. Was excited to see volunteer parsley sprouting in big patches outside. He said I could have some for my greenhouse! I blended a kale, banana smoothie for lunch using their blendtec. Helen brought in leftover raw pies from the Spirit Bliss dinner.
Headache was so bad that I was no longer hungry. Smells, sounds, and light were overwhelming. Migraine- full swing. I needed 2 excedrin and 6 hours of darkness. I tried not to complain, but I did anyway. Whine, whine, whine. Driving home I arranged for someone to meet me halfway. Daughter drove me home and offered me excedrin. Then I went straight to bed.
Out the door to choir practice with daughter. Bayfields dinner, eating spinach, young greens, tomatoes and tahini dressing in the kitchen. Must sleep, another exciting day at Natural Zing!
Yeah, I’m liking it my way.
Rawbin is a happy, sparkly, deeply compassionate person who also happens to be a core member of the raw food community. She lives in Maryland with her two kids and husband.Rawbin blogs and updates her twitter regularly.