Warning: You are about to read one of the most important things you have to remember on a raw food lifestyle!
So, you’re staring at the fridge, the cupboard, the drawers. You’ve been staring at them for the past twenty minutes, in the vain hope that if you stare a little harder or move the same things around, that something magical and delicious to eat will miraculously appear in front of your very eyes.
But no. Your cupboards make Old Mother Hubbard look like a giant outlet of Asda.
You’ve got a cabbage, an orange and an onion and you’re more hungry than a breatharian*.
You can’t be bothered going to the shops. For one, it means having a shower because you KNOW if you go now, looking like this, the odds are you’re going to bump in to your ex AGAIN, who you’ve now bumped in to twice in the supermarket when you’ve looked like a skanky crack hobo whore. And for two, well, the first reason is clearly enough. Note to self: ease up on the skanky crack hobo whore look.
But uh oh, what’s that? A ready meal tucked away in the freezer? An inkling for a takeaway tucked away in your head? A easy and convenient thing I could eat right now and tell the cabbage to go stuff itself? (You saw what I did there, right?)
What to do?
Let me share this little nugget with you, darling. You have to be prepared.
I repeat: you have got to BE PREPARED on this lifestyle. Think boy scouts to the power of a billion. Oh, just got a flashback of my 16 year old first true love in his scout uniform. Ooft. Alls I’ll say is HOT. Dib dib dib or whatever. He was also a total bastard. Moving on. I have moved on. Who says I haven’t?
That means making sure your cupboard and fridge is well stocked with what you know you love to eat for days on end. You do not want to find yourself in the situation where you’re trying to imagine a way to make cabbage and orange and onions taste AMAZING. Amazing enough to make you stick to this lifestyle? I don’t think so…
Newsflash baby: If you haven’t got food in the cupboards and fridge that at any given moment you can whip up something that will make you O, if you ain’t excited about what you’re eating, you are NOT going to stick to raw. A.RE.N.’T. Times infinity. Plus one.
YES it means going shopping more regularly. Fresh stuff goes off quick, have you noticed? That’s the motherfrickin’ reason we eat this way. Because we want to be as fresh and sexy as the food we’re eating.
So yes, you were in the grocer like, three days ago and bought tonnes of stuff and UGH, you need to go AGAIN. Are you serious? Damn right I’m serious, bitch. Get used to it. Raw food is fresh. Get to know your local grocery store owner. Sleep with him if need be. That is the reality of a raw food lifestyle. Grocery store whoredom. They don’t teach you THAT in the raw food books…
Of course there are other staples you can have that don’t rely on lots of fresh ingredients. Whatever works for you and what you love to eat, my darling.
Here for your love and enjoyment are my very own staples, the things I know that if I have them in the house then I’ll stick to raw no problemo. Feel free to tell me yours. I might steal them. Not from your actual house. Unless you invite me round. Raw foodists are renowned kleptomaniacs… Especially Scottish ones. True.
Emma’s very own RAW FOOD STAPLES
Grapes – red with seeds. Don’t get me started about seedless grapes.
Berries – any
Dried herbs – ginger, onion, garlic, cinnamon,
Superfoods – algae/green powder, cacao, maca, mesquite, lucuma,
Sweeteners – coconut nectar, honey, xylitol
Cupboard stuff – carton nut milk/coconut milk and coconut water – not fresh (so sue me, I live in SCOTLAND)
Raw Chocolate – at least one bar on hand at any given time
** I need you to know I have nothing against cabbage
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/