It’s another one of those blog posts that just WHAMMO came to me while I was walking in the west end today… What to do when you’re stuck in a raw rut?
It’s easy enough to fall in to the trap of eating the same-old same-old no matter whether you’re eating cooked or raw food and I know I’ve found myself in this situation quite a few times over the last three years. I’m a changeable gal, I get anxious if I haven’t moved the furniture around every month (much to Rod’s delight) and I need a bit of sexing things up now and again to keep me on my toes. It’s not that raw food isn’t interesting, I’ve barely even scraped the barrel of what’s possible with raw food, it’s just that unless you vary your diet it can begin to stifle you after a while. When you’re stifled you can’t grow and everything needs to grow baby!
So what’s a girl or guy to do? Well, these are a few of the things that have worked for me in the past when I’m stuck in a raw rut. Mixing it up a bit with something you haven’t tried for a while (or at all) can really make all the difference!
Up your greens! We all now how sexy greens can make you feel. A variety of greens (particularly wild ones) literally transform any raw food diet from the amazing to damn well tremendous. Decide on a short green smoothie feast or green juice feast for 2-3 days to catapult you out of rutsville and in to chuffing awesomeville. There are endless possibilities on how to make the most amazing green smoothies that you could keep going till kingdom come. What does that saying mean anyway? Just googled it, still none the wiser.
Find a local foraging course or get a wild food edibles book and discover new foods growing in your back garden!
YOU MAKE ME WANNA SPROUT
Sprouted foods again are tremendous to include in your diet because they are actually ah-live, living and growing and saving all their powerhouse of nutrient for your lovely self. They’re great to experiment with and nothing is more satisfying than eating something that you have nurtured from seed to plant! Ok a big bit of raw chocolate cake delivered by the cast of Young Guns II comes very close but you know what I mean. If you can’t be arsed growing your own you can buy them easily enough these days in most good healthfood stores (Grassroots) or Aconbury. Adding these in to your diet will make all your cells do a little dance and give you a very special feeling. A tree won’t grow out your head…
Ever controversial, the inclusion of superfoods in the raw food diet can for some work wonders while others don’t see what the fuss is all about. Personally, I love superfoods and find that including them in my day-to-day raw foods can transform the dish and send me to another dimension where 5ive lyrics seem highly spiritual! Cacao is prob my all time fave but foods like maca, purple corn, reishi, spirulina, crystal manna, suma, he shou wu, CHIA, HEMP and many more all have a place on my plate. If you haven’t tried superfoods before, perhaps pick 2 or 3 that sound pretty sexy and experiment with them to see if they float your raw boat 🙂
I am one of those people that buys recipe books, has a flick through oohing and ahhing, picks one or two recipes and then makes them over and over while the book sits on the shelf. If this is you, get your recipe books out again and decide to make one new recipe a week. If you don’t have any books borrow them or visit your library and demand they order you in some sexy raw books. I do like Kate Magic’s Eat Smart Eat Raw & Raw Magic, Shazzie’s Evie’s Kitchen (ok I know it’s for children but I love the recipes), Sarma’s Living Raw Food and Ani Phyo’s books. If you want new recipes NOW then www.goneraw.com is THEE place to go for free raw recipes. I think they have four million by now 🙂
On top of that a menu plan is a great idea to make sure you’re getting a few new meals crow-barred in to the week!
NUTS FOR NUT MILK
Nut and seed milks are another fab way to introduce something new. You can combine these with superfoods to make a supercharged drink jam-packed with nutrients to turn you in to a superhero. I LOVE my nut and seed milks. Today’s was almond and brazil milk blended with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and purple corn. Yummy! You can be soooo creative with the milks you make which adds that extra element of sexiness I find 🙂 If you’re bored of your usual breakfast a nice nut/seed milk can liven things up a bit and sort you out innit? Remember to soak your nuts/seeds first!
I really only started experimenting with sea vegetables last year and oh my goji they are awesome. Not always 100% raw guaranteed but just so ridiculously good for you they should have their own coat of arms! We all know how I feel about DULSE but Nori is another of my all time faves especially for Nori wraps! Again, I only got in to these this year can you believe? Rod thinks it looks like I’m eating a bin bag 🙂
Arame, wakame, sea spaghetti, kombu the list goes on. Try them out, see which is your fave!
Ok no picture for this one but if you’re looking to cleanse your system ready to start adding some super nutrient dense foods in to your diet then colonics can be a great way to kick things off. If you haven’t had one before you may be a little anxious but seriously these are a walk in the park and can really make you feel wonderful!
If you’re lucky enough to live near other raw foodies (which all Glasgow people are) then attending a potluck can get you back in your groove. Just being around like-minded people and seeing what sorts of things they bring to eat can give you new ideas, fresh motivation and a refreshed buzz about raw foods. I always come away from potlucks feeling truly blessed to have found this path!
If you’re lacking a sense of purpose or direction with your raw path and don’t have many raw foodies around you then the internet is your friend. Youtube has about ten zillion raw food videos with speakers and recipes that can renew your passion and excitement all over again. I recently watched some videos that I’d first found three years ago when I was drinking everything in. I got little goosebumps all over again when listening to some of the awesome information out there. LOVE IT!
So there you have it, my tips for un-rutting yourself. 🙂 How much excitement can you handle?
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/