Hey hey! Having a bloody ball here in Iceland. I truly am head over heels in love with this country! I thought I’d blog a bit more on the subject of travelling and ‘being raw’ as a few of you have been asking how I’m getting on and I’ve written about it a couple of times before. It’s a topic that seems to come up a lot for people that are following a largely raw food diet.
These earlier blog posts however were more about short-term travel, what I’m doing now is a whole other ball game! Granted, although I’m away for longer this time (3 months) I am based in one location for the majority of the time (apartment in Reykjavik) so that does help a little. It means I can shop for raw ingredients and make simple things at ‘home’ that don’t require equipment (I do have my travel blender). You’ll notice from my earlier posts that I’m also fortunate enough to be in a place where there are pre-made raw foods available and raw food restaurants/cafes.
That’s all well and good (despite the cost) however, part of this journey also involves travelling around Iceland and having just got back from a short trip to the fishing island of Heimaey it sheds a whole other light on being raw and travelling abroad. It can be challenging but ultimately it’s all about choice!
I remember watching this video by Philip McLuskey after his recent visit to the UK (and Glasgow) where he’s talking about keeping yourself in a box about the way you eat and this restricting your life experiences. I’d have to agree with Philip that it’s liberating for me to allow myself to fully experience where I am and that includes the food! That doesn’t mean that I’m noshing whale and puffin to embrace the Icelandic culture but I’m more open to trying different things if it feels right for me in that moment. I’m not about putting myself in a box. In fact, I cringe now when anyone says “This is Emma, she’s a raw foodist you know”. I’m not a anything. I’m an Emma. When it comes to eating, I choose foods that I know will make me feel good and then sometimes I don’t. How do you decide on a name for that? I eat. I’m an eaterarian? 🙂
Don’t get me wrong (do if you like, I don’t mind), the amount of cooked food I’m eating is not something I’d like to do all the time but for now I’m comfortable with it while I’m here.
I will say that I have noticed an impact on my body and general wellbeing from eating a much larger percentage of cooked food. For one, I stink. Oh yes! I forgot what it’s like to smell 🙂 Secondly, my breath is much worse in the morning. Yuck! Third, I have sleep in my eyes when I wake up, not had that for a while. Fourthly, I feel switched off, like my brain is numb or foggy. I’m less alert and a bit more dozy 🙂 Generally, I’m feeling less than vital 🙂
So you’re probably asking why am I doing it?
Well, sometimes I think you just do keep doing it until your body goes, right, I’ve had enough of this shite. Remember what I said about the shift? I know that some would argue that cooked food is too addictive for them, if they indulge in the slightest they’re on a slippery slope back to cookedfoodsville and that has happened to me so many times too.
Fortunately, I also know from my experience that my body’s intuition takes over sooner or later and guides me to better foods when it knows it’s had enough. I don’t have to make a problem out of it. If I make it a problem, it’s much harder to solve…if I make it a matter of time, then it just happens. Does that make sense?
So yeah, I’ll probably revisit this again over the course of my travels. Travelling is something I intend to do A LOT more of 🙂
Ooft, loving a bit of Prince 🙂
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/