Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Sensible Pantry...

I am phasing out my all or nothing ways. I'm coming to understand that I don't need labels, ie; vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan, about just healthy.

I do believe that we all need to eat more raw fruits and veggies, but in my own experience, I need some cooked foods to ground me. I become too spacey and my energy can become destructive. But rather than abandon all my good food deeds like I have done in the past, I am going to be middle of the road girl. I don't need to go to extremes, bouncing from total comittment to raw veganism, getting burned out and then onward to the downward shame spiral of eating things I know to be "ungood" for my body. Here's what I've decided...some good common sense needs to be followed. 60-70% raw foods, then some cooked foods, but the good ones. I make a soup that my son Liam and I love. We call it the feel good soup because it has this lovely grounding effect on us, it puts us in a really good mood. It has a veggie broth base, buckweat noodles (udon), chunks of carrot and eggplant, green onions, toasted sesame oil and it's got a hot and sour flavor from red pepper flakes and some apple cider vinegar. Oatmeal sweetened with frozen berries or raisins. Sprouted toast with raw almond butter. I'm minimizing empty calories. Chilled or hot brown rice with veggies. Veggie panini sandwiches and cold veggie sandwiches. eliminating white processed foods (sugar, flour, rice). Building a repertoire of good healthy foods and keeping our pantries stocked with them is a really good idea and it keeps us on the straight and narrow. It keeps us from going to the bad stuff out of sheer laziness. Keeping cooked grains on hand is a great idea. I like to shop the bulk aisle of my natural foods store, stocking up on dried lentils, quinoa, brown rice, millet, oats, dried fruits, spices and things of this nature. I always buy glass storage jars on my thrifting or garage sale outings to store all these dry goods. I like to keep raw nuts and seeds on hand as well to make nut butters, cheezes, almond milk and the likes. It requires a little planning to have a well stocked healthy pantry, but so worth the effort.

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