I think it's about time I actually wrote something on this blog, so here goes.
Living in Taiwan has made eating a high raw diet quite difficult, for me anyway! This is going to sound ridiculous, but it is way too easy to access great Chinese vegan food here.. temptation is too great. And also, living in a new place and not trying the food is still something difficult for me.. especially since this is the land of stinky tofu and dumplings!
It is made a little more difficult because the fruit in the town where I live is:
1) mostly imported
2) very expensive and
3) not very good quality.
The typhoons and crazy weather has not helped, but I'm hoping things will improve as summer approaches.
The upsides are that it's really easy to get freshly made sugar cane juice, there are heaps of juice places (well, bubble tea, but you can get them to make juice for you), even though they are more expensive than buying a "bian dang" (lunchbox).. and occasionally you just hit the Jackpot and find amazing pink guavas and great custard apples. Mango season is coming up too.. can't wait!
I finally met up with the amazing Tricia who lives on the other side of the island, and I just love how the universe organises these things! We recently did a Master Cleanse together, with sugar cane juice, and it was pretty awesome, although I stopped at day 7 when I had aimed for 10 days. I think it was more of a mental thing though, wanting to socialise and go out with friends without having weirdness. I suppose it's all a balance.
Lately Tricia and I have been encouraging each other to eat more raw at home at least, so we've been making things like Raw Mashed Potatoes and Durian Cacao Pudding and Thai Soups... I've also been making stuff to share with friends and they always love it to bits.. Which helps with the motivation. You can also get amazing raw seaweed, freshly harvested, at all the markets here and so those long green seaweedy noodles are also making up for not having real noodles!
I'm determined to have a raw summer, because I am feeling a little crap lately, energy is low and I know this is simply because I'm not doing the raw thing properly. My dog is eating more raw than I am!
I ate raw young soybeans yesterday but apparently this is not a good idea, as they are pretty toxic.. any comments on this? There are a few differing accounts.
Have some books to recommend too...
- The Ethics of What We Eat by Peter Singer
- In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
- The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
and of course ... all the Anastasia books (thanks Angela and Anthony!!)
I've decided I"m moving back to Australia in October so I can live there for a year and apply for citizenship. It's a big decision but I feel like my future is there. I'm going to try to get a job in a raw food catering company, otherwise it's either music management or retail (health food shops or enviro shops). Next year, in March, I'm hoping to get into a four month intensive Eco Village Design course at Crystal Waters Ecovillage in NSW.. Crossing my fingers. I know this ecovillage is going to happen, it's just a matter of time!
Much love to everyone.. I promise I'll try to update more, I'm sure it will help me motivate myself!