Two little boys from the neighborhood were playing in our backyard with my sons yesterday, when Blaze asked me to make homemade ice cream. We took a vote between strawberry and chocolate – with chocolate being the winner.
To my kids, homemade ice cream is just normal, but the neighbor kids were very curious. They took careful note of the ingredients: eggs, honey, cacao powder and cream – all of which were raw/unheated/uncooked.
They asked if those ingredients were used to make the ice cream they eat at home. I told them probably not, but I assured them that my ice cream would taste the same or better than what they are used to.
Everyone loved the end result, and the ice cream was incredibly tasty if I do say so myself! I shared the health benefits of eating my version of raw ice cream, and they shared about a time they had “healthy” pizza by using broccoli as a topping – and how much they disliked it.
I agreed that broccoli is not something that goes well with pizza, and I also shared that using it as a topping imparts little or no health benefits. They were also relieved to know that being healthy and staying fit does not involve eating anything we don’t enjoy.
I can tell which foods are good for my body by imagining how they are going to feel both during and after I eat them. I want to predominantly enjoy foods that evoke feelings of calm and rejuvenation in my body and in my mind.
By following my likes instead of my dislikes and by giving into my cravings instead of ignoring them, I create a very positive relationship with food while also creating a more positive and joyful experience for myself and for the people I affect.
I am naturally attracted to whole food in its raw form, and I eat or drink as much as I need to feel satiated. I tend to focus more on one to three foods during any given time-frame, lasting from hours to several months.
For example – some days I could require a lot of raw milk, and then go for weeks without it. I could go several months eating 1-2 avocados per day, then have no desire for them for the next several months; I tend to eat extra fruit in the summertime; sometimes I eat a lot of soaked and dehydrated nuts; and when I was pregnant, I did not want chocolate much at all (which is not like me).
By choosing from primarily fresh, raw food and paying attention to my cravings and desires, I am instinctively giving my body and brain the nutrients necessary to achieve radiant health.